Congratulations to King Tyler Hobbs and Queen Taylor Watkins and all the 2016-17 Snoball royalty. Seniors: Abigail MacFarlane, Ethan Rinke, Alice Schindler, Justin Mortenson.

Juniors: Noelle Dew-Tomhave, Broc Evenson, Kalley Rastedt, William Pajari, Chloe Sandford and Joe Grecco ll.

Sophomores: Amy Johnson, J.B. Sandahl, Julia Johnson, Javonte Tommerdahl, Grace Metcalf and Titus Seland; and Freshmen: Jade Zierden, Patrick Sullivan, Madeline Godwin, Evan Norenberg, Chloe Schindler and Steven Wohlenhaus.

This is a fun week for our students featuring dress-up days, a medallion hunt, a royalty visit to Broen Home and PioneerCare Home, snow olympics including boot hockey, basketball, sledding, snow sculpting, snowshoeing, XC skiing, dodge ball, open gym and open skating at the community arena. The Snoball Dance is scheduled on Saturday from 8 to 11 p.m. in the KSS Maroon Gym.

Otter artists

A group of Fergus Falls High School Otter artists took part in workshops and an area high school art show on Friday, Jan. 20, at MSU-Moorhead. The group was composed mostly of seniors who have a vast interest in visual arts and design. The showcase day gave the students an opportunity to explore genres of visual arts, possible careers and what to expect from college-level art education. They also were able to see the talent and projects completed by other area students. There were over 200 area high school students from North Dakota and Minnesota who participated. The Kiwanis of Fargo provided prize awards and sponsored the event.

Each category that was judged had two to three artists as honorable mentions and one artist chosen for Best of Show for the category. There was also one overall Best of Show awarded for the entire show from all categories.

Congratulations to Fergus Falls artists David Wallington and Amanda Johnson for receiving honors. David received an Honorable Mention in the ceramics category for his tea set. Amanda Johnson was awarded Best of Show in the printmaking category for her silkscreen print of Marilyn Monroe. The students were accompanied by Fergus Falls High School Art Instructor Peder Butenhoff.

One-act play

Congratulations to our one-act play cast and crew for taking second place in the North Sub-Section last night! Dark Road, performed by Fergus Falls High School students, is a very intense drama about a woman guard in Germany during World War II. They will now compete in 8AA Section on Thursday in Alexandria.

Favorite seventh-grade school bills in 2017

Each year, Gary Hoffbeck’s seventh-grade history class passes school bills. It is always fun to see what’s on our students’ minds for both the school and the community.

Under the category of school, the bills included: 91 percent — Have a choice day in P.E. every two weeks.

87 percent — Allow students the opportunity to bring backpacks to classes, due to small lockers.

83 percent — No homework on weekends.

82 percent — Classroom bells to start and end class periods.

79 percent — Yoga balls in the classroom.

77 percent — Add two more minutes between classes.

76 percent — Have an ice cream machine available during lunch and after school.

75 percent — A laser tag unit in gym class.

74 percent — Bigger and more lockers.

74 percent — Having slides available in the pool.

67 percent — iPads for students. Year-by-year, a given grade would receive its iPads.

60 percent — Louder announcements at the end of the day.

Under the category of seventh-grade town bills, the favorites included: 83 percent — Having an indoor water park in Fergus Falls.

82 percent — A Skyzone.

76 percent — Having the Dairy Queen open all year.

74 percent — An arcade, go carts, etc. A type of place for summer recreation.

67 percent — A Scheels store.

66 percent — Encourage Buffalo Wild Wings to open a restaurant in Fergus Falls.

63 percent — A Cherry Berry.

63 percent — A Little Caesar’s.

62 percent — Build a resort like Alexandria’s Arrowwood.

60 percent — More clothing and shoe stores in the mall.

57 percent — More hospital and clinic services in Fergus Falls to eliminate trips to Fargo clinics.

Jerry Ness is the superintendent of Fergus Falls Public Schools. His column appears every Wednesday.

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