Column: From the Desk: By Jerry Ness

Congratulations to King Noah Raitz and Queen Maggie Salwei! They were crowned during Monday’s Homecoming coronation ceremony and chosen by their classmates to reign over this week’s Homecoming festivities.

Also, congratulations to all the 2017-18 royalty: 9th grade – Karley Kugler, Jack Uhrich, Makayla Huus, Austin Rinke, Maddie Longtin and Noah Tarczon; 10th grade – Aliyah Harris, Parker Jacobs, Chloe Nelson, Ethan Olson, Sabrina Fronning and Cody Norgren; 11th grade – Miranda Hoffman, Matt Johnson, Jadyn Mckeever, Connor Hexum, Sydney Thacker and Tyler Hansen; 12th grade queen candidates – Camryn Appert and Naomi  Beske; and king candidates – Nathan Rund and Max Wolfe.

This exciting week continues to be filled with other annual Homecoming activities, too.  Athletic activities include tennis versus Apollo; girls soccer versus Sauk Rapids Rice; and volleyball versus Sartell on Tuesday, along with boys soccer versus Brainerd on Thursday. Friday’s Homecoming game versus Thief River Falls starts at 6 pm with the dance following from 8-11 p.m.

Friday’s schedule includes the senior picture, ironman volleyball, and powderpuff football. It also includes the parade, which starts at 2 p.m. and follows the usual route down Friberg and then downtown on Lincoln. Spectators at the football game will be treated during halftime to the Flag show and royalty introductions.

Hall of Fame

As part of Homecoming Week, the activities department and 544 Education Foundation are honoring Hall of Fame inductees and Distinguished Alumni at a 7 pm ceremony on Saturday, October 7 in the Kennedy Secondary School auditorium.  The public is encouraged to attend this free event.  This year’s inductees include: Hall of Fame – Mike Kiess, Service; Dave Ellis, Service; Daryl Tysdal and Kevin Pearson, Athletics; and Distinguished Alumni – John Erickson and Dan Prischmann.

Student Councils Elected

Congratulations to the student council members elected by their classmates:

Middle School: 8th Grade–Ben Schierer, Ella Reinhardt, Hannah Polejewski, Grace Olson, and Ella Mayer; 7th Grade–Kasey Eggen, Isaac Johnson, Chloe Schake, Reno Schierer and Becca Schindler; and 6th Grade–Brady Metcalf, Ahlea Mouser, Macee Butler and Dominic Beving; 5th Grade–Maria Ricks, Beatrice Schierer, Jayda Emerson Dewey and Lynnzie Logan.

High School Student: 9th grade–Jack Uhrich, Connor Ackerson, Anna Anderson, Sierra Hatlewick and Ryan Aanerud; 10th grade–Andrew Starzl, Shane Wahlund, Jade Zierden, Makenna Stenstrom and Lexi McGary; 11th grade–Julia Swanson, Chase Strube, Morgan Sikkink, JB Sandahl, Amy Johnson and Anna Reard; and 12th grade–Katie Minge, Nathan Zierden, Nathan Rund, Naomi Beske, Emma Uhrich and Emily Haugmo.

International Walk-to-School Day on October 4th

Area schools will join students from around the world to celebrate International Walk to School Day on Oct. 4, 2017. Students from the following communities are planning Walk-to-School Day events: Fergus Falls, Perham, Detroit Lakes, Dilworth-Glyndon-Felton, Rothsay, Breckenridge, Battle Lake, Parkers Prairie, New York Mills, Barnesville, Hawley, Lake Park Audubon and Frazee.

The Walk-to-School Day event raises awareness of the need to create safer routes for walking and bicycling and emphasizes the importance of issues such as increasing physical activity among children, pedestrian safety, traffic congestion and concern for the environment. The events build connections between families, schools and the broader community, while improving wellness.

This year’s events are organized by area school districts and communities with help from PartnerSHIP 4 Health. PartnerSHIP 4 Health seeks to create sustainable, systemic changes in schools, worksites, communities and healthcare organizations that make it easier for Minnesotans to incorporate healthy behaviors into their daily lives.

Jerry Ness is the Fergus Falls School District superintendent. His column appears each Wednesday.


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