Fall Musical – Cinderella

This year, make plans to attend the Fergus Falls High School’s fall musical where students will be performing Rodgers and Hammerstein’s “Cinderella.”

There will be over 50 students involved as part of the cast, crew or orchestra. Performances are scheduled at 7 p.m. on Nov. 11, 12, 18, 19 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Nov. 20, in the Kennedy Secondary School Auditorium.

Tickets for adults are $7, and students are $4.

Veterans Day Program — 11/14/16

The community is invited to attend the Fergus Falls High School Veterans Day program at 10 a.m. on Monday, Nov. 14, in the gold gym at Kennedy Secondary School. Why the 14th?

We normally have our program on Veterans Day, but due to scheduled parent-teachers conferences, we do not have school on Nov. 11 this year.

Please join us in honoring our veterans through music, dance, and speeches.

Congratulations to Mark Aho!

Mark Aho, KSS physical education teacher, was recently inducted to the Frazee High School Athletic Hall Of Fame.

He graduated from Frazee High School in 1978 and was Frazee’s first state champion in wrestling. He compiled a high school record of 110–9–3 (in a two-class system) and was a four-time letterwinner while also achieving four all-conference awards during his wrestling career.

Besides a great wrestling career, he was a four-year letterwinner in both football and baseball.

He earned two all-conference awards in football and three all-conference awards in baseball. Not only was Mark a great athlete, he was also a member of the National Honor Society.

After high school, Mark’s athletic career continued as a wrestler and baseball player for Fergus Falls Community College.

While competing at the college, Mark compiled a wrestling record of 58–14 and was voted as the outstanding wrestler in 1981, along with being a national qualifier. Wrapping up his athletic career, Mark started a very successful coaching career.

He began his coaching career at M -State Fergus Falls where he was named the 1990 and 1994 Community College Coach of the Year and also earned the NJCAA Region Coach of the Year in 1990.

Moving on from his college coaching, he became a physical education and health teacher for the Fergus Falls Otters.

Mark has coached wrestling for the past 21 years and baseball for the last 12 years at the Fergus Falls High School. During the 2008–09 school year, Mark received the head coach of the year award for both wrestling and baseball.

Mark has been known as a real down-to-earth person and cares for his athletes.

He has created an environment where mutual respect is shown from himself, athletes, and coaches.

Mark has been married to his wife, Terri, for the past 35 years and has seven children and two grandchildren.

Outstanding Otters

Each quarter our High School selects an Outstanding Otter. The students — who are nominated by the staff members — are typically selected because of their outstanding academic achievements and citizenship.

Congratulations to the following students for being named an Outstanding Otters:

Grade 9 — Logan Backman, Olivia Becker, Andrew Cooley, Jack Culbertson, Sabrina Fronning, Madeline Godwin, Bryce Marudas, Kaden Peterson, Emma Rund, Jacob Schroeder, and Brady Stadum.

Grade 10 — Emma Baez, Jacob Borders, Angel Giese, Miranda Hoffman, Nicolas Pearson, Christiana Rotering, MacKenzie Sowers, and Tristan Trosvig.

Grade 11 — Ethan Jeffries, Grace Kelly, Bradley Moore, Savannah Pelletier, Rosemary Rundquist, Tabitha Smith, Jacob Upthegrove, and Emily Wollenweber.

Grade 12 — Evan Aanerud, Daniel Anderson, Jade Anderson, Hawo Bare, Emma Daniels, Abigail Hobbs, Peter Johnson, Samuel Kaliher, Scott Krause, Sydney Overbo, Devyn Shemon, Joplin Shol, Jenna Traiser, Eric Tysdal, Grace Vetrone, and Taylor Watkins.

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

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