Quarters of Love for Haiti

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Post by Addie Shol

Students in the Haitian orphanage enjoy supplies purchased by Fergus Falls middle school students.

Students in the Haitian orphanage enjoy supplies purchased by Fergus Falls middle school students.

Quarters of Love for Haiti started with Mrs. Erickson and I wanting the middle school students to see outside of themselves and help others; that the problems in the world are bigger than what happens within the walls of middle school.

For two weeks in February we challenged 6th, 7th, 8th grades and the middle school staff to bring in quarters to put towards purchasing preschool supplies for an orphanage in Haiti. I had friends that were going back to Haiti where they had adopted their youngest son after the devastating earthquake. When my friend had asked for some specific items to be donated, my brain began to whirl up some good ideas. I bounced them off of Mrs. Erickson. (This is a two way street; we both do a lot of bouncing between one another!) With a meeting of the minds and consulting with Mr. Harris about incorporating the Middle School Student Council, Quarters of Love for Haiti was in full swing. The students and staff raised close to $900 in just two weeks. Mrs. Erickson and I shopped locally, with many businesses giving us an extra discount because they were so impressed by the middle school kids and their giving hearts. The supplies were hand-delivered at the end of March and immediately enjoyed by the preschool at Children of the Promise Orphanage.

Our hope is to do a similar fundraiser next year. Where we will spread our love next year is undecided.

The 7th graders raised about 50% of the total and received a popcorn party for their efforts.

Otterbots robotics team to compete this weekend

Bob Drake (Mentor) Taylor Georgeson Erica Kelly Josiah Nord Kallan Sandahl Earl Fietek (Mentor) Jake Fietek – Team Captain Gabe Venberg Cody Drake Matt Johnson David Grotberg Sean Mills Bill Swanson (Mentor)

Bob Drake (Mentor)
Taylor Georgeson
Erica Kelly
Josiah Nord
Kallan Sandahl
Earl Fietek (Mentor)
Jake Fietek – Team Captain
Gabe Venberg
Cody Drake
Matt Johnson
David Grotberg
Sean Mills
Bill Swanson (Mentor)

The effort that began on a Saturday morning January 4th is about to come to a conclusion.  FIRST Team 3293 is packed up and excited to compete at the North Star Regional, Mariucci Arena, University of MN Campus on Fridayand Saturday, March 28 & 29th.

We will do our best to update the match number, schedules, and Team status on Twitter here:

https://twitter.com/FRCTeam3293

It is difficult to respond to all e-mails and twitter messages as it gets to be quite busy at the competition.  But the team loves to hear from our fans who can’t make the trip. Continue reading

Speech team competes at CLC meet

The Fergus Falls High School Speech Team competed at the Central Lakes Conference meet in Sartell on Thursday, March 20th.  The Fergus Falls team placed 3rd overall in this competition.

The following students achieved “All-Conference” honors:

  • Cassandra Eerdmans:  Poetry Reading
  • Dante Fornizy:  Discussion
  • David Grotberg: Informative Speaking and Original Oratory
  • Halah Jost-Mahunik:  Original Oratory
  • Margaret Ness-Ludwig:  Creative Expression
  • Katelyn Petersen and Cassandra Eerdmans:  Duo Interpretation
  • Solomon Sewell:  Discussion
  • Katelyn Petersen:  Dramatic Interpretation

The following students achieved Honorable Mention:

  • Gabe Albers:  Discussion
  • Solomon Sewell:  Original Oratory

The Fergus Team is rounded out by the following students who also participated in the Conference meet:

  • Chris Harrington:  Poetry Reading
  • Halah Jost-Mahunik:  Prose Reading
  • Morgan Leslie:  Dramatic Interpretation
  • Emma Newton:  Humorous Interpretation
  • Alicia Niblock:  Extemporaneous Reading
  • Lydia Stephens:  Prose Reading
  • Grace Vertrone:  Creative Expression

The Fergus Falls Team will participate in their upcoming Section Meet in Detroit Lakes on April 3rd, and the team will hold their awards banquet on April 6th at 6:30 at Kennedy Secondary School.

Pictured left to right: Grace Vertron, Halah Jost-Mahunik, Becca Hoffman, Alicia Niblock, Emma Newton, Morgan Leslie, Margaret Ness-Ludwig, Lizzie Bergum, Lydia Stephens, Cassandra Eerdmans, David Grotberg.   Not pictured:  Katelyn Petersen, Solomon Sewell, Elenora Ponzi, Dante Fornizy, Gabe Albers, Haley Berger, and Chris Harrington.

Pictured left to right: Grace Vertron, Halah Jost-Mahunik, Becca Hoffman, Alicia Niblock, Emma Newton, Morgan Leslie, Margaret Ness-Ludwig, Lizzie Bergum, Lydia Stephens, Cassandra Eerdmans, David Grotberg.
Not pictured: Katelyn Petersen, Solomon Sewell, Elenora Ponzi, Dante Fornizy, Gabe Albers, Haley Berger, and Chris Harrington.