Thursday, March 9, 2017

A Memorable Winter

I can hardly believe that we are only a few short days from spring break! This winter has flown by, and before we know it the school year will begin winding down. As we approach the middle of March, I am optimistic the cold dark days of winter are in our rear view mirror and we hopefully won't have to endure any more snow days or late starts (knock on wood). Luckily we have had a large number of students activities and events to help pass along those long winter nights. As spring slowly emerges, lets take a moment to celebrate the successes of our students these past couple of months.

Girls receiving final instructions
right before their final game of
the season.
For starters, I think we need to give a shout out to the girls basketball team. The one thing that I will remember about this team is their attitude. They came out and competed hard each and every night. The perseverance of these ladies is a testament to the Keys of Excellence with which we want our young people to ascribe. For example: Live in Integrity, Keep Your Balance, Stay Flexible, Live in the Now: This is It!, Take Ownership, Acknowledge Failure Leads to Success, and finally Affirm Your Commitment. While this season may not have transpired in the way it was envisioned, it is worth noting they made a deep run in district play, knocking off the top rated team in their bracket and following it with another win a few days later. Think about it! Who would have envisioned our team would have ended the season in this fashion! I kept hearing our fans saying, 'strength of schedule'. Indeed strength of schedule! The future is bright for this team, especially knowing they will return all their starters next season.

Of course we can't talk about our athletic program without mentioning the success of our wrestling program! Certainly I think what is probably most memorable about this wrestling season is the individual performances of both Wes Geisler and Taylan Entriken at the state tournament. Both of which made the podium: Wes with an 8th place finish and Taylan with a state championship! But what about the team success? As a team, they were able to break the school record for the most combined wins in a single season with 367. The previous record of 353 wins had stood since the 2002-2003 season!

Our success wasn't confined to our athletic teams either! The show choir had a very successful season, winning first place at the Marion Masquerade in their division and qualifying for the finals that night. The show choir also found success by placing in many of their other competitions as well. The FFA competed at the sub-district competition and qualified all entries to the district competition that will be held in Monticello on Saturday. And finally, our jazz band won the NEIBA district competition, qualifying for the stat jazz finals in April. Congratulations to all our students, coaches, and moderators on their success this winter! We are looking forward to much more success this spring! 

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