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Week of April 5-8

TUESDAY, April 5 - Chicken wild rice soup, saltines, Bosco cheese sticks, garden salad with ham, cheese and croutons, mandarin oranges, bread slice, milk variety.


WEDNESDAY, April 6 - Popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes with gravy, broccoli slaw, apple crisp, dinner roll, milk variety.

THURSDAY, April 7 - Italian dunkers, cheesy bread, corn, pears, frozen juice bar, bread slice, milk variety.

FRIDAY, April 8 - Shrimp, curly fries, green beans, pineapple, cornbread, milk variety.

Scholarship information

Scholarships available in the high school office:

Sanford Clinic Bemidji Scholarship: Seniors who plan to pursue careers in some area of the medical field. Deadline is April 10.

Debbie & Janet Foundation Scholarship: Seniors graduating from Blackduck High School. Deadline is May 6.

Blackduck Community Fund Scholarship: Seniors from Blackduck High School attending a four-year college or university and demonstrating high academic achievement and involvement and positive leadership qualities. Deadline: April 15.

Mike Staples Memorial Scholarship: Seniors pursuing post-secondary education in natural resource areas or criminal justice area, or other related careers. Deadline: April 15.

Minnesota Athletes in Sports Medicine Scholarship: Seniors athletes who intends to attend college to pursue a career in sports medicine. Deadline is May 15.

Speech News

The BHS Speech team continues to have an exceptional season!

The Drakes placed third overall at the Grand Rapids March Madness Tournament March 19 and were first among single A schools.

Medalists included second place winners Shannon Budde in Creative Expression; Matthew Jedlicka in Drama; Alex Schuman in Humor and Maile Olson in Original Oratory.

Third place medalists were Charles Biberg in Discussion and Ian Anderson in Original Oratory. Taking fourth place were Tyler Dobmeier in Great Speeches; Brandon Beck in Informative; Kate Olafson in Poetry and Katie O'Rourke in Prose.

Blackduck medalist in fifth place was Madison Stelton in Creative Expression and sixth place medals went to Alex Howard in Discussion and Emily Biberg in Humor.

Ribbon winners for Blackduck were Madison Stomberg in Creative Expression; Connor Cease and Chris O'Reilly in Duo; Nick Liapis in Great Speeches; Courtney Kovall in Poetry and Alayna Nestberg and Tessa Tindell, both in Prose.

The Speech team hosted its annual open house and performance night March 22 where audiences could listen to a portion of the team in each of three speaking forums. More than 150 people were in attendance to hear and support this year's award-winning team and enjoy refreshments with them afterward.

This year's Captains hosted the event. Drakes Speech Team Captains are Kate Olafson, Charles Biberg, Connor Cease, Chris O'Reilly, Ian Anderson, Shannon Budde, Alex Schuman, Brock Howard and Alayna Nestberg.

Next for the Drakes is the Section 7A Speech Tournament in McGregor April 1.

Sports Calendar

Tuesday: Varsity track will be held at 1 p.m. at BSU.

Community Ed classes

Leather Pouch class will be held April 13 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school commons. The fee is $10.

Fish Woodcarving will be held April 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the high school commons. The fee is $15.

4-Hour AARP Defensive Driving Class will be held April 27 from 5:30-9:30 p.m. The fee is $14, payable to AARP and $2 payable to Community Ed. The class will be held in the high school library. Please call 835-5241 to register for the class.

Judo will be held April 5-May 26 from 5:30-6:30 p.m. The fee is $20 per individual or $35 per family.

Live Folk Music and Son Sharing Workshop will be held April 26 at 7 p.m. in the multi-purpose room.

Indoor walking is held Tuesdays-Fridays when school is in session from 6:30-7:30 a.m. and 5:30-9 p.m.

Wednesday Night Volleyball is held Wednesdays through April from 7-9 p.m. The cost is $3 per night and is open for anyone 16 years or older.

For complete details, call Blackduck Community Ed at 835-5241.



Week of April 4-8

MONDAY, April 4 - Chicken burger, peas and carrots, seasoned potato wedges, grapes, milk.

TUESDAY, April 5 - Stuffed crust sausage pizza, California blend vegetables, gingerbread with whipped cream, apple, milk.

WEDNESDAY, April 6 - Hot ham and cheese, criss cross fries, green beans, melon, milk.

THURSDAY, April 7 - Roast pork gravy, mashed potatoes, corn, dinner roll, mixed fruit, milk.

FRIDAY, April 8 - Fish nuggets, french fries, fresh carrots and celery with dip, pears, milk.

Community Ed classes

Aerobics are held each Monday and Wednesday from 5:30-7:30 p.m. in the Old School Center gym and is free.

There is open gym every Sunday from 3-5 p.m. in the Kelliher School gym. The fee is $1 per person or $5 per family.



Week of April 4-8

MONDAY, April 4 - Italian dunkers, cheesy bread, vegetables, oranges, milk.

TUESDAY, April 5 - Chicken soup, sandwich, apple, milk.

WEDNESDAY, April 6 - Turkey gravy over biscuits, peas, sandwich, peaches, milk.

THURSDAY, April 7 - Hamburger, french fries, corn, mixed fruit, milk.

FRIDAY, April 8 - Cheese pizza, vegetables, sandwich, pears, milk.

February Students of the Month

By Justine Frenzel

The Mustang Express

Northome High School staff announced February Students of the Month on March 1.

Senior High Academic winner is junior Scott Pierson. Scott is the son of Jim and Sharon Pierson of Gratton. He is involved in track, football, brain bee, robotics knowledge bowl and science club. He is also on the Academic Honor Roll.

The nominees were seniors Tonya Weidenborner and Katie Procopio, junior Erica Fahrendorff, sophomores christian Jourdan and Keith Shaughnessy.

Senior High Exemplary Student of the Month is sophomore Hattie Swang. Hattie is the daughter of Teener Swang and Dwight Swang of Mizpah. She is involved in football as the manager, band, choir and youth group.

Hattie was also just named to the Academic Honor Roll.

The nominees were juniors Hollea Boquist and Lance Pink and sophomore Carrie Carrigan.

Junior High Academic Student of the Month is eighth grader Jeanette Frenzel. Jeanette is the daughter of Chris and Jackie Frenzel of Blackduck. She is involved in track, band, knowledge bowl, robotics, student council and choir. She is also on the Academic Honor Roll.

Nominees were eighth grader Cody Rankin and seventh graders Casey Gross and Michaela Williams.

Junior High Exemplary Student of the Month is seventh grader Rachel Fahey. Rachel is the daughter of Scott and Sarah Fahey of Northome. She is involved in basketball, volleyball, track, knowledge bowl, student council and robotics and is on the Academic Honor Roll.

The nominees were eighth graders Ashley Lom, Sonna Bergloff and Jeanette Frenzel and seventh grader Lane Lindner.

For the honor of Academic Student of the Month, only the staff who teaches the students may nominate and vote. This nomination is strictly based on the GPA of the students.

For the honor of Exemplary Student of the Month, all of the staff are able to vote, including cooks, janitors, para professionals, office staff and administration. This nomination is based on courtesy, cooperation, dependability and work habits. Students who demonstrate positive student behaviors and attitudes are nominated. It is similar to responsibility except all of the staff has a vote in the decision.

Students earn Superior ranking in contest

By Danette Gieser

The Mustang Express

On Feb. 23 members of the Northome/Kelliher band and choir competed in Ensemble contest in Park Rapids. Three groups came home with double star rankings.

"There were many good performances and we are very proud of the students," said choir teacher Mrs. Miriam Kindem.

The judges score you on five different categories. Scores of 30 to 34 are single stars or an Excellent rating and 35 to 40 are double stars or a Superior rating.

One of the groups that performed was a clarinet choir of seniors Brittany Heck, Kendra Krogseng, Katie Procopio, junior Shelby Barrieau, sophomores Carrie Carrigan, Katie Lutz and Shelene Head. that got a double star, or 39 out of 30 possible points, playing "Hopak."

Another group that performed was a brass sextet of seniors Cathy Frenzel, Deb Mayers, junior Megan Halverson, sophomores Mandy Pula, Keith Shaghnessy and freshmen Mark Geerdes, that got a double star, or 38 out of 40 playing "Plyaska."

Also competing in instrumental ensembles were juniors Hollea Boquist, Rachel Chaffin, Kristen White, sophomore Justine Frenzel, Danette Geiser, Taylor Grams, Hattie Swang, Cyril Weidenborner and freshman Tanyssa Olafson.

Competing in choral ensembles were seniors Gregory Davison, Tyler Gibbs, Cody Graupmann, Jacob Gunderson, Tonya Weidenborner, juniors Hollea Boquist, Rachel Chaffin, Megan Halverson, Danielle Lindner, Jeff Roosdett, Kristen White, sophomores Aaron Chaffin, Justine Frenzel, Travis Olafson, Autumn Rankin, Hattie Swang, Caleb Schneider, Cyril Weidenborner, freshmen Bailey Baumgartener, Tanyssa Olafson and Krissy Kallio.

About Students

Jed Anderson, of Blackduck, is a freshman in mass communication at Bemidji State University and is starring as Starveling in the production of A Midsummer Night's Dream.

Pioneer staff reports