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PAGE 12 January 14, 2016 B A O ...JLA ...... ....... :s oL purL:S Y In a weird twist, this year's One- Act play is about a One-Act play. "Competition Piece" is a comedy about three very diverse schools who are participating in a One-Act play competition. "We chose the play because it's fun and crazy and we wanted to try a comedy," said director Vicki Meyer. The subject is a contrast to the past few One-Acts that have been serious and thought-provoking. Drama students "Wanted to chal- lenge ourselves with something different," Meyer added. The cast and crew will take their show on the road with fes- tivals at both Sauk Rapids-Rice and Annandale. Sub-sections are Jan. 30 at Paynesville. If students take first or second place, they will advance to sections in Milaca Monday, Feb. 8. A public performance of the play is planned for 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 30, in the high school auxiliary gym. Cast members include: Cassidy Becker, Heidi Geislinger, Emma Roy, Jasmine Miller, Dyani Acosta, Mackenzie Field, Allison Och, Emily Sieben, Jordan Stanwick, Nathan Utecht, Kaitlyn Gruber, Brooke Geislinger, Eryn Eken, Scott Bourland, Sydney Ruhland, Madi Haag, Carter Geislinger, Jada Jesberg, Jake Manske: Alternates are Abby Nistler and Laura Klein with Michael Bautch as light and sound technician. Rehearsals are underway for "Competition Piece", EV-W's One-Act play. Pictured from left to right are Jade Jesberg, Carter Geislinger, Jacob Manske, Madysen Hang and Kaitlyn Gruber. Submitted photo. Eden Valley-Watkins grapplers at Norwood Tri By Pat Garry, Staff Writer The Eagles competed at the Norwood-Young America Tri Thursday, Jan. 7, and they were joined by Sibley East. Results: 106 Dayne Morton, (Sibley East) def. Taylor Ludwig, (Eden Valley- Watkins) {Fall 0:14} (Score: 6-0); 113 Kevin Melger, (Sibley East) def. Trevyn Ludwig, (Eden Valley- Watkins) {Fall 1:30} (Score: 12-0); 120 Lincoln Carpenter, (Sibley East) def. Everett Eken, (Eden Valley-Watkins) {Tech Fall 15-0} (Score: 17-0); 126 Zach Nistler, (Eden Valley-Watkins) def. Ben Klaers, (Sibley East) {Fall 1:02} (Score: 17-6); 138 Mason Voight, (Sibley East) def. Matt Schindler, (Eden Valley-Watkins) {Maj Dec 10-2} (Score: 21-6); 145 Troy Kelley, (Eden Valley-Watkins) def. Jose Felipe, (Sibley East) {Fall 0:36} (Score: 21-12); 152 Tyler Dockendorf, (Eden Valley- Watkins) def. Logan Tesch, (Sibley East) {Tech Fall 18-1} (Score: 21-17); 160 Quinlan Riffenburg, (Sibley East) def. John Salzl, (Eden Valley- Watkins) {Dec 8- 6} (Score: 24-17); 170 Logan Donnay, (Eden Valley- Watkins) def. Paul Glisczinski, (Sibley East) {Fall 1:53} (Score: 24-23); 182 Brody Bates, (Sibley East) def. Aaron Holmberg, (Eden Valley-Watkins) {Maj Dec 10-0} (Score: 28-23); 195 Jake Wentzlaff, (Sibley East) def. Isaac Stommes, (Eden Valley-Watkins) {Fall 1:06} (Score: 34-23); 220 Christian Figueroa, (Sibley East) def. Forfeit (Eden Valley-Watkins) {Forfeit} (Score: 40-23); 285 Tanner Kurtzweg, (Sibley East) def. Matt Utsch, (Eden Valley-Watkins) {Fall 0:20} (Score: 46-23). In other action, Sibley East defeated NYA, 60-9. Eagles wrestle at Paynesville Invitational By Pat Garry, Staff Writer Eden Valley-Watkins stayed busy last week, wrestling at NYA on Thursday, Jan. 7, and at the Paynesville Bulldogs Invitational on Friday, Jan. 8. Stats: 1 Litchfield (LIT) 234; 2 Sartell (SAR) 187; 3 Belgrade-Brooten-Elrosa (BBE) 168; 4 Morris Area/Hancock/ Chokio-Alberta (MAHCA) 92; 5 Paynesville (PAY) 8.5; 6 Barnesville (BAR) 89; 7 Eden Valley-Watkins (EVW) 69.5; 8 Holdingford (HOL) 66. 106 Pounds Championship Afton Kaping (LIT) Fall Canon Swanson (BBE) 5:26; 113 Pounds Championship Nick Pelach (SAR) Dec. Ezra Kaping (LIT) 7-6; 120 Pounds Championship Andrew Loch (LIT) Dec. Caleb Stetz.(BAR) 6-4; 126 Pounds Championship Rylee Molitor (SAR) Maj. Dec. Derek Fruetel (LIT) 20-7; 132 Pounds Championship Sam Tibbits (LIT) Tech Fall Jake Fernholtz (SAR) 2:31; 138 Pounds Championship Adam Jaeger (BBE) Dec. Trenton Nelson (MAH) 3-2; 145 Pounds Championship. Isaiah Gilbert (BBE) Dec. Dylan Penk (LIT) 6-3; 152 Pounds Championship Colby Schramel (BBE) Dec. Logan Nelson (LIT) 6-5; Third Place Tyler Dockendorf (EVW) Maj. Dec. Connor Meagher (PAY) 13-2; 160 Pounds Championship John Salzl (EVW) Fall Lawton Miller (SAR) 5:15; 170 Pounds Championship Conner Hoff (LIT) Tech. Fall Steven Koehl (MAH) 4:57; Third Place Logan Donnay (EVW) Fall Jonah Voss (BBE) 3:15; 182 Pounds Championship. Tyler Snoberger (SAR) Nolan Prokott (HOL) 3-2;. Fifth Place Toby. Sayles (MAH) Fall Aaron Holmberg (EVW) 2:15; 195 Pounds Championship Ben Thompson (BBE) Dec. Cole Fibranz (SAR) 3-1; 220 Pounds Championship Joe Reller (BBE) Maj. Dec. Patrick Kranz (PAY) 11-0; 285 Pounds Championship Walker Nienaber (HOL) Fall Bradey Berg (BAR) 4:37. Friday Update Jan. 8, 2016 By Mark Messman, Superintendent EV- W Schools 2016 Legislative Session Happy New Year! I'd like to wel- come everyone back to school fol- lowing the Christmas break and also provide a brief update on the upcoming legislative session. MASA, the Minnesota Association of School Administrators solic- its feedback from school dis- trict administrators from across the state. A MASA committee will use the feedback to create and promote a political platform that is used to inform the public and advocate for needed change. The legislative session begins on March 8 and must conclude by the end of the day on May 23. Our local and regional superintendents have already begun to attend vari- ous hearings and meetings on the following educational topics: Fully fund the cost of Special Education services Establish a cost of living adjustment to address the impact of inflation on school budgets Ensure school district flexi- bility and full funding if required to implement full day Pre-K programs Improvements to the State's equalization factors to provide funds for facilities, deferred main- tenance, capital projects, and technology infrastructure Strategies to address the teacher shortage in Minnesota Repeal the 2015 statutory requirement for filling School Board vacancies through expen- sive special elections, and once again, allow local school boards to fill a vacancy by appointment Implementation of solutions for credentialing secondary teach- ers to teach concurrent enrollment courses to high school students I') keep you informed of the progress throughout the legisla- tive session, and please, don't hes- itate to contact me with your ques- tions or comments. Paraprofessional Recognition Week Governor Mark Dayton has pro- claimed the week of Jan. 11, 2016, as Paraprofessional Recognition Week. Paraprofessionals are individuals who work in a vari- ety of positions in our school dis- trict. Their roles include, but are not limited to those who work as instructional assistants, Title 1 paraprofessionals, special edu- cation paraprofessionals, lunch room and playground assistants, hall monitors, media center assis- tants, and more. Please make time during Paraprofessional Recognition Week to recognize and celebrate the contributions and hard work of paraprofessionals working in the Eden Valley-Watkins School District. Weather and Wind Chill: Living and working in Minnesota we understand the adage that, "if you don't like the weather, be patient, itwill change!" Our Minnesota climate offers a variety of weather conditions that often require Superintendents to make difficult and time-sensitive decisions. If faced With weather- related decisions, I can assure you that the safety of our EV-W stu- dents and staff is always at the forefront. It's a very difficult bal- ance taking into account that we live in rural Minnesota, con- duct school during the winter months, travel varied landscapes throughout the district, and face adverse weather and road condi- tions. School-closing decisions are rarely easy, and require immense communication between district, transportation, and city/county officials, along with those driv- ing the plows and weather experts. It's always tough to make the call to close school because of weather and second-guessing the decision always happens no matter where the bar is set. Our weather-related decisions are bfised on information pro- vided by many sources, includ- ing the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (N.O.A.A.). The N.O.A.A. provides a Wind Chill Chart. You can find this chart at: om/winter/windchill.shtml, that takes into account the combina- tion of wind speed and tempera- ture to determine the time in which it will take someone to potentially suffer from frostbite. When tem- peratures and wind speed fall into the 10-Minute Threshold, school districts sometime delay or close schools depending on additional variables such as transporta- tion routes (i.e. suburban/rural), predicted temperatures through- out the day and/or week, how close the temperature/wind chill is to the "5 minute" Threshold, reliability of buses, etc. While we will continue to mon- itor the weather closely, we will likely not make any final deci- sions about delaying and/or clos- ing school until morning. We real- ize people like to know the eve- ning before if we are having school or not, and we always attempt to make the decisions as early as pos- sible. However, weather forecast- ers are not always accurate and weather frequently changes. At times, the hype from the weather forecasters is far worse than what ultimately becomes reality. For this reason, when deciding school closings due to weather, we often wait to make the most accurate decision; sometimes this can be done the night before, but many times we need to wait until early morning. It would be great if our weather was 72 degrees and sunny every day, with 0.1 inches of rain every other night. However, we live in Minnesota and the climate is always changing which results in making time-sensitive decisions to safely operate schools for children, families, and staff. Fortunately, our Parent Notification System has been a great communication tool for families and allows us to communicate important infor- mation as soon as a decision is made. Be sure to adhere to the winter weather advisories, travel safe, and thank you for exercis- ing patience with these difficult weather-related decisions. Senior Spotlight The EV-W School District would like to recognize Ashley Anderson, daughter of Amy and Tim. Ashley admires her friend, Kristin Phillip, for guidance and support through the tough times. Currently, Ashley is enrolled in four college-level courses and participates in Volleyball, Basketball, Softball, Eagles Cry, Student Council, Leadership and Investment Club. Following graduation, Ashley plans to attend Alexandria Technical & Community College to pursue a degree in the Law Enforcement Program. Congratulations!