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EV-W Drama Club presents 'Selkie' Eden Valley-Watkins Drama Club will present the One Act-Play "Selkie" by Laurie Brooks. They will be participating in a One Act Festival at 5:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, at Annandale High School. Monday, Jan. 21, they'll per- form at the MLK One Act Festival at Sauk Rapids-Rice High School at 1 p.m. Sub-section Competition will be Saturday, Jan. 26, at ACGC High School. The following schools will be competing: Paynesville at 9 a.m., Litchfield at 10 a.m., ACGC at 11 a.m., NLS at 12:30 p.m. and EV-W at 1:30 p.m. Two schools will move on to Section 5A Competi- tion on Saturday, Feb. 2. There will be a public perfor- mance at EV-W High School at 2 p.m Sunday, Jan. 27, on the Eden Valley-Watkins Cafeteria Stage. "Selkie" is based on a Scottish legend about the magical selkies, or seals, who turn into humans every year on Midsummers Eve. Our story centers around 14-year-old Ellen Jean and her family whose lives are intertwined with the selkies. Flower sales for Valentine's Day! Students Against Destructive Decisions (S.A.D.D.) is once again selling flowers for Valentine's Day, which is just around the corner. We are selling during lunch time and at most home events. You can purchase flowers from Tues- day, Jan. 15-Friday, Feb.-1, with the possibility of selling through Feb. 8, if there are extra flowers. We will deliver on Valentine's Day at all three schools in the district. Roses - $4 Carnations - $3. If you would like to order, you can download a form at http://, or you can call Car- rie Berning at (320) 453-2900, ext. 1204. EV-W Knowledge Bowl competition The EV-W Varsity I Knowledge Bowl team brought home bronze medals from the season-opener Central Minnesota meet at Mayer- Lutheran Wednesday, Jan. 9. The team of seniors Debbie Holdvogt, Kirby Knutson, and Pat- rick Latcham, along with juniors Austin Gunderson and Erin Salo, placed third with 93 points. Mayer-Lutheran was first with 111 points and Melrose was sec- ond with 104 points. Other teams competing in order of finish were: Fourth-Kimball - 78, Fifth-Howard Lake-Waverly- Winsted - 74, Sixth-EV-W II - 73, Seventh-Litchfield - 52, , Eighth-Holdingford - 49. EV-W's Varsity II team was com- prised of senior Travis Massicotte and juniors Cody Asfeld, Brandon Faber and Connor Flaschenriem. Holdingford B won the junior varsity division with 80 points followed by Mayer Luther B and Mayer-Lutheran A. Final results were not available. EV-W's junior varsity team members included: Austin Mey- ers, Lexi Klatt, Kali Covert, Cam Flaschenriem and Heidi Gels- linger. Two EV-W knowledge bowl teams also competed in the 78-team mega meet at Buffalo Sat- urday, Jan. 5, where they placed 32rid and 47th. Three teams were scheduled to travel to Albany for an invitational Saturday, Jan. 12. EV-W hosts 18-team Knowledge, Bowl meet EV-W is playing host to an 18-team Knowledge Bowl meet Thursday, Jan. 24, at the former St. Anthony School in Watkins. Nine varsity and nine junior varsity teams representing EV-W, Holdingford, Howard Lake- Waverly-Winsted, Kimball, Litch- field, Mayer-Lutheran and Mel- rose are expected to attend. The meet will get underway about 9 a.m. and finish about 1:30 p.m. This is the second in a series of four meets to determine a confer- ence champion. Mayer-Lutheran placed first at the Saturday, Jan. 12, meet followed by Melrose and EV-W I. EV-W Snow Daze Jan. 28-Feb. 1 The schedule for Snow Daze Week 2013 is as follows: Monday, Jan. 28 Dress Up Theme: TV/Movie Character Monday (dress like your favorite actor/actress) Noon Activity: Dodgeball Tour- nament-Freshmen v Juniors Variety Show/Coronation in the Gym: Students are released at 1:30 p.m. Coronation around 2:15 p.m. Junior v Senior Boys Ironman Volleyball Competition at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 29 Dress Up Theme: Superhero Day Noon Activity: Dodgeball Tour- nament-Sophomores v Seniors Boys Basketball v B-B-E Wednesday, Jan. 30 Dress Up Theme: Pajama & Wacky Hair Wednesday Noon Activity: Dodgeball Tour- nament-Consolation Game Snow Daze Lunch - Dominos Pizza and Build-your-own Sundae Junior High Lunch Time: 10:50-11:28 a.m. Senior High Lunch Time: 11:50 a.m.-12:28 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31 Dress Up Theme: Throwback Thursday (dress with clothes from a past era) Noon Activity: Dodgeball Championship Game Friday, Feb. 1 Dress Up Theme: EXTREME Eagle Spirit Noon Activity: Snow Tube Pull- ing Contest (in front of the school- weather permitting) Girls' Basketball Game v Pierz Snow Daze Dance after the game until midnight. 7 p.m. to 12 midnight www.tricou ntynews. M N Eagle grapplers take 2 in dual with Rocori, Paynesville By Pat Garry, Staff writer It was a pretty good couple of days for the Eden Valley-Watkins wrestlers, as they defeated the Rocori Spartans and Paynesville Bulldogs in a dual meet Thursday night, Jan. 10, after having split a dual match with Rockford and Pierz on Tuesday, Jan. 8; capping offan impressive 3-1 record for the week. The early contest featured a Rocori Spartans showdown, with the Eagles taking a 40-33 victory. In the eight o'clock session versus the Paynesville Bulldogs, EV-W hung on and prevailed, 36-32. "It is always nice to get two wins, but I think we can do better as a whole," Eagles came out strong in the opener with Rocori. "We wrestled Rocori first and did a good job. I thought our energy level was a lit- tle down, but you can't complain about wins," said Berg. Blonigen, Renner, Peterson and Miller each earned pins. Schindler, Mathies, Salzl, Kuechle, Hoffman, were also victorious in their matches. The Eagles kept the momentum rolling, as they fought their way to an exciting 36-32 win over Paynes- ville. Coach Berg thought it was a vital test for the approaching sec- tionals. "In the Paynesville match, I thought we won the ones we were supposed to win. It was a section when section time comes around/' said Berg. Schindler, Renner, and Kuechle pinned their men; while Donnay, Blonigen, Mathies, McCann, Dockendorf, and Peter- son took winning decisions. "We got to see some good individual matches, with the best being Aus- tin Peterson and Jacob Mages, going into overtime; with Aus- tin coming out on top 4-2," said an enthusiastic Berg. "If we want to reach our goals as a team, we need to get better in certain areas," Coach Berg said optimistically. The Eagles head to Paynesville Area on Friday, Jan. 11, then it's on to the New London-Spicer Invita- said Eagles Coach Dan Berg. The opponent soitwillhelp for seeding tional Friday, Jan. 18. EV-W wrestlerssplit duel match v Rockford, Pierz By Pat Garry, Staff writer Fresh off capturing the Nor- wood/Young America Ifivitational championship, the Eagles grap- plers were back at it Tuesday night, Jan. 8, when they traveled to Pierz, for a duel match with the Rockford Rockets and the Pierz Pioneers. Eden Valley-Watkins came out strong, taking the Rockford match, 66-12. But Act II of the matinee proved too much for the Eagles, as they dropped the Pierz con- test, 51-19. EV-W Coach Dan Berg thought the guys had a decent night overall. "Well, Rockford gave up seven forfeits, and overall, against Pierz, we did alright." Wins by pins for EV-W v Rockford, were Donavin McCann at 132 lbs., Cain Renner at 145 lbs., Luke Kuechle at 170 lbs., and Matt Unterberger at 220 Ibs. Seven other weight-class divisions were won by forfeit. Fatigue overcame Eden Val- ley-Watkins in the Pierz show- down, as the Pirates clipped the Eagles' wings. Zach Blonigen, 120 lb. division, earned the lone stick for the Eagles. Victories by decisions went to 112 lb.-Tyler Donnay, Cain Renner at 145 lbs., Austin Peterson at 152 lbs., and Grant Winter at 182 lbs. "There were a couple of matches against Pierz that we thought we could get, but on the flip side, Zach and Austin both had great wins for us," said Coach Berg. "Zach had a great win against a quality wrestler, and in the match of the night, Austin wrestled Brad Meyer, both rated in the top 10 at 152 lb.-class, with Aus- tin coming out with a major deci- sion. He wrestled a smart match and took advantage of some things that his opponent gave him," said Berg. The league schedule has hanged from the original slate. On Thursday, Jan. 10, EV-W will host a double duel-facing Rocori at 5 p.m., followed by a matchup with Paynesville, around 7:15 p.m. The Eagles head to Paynesville on Friday, Jan. ll, to compete in an individual tournament. School menu Jan 21-25 Breakfast Monday: No School. Tuesday: Bacon egg pizza, juice milk. Wednesday: Pancake on a stick, juice, milk. Thursday: Breakfast sandwich, juice, milk. Friday: French toast sticks, sau- sage links, juice, milk. Lunch Monday: No School. Tuesday: Crispy chicken tenders w/dinner roll or taco salad w/torti- lla chips, baby carrots, broccoli rio- rets, celery sticks, oranges-cinna- mon apples, milk. Wednesday: Ravioli with meat- sauce w/WG garlic toast or deli sub, honey-mint rutabega, broccoli rio- rets, baby carrots, kiwi-fruit cock- tail, milk. Thursday: Pizza parlor cheese pizza or honey-mustard ham wrap, birthday cake Romaine salad, cherry tomatoes, black beans, oranges-diced pears, milk. Friday: Cheeseburger or chicken soft taco, cauliflower, broccoli flo- rets, green pepper slices, apple wedges-peach slices, milk. Mark Messman00 Superintendent, Eden Valley-Watkins Schools January 1 1 Update Building Project: Progress on the secondary con- struction project continues, and we're hopeful to move our second- ary office staff by Jan. 2.1. We're excited that the terrazzo floor- ing in the lobby is complete and the final product looks great. Our EVW-Eagle logo was finished on Wednesday, and all of the interior painting is near completion with a few touch-ups to follow. The air handlers were started on Tuesday which will give the facility a week to establish a consistent and con- stant heat/air exchange prior to the hardwood floor installation. Once the secondary office staff is moved to their new location, we can begin renovation of the cur- rent office for additional space to be utilized by Special Education staff and students. The Fine Arts staff continue to meet, prioritize, and plan for the lighting, audio, and completion of the performing arts stage. Please stop in and make arrangements for a visit, and be sure to exercise caution when you're in the proximity of the con- struction zone. School Board Organization Meeting: During the first meeting date in January of each year, newly elected school board members' terms of office begin, and school boards meet to organize for the upcoming year. Typically, school boards will combine their monthly business with the additional work of seat- ing newly elected school board members, electing officers for a two-year term, and organizing the committee assignments and responsibilities. I'd like to congratulate our newly elected officers: Board Chair-Sarah Kuechle, Vice Chair-Shelley Kern, Clerk-JoAnn Rademacher, and Treasurer-Bob Stenger to their two-year terms of office. Additionally, I'd like to com- mend our new officers and cur- rent directors Bob Flaschenriem, Julie Meyer, and JeremyWillner for their committed service and lead- ership to the EV-W School District, students, and staff. Fiscal Cliff Update: In the 1993 film Groundhog Day, Bill Murray awoke day after day to'the same surroundings and people, experiencing d6j vu many times over, It appears that Con- gress and the President will expe- rience d6j vu as the federal gov- ernment will reach its debt limit and another fiscal Cliff by the end of February. Student Financial Aid: Financial Aid Specialist, Eric Hanson from Globe University will conduct "Financial Aid Night" at EV-W from 6-6:45 p.m. Thursday, Jan. 31. Eric will join us during Par- ent-Teacher Conferences to talk briefly about financial planning for college, and then spend the major- ity of the time reviewing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, commonly referred to as the FAFSA. Senior of the Week: The EV-W School District would like to recognize Kirby Knutson, son of Gale and Julie. Kirby has recently been recognized as the male Triple A (Academics, Arts, Athletics) recipient from the Eden Valley-Watkins School District. He serves as the Senior Class and Concert Choir president, member of Choir and Drama Club, actively involved with the basketball pro- gram, and serves as a volunteer for his church. The EV-W admin- istration, faculty and staff are extremely proud of your accom- plishments. Congratulations!