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Thursday, November 4, 2010 Students 4 Youth Page 9 Tri-County News Kimball, MN John Voight, custodian at Holy Cross School in Pearl Lake (Marty) gets his hair colored by Denise Donnay of Denise's Defined Image in Kimball to fulfill his promise. The results of the school's Prayer and Walk-a-Thon were far beyond the goals they had set for themselves. In The continuing saga of Holy Cross School's successful Prayer and Walk-A-Thon, Mr. John Voigt, the school custodian, fulfilled his promise to the students of the school by having his hair dyed a bright pink in front of the student body during their lunch period. Denise Donnay of Denise's Defined Image in Kimball plied her trade by coloring Mr. Voigt's hair while the student body ate their lunch in almost perfect silence and with rapt attention while they watched Mr. Voigt's hair become bright fuchsia pink. When Denise fin- ished, a cheer loud enough to be heard in neighboring towns broke out in the cafeteria, and Mr. Voigt was immediately surrounded by his adoring fans. Holy Cross students surround their custodian John Voight, and show their approval of his new hair color. Submitted photos Classroom of t h e4Ne e k" Mrs. Niemi's fifth-grade class Front row (kneeling), left to right: Tanner Hendrickson, Nick Gustafson, Brady Sanders, Katie Spaulding, Lexi Streit, Jarett Edwards, Kaley Rhoades, and Kira Schaefer; middle row: Shawn Laudenbach, Abbey Schiefelbein, Melanie Loehrer, Heidi Hendrickson, Mitchell Skaggs, Cheyanne DeGree, Cole Hilsgen, and Braden Hilary; back row: Michael Hoffmann, Weston Hine, Ben Zipoy, Tyler Reischl, Brook Smith, Alex Donnay, Jessi Combs, Hayden Gagnon, and Mrs. Niemi. This year we will learn many new things and expand on what we already know. Some of the highlights of what we will learn are: U.S. his- tory, Iron Range history, solar energy, variables, environments, levers and pulleys, develop good writing practices, become better readers, work better in groups, organization, how to keep our bodies healthy, our new math curriculum and so much more. This is going to be a great year! Our most exciting field trip is the Iron Range trip on May 12-13. We learn about iron mining and how people lived in the early 1900s. We will also go to SCSU where we will tour the campus, go to the planetarium, do the flight simulator, and do some science/engineering experiments. We completed our Chip Shoppe fundraiser in October. Thank you tO everyone for supporting us! We will have a fish fry on Friday, Jan. 7, with the sixth grade. Besides our fun field trips, we have D.A.R.E. where we learn about drugs and how to make good, healthy choices from our D.A.R.E. officer Deputy Gina Feldewerd. We will graduate from D.A.R.E. Wednesday, Nov. 17, at 8:20 a.m. We will go to Hilltop Care Center in Watkins on five Wednesday afternoons for our intergen- erational program. This will start some time in March. Sunday, Nov. 14 Serving 9 am-I pm St. Ignatius Church Teac.he i of the Week .Bar Strand School: KimballArea High School Subject(s) I teach: 7th and 9th-grade Physical Education; 8th and 10th-grade Health; 11th and 12th-grade weight ~ining~ coach; 7th-grade volleyball ch; 7th-grade boys'/girls' basket- ball coach; 7th-grade fast-pitch softball coach. Number of students I teach: 125 total Student teacher/T.A.: 9th-grade EE. Taylor Kaseske and Shannon Donnay; 7th-grade P.E. Mike Horton and Kayla Stuve. 1 ~rew Ul~ in: Hawley, Minn. My favorite memory of school (K-12) is: I have so many memories. Many of my favorite memories are from EE. Any daywe had a chance to play competitively in P.E. was a very good day. My favorite subject in school: Physical Education and Band. When I was little, I wanted to be: I was always sure I would be a teacher. ~I secretly held out hope that the Philadelphia 76ers or the Chicago Bulls professional basketball teams would come calling.) My college(s) and degree(s): University of Minnesota, Moorhead: Physical Education/Health; Augsburg College: Health. ! chose t9 become a teacher because: A huge influence for me was the factthat both of my parents were teachers, and living with that each dayiinstilled an interest and later a passion for teaching in me as well. M~ favorite teachers were: Mr. Elton: Junior high band director/ Math tea~her/8th-grade basketball coach. His ability to motivate . anc! bring excitement for what he was doing was always very evident. He worked each day to bring out the coml~etitiveness in each of us ~and add ~ that a great patience in dealing with us. Mr. ~ansen: Senior high band director. Mr. Hansen demanded the best from us daily and would not settle for anything less. ifi wasn(t a teacher: I am pretty sure I would be working with stu- ~ o dents in ~ome form: fitness center, trainer, etc. I've b~r~ teaching for: t9 years. The best~ part of teaching is: The students and the excitement and eriergy t~at they bring each day. My subject areas allow me the chance t~ see and work with students both from the academic side '~afid through the gym and sports. My farnil~: My wife Charlene is a music teacher, son Brody is in 6th grade, d~ughter Sophia is in 4th grade. My hobbies and interests outside of school: I really enjoy spend- my family. We love biking, fishing, swimming, water skiing, s~nding time in the gym playingcatch, shooting hoops, etc.