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Swimmers, Divers Place 11th at State
The D-C Chargers placed 11th as a team at the state swim meet, the highest place in team history.
The medley relay (Kallie Evans, Elisa Burgstahler, Amy Weiss and Olivia Travis placed 15th. Olivia Travis finished 14th in the 200 free and Elisa Burgstahler was third. Elisa broke her own school record swimming 1:52.85. In diving, Bethany Mayfield placed 15th and Caitie Latt placed 16th. In the 100 free Olivia Travis moved up to 13th place. In the 100 Breaststroke, Elisa placed 4th. In the final event, the 400 free relay (Olivia Travis,Amy Weiss,Emily Kivisto,Elisa Burgstahler), D-C earned it's first ever medal for a relay at the state meet placing 5th.
Nine swimmers and divers qualified for the state meet (pictured above): Elisa Burgstahler, Caitlin Latt, Amy Weiss, Hana Pokornowski, Oliva Travis, Bethany Mayfield, Kallie Evans, Carli Kirchoff and Emily Kivisto.
Qualifying entries include the following:
Medley Relay: Kallie Evans, Elisa Burgstahler, Amy Weiss, Hana Pokornowski
Two records were set during the qualifying section meet: Elisa Burgstahler in the 100 Breaststroke (1:04.58) and the 400 Free Relay team of Emily Kivisto, Amy Weiss, Olivia Travis and Elisa Burgstahler (3:38.99).
The section team also had a team GPA of 4.0, earning a gold standard.
The state meet took place at the University of Minnesota Aquatic Center, Nov. 12-14. Meet information and complete results can be found on the Minnesota State High School League website.
FFA Food Science Team First in the Nation
Thirteen members of the Dassel-Cokato FFA organization completed successfully at the 87th National Convention in Louisville, Kentucky during the last week of October.
The Food Science team took top honors, placing first in the nation, and Lydia Meredith placed first overall individually as well. Other members of the team included Christina Babb (12th overall), Alyssa Torola (18th), Mistin Petersen (39th) and Kaitlyn Uldrych (alternate). Each student of the winning team will receive a $1,000 prize.
The Food Science students were tested on their knowledge of food science and how to apply that knowledge in real-life situations. Each team completed a timed team product development project, while the individual team members also completed practicums in food sensory evaluation, food safety and sanitation as well as a written exam.
Advisor Eric Sawatzke expressed great pride in his team's hard work and accomplishments and extended a big thank you and congratuations to Danita Piepenburg for coaching the Food Science team.
Other high honors at the convention included the following:
National Chapter Award: DC FFA was awarded the 3-star National Chapter Award at convention this year. This award signifies that the chapter is working hard to be successful in all areas of development including, student, chapter, and community development. The 2013-2014 DC FFA Officer team completed an 18 page application highlighting the top 9 events held by DC FFA during the year.
American Degree: Jessica Juncewski earned the highest degree awarded by our organization. To earn her degree, Jessica had to earn $7,500 in her Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE), participate in 10 activities beyond the chapter level, complete 6 agriculture courses, and serve at least 50 hours of service learning projects.
National Officer: DC FFA helps train candidates for National FFA office. Six individuals are selected each year to serve our organization of over 610,000 members. These six students will travel the country and even to Japan to help inspire students to become involved and serve others. One candidate that DC FFA trained, Victoria Maloch from Arkansas, was selected as the 2014-2015 National FFA Secretary.
There are over 7,500 FFA chapters across the nation.
Recently, MN Cornerstone featured the team in an article.
NHS Holds Annual Induction Ceremony
The National Honor Society held its annual induction ceremony in the Performing Arts Center. Twenty-two new members were inducted this year.
Students inducted into NHS must meet specified academic criteria and receive a sufficient number of staff recommendations. NHS members are expected to display a high level of character and leadership in addition to academic accomplishments.
Activities Office new online registration
Dassel Cokato High School Activities Office is excited to announce a new online registration process for all 7th – 12th grade athletic and fine arts activities, beginning fall of 2014. This “paperless” process will make annual registration for activities easier for students, parents and the Activities Office staff. See letter for more information.
Dassel-Cokato Ranked 30th best High School in MN
In a recent US News and World Report ranking of Minnesota's 772 high schools, Dassel-Cokato was rated at number 30. This is the second year in a row that DCHS is ranked in the top 30.
This very high placement was based on a comprehensive ranking methodology including educating all of its students and showing academic outcomes. More information about the report, as well as complete rankings, can be found on the US News and World Report website.
Weather Related Announcements
This year we are taking full-advantage of our Campus student system and added a feature that is able to contact all of our parents and staff in a very short period of time for important announcements from school. For late-starts, early-outs and cancellations Mr. Powers will use this system. Cell phone numbers, home phone numbers and other numbers for parents will be called with the notification . Mr. Powers will also contact radio and TV stations as he has done in the past. If you need to update your contact information, please contact the DCHS Office. (more)
Helpful Videos Available
The high school guidance staff and administration has held several help sessions this school year. You may view an archived video of the presentations online. You may also download or view the PowerPoint presentations shared at each. The sessions included information on college credit, financial aid, registration and the Plan test.
New ACT Prep Site Available
Minnesota Career Information System (MnCIS) and the new ACT Online Prep Course and Practice Tests are available to Dassel-Cokato students preparing to take the ACT.
The Online course allows students to take a pretest and then customizes lessons for them based on their pretest results. In addition to test content they also have some very good test strategies.
The other option students have is to take one of 3 practice tests in English, Math, Reading, Science, and Writing. They can do this timed or untimed.
If students or parents have questions about this program, they should contact Mr. Tool in the HS guidance office.
Dassel-Cokato High School
4852 Reardon Ave. S.W.
Cokato, MN 55321
Phone: (320) 286-4100 ext. 1800
Fax: (320) 286-4201
Mr. Dean Jennissen, Principal
Service Learning Survey--10th - 12th grade