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Students Complete Class Triathlon
Eighteen students from one of Mr. Helget's Physical Education classes completed their final test on May 20th by completing a triathlon. The course began with a 425 yard swim at the High School Pool. Many students, families and former DC graduates gathered to cheer on the participants. The event then transitioned to 20 mile biking segment which traveled to Dassel’s Spring Lake Park and on to Cokato’s Memorial Park. Students finished the race by running 6.2 miles that ended up at the high school track. Staff, students and community volunteers helped to make this a successful event.
Emma and Warren Pringnitz Compete at Nationals
Emma and Warren Pringnitz advanced into duo quarter-finals at the Speech National Individual Event Tournament of Champions in Lincoln, Nebraska. Emma and Warren placed in the top thirty duo in the nation, and as a team, they tied for 9th out of 72 in the Act 1 division. (Emma and Warren are pictured above with coach Steinleitner.)
Dassel-Cokato Community Theater Update
Dassel-Cokato Community Education is extremely excited to announce that the Fungus Amongus Players winter production of “The Romancers” was selected to be performed at the National Association of Community Theatres (AACT) Festival to be held June 23-27, 2015, in Grand Rapids, Michigan!
Due to this prestigious honor and opportunity, the very difficult decision was made to cancel plans to produce a large-cast musical this summer. Auditions announced for “The Pirates of Penzance” will not be held this month as previous planned. The Community Theatre board is considering other options for a production later this year so please stay tuned for a future announcement!
The opportunity to perform at this significant national competition may never present itself again so our troupe’s focus and efforts will be placed on preparing for Nationals. We understand that not having a summer show will be very disappointing to many. As one board member so eloquently put it, “I’m a strong believer in doing less, better. If resources and personnel are going to be stretched too thin, while trying to balance two productions, the quality of each would suffer. It is the outstanding quality of the Dassel-Cokato theatre program that is making this difficult decision necessary in the first place!”
The road to this prominent national competition began March 22 when the Fungus Amongus Players’ performance was awarded Best of Festival at the 2015 Minnesota Association of Community Theatres (MACT) Festival hosted right here at the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center. The troupe then went on to represent Minnesota in the Region V AACT Festival in Newton, IA on April 26. The other states included in this competition were Iowa, Kansas, Missouri, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota. Once again Dassel-Cokato Community Theatre was chosen Best of Festival and will proudly represent our entire region at the national festival in June, competing against the other 10 regional winners throughout the US as well one international production.
Your continued support of Dassel-Cokato Community Theatre is very much appreciated! As requested by many in the community, a final encore public performance of “The Romancers” will be held at the Dassel-Cokato Performing Arts Center on Wednesday, June 3, at 7:00 pm. Come and see how the show will be performed in competition, including the timed set-up and take-down of the set as well as the cut version of the original performance as presented at the Dassel History Center last winter. Free-will donations will be accepted and will be used to help offset some of the expenses involved in participating in Nationals. Donations may also be dropped off at the Dassel-Cokato Community Education office.
DCHS Team Places 8th
at the International DECA Conference
David Howell, Ryan Chvojicek, and Holton Miller represented Dassel-Cokato DECA at the DECA International Career Development Conference from April 25th-29th and placed 8th in the Virtual Business Retailing category.
The boys ran a business simulation where they open up either an electronics, grocery, or sporting goods store which is chosen at random. They are in charge of staffing, stocking, marketing, pricing, and nearly all aspects of running the store. They compete against 7 other teams to see who will make the most profit.
There were more than 18,000 students attending the conference. Some from as far away as China.
DECA advisor, Mr. Neil Schlagel said, "All in all it was a great experience for them. They are looking forward to competing again next year and trying to improve on their finish at the 2016 ICDC in Nashville."
The DC team qualified for nationals by taking first place in regional competition and finishing 3rd in the nation in the preliminary rounds out of more than 2500 teams.
FFA Attends State Convention
Ag Issues Headed to Nationals
DC FFA had an very successful State FFA Convention with many teams scoring in the top 5 in the entire state. Highlighting the event was teh Ag Issues team who earned the state championship and will now compete at national in Louisville, KY in the fall. The Ag Issues team includes Emma Erickson, Mary Koivisto, Dylan Terning, David Kivisto and Josh Monson.
Other top finishers included the following second place finishers: Natalia Marttinen (Creed Speaking), Katrina Impola, Courtney Halonen, Abbi Anderson, Erin Aho (Foriculture Team), Jack Zeidler, Erynn Amundson, Katie Hendrickson, Mark Pringnitz, Eric Meredith, Nolan Marttinen (Novice Parlimentary Procedure), Spencer Flood, Melissa Moy, Max Burkhardt, Madeline Marttinen, Kaitlyn Niska, Natalia Marttinen (Parliamentary Procedure), and Emily Amundson (Prepared Public Speaking). The Nursery/Lanscaping team (Madeline Marttinen, Alicia Johnson, Nick Selseth, Melissa Moy) placed 4th.
As a team, D-C won a National Chapter Award for placing 10th in the state.
Students of Excellence Honored
Isak Haataja, Rachel Larson, Erin Aho, and Matthew Dahlseng represented DCHS at the Students of Excellence Banquet in St. Cloud. Congratulations to them on their accomplishments!
Faculty Follies is a Success
Over 1,000 people attended Dassel-Cokato Faculty Follies on April 18. The lively crowd watched school staff perform skits and music in a spoof based on The Tonight Show theme featuring Jake Stang as Jakey Failin'. Over $5,100 was raised in ticket sales, and all profits will go toward student scholarships. A big thanks goes out to everyone who participated and attended.
Say Thank You to The People Who Coach Your Children!
Within the Dassel-Cokato Activities Department work over 70 coaches and advisors. Countless more work with our Community Education programs. Although our core mission is education during the regular school day the opportunities provided by extra-curricular and after-school program are extremely important. The many adults that dedicate their time to running these programs deserve our thanks and gratitude.
The hours worked by our coaches and advisors during games, at practices, and preparing for both events go well beyond the financial compensation they receive. Oftentimes they are giving up their time with families to support the efforts of our children and opportunities to earn more money doing more traditional jobs.
Unfortunately, the environment surrounding activities can become very negative because of parent and fan input. The competitive nature of athletics, and fine arts competitions, does not always bring out the best in us.
Within our district I am seeing less willingness to provide leadership in our after school activities programs and some of that is driven by the constant stress that our coaches and advisors experience.
I enjoy winning as much as anyone and expect us to run competitive programs. With that said, it is most important that all of us use activities to teach our children how to be good team mates, accept leadership, show leadership, and learn how to deal with wins and losses in a positive healthy manner. The future success of our children is much more grounded in the many positive character traits, disciplines, and qualities that are taught through activities than it is in their abilities as an athlete or performer. The percentages of people who make their living as an athlete or performer are infinitesimally small.
Let’s work together to help our students keep the proper perspective on activities and advocate for the many coaches and advisors that make our activity programs possible. Say thank you to your child’s coach or advisor. They greatly need all of us to provide them with support and encouragement!
D-C Places First in State
Unified Basketball Competition
The Dassel-Cokato unified basketball team took first place in the state tournament the last weekend in March. D-C is the Division C team champion. Congratulations!
D-C Weight Room Fundraiser
The D-C Weight Room is in need of expansion and equipment. Please consider helping us to "Power up the Weight Room." See the links below to view information about donating online, and look at the items included in the D-C clothing fundraiser.
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.
Recently, MN Cornerstone featured the team in an article.
FRIDAY IS CHARGER DAY
As a continuation of our school pride theme, all students and staff are encouraged to wear the Dassel-Cokato Charger colors on Fridays throughout the year.
The colors are blue and white.
DC CHARGER SONG LYRICS
Here come the DC Chargers,
fighting to keep our honor;
Cheer for the DC Chargers,
we’ll win this game! (Rah, Rah, Rah!)
Here’s to the blue and white;
with all our might we’ll fight.
Onward to victory,
we’ll win this game tonight! (Fight!)
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Cokato, MN 55321