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Published April 04 2010

K-12 Notebook: Despite obstacles, Shanley ‘show must go on’

They call it “the musical that will never end.”

After a few obstacles, about 60 students at Fargo Shanley High School will finally present “The Music Man” this week.

Spring flooding postponed performances

by three weeks. And even though a couple of cast members had recent surgeries, they’ll still be on stage this week.

“The show must go on,” technical director Sandy Thiel said.

The school’s 44th play comes with another unique twist.

Two of the main characters, Nick and David Kasper, are cousins. Their fathers were both in plays when they were at the high school, Thiel said. And her son, who also was involved in theater at Shanley, is now the light designer.

Thiel joked that they don’t have to worry about making time for family during the months of play practice.

Performances are on Thursday, Friday and Sunday. The Thursday show features a dinner that starts at 5:45 p.m. Friday’s show starts at

7:30 p.m., and Sunday has 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. shows.

Tickets are $8 for adults, $6 for seniors and students and $4 for Fargo Catholic Schools Network students. Tickets can be purchased at the door or by calling (701) 893-3233.

Moorhead speech stars

The Moorhead High School speech team was recently awarded the “Leading Chapter Award” and the “Team Sweepstakes Award” from the National Forensics League.

Seven speakers also qualified for the national speech tournament in Kansas City, Mo., in June. They are: Kelsey Schroeder, Mark Hanna, Nick Wheeler, Peter Totten, Layne Meyer, Seiko Shastri and Leewana Thomas.

The team is coached by Rebecca Meyer-Larson.

There will an open house at 6 p.m. Monday at Moorhead High School. Tickets are $5 for adults and $3 for students.

Mapleton makeover

The Mapleton (N.D.) School recently received a makeover thanks to 60 college students from across the state.

The Student North Dakota Education Association helped renovate 13 classrooms at the kindergarten through sixth-grade school with the help of local businesses and teachers.

The project was funded by the National Education Association.

Musical champs

Several students recently won the Fargo Moorhead Music Teachers Association’s 2010 Iva Fillibrown Scholarship auditions.

In the junior high division, Fargo eighth-grader Elisabeth Sondrol won first place. Fargo Discovery Middle School eighth-grader Samantha Rahn and Sabin, Minn., seventh-grader Alice Mohs tied for second place.

In the senior high division, Moorhead High School 11th-grader Brianna England took first place. Moorhead Park Christian School 10th-grader Michael Gehrtz took second.

The winners will perform on May 5 in Fjelstad Hall at Concordia College.

Economics challenge

The North Dakota Economics Challenge and Great Plains Economics Challenge were recently held at Minnesota State University Moorhead.

Fergus Falls (Minn.) High School placed first in the Great Plains challenge and a team from Moorhead High School took second.

Moorhead High School student Nicole Nelson took first, classmate Sam Abrahamson took second and Fergus Falls High School student Kate Angulski took third in the large-school division.

In the North Dakota Economics Challenge, a team from Fargo South High School took first. South students Dylan Peterson, Benjamin Schaefer, Alex Steen and Grant Hermanson took home individual awards.


Readers can reach Forum reporters Kelly Smith at (701) 241-5515 and Mila Koumpilova at (701) 241-5524