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Horizon Theater sponsoring talent show fundraiser May 5

Wednesday, April 30th, 2014

Moorhead’s Horizon Middle School Theatre is sponsoring a talent show fundraiser at 7 p.m. Monday, May 5 in the Moorhead High School auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S., with proceeds going to classmate Garrett Grommesh. Tickets are available at the door for a suggested donation of $5 for students and $10 for adults.

Eighth-grader Garrett Grommesh has spina bifida and in 2010 received a new home from ABC’s Extreme Home Makeover. This past fall, Grommesh participated in a play, “Letters to Daddy,” that dealt with bullying. Recently, Grommesh underwent his 55th surgery at the Children’s Hospital in St. Paul. Bad news continues as his entire left lung has filled with fluid and kidney issues have arisen.

His CaringBridge website updated by his mom documents how quickly things can change. To help cheer Grommesh up, a greeting card campaign was organized by a family friend.

Now Horizon Middle School students want to show their support of the well-loved and missed classmate.

The fundraiser is led by the Horizon theater department and the committee of Sue Knorr, Patrick Kasper, Kelly Dubois-Gerchak, Rochelle Roesler, William Franklin and Jennifer McMananmon, with talent provided by students and staff. Emcee will be Patrick Kasper.

Two Moorhead Destination Imagination team advance to Global Finals

Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

Two Moorhead Destination Imagination teams, the Fab Fauve and ArchimeDIs, are advancing to Global Finals after placing first at the 20014 Minnesota Destination Imagination Tournament on April 12 in Champlin Park, Minn.

Several fundraisers are scheduled to help the teams travel to Global Finals on May 21-24 in Knoxville, Tenn.

Pizza Ranch nights are planned for 5-8 p.m. April 30, May 7 and May 14 at the Pizza Ranch on Highway 10. Pizza Ranch will donate money toward the DI teams for each person who mentions Destination Imagination when they order during that time.

Car washes are planned for 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 10 and May 17, weather permitting, at the Moorhead Sunmart.

At the state tournament, the Moorhead High School and Horizon Middle School Destination Imagination team the Fab Fauve placed first in the fine arts challenge, Laugh Art Loud. The Fab Fauve received the Da Vinci Award for exceptional creativity, a unique approach to the problem and risk taking. The team was chosen out of 148 teams to receive the traveling trophy to be displayed by their school district or community. Team members are Abigail Johnson, Lexi Dauner, Emily Karevold, Claire Twedt, Caroline Wirries, Hannah Hendrickson and Emily Pratt. The team is coached by Laurie Johnson.

For its challenge, the team researched a work of art created by an artist from another nation and then theatrically presented a comic strip based on the artwork. They also were required to create three live comic strip panels that included a technical caption contraption and an ARTifact inspired by their chosen work of art.

At the state tournament, the Moorhead High School DI team ArchimeDIs placed first in the technical challenge, Dig In, and received a Renaissance award for demonstrating outstanding skill in the areas of engineering, design and performance. Team members are Anthony Johnson, David Thibert, Seamus Neill, Alex Volk and Nick Cameron. The team is coached by Laurie Johnson.

As part of the challenge, the team had to design and build equipment to detect and remove objects from hiding places and then move the objects across a finish line. They also had to create and present a story about a technology that detects things a human cannot sense without help. The team also competed in improv, Pandemonium, at the state DI tournament.

According to Laurie Johnson, Moorhead regional director for Destination Imagination, the program lends itself perfectly to skills the community has indicated it wants for students.

“Our community, through the district’s community engagement initiative last year, addressed the desire for students to have basic skills plus creativity, critical thinking, collaboration and communication skills,” Johnson said. “In Destination Imagination, students learn and use the 4C’s to solve the DI challenges.”

The need for these college- and career-ready skills has also been seen in the metro area through the Greater Fargo-Moorhead EDC workgroup on the 4C’s, in the state through the World’s Best Workforce legislation, and nationally through 21st century skills.

“As an extracurricular program, DI gives the students who are involved in it the opportunity to develop important skills for their future,” Johnson said. “That is one of its strengths.”

8th Grade Orchestra to perform at the State Honor’s Concert

Monday, March 24th, 2014

Moorhead’s 8th Grade Orchestra makes its 14th appearance at the State Honor’s Concert on Monday, March 31 at Orchestra Hall in Minneapolis.

The 103 members of the Horizon Middle School 8th Grade Orchestra performed at one of three regional orchestra festivals on March 14. Following their performance, the judges selected Moorhead to perform at the State Honor’s Concert on March 31. Forty-seven middle school orchestras performed at the three regional festivals.

The Horizon students will spend a day in sectionals and rehearsals with professional musicians from the Minnesota Orchestra. The day will culminate with an evening concert at 6:30 p.m. where the Horizon 8th Grade Orchestra and seven other orchestras, including ones from Wayzata, Stillwater, Mounds View and Northfield, will perform.

Horizon teams place first, second and fourth in regional math tournament

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

Several Horizon Middle School students received individual awards, and Moorhead teams placed first, second and fourth in the Grade 6 Regional Math Masters Tournament held in Moorhead on March 14. Teams from Detroit Lakes placed third and fifth. Ten teams from the area participated in individual and team rounds.

Horizon Middle School House 6B Team placed first in the Math Masters Tournament. Team members are Hunter Covey, Chrisanto D’Agostino, Sam Grotberg, Brock Klimek and Terry Kreps. Their math teacher is Diana Anderson.

The Horizon House 6A Team placed second in the tournament. Team members are Tyler Balluff, Emma Craig, Kylie Dumas, Cullen Gess and Christian Thingvold. Their math teacher is Sharon Nelson.

The Horizon House 6C Team placed fourth in the tournament. Team members are Rachel Craig, Eric Hawley, Ryan Luthi, Gunner McLeod and Gavin Sorby. Their math teacher is Barb Stack.

Horizon students who earned Fact Drill Awards were Brock Klimek, second place, and Chrisanto D’Agostino, third place. Kylie Dumas, Emma Craig, Cullen Gess, Rachel Craig and Ryan Luthi earned ribbons for Fact Drill.

Individual medals went to Horizon students Emma Craig, first place; Chrisanto D’Agostino, second place; and Brock Klimek, third place. Individual ribbons went to Rachel Craig, Christian Thingvold, Cullen Gess and Ryan Luthi.

Lois Brown and Kathy Cole are the Math Masters coordinators.

Math Masters of Minnesota is a statewide competition that challenges students to use higher-order thinking skills and problem-solving abilities in mathematics and recognizes academic effort and achievement.

Horizon Middle School presents musical comedy ‘Honk!’

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

Moorhead’s Horizon Middle School presents “HONK!,” the musical comedy based on Hans Christian Anderson’s “The Ugly Duckling” at 7 p.m. Feb. 27, Feb. 28 and March 1 and 2 p.m. March 2 at the Moorhead High School auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S. The Feb. 27 performance will be sign language interpreted.

More than 100 Horizon Middle School students are involved in producing “HONK!” The entertaining family musical tells of a young duckling named Ugly whose odd, gawky looks instantly incite prejudice from his family and neighbors. Separated from the farm and pursued by a hungry Cat, Ugly must find his way home. Along his rollicking and harrowing journey he not only discovers his true beauty and glorious destiny, but also finds love and acceptance in all its forms.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets are on sale online at with no service fees. Beginning Feb. 18, tickets may be reserved through the box office at 218-284-2255 for a service fee of $1 per adult ticket and $.50 per student ticket.


Moorhead students earn way to We Day

Monday, November 18th, 2013

More than 20 Horizon Middle School and Moorhead High School students earned their way to We Day after a service project last spring. We Day Minnesota was held Oct. 8 in the Xcel Energy Center and included speakers like Martin Luther King III and Her Majesty Queen Noor of Jordan and performers like The Jonas Brothers and Carly Rae Jepson. Read the full story at

Horizon theater presenting musical “Letters to Daddy” about bullying

Thursday, November 14th, 2013

“Letters to Daddy,” a one-hour musical production that looks at bullying and how it affects children, will be performed by a group of Horizon Middle School eighth-grade students at 7 p.m. Tuesday, November 19 in the Moorhead High School auditorium, 2300 4th Ave. S. General admission tickets will be available at the door.

More than 1,000 Moorhead students will watch the musical performance during the day on Nov. 19 in conjunction with the district’s efforts to address bullying.

Earlier this month, the Horizon students performed “Letters to Daddy” at North Dakota State College of Science for more than 1,200 students from Wahpeton, Fairmount, Campbell-Tintah, Kindred, Hankinson and St. John’s elementary and middle schools.

In “Letters to Daddy,” Caroline Turner, an ordinary 12-year-old girl is has a day full of challenges. Worried about her parents getting divorced, Caroline oversleeps and misses the bus. Ultimately, she winds up in detention after an encounter with a bully that led to a fight at recess. At home, she’s shuttled to her father’s den to contemplate her actions. Caroline discovers a folder of student papers on her father’s desk. He’s a fifth-grade teacher whose class has written anonymous essays that detail painful issues in their lives. Through the issues revealed in the letters and with the help of concerned friends, Caroline gains wisdom, a better understanding of others’ lives, and a greater appreciation of her own life. By the end of the musical, her awful day becomes an awesome day — and the only thing that changed was her perspective.

Horizon’s production of “Letters to Daddy” is being directed by Kelly DuBois Gerchak along with Assistant Director Sue Knorr, Choreographer Patrick Kasper and Musical Director Kathy Ferreira.

“Letters to Daddy” is an original musical production that offers a proactive, theatrical approach to empowering children and making us all aware that there is more to a person’s character than what we see on the outside. Inspired by an elementary school teacher, “Letters to Daddy” was created and developed by 4eProductions as part of its mission to make a difference in the world by balancing entertainment with education. The musical made its debut at The Lycian Theatre in Sugarloaf, N.Y., in July 2009.

Two Moorhead Destination Imagination teams advance to Global Finals

Monday, April 29th, 2013

Two Moorhead Destination Imagination teams took top honors in the State Destination Imagination Tournament on April 20 in Champlin Park, Minn.

The DI Vinci’s, a ninth-grade Moorhead High team, placed first in Challenge B Wind Visible and received a Rennaisance award for Outstanding Design. The team had to research wind energy and incorporate it into an eight-minute presentation in which an “Invisible Visitor” sets something in motion. The team also had to create a piece of kinetic art that used wind energy to initiate and sustain motion for 15 seconds. The same team took third place in Improv, Challenge D Change in Realitee.

The Yards for Youth team of seventh-, eighth- and ninth-grade Horizon Middle School and Moorhead High students took first in ProjectOutreach. The team members addressed a community need with their Yards For Youth sew-a-thon in which they sewed (with the help of volunteers) and donated 325 pillowcases to Sanford Children’s Hospital. The team had to make a movie on its project and incorporate a press conference into an eight-minute presentation.

Both teams will compete against teams from around the world at Global Finals on May 22-25.

Moorhead Destination Imagination team holding Sew-A-Thon on March 23

Tuesday, March 19th, 2013

Yards for Youth, a group of Destination Imagination (DI) students participating in ProjectOutreach, will hold a Sew-A-Thon from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. March 23 at Trinity Lutheran Church, Moorhead. ProjectOutreach is a DI challenge that requires students to identify a community need and create and carry out a project to address this need. The Moorhead DI team’s goal is to sew 100 pillowcases that the team will donate to Sanford Children’s Hospital to be given to pediatric patients who are admitted for treatments and/or surgery.

The team is asking for donations of clean, fun fabrics or monetary donations to purchase fabric and thread. Each pillowcase takes 1 yard of fabric. Donations can be left in each of the Moorhead school offices.

If you would like to volunteer on March 23, please bring fabric and join in the fun. Snacks will be provided.

Contact Team Manager Laurie Johnson at with questions.

Horizon Middle School presents “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer”

Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

A beloved character in American literature comes to life in the jubilant musical “The Adventures of Tom Sawyer,” presented by Horizon Middle School theater. Performances of this Broadway musical version of Mark Twain’s semi-autobiographical novel will be Feb. 28, March 1 and March 2 at 7 p.m. and March 3 at 2 p.m. at the Moorhead High School auditorium. The Feb. 28 performance will be sign language interpreted.

This lively tale is set in 1840 in St. Petersburg, Missouri, a bustling town on the banks of the Mississippi River. Thirteen-year-old Tom navigates the trials of teen life as he goes head-to-head with his Aunt Polly, falls in love with the pretty, spirited Becky Thatcher, and embarks on a grand adventure with Becky and the irresistible Huckleberry Finn. Along the way, Tom meets a terrifying man named Injun Joe and interacts with a host of colorful townspeople.

Based on the book by Ken Ludwig, with music and lyrics by songwriter Don Schlitz, this family show is filled with foot-stomping, toe-tapping songs that will introduce a whole new generation to Twain’s memorable characters.

Tickets are $8 for adults and $5 for students. Tickets go on sale Feb. 19. Call 218-284-2345 to purchase tickets or purchase tickets at the door.