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Moorhead High speech team duo wins first at national tournament

Thursday, July 3rd, 2014

After winning its 20th Section 8AA title and advancing a record 27 speakers to the 2014 Class AA state speech tournament this year, Moorhead High School’s speech team now has been recognized as one of the top in the nation.

Nine Moorhead High School speech team members qualified for the 2014 National Forensics League Speech Tournament last month in Kansas. Jordan Hartjen and Matthew Wisenden were named national champions in duo interpretation, and the Moorhead High School speech team was awarded the Speech School of Excellence Award, placing the team as one of the top speech schools in the nation.

In other results, Drew Swenson and Karina Twedt placed eighth in duo interpretation, Katie Beedy placed in the top 30 in the nation in oratory, and Auna Lee placed in the top 60 in humorous interpretation.

While Hartjen and Wisenden are Moorhead High’s first national speech champions, the speech team has had numerous national winners over the years. In 2013, Nina Grollman placed second in humorous interpretation after having placed fourth in humorous interpretation in 2012. In 2012, Devon Manney placed sixth in dramatic interpretation. In 2011, Grollman and Sam Wisenden placed fourth in duo interpretation, and Trevor Larson placed third in humor.

Rebecca Meyer-Larson is the speech coach.

Cho Kio yearbook project seeks missing Moorhead High yearbooks for archives

Tuesday, May 20th, 2014

The Moorhead High School archives is seeking missing Cho Kio yearbooks to complete its collection. Retired staff members or alumni who are downsizing are asked to consider donating gently used yearbooks — even those with writing in them — to the Moorhead High School yearbook project.

As the 1964 graduates prepare to celebrate their 50th reunion this fall during Moorhead High School’s homecoming weekend they purchased the final four 1964 yearbooks for classmates who have lost their yearbooks because of fires, floods, moves or other difficult circumstances.

This was the impetus for this project.

Now Jeanne Aske, MHS Class of 1964, and Karen Krebsbach, Moorhead High language arts teacher and yearbook advisor, have joined forces to chair the Cho Kio Yearbook Project.

There are no copies of the Cho Kio in the archives for these years: 1918, 1919, 1920, 1929, 1931, 1932, 1935, 1942-45, 1947, 1949, 1954, 1961, 1966, 1973, 1994 — 18 years with no yearbook at all. Floods are responsible for some of this, the project coordinators said.

Donated yearbooks will be stored at MHS and made available to alumni.

Every year Krebsbach is contacted by families of Moorhead High alumni searching for genealogy information. They visit the high school and pour through the yearbooks, often scanning images to add to their research.
The project coordinators believe now is the time to bring the yearbook archives up to date and are asking for help in spreading the word about these missing editions.

Moorhead High School band to retire 30-year-old marching band uniforms

Thursday, May 15th, 2014

The Moorhead High School band is replacing its 30-year-old marching band uniforms. According to yearbook records, the marching band uniforms have been in the school district since at least 1983. The uniforms include black pants with an orange stripe, a black jacket with Moorhead HS embroidered on the shoulder, an overlay with an “M” on the front, a cape that reads “Spuds,” and a hat. The uniforms were made by DeMoulin.

Thousands of Moorhead High band students will remember wearing these uniforms with the signature cape.

The band department is looking for alumni, theater organizations or citizens who may like a piece of Moorhead High band history. If you are interested in one or more uniforms, contact Pam Redlinger at or 218-284-2431. Uniforms are being released for free, but if you need it shipped somewhere, cost is $15 per uniform.

The marching band will welcome new uniforms this August. It will include black “bibber” pants and a jacket with the updated Moorhead logo on the chest. Watch for the Moorhead High School Marching Band in various local parades this fall.

Moorhead High Student Council holding second annual self-esteem boosting event for teen girls

Monday, May 12th, 2014

The Moorhead High School Student Council is hosting an event for all area young women in grades 6-12 called “Beautiful to the Core” from 6-9:45 p.m. Thursday, May 15, in the Moorhead High School auditorium.

This free event is aimed to empower young women and will feature breakout sessions with local speakers Dayna Del Val, Judy Green, Lois Griesen and Kathy Hunstad. Closing comments will feature Moorhead’s Mayor Del Rae Williams. Each speaker will present an uplifting, motivational, inspiring message for young women.

“Our mission is to empower the women in our community to believe in themselves and form connections with other strong women,” said Vianna Berhow, co-president of the Moorhead High School Student Council.

Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be given away.

The idea for “Beautiful to the Core” came from three Moorhead alumni who, along with Moorhead High teacher Dawn Gunderson, organized and coordinated the event, which drew approximately 225 attendees last spring.

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.”

Moorhead High music ensembles earn superior ratings

Tuesday, April 22nd, 2014

Competing against the performing groups from all Northern Region 8AA schools, Moorhead High School’s Concert Choir, Chorale, Chamber Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra and Wind Ensemble earned top honors in each of their categories at the Minnesota State High School League’s Region/State Large Group Music Contest in Bemidji earlier this month. Each group was awarded superior ratings by a panel of professional musicians and music educators.

The Moorhead High choirs are directed by Kathie Brekke, the Moorhead High Wind Ensemble is directed by Pam Redlinger and the Moorhead High Orchestras are directed by Jon Larson.

Moorhead High Theatre presents “The Crucible” April 24-27

Monday, April 14th, 2014

This April, Moorhead High Theatre presents Arthur Miller’s Tony-Award winning stage play, “The Crucible.” Tickets are on sale now for performances at 7:30 p.m. April 24-27.

“The Crucible” was written in 1953 at the height of the Red Scare as an allegory for McCarthyism, and centers around the events of the Salem Witch Trials of 1692. The show captures a fictionalized account of a time in history rife with paranoia, hysteria and deceit.

Moorhead High School’s production of “The Crucible” is directed by Dawn Gunderson and includes more than 40 actors and technicians working to bring the show to life.

“The Crucible” will be performed at 7:30 p.m. April 24, 25, 26 and 27 in the Moorhead High School Auditorium. Tickets are $10 for adults and $6 for students and can be purchased by calling the Moorhead High Box office at 218-284-2255 or going online to

Moorhead High chemistry teacher named 2014 Moorhead Teacher of the Year

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Moorhead High chemistry teacher Jana Kasper grew up in a teaching family and tried for her first years of college to not be a teacher. She knew teaching could mean long hours and work at home, and she thought she was going to do something different.

It was her love of working with kids and the challenge that each year brings with a new set of students that drew her to teaching.

Kasper, who has taught at Moorhead High School for the last 27 years, has been named the 2014 Moorhead Teacher of the Year by the Education Moorhead Communications Committee. Read the article at

Wrestling team advances to state for second straight year

Monday, February 24th, 2014

The Moorhead High School wrestling team, coached by Skip Toops, has advanced to the state tournament for the second year in a row. Last year the team won its first section title since 1981. Read the article at

Spud hockey players read to kindergarten students

Monday, February 24th, 2014

Moorhead High School boys hockey team members read to Moorhead kindergartners last month as part of a program developed by Jon Ammerman, boys hockey head coach. Read the article at