John's Journal
Waseca High School Receives Hearts Of The Arts Award3/12/2019
INDIANAPOLIS ? The Waseca (Minnesota) High School Theatre Department has been selected as the 2019 Section 5 recipient of the "National High School Heart of the Arts Award? by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS).

The National High School Heart of the Arts Award was created by the NFHS to recognize those individuals who exemplify the ideals of the positive heart of the arts that represent the core mission of education-based activities. This is the sixth year that the National High School Heart of the Arts Award has been offered.

?Booby Trap? ? which is the story of an American soldier who sits in a far-off combat zone trapped in place by a land mine ? has been performed by school groups around the country. However, perhaps none of them captured the emotions involved with it as well as the Waseca High School version, which contained a rare personal touch.

Waseca's presentation is dedicated to Caleb Erickson, a Waseca High School graduate and member of the United States Marine Corps who was killed while serving his nation. Adding to the emotions of the experience, Erickson?s family grew very close to the students who performed, and the play also raised money to assist area military veterans.

Erickson, who was only 20 years old when he died, was a member of the Waseca High School football and wrestling programs. He joined the Marines after graduation and was killed in combat in 2014 in Afghanistan when a line of military vehicles was attacked. He was a gunner on the final vehicle in the convoy.

After rehearsals had begun, Waseca High School theatre director Karen Pfarr Anderson came up with the idea of dedicating the play to Caleb. She contacted Caleb?s older sister, Rue Erickson, about it, and she approved the proposal.

What followed was nothing short of amazing, as people came to see the play in droves. While there are no admission fees for one-act plays at the school, thousands of dollars in donations were raised. More than mere monetary gain, the cast and crew of the production forged a very strong personal relationship with Caleb?s family.

About the Award
The NFHS divides the nation into eight geographical sections. The states in Section 5 are Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Nebraska, Kansas and Missouri.

Nominations for this award were generated through NFHS member state associations and reviewed by the NFHS Heart of the Arts Award Selection Committee composed of state association staff members.
While the national winner will be recognized June 29 at the NFHS Summer Meeting in Indianapolis, Indiana, the section winners will be recognized within their respective states and will receive awards before the end of the current school year.

Class 4A Girls State Basketball Tournament3/11/2019
Wednesday through Saturday at Williams Arena and Maturi Pavilion
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Quarterfinal pairings

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Wednesday at Williams Arena

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Maple Grove vs. Centennial, noon
Shakopee vs. Stillwater, 2 p.m.
Forest Lake vs. Eastview, 4 p.m.


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Wednesday through Saturday at Williams Arena and Maturi Pavilion
(All semifinals and championship games at Williams Arena)

Quarterfinal pairings

Class 3A
Wednesday at Maturi Pavilion

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Class 2A Girls State Basketball Tournament3/11/2019
Wednesday through Saturday at Williams Arena and Maturi Pavilion
(All semifinals and championship games at Williams Arena)

Quarterfinal pairings

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Wednesday at Williams Arena

Redwood Valley vs. Roseau, 6 p.m.
Proctor vs. Caledonia, 8 p.m.
Wednesday at Maturi Pavilion
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(All semifinals and championship games at Williams Arena)

Quarterfinal pairings

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