Sartell-Sauk Rapids 10U Blue Stormin’ Sabres bring home gold
The 2013-14 Sartell-Sauk Rapids girls 10U Blue Stormin’ Sabres took the Bernick’s Arena ice on Feb. 2-3 to wrap up their open tournament competition for the year. After picking up second-place trophies at Colder by the Lake tournament in Superior, Wis. and the All-American Girls Hockey Tournament at the Schwan’s Super Rink in Blaine, the girls brought home the gold, and hoisted the trophy as champions on their home ice in the StormnSabres 10U tournament. After cruising past the Fargo Freeze 5-0, the Stormin Sabres had all they could handle against Alexandria, and their goaltender’s 30-plus saves. Down 3-1 in the third period with less than four minutes to play, it looked like Sartell/Sauk Rapids was heading for Sunday’s third-place game. With the goalie pulled, and an extra attacker, the girls pulled off the improbable and scored two goals, including the equalizer with 45 seconds to go. The players and home fans went crazy! The exhilaration carried the team into overtime when they buried the game-winner just two minutes in. The championship match-up on Sunday paired Sartell-Sauk Rapids against a formidable Hutchinson squad who prevailed 3-1 in previous competition. The two championship caliber teams did not disappoint and the closely contested match went to the Stormin’ Sabres 1-0.
“Clever Maids: Stories From the Brothers Grimm” will feature original story theater adaptations of “The Golden Key,” “Little Red Cap,” “The Hare and The Hedgehog,” “Clever Gretel,” “Hansel and Gretel” and “The Four Artful Sisters.” These tales tell the stories of some of the women of the brothers Grimm: the tricksters, and heroines, mothers, and sisters, the wicked stepmothers and witches. As always in Story Theater, shadow imagery will be featured (this time under the supervision of New York Shadow Puppet Master Rachel Oakes) and special to this show, shadows will be designed, constructed and operated by the ensemble.
Since graduating from CSB in 1987, Hendrickson has worked as a performer, director and teacher in Minneapolis, New York (where she has lived since 1995) and all over the world. She is an expert in the fields of actor training, the improvisation games of Viola Spolin and Story Theater techniques. In 2011, Hendrickson assistant directed the Tony award-winning Broadway revival of “Death of A Salesman,” directed by Mike Nichols. From 2002-10 she acted as vice president and senior improvisation and acting faculty of the world-renowned New Actors Workshop in New York City, a two-year professional conservatory founded by George Morrison, Nichols and Paul Sills, who originated the Story Theater form in the 1960s.
In addition to her work at New Actors Workshop, Hendrickson has been a guest artist/educator or director at Dartmouth College, Antioch University, Stella Adler School of Acting, New York Conservatory for Dramatic Arts, New Jersey Performing Arts Center, as well as internationally at the Metodi Festival in Tuscany, KHIO (National Conservatory) in Oslo, Artcenicas in Rio De Janeiro, and SPOLIN-IST in Istanbul. In 2011, Hendrickson co-founded and began her tenure as artistic director of Jersey City Children’s Theater, bringing the teachings of Neva Boyd, Spolin and Sills to the youth of Jersey City, N.J. in the forms of both education/outreach and Story Theater performance. JCCT has served more than 12,000 Jersey City residents since its opening.
Says Katie Kenfield, assistant director and CSB class of 2014: “This show is unlike anything I have been a part of in my four years at CSB. Each day the ensemble creates a dynamic energy and coupled with unwavering commitment transforms our world into that of the Grimms stories. Clever Maids: Stories From the Brothers Grimm creates a sense of empowerment through the use of words, mindful physicality and simplistic visual cues. Beauty is found as the ensemble works as a cohesive unit to support one another equally in each moment of the show. This show is meant to be a community affair, one that is inspired by the obvious love of the work spearheaded by Kathy Hendrickson and the ensemble.”
“It has been an amazing journey with these students and they have created a personal, poignant and very cool show,” Hendrickson said. “Story Theater is an incredibly physical and intuitive form of theater that comes from adaptation of epic stories and through our findings in each and every rehearsal. The entire cast jumped right in with their ideas and vision from the first workshop. This is their show and these are their stories; We have only used these Grimms’ tales as an entrance into metaphor and to lessons learned as young adults mature and become more independent, more empowered. With CSB celebrating its 100th anniversary this year, I thought it vital to focus on the women’s journey in the stories and we chose source material with that in mind. For me personally, these lessons of independence and empowerment I learned as a student at St. Ben’s have supported me my entire life.”
For more information or tickets, call 320-363-5777 or visit www.csbsju.edu/fine-arts.
Two Sartell students recently received the D.J. Robertson Award for earning “straight A” averages for the fall semester at the University of North Dakota, Grand Forks. They are Ashley Regnier and Brandon Yurczyk.
Two Sartell students who attend St. Cloud State University were recently awarded Philip Halenbeck scholarships. They are Brandon Burggraff, a junior, and Andrew Hessler, a sophomore. The scholarships are available to full-time undergraduate students who have displayed a high level of academic achievement, demonstrated financial need and graduated from a Central Minnesota high school.
Three Sartell students were recently named to the fall dean’s list at Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa. They are the following: Jack Hellie, Emily Marincic and Madison Thompson. Students must achieve a grade-point average of 3.5 or above to earn this honor.
Josh Hughes of Sartell, a senior psychology major at Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall, will present his undergraduate research entitled “Health Halo Effects from Diet and Zero Calorie Sodas at the state Capitol rotunda on Feb. 26. His faculty advisor is Scott Peterson. A total of 35 students will present research posters during the Minnesota Undergraduate Scholars event, which highlights the research of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities students. The Capitol presentations allow students to share the results of the work with legislators and other leaders in state government and draws attention to the work being done on the MnSCU campuses around the state.
Dr. Danise Miller, OD joins PineCone Vision Center as director of vision therapy services. While practicing primary care optometry as a self-employed optometrist, she developed a passion for rehabilitative vision therapy for all ages which led her to specialization.
Dr. Miller graduated with honors from St. Cloud State University and went on to graduate with honors from Michigan College of Optometry at Ferris State University. She is an as adjunct professor of optometry and has advanced training in vision therapy. She took applied concept classes attending courses at the College of Optometrists in Vision Development, taught by industry leading doctors. This then led Dr. Miller to seek additional training at the Coleman Vision Improvement Center in Joplin, Mo. From there she completed an intensive, year-long vision therapy workshop in San Diego, Calif.
She is a member of the Neuro-Optometric Rehabilitation Association, Optometric Extension Program, College of Optometrist in Vision Development, American Optometric Association and Minnesota Optometric Association. She also volunteers for the Special Olympics-Lions Clubs International Opening Eyes health program, as well as, the American Optometric Association’s InfantSEE infant public health program. Miller also participates in Lions Clubs International and Brainerd Elks Lodge #615.
Paul Fenlason, a Sartell graduate, is a finalist in Innovation Challenge ’14. The third annual competition to be held March 3-6 at North Dakota State University in Fargo focuses on innovative work of students. It’s a featured event of NDSU’s Innovation Week, sponsored by the NDSU Research and Technology Park. The team of “Healthy Cake Co.” uses corn to produce healthier versions of desserts. The project is by Fenlason, who is advised by Pushparajah Thavarjah, assistant professor in the School of Food Systems. The finalists, including nine entries in the product track, six contenders in the service track and five teams in the corn track, will give an oral presentation to be judged on Wednesday, March 5. The Innovation Challenge ’14 awards ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, March 6. For more information on Innovation Week ’14, visit http://www.ndsuresearchpark.com/siteselectors/Pages/default.aspx.
Kimberly (Thompson) Stommes has recently been named 2014 Mrs. St. Cloud and will represent our community at the 2014 Mrs. Minnesota pageant where she will compete for a grand prize package and the opportunity to represent Minnesota at the 2014 Mrs. International pageant. The pageant will be held at 6 p.m. Saturday, March 8 at the St. Cloud State University Atwood Center Ballroom.
Stommes graduated in 2006 from Sartell High School. She is the wife of Jeremy Stommes (from Richmond), and together they have a 5-year-old daughter, Ava. Kimberly recently graduated from the University of St. Thomas School of Law, was admitted into the Minnesota State Bar Association and is currently employed as a judicial law clerk. She is an avid volunteer in the community, volunteering most of her time with the American Diabetes Association and the Sauk Rapids Riverside Lions Club.
The Mrs. International pageant system recognizes women for their commitment to family, profession, and community stewardship. Throughout her year, the new Mrs. St. Cloud International will not only compete for the state crown, but she will also be available to speak on her platform, Stop the Shots, which is about raising awareness for diabetes prevention and management. She will also make appearances, do special presentations and assist with civic and non-profit-oriented projects. To schedule an appearance, contact the state office at 952-432-6758.
Stommes is currently seeking sponsorship support as she prepares for the state competition. Those who have already pledged their support include the Sauk Rapids Riverside Lions Club (she is their treasurer and first vice president) as well as Showcase Properties Real Estate. If you are interested in sponsoring Stommes, or would like information about attending the Mrs. International pageant, call Pageant Unlimited at 952-432-6758.