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SENTINEL TRIBUNE Education Wednesday, February 3, 2010 Page 8 Two Bears Emerged from A Hallowed Wood In Laura's (Laura Ingalls Wilder for those who are not from around here) book, On The Banks of Plum Creek, Pa spent three days covered with a Buffalo coat in a blizzard until he could make it home for Christmas. Pa would have appreciated the wrestling mat beds we nestled on and the brownies and egg bake we chewed our way through in our little night on the prairie last week. Seems we got a lot of news coverage for doing the only sensible thing. Perhaps it was a slow news day or that common sense is not always so com- mon and needs to be celebrated when it is observed in the wild! Two bears emerged from a hallowed wood. (Sound frostily familiar?) They had been in a protected for- est not unlike the schools we maintain to give every child the best possible chance at success. And though a common mantra in education is that "All Children Can Succeed", in the bears world, not every bear has the same speed, cunning, knowledge, experience, great parents, food or shelter. There is no level playing field. The real bear world is not fair nor always safe. That said, Big Bear and Little Bear shuffled out of the forest into a green meadow where they saw an eagle soaring high in the sky. At almost the same instance, they both said "Cool!" which sounded like a loud growl that sent many small forest creatures scrambling for cover. Being large and with few natural enemies Little Bear and Big Bear were both supremely confident. They had a good bear education. Their bear parents had cuddled and encouraged and rewarded them for just about every good thing they did. Papa and Mama Bear had listened closely to Dr. Phil Bear and O Paw Bear and seen several reruns of Judge Judy Blueberry so they figured they were on the right path. If other bears could fly, then so could theirs. They had seen elephants like Dumbo fly and had heard of horseflies so it must be possible. At bear graduation, only one old grisly snorted and said to use some com- mon sense. Other bear parents nodded politely. Big Bear took off on his own. Flying didn't look so hard from the ground. Just put out your paws and sail though the air. It must be like swimming. He was a great floater! Big Bear took a lumbering run and hurtled off the cliff edge. It was only a small cliff but he dropped like the economy of 2009 and hit the wall -- and ended up in a bare bones hospital that cost a lot and really took the wind out of his sails. Now after one big crash, Big Bear was not sure he wanted to try anything and he moved back to his parent's cave. Big Bear went through several cycles of hibernation until he finally took a job at the zoo as a comedian to the delight of small children and light hearted adults. Little Bear started off small. He made paper airplanes out of ferns and rhubarb leaves. He looked at other animals that flew. He exercised and learned to ride a bike, walk on his hands and dance. One day a bear friend mentioned that Little Bear was very talented and should run away and join the circus. Little Bear didn't run away but he auditioned for the circus and got in with a group of very talented acro- bats and dancing bears. They even used trampolines and did tricks in the air. Little Bear was flying at last and it felt great. The circus traveled all over the world, often by airplane. He could look down from the planes' windows and see the eagles soar. Little Bear experi- enced the joy of flight but there was much more to his life than just gliding though the air. And that's the bear facts where every one is not cre- ated the same (how boring) and not everyone develops at the same rate with the same interests or skills or desires-- thank goodness. If you don't want the bear analogy start here. It is always time to look at schooling after graduation from high school. You can spend anywhere from a few thou- sand to more than $30,000 per year for more education. Mistakes can be costly. The graduation rate from four year colleges is less than 25%. Is it poor preparation, cost, lack of federal support, poor or changing choices, unrealistic expectations or lack of good programs at the colleges that causes such a low completion rate from colleges? As a nation we have placed certain careers above others as if being a doctor or rock star or NFL player should be everyone's goal. As a nation we have also looked down upon certain careers such as cleaning, garbage collection, fast food preparation as if they do not have much value because they are dirty or messy or unpleasant or pay less than many other jobs. Even teaching and day care are often seen as less than an optimum career. All good work has value. Try being at the top of your game with the plumbing backed up or being unable to read or taking your own garbage to the landfill. Try being a super lawyer or a brain surgeon while your children are clinging to your pant leg. Try being real- istic about how you get to your dream. Some of us can soar like eagles. Some of us barely get off the ground -- for starters. More schooling does not always have to start with an expensive four-year program. Select post high school programs that support your dream but fit your kills and move at a pace that still lets you smile at the end of the day. "A day without a smile is like a year of dark winter nights without even a buffalo coat." High Monday, February 8, 2010 in the High .School Gymnasium 175228 School Menu Fulda tournament February 8-12, 2010 carrot sticks, fruit, milk, cake Monday: BBQ on bun, Thursday: Hot pep- French fries, carrot sticks, peroni subs, chips, spear fruit, milk, pudding pickle, fresh fruit, milk, Tuesday: Chicken fried carrot sticks steak, mashed potatoes/ Friday: Chicken Hug- gravy, vegetables/dip, gets, baby cakes, carrot fruit, milk sticks, fruit, bread, milk Wednesday: Beef patty on bun, potato rounds, New format for POPS Concert February 8 The Westbrook Walnut Grove High School Music Department is changing its Pops Concert format this year. Rather than serving pie and ice cream during the concert, the serving will take place beforehand. The serving time will be from 6:45- 7:30 in the gymnasium. While the concert goers are enjoying their pie and ice cream, soloists will be performing in a variety show format. The soloists include guitarists, pia- nists, singers, and instru- mentalists. Not as many tables will be in place, so after finishing their pie and ice cream, concert attendees may move to the bleachers. The full concert will begin at 7:30 with the Band, Choralaires, Boys' 50's, Vocal Jazz, Jazz Band and Choir. A num- ber of songs from the sev- enties and various musi- cals will be featured. We invite the public to join us for pie/ice cream/and enjoyable music the eve- ning of February 8! Lamberton Dual Meet results By Coach Karl Campbell Single Dual Wabasso Red Rock Central 41, Tracy Milroy Balaton Westbrook Walnut Grove 19 103: Brandon Goblirsch (WAB) fall Brandon Schroeder (TMBWWG) 5:31 112: Austin Peterson (TMBWWG) fall Derek Christians (WAB) 3:31 119: Tanner Rohlik (WAB) dec Bee Thao (TMBWWG) 6-4 125: Ryan Schroepfer (WAB) fall Nick Myskens (TMBWWG) 1:01 130: Zach Campbell (TMBWWG) dec Cody Schunk (WAB) 5-3 135: Mitchell Schroepfer (WAB) fall Zach Iverson (TMBWWG) 2:51 140: Jared Towne (TMBWWG) dec Shone Irlbeck (WAB) 2-0 145: Mitchelll Rohlik (WAB) maj Ion Mariner (TMBWWG) 12-1 152: Matt Arnold (WAB) dec Scott Vue (TMBWWG) 10-3 160: Nathan Mattison (WAB) dec Marcus Stefanic (TMBWWG) 5-3 171: Noah VanNevel (TMBWWG) dec Zach Ourada (WAB) 6-2 189: Cody Welch (WAB) maj Brad Schmidt (TMBWWG) 12-4 215: Matt Wakefield (TMBWWG) maj Ray Hagberg (WAB) 13-3 Hwt: Adam Schroepfer (WAB) fall Linch Her MBWWG) 3:12 iangular at Lamberton Windom Mountain Lake Buttedield Odin 41 Tracy Milroy Balaton Westbrook Walnut Grove 27 103: Jared Willaby (WMLBO) dec Brandon Schroeder (TMBWWG) 8-2 112: Austin Peterson (TMBWWG) fall Nathan Gisch (WMLBO) 1:01 119: Drake Borsgaard (WMLBO) fall Troy Schoenenberger (WMLBO) :53 125: Blake Spinks (WMLBO) dec Bee Thao (TMBWWG) 6-0 130: Zach Campbell (TMBWWG) fall Heath Quiring (WMLBO) 3:17 135: Derek Swoboda (WMLBO) dec Zach Iverson (TMBWWG) 7-2 140: Josh Folk (WMLBO) fall Jared Towne (TMBWWG) 1:43 145: Ion Mariner (TMBWWG) fall Tim Larson (WMLBO) 2:53 152: Vincent Johnson (WMLBO) fall Scott Vue (TMBWWG) 3:53 160: Billy Hochstein (WMLBO) tech Marcus Stefanic (TMBWWG) 17-1 @4:00 171: Noah VanNeVel (TMBWWG) dec Jared Peterson (WMLBO) 9-8 189: Matt Wakefield (TMBWWG) fall Matt Willaby (WMLBO) 4:51 215: Spencer Johnson (WMLBO) fall Brad Schmidt (TMBWWG) 1:40 Hwt: Neil Litfin (WMLBO) dec Levi Brummer (TMBWWG) 8-1 Coach Campbell com- ments, "As a team we came up short on the scoreboard in both duals. We did not compete with the same intensity that we have had in wins over Canby, Maccray, and RCW. However, we did have some positive indi- vidual performances. The 7th grade boys team won the Fulda tournament on Saturday. They beat Edgerton in double overtime. Kneeling: Mitchell Jarmer, Walker Christians, Tristan Joel Standing: Tyler Schoborg, Logan Weis, Sam Jackels, Marshall Garbe, Coach LeBoutillier. Submitted photo Noah VanNevel beat the #10 ranked kid in the state versus Windom with a 9-8 decision. Zach Campbell won a big match versus Cody Shunk of Wabasso by a 5-3 deci- sion. Zach is currently ranked 4th at 130 lbs in the state and Shunk is ranked 5th at the same weight right behind him. Austin Peterson had two pins on the night. Linch Her wrestled well at 285 versus Wabasso scoring three first period take- downs before losing by fall in the second period. Camden Conference Results Minneota 220.5 KMS 193 TMB/WWG 168 Canby 135.5 Maccray 73.5 RCW 69 Ortonville 47 Co-outstanding wres- tlers of the Tournament were Zach Campbell TMB/WWG and Christian Skillings Minneota Academic all confer-: ence awards were given to i Austin Peterson and Zach Campbell Comments on our entrants at each weight: 103 -- Brandon Schroeder finished 1-2 and placed 4th. Brandon had a come from behind win with a pin in his first match to assure him a top 4 finish. 112 -- Austin Peterson Austin had 3 pins and a 3-1 record to finish third. Austin lost a tough semi finals match giving up 5 points in the last 16 seconds after leading the entire match, but rebounded to finish third. 119 -- Bee Thao he was 2-2 to finsh 4th. Bee lost a tough 3rd place match in overtime. We felt there were two question- able near fall calls that went against him that cost him that match in regulation. 125 -- Cody Christian 2-1 on the day to finish third. Cody was injured in his semifinal match loss, but bounced back strong with a pin in the third place match. 130 -- Zach Campbell 2-0 on the day to finish first, and gain his third conference championship. Won his finals match with a 9-1 major decision and was named co outstand- ing wrestler of the tourna- ment. 135 -- Erik Cooreman 0-2 on the day and fin- ished 4th. First matches back in the lineup and his conditioning is not where it needs to be. Lost both matches by one point deci- sions 140 -- Jared Towne 1-1 and finished 2nd Wrestled in dominant fashion winning his semi final match against a quality opponent from KMS. Won 14-2 with a major decision in semis then lost in the finals. 145 -- Ion Mariner 1-0 and finished first. Ion won by fall in semis, then got a default win in finals because his Minneota opponent went home sick. 152  Scott Vue 0-2 and did not place. 160 -- Marcus Stefanick 1-2 finished 5th. This was most balanced weight class in tourney. Marc wrestled very well in fifth place match to finish strong 171 -- Noah VanNevel 2-1 finishing third. Noah lost in semis 3-1 then got a pin to finish third 189 -- Matt Wakefield 2-1 and also finished third. Lost tough 5-2 match in semis then finshed with two major decision victo- ries 215 -- Andrew Martinez 2-1 and finished third. Wrestled the best he has all year in finishing third. 285 -- Levi Brummer 2-2 and finished 4th. The same can be said here as Levi had his best perfor- mance of year. One of his wins was over a Minneota opponent that had pinned him a couple of weeks ago: Next action is Thursday for a triangular ir Fulda, and Friday for Triangular in Montevideo Mural Project Coming to SMSU A unique series of nine cultures in southwest murals depicting new Minnesota. cultures in Southwest Greg Warner, a com- Minnesota will be on munity orgamzer for display at Southwest Western Community Minnesota State Action who lives in University starting on Jackson, Minn., is orga- Febuary 3. nizing the show. He said The murals are part that in his work with of a Western Community Western Community Action project welcom- Action, he had some con- ing and embracing new versations with people WHOPPPER1 Friday, Fdmuay 5 5:00- 7:30 P.M. WWG HS CAFETERIA ..:  :. ::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::::  by he dass of 2011 ,, about the influx of new immigrants to the area. "We wrote a grant to the Blue Cross-Blue Shield Foundation, received funding and that's how it got started," he said. Warner brought together individuals from five communities in his service area, includ- ing Marshall, Windom, Springfield, St. James and Walnut Grove. "We wanted to represent local cultures, so we put out a request for proposals to local artists with the new cultures theme in mind, with an overall theme of 'welcoming,'" he said. The title of the project is "Mi Casa Es Su Casa," or "My House is Your House." Once artists' draw- ings were selected, then nine six-foot by eight- foot pieces of canvas were purchased and new immigrants to the area were asked to help paint the nine murals, based on the artists' drawings. A total of 40 individuals of all ages participated, said Warner. "Everyone has gifts of talent. Everyone can hold a paintbrush. It wasn't important what language everyone spoke. The idea was working together to form something that is beautiful. We learned a lot about cooperation and collaboration." Several of the murals have individual cul- tures that are featured --Hispanic, Native American, Latino, Hmong, African, Indian -- said Warner, while others include a more generalized welcoming theme. The collection of murals is kept in Windom, and this marks the first time all pieces have been shown at another loca- tion. The display will be on the west end of the sec- ond floor of the Student Center, and will run through February.