We have had a number of positive things happen in the district recently. I thought I would take some time to share a few of those highlights.
Lea Frank recognized as Central Lakes Conference Dance coach of the year. The dance team, overall, has had a very successful season with two new coaches for the team. Lea, who is also an elementary school teacher at John Clark Elementary School, has served as co-head coach this season with Jennifer Illies, kindergarten teacher at Cold Spring Elementary School, with the dance team. Congratulations on the coaching recognition!
Just prior to the new calendar year, Shaina Schmitz became the seventh ROCORI athlete to exceed 1,000 points in a basketball career. She is only the third member of the girls’ team to reach this milestone in the history of the ROCORI Schools. Congratulations , Shaina, on reaching this incredible mark as a Spartan
Jonah Eisenschenk, just recently, became the all-time leading scorer for the boys’ basketball team. Jonah moved past Jason Kron, who also had a successful college basketball career at St. Cloud State, and has gone beyond 1600 career points. It is possible, given the right conditions and situation, for Jonah to reach the 2,000 point mark for his career. Best wishes, Jonah, as you finish out the season!
On Wednesday, February 6, the ROCORI District celebrated a Football Signing Day recognition. A number of seniors have committed to a college to play football. The signing recognition was held right after school as a brief event to honor the students. Members of the football team included Adam Dingmann and Nick Thorpe, headed to UMD, Mac Mueller, going to Bemidji State University, Alex Austad, planning to play at Concordia College in Moorhead, Kyle Schramel, going to SCSU, Levi Klein headed to Valley City State University at Valley City, ND, and Ryan Tong going to St. Johns University. Congratulations to these ROCORI Students!
We just recently received word from the National Merit Scholarship organization that McKenzie van der Hagen has been selected as a National Merit finalist. RHS counselor Craig Lieser has added that he feels that she has a pretty good chance now of receiving a scholarship having passed this hurdle. McKenzie is the first finalist in the National Merit Scholarship program that ROCORI has had since Mr. Lieser has been in the district. Congratulations, McKenzie, on the outstanding academic performance and your success in the program!
STAFF AND PROGRAM RECOGNITION
Several members of the ROCORI staff attended a national conference at the New Teacher Center in San Jose, California. The staff members were invited to make a presentation, along with representatives from SCSU, on the teacher induction program we have been developing.
Mindi Jenson, Kelly Krueger and Sue Jenkins had the privilege of attending the national conference at the start of February. They shared a presentation, along with Beth Mann from St. Cloud State University, about the three years of the teacher induction program. The presentation talked about the expectations for each year of the program and the work involved in each part of the program.
The ROCORI High School Dance team was recognized with a Central Lakes Conference sportsmanship award. The sportsmanship award is awarded to one team in each season of competition for high standards of sportsmanship, positive interactions with other teams, support and recognition for opponents, and demonstrating good character throughout the season of competition.
This is the third sportsmanship award for ROCORI this year as the football and girls’ tennis team were also named.
The ROCORI Dance Jazz and High Kick Teams both competed at sections in Sartell and advanced to the State AA competition. Congrats to the dancers and coaches for accomplishing this incredible task in a very good section! Both Dance Teams, Jazz and High Kick, earned third place honors at AA Sections to become state tournament entrants.
ROCORI High School teacher and One Act Play coach, Tom Siekkinen, has recently be recognized for his professional efforts in managing the One Act Play Sub-Section contest at RHS. The ROCORI team also placed fifth in the competition. The top three teams moved on to Section finals at Alexandria.
Congratulations to the ROCORI 9th grade wrestling team. The team qualified for the State Meet in the 9th grade wrestling league. Congratulations to the ninth grade wrestlers!
It is always very busy across the ROCORI School District! As you can see, there have been a lot of great things happening in many different areas and programs! Congratulations to each of the programs and individuals who have been honored recently!