band PARTICIPATION is up from 114 two years ago to 145. (Archive photo.)

43% of BL students involved in extra-curriculars

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Editor
Gary W. Meyer

 

Forty-three percent of Big Lake students Grades 7-12 have participated in extra-curricular activities this fall.
   That was the message of Director of Community and School Activities Brad Schnitzler as he met with the Big Lake Board of Education Tuesday.
Schnitzler earlier had given the board student athletics participation; he was back Tuesday to add non-athletic participation numbers.
   Those activities included honor choir and jazz band, which are fee-based, and choir, band, Facilitators for Young Individuals, Friends of Rachel, DECA, YDYS/Leos, yearbook, student council, Anime Club and Webheads. (Visual arts and National Honor Society numbers will be added at a later time.)
Honor choir (9 to 12) and jazz band (11-17) participation has stayed quite constant over the past six years, Choir has shown a drop from 127 two years ago to 102 this year; band is up from 114 two years ago to 145.
   Other events and participants are: Facilitators, 42; Friends of Rachel, 40; DECA 12; YDYS/Leos, 15; yearbook, 40; student council, 25; Anime Club, 39; Webheads, 13.
   Only band and choir are held during school hours, the others before or after school. 
Snow and ski board, which had 103 and trap shoot, which had 44 participants last year, will have numbers added at a later time.
Fees for sports participation are $125 in the middle school and $220 in the high school. Total middle school sports (unduplicated) participation in sports this fall was 285; for the high school, it was 464. Middle school sports participation was 36%; in the high school, it was 49%, for a combined 43%.
   “It’s good to see the participation,” said Board-member Tom Pietzrak.
Boardmember Mark Hedstrom said while the numbers were good, he’d like to see the middle school numbers increase, to better feed the high school programs.
   In 2007-08, when participation fees were only $80 and $110, respectively, the middle school had 49% participation and the high school 46% participation.
   Schnitzler noted a special event for the high school chamber singers come Dec. 7. They will sing the national anthem at Williams Arena before a Gopher basketball game.
 

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CUB SCOUTS FROM DEN 3, Pack 89, posed for a picture at the offices of the West Sherburne Tribune. Pictured are Michael Berthiaume. Peter Halvorson, Andy Swanson, Dylan Brezinka and Alex John. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards)

BECKER BIG LAKE High School Varsity Hockey Team and their coaches pose with the BBL Mite B and C Teams after a good game of hockey Monday. (Submitted photos).

LECTURE SERIES. Presenter Doug Breese spoke about his life-long interest in the story of the RMS Titanic during his presentation at the Sherburne History Center last Tuesday afternoon. Breese was the final speaker in the Winter Lecture Series at the SHC for this year.

Pictured left to right back row: Benjamin DeZelar, Aubrey Hartfiel, Joey Lindberg, Alexander Prom, and Jamell Whitelaw. Middle row: Megan Martin, Makenzie Miller, Raina Marsolek, and Emma Thompson. Front row: Elizabeth Miesen, Christine Jones, and Cheyenne Backlund. Absent was Jillian Yanta. (Submitted photo.)

Pictured from left to right: back row Jamell Whitelaw, Nate Souther, Zach Thoe, and Alexander Holl. Front row: Crystal Nordquist, Natalia Springsteen, Brianna Fourdyce and Emily Ewert. (Submitted photo.)