May 13, 2022 - Issue #92
'Tis the Season for Celebrating Seniors
Above: Three-sport letter-winners: Andy Winscher, Zach Jones, Katie Leidenfrost, AJ Gerwing, Kiara Olesch, Trevor Radunz, Trista Krych, and Ben Virnig.
Last week, the annual Scholarship and Awards night recognized the achievements of members of the senior class.The night was highlighted by music and drama awards, recognition of outstanding artists, Students of the Month, Athletes of the Year, Student Athletes of the year, and three-sport athletes.

Honor Graduates were also named and accepted their colored cord which they will wear on graduation night. Summa Cum Laude graduates achieved a GPA of 3.90 or higher and will wear a gold cord: Brenna Dickmann, Katie Leidenfrost, Kiara Olesch, Lance Otremba, Lynn Skiba and Graci Stangl. Magna Cum Laude students with a GPA of 3.70-3.89 will wear a red cord: Maddie Andrea, Jeremy Bingesser, Michael Burggraff, Louis Gruber, Logan R Herold, Hunter Hoheisel, Lexi Hoskins, Isaac Kroll, Trista Krych, Caleb Kuske, Arika Libby, Brooke Poser, Alyssa Thesing and Ben Virnig. And wearing a white cord on graduation night are the Cum Laude Seniors, with a GPA of 3.50-3-69: Alex Banick, Abbey Foust, Megan Girtz, Zach Jones, Morgan Pohlkamp, Chrissy Schaefer, Brooke Schubert, Mason Sullivan, Tyler Theis, and Andy Winscher.

Thanks to the tremendous generosity of the area surrounding businesses and organization, a total of $42,200 in scholarship grants was awarded to seniors. See the full list of award recipients and the businesses who so generously sponsored here.

Thank you to Rick Grammond (as always!) for the commentary and the full photo story of the evening.

Graduation will be May 27th at 7pm in the MAC.
And back by popular demand: the senior parade! The parade will take place Wednesday, May 25th starting at 7:30pm at the MAC where students will be announced and the proceed the route with their decked out vehicles. We encourage everyone to come out and cheer on the class of 2022 as they begin their next chapter!
Happenings at Healy
Musical talents at Healy earn a spot at state honor choir
This past weekend Miranda Otremba and Faith Bridewell participated in the ACADA-MN 7-8 Honor Choir (American Choral Directors Association). This is an auditioned choir with students participating from every corner of the state.

Miranda and Faith participated in a full day of rehearsals, making new choir friends from around the state and a large performance to end the day. Their favorite songs were "Let the River Run" and "Stand in that River." 
Super-milers compete
(photo credit/info: Rick Grammond)
And no...that's not a reference to our cross country team.

Each year, Mr. Rossum, high school woodshop instructor, heads up a team of students with the goal of building a car. You heard that right. It's the 33rd Annual Supermileage Challenge, and students are tasked with building a car —a project that allows practical experience in design, fabrication, and testing.

Competing students and clubs are challenged to build a one-person, fuel-efficient vehicle powered by a single cylinder four-stroke cycle engine. The 33rd annual competition featured vehicles competing in Pro Sport, Super Sport, E-85, Urban Concept and Plug-in Electric classes.
It certainly is an impressive undertaking, with rules and regulations to challenge them even further: the vehicle needs to be made from scratch, it must have a minimum of three wheels touching the ground at all times, the school name has to be clearly legible on both sides of the car, the driver has to be protected by a roll bar, vehicles will be allowed only one fuel bottle per competition run, drivers must have a valid driver’s license in their possession, and the driver’s entire body including shoulders, arms, elbows, legs, and feet must be substantially enclosed by the body, frame, and roll cage at all times while driving... and this is just short list of the extensive rules for competition.

While the team fell short of the two-lap requirement, having engine issues at 1.5 laps, we congratulate the entire team on their dedication, work, and persistence in this year's Supermileage Challenge.

Note: the team received an anonymous donation of $1,500 which helped them purchase their parts. Thank you, unknown sponsor!
Happenings at Pioneer Elementary
Fairy gardens with help from greenhouse classes
Sixth graders headed over to the high school last week to work with the Mrs. Tax's greenhouse classes. The high school students had everything set up for the elementary students to make fairy gardens: assortments of plants to choose from, potting soil, and of course miniature ladybugs, bees, mushrooms, and accoutrements of all sorts!
Pioneer Geography Bee winners
The National Geography Bee has been discontinued, but that didn't stop ASPIRE teacher Mrs. Sadlovsky from creating her own. A couple months ago, 5th and 6th graders took a pre-test to qualify for the Geography Bee. Then, they held an informal 8-week study of continents, countries, capitals, landforms, and more. This week, they finished up with an informal Geography Trivia Contest - an unofficial Geography Bee. The pool started with about 45 contestants, and then narrowed it down to the top 6 in each grade to compete.

5th grade winners: Tyler Thesing (1st), Isaac Schmidtbauer (2nd), Jacob Vang (3rd)
6th grade winners: Adi Tomala (1st), Lucas Scott (2nd), Camren Waytashek (3rd)

Special thanks to the Pioneer PTO who donated the prizes!
Second graders take a field trip back in time
Pioneer second graders took a field trip to the historical Oliver Kelley Farm in Elk River this week where they got to experience what it might feel, look, and smell like to live on a farm 200 years ago. This annual field trip is a favorite, even for staff as we can see Mark Gruber getting in on the log-sawing action!
Looking Ahead
  • May 17: Elementary Band & Choir Concert @ 6pm, Middle School Gym
  • May 19: 7th & 8th grade Band & Choir Concert
  • May 23: Deadline to register for Summer Rec classes
  • May 25: Senior Parade, 7:30pm
  • May 27: Graduation @ 7pm, MAC
Community Education

The summer rec book has been sent home with students and is online and ready for registration. Due to a few staffing changes, dates are missing for tennis, soccer, cooking, and art classes. You will not able to add these to your cart. Also, when a class is full, a message will appear on the top line of the class description as such, and you will not be able to add these to your cart.

There are several new options this year! Don't wait to register if you are thinking about it; classes either fill fast or end up being canceled when minimums are met.
Speak Up class for 4th - 7th graders will provide a chance to try speech and drama in a small group. Perfect your public speaking skills and gain more confidence!
Prairie Fire will perform the Wizard of Oz. Encourage your neighbors and friends to sign up. This is not limited to just Pierz school district students.
Take a family trip to the Children's Museum in St. Paul. A family of four can attend for just $30 (fee includes bus and admission).
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