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Volume 51 Number 5

Brandon Valley High School - Brandon, SD 57005

Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

Students pack 32,616 meals By Cylie Svartoien News Editor Ninety students packed 32,616 meals through Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit organization, Jan. 5 in Eagan, Minn. “I wanted to participate in the packing,” senior Haley Ullom said, “because I’ve packed before with my church youth group.” The 51 boxes carrying the meals will travel to third world countries, where 89 starving children will be provided a daily meal for over one year. Just $1.32 buys the six meals included in a “ManaPackRice.” A MannaPack includes specific measurements of chicken flavored nutrients, veggies, soy and rice. The food mixture is culturally acceptable as well as easily made—simply boil the mix in water. The formula was designed to save malnourished children from death of starvation, as well as improve growth, well-being and health of children. Volunteers and donations fuel the FMSC organization. The day’s ingredients cost $7,000. To help offset the cost of production, students raised over $1,400 through various fundraising, which senior Cole Hensley presented at the end of the session. “My favorite part of the trip,” Ullom

Seniors Tyler Anderson, Derek Bose, Trey Etrheim and Anthony Pederson work together to pack meals for Feed My Starving Children, a nonprofit organization. Each meal includes nutrients, vegetables, soy and rice. (See more photos on page 3.)

Photo by Cylie Svartoien

said, “was the surprise of our generosity to the workers.” Continuing in the trip’s tradition, the rest of the day included a shopping trip to the

Mall of America, as well as ice-skating at The Depot. When she was a senior, Jenna Headrick, ’10, coordinated the original FMSC trip.

Two years later, Brianna Rogiers, ’12, planned it, and this year, Hensley. “I had a lot of fun on the trip,” he said. “I’d hate to see the trip not happen again.”

Dr. Gregg Talcott addresses students at a Be the Change event last fall. Talcott wants to provide more opportunities for Be the Change and intramural sports.

Talcott makes resolutions By Madison McKeown Photo Editor Dr. Gregg Talcott made resolutions not only for himself but also for the high school. Q: Is there anything new you would like to try this year? A: I would like to do more with Be the Change and also start doing more with the intramural teams by giving them more opportunities. Q: Are there any changes that will be made or you would like to see? A: No changes that are big. Just little things here and there some including procedures, programs

and policies. Q: Is there anything that will be different? A: Every year is different because every Senior Class is different. Each class is unique, therefore, each year is unique. Q: What goals do you want to work for or towards? A: My main goal is to have the healthiest school in every aspect. I want to work on the relationship part by helping provide a positive healthy experience, as in doing more intramural activities and avoid risky behaviors. We need to be proactive and not reactive.

Photo by Payton Knoll

Senior Samantha Batzler gives blood during the blood drive. Donors raised up to 69 units of blood last Wednesday and Thursday, helping more than 200 patients.

Blood Drive collects 69 units By Payton Knoll A&E Editor People donated 69 units of blood at the Blood Drive last Wednesday and Thursday. The collected amount was enough to help 207 patients. “I gave blood and I feel good knowing I am helping save

lives,” senior Garret Martinmaas said. Those who donated had to be 16 or older, in good health and weigh at least 110 pounds. If just 16, the student needed a signed parental permission form. Instructors Dean Pierson and

Lisa Fuccello coordinated the drive. “The bloodmobile had been struggling with all the colds and flu going around,” Fuccello said, “so this was an awesome drive for them.” Pierson has donated blood since he was in college.

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Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

Safety unresolved Congress evades ‘fiscal cliff’ with any firearms Despite the precautionary measures taken by schools, nothing can fully prepare students or faculty for any danger that might occur. Teachers must know how to efficiently and effectively respond in such situations if the occasion were to arise in a way that guarantees safety for as many people as possible. But bringing firearms into schools, a contributing cause of the uproar and what people are trying to avoid, is not the way to combat the growing anxiety and paranoia. In the time following the Newtown, Conn., elementary school shooting last month, some South Dakota lawmakers proposed new regulations for gun laws, which would allow faculty to carry concealed firearms in the school with a license. This is only an issue, not a resolution, for it brings concerns to parents worrying about their children’s safety. Any gun in school, even if carried by a teacher, is no safer than if someone were to break in with one. Dangerous, spur-of-the-moment situations could arise if an enraged, vengeance-seeking student acquired possession of a firearm. To keep as much violence out of schools as possible, violent weapons shouldn’t be allowed near them. However, schools should take precautions to help better prevent against these deadly lashings. Doors normally left unlocked would be better off locked in order to keep any unwanted visitors from entering. Frequently checked cameras and security systems may help to identify suspicious planning and concealed weapons, stopping anything before it happens. Such technology is expensive, though, costing schools up to millions of dollars if they choose to install it. Even then, chances are that the equipment will rarely be used in its existence in a small, generally safe school. People can prepare for the worst and improve school safety for children’s sakes, but the truth of it remains that no one can completely predict and prevent a terrifying incident from ever happening again.

By Dustin Johnson Sports Editor The House of Representatives passed the “fiscal cliff” bill known as the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 Jan. 1. The problem with this is the bill didn’t permanently fix America’s economy. It just put a band-aid on the issue and delayed the real problem for our generation to solve. Thanks, Generation X and Baby Boomers. The main reason for the elongated negotiations is due to the heavy opposition in the House of Representatives, controlled with a majority of Republicans. Eventually the Relief Act passed, but many Republicans remained against the bill due to the tax increases on wealthier Americans, which is against their platform. The bill is known as the “American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012,” but is that still the case? How many of you have jobs where a certain portion of your money goes to the federal or state government? I know for a fact that I pay more in Social Security taxes out of my small paycheck. Also, the payroll cut set by President Barack Obama in 2010 expired at the first of the year also, allowing less money for you and me. In retrospect the Relief Act simply maintained the course this country has been on, which is equivalent to sailing through the Bermuda Triangle. The real solution requires a much more efficient, simplified

Polar Plunge

Flu season

School safety

Thumbs up to Polar Plunge. Forty-five people braved the 45 degree water Jan. 12 to raise money for the Brandon Valley Special Olympic programs. They raised more than $9,500 at the event.

Thumbs down to the flu season. As of last Friday, it has caused 582 cases and 11 deaths in just the last two months. The flu is predicted to last another six weeks. Doctors are saying to get the vaccination now before they run out.

Thumbs up to school safety. The school board members discussed school safety last Monday. One point made was students are safer in school than riding in a car. They also discussed that staff could be trained to be prepared for certain safety issues.

What do you think about Brandon Valley’s school safety?

“I think the “I think it’s “We’re a safe school is safe; school. I feel safe.” good, and we we don’t need to –Senior don’t need to do Kelle Beckman anything about it.” change anything.” –Sophomore –Junior Cassidy Wethor Derek Johnson

tax structure. Instead of having income taxes, capital gains taxes and corporation taxes, there will be one tax on sales. A national sales tax at 15 percent. (States can add additional sales tax if they would like to.) This national sales tax prevents money being lost from corrupt forms of income and exotic tax breaks for business owners. The logic behind this taxation is that everybody needs to buy something, whether it’s groceries, clothing, gasoline or gifts. Instead of large corporations finding loopholes in the tax structure, they simply have to pay tax on their purchases. More sales mean corporations and business earn more money and in turn can pay their employees more or can lower the prices of their product.

Now this plan cannot be sprung onto the American people too quickly, but a gradual movement to the simplified tax system will solve the fiscal irresponsibility in the country. Think of it like this. Someone mows the neighbor’s lawn and is paid $20 in cash for doing so. Does the federal government tax that “income”? No. But if the $20 is used to buy a shirt, then that purchase is taxed and money goes to the federal government because it really needs it. Because our parents and grandparents bequeathed a great fiscal burden upon us, now it’s up to this generation to fix the problems. Unless something drastic is done, there will be just “band-aid” solutions and the real problem will be sloughed from generation to generation.

The Echo is published monthly by the publications students of the Brandon Valley High School, 301 S. Splitrock, Brandon, S.D. 57005. Telephone number is 582-3211. It is a state and national award-winning publication affiliated with the South Dakota High School Press Association and the National Scholastic Press Association. News Editor........................................................................ Cylie Svartoien Voices Editor.......................................................................... Austin Sadler A&E Editor............................................................................. Payton Knoll Sports Editors..................................Dustin Johnson and Kinnley Comeaux Update Editor........................................................................ Umaima Koch Photo Editors............................. ..Madison McKeown and Casey Koutstaal Ad Manager...................................................................... Jessica Morrison Circulation Manager........................................... .......................Troy Small Adviser.........................................................................Debra Rothenberger Brandon Valley Echo is a public forum. The editorial content of the Echo expresses the views of the newspaper and not necessarily of the administration, faculty or school board of the Brandon Valley School District. Bylined editorial content is the writer’s opinion and not necessarily of the staff, adviser or school administration. Signed letters to the editor are encouraged, but they may be rejected or edited for grammar, condensation, good taste and/or libel.

“Maybe have “I think the safety more doors locked is great. I don’t and security guards think anything’s here at all times.” bad with it.” –Freshman –Sophomore Ande Mikkelsen Billy Trevillyan

“The school should lock the doors during the school day.” –Freshman Riley Kiesow

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Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

is day for romantics By Kinnley Comeaux Sports Editor American Valentine’s Day tradition is typically a romantic date involving chocolates, flowers, rose pedals, love notes or proposals. In fact, about 190 million roses are and 35 million heart-shaped boxes of chocolate are sold, according to “Valentine’s Day means spending time with the boy who means the most to me,” sophomore Alicia deWit said, “and showing how much we love another.” Across the United States and in other places around the world, treats and affection are exchanged between loved ones all in the name of St. Valentine. According

to, one legend is Valentine was a priest who served during the third century in Rome. Because Emperor Claudius II decided single men made better soldiers than those with wives and families, he outlawed marriage for young men. Realizing the injustice of the decree, Valentine disregarded Claudius and married young lovers in secret. People who do not have a significant other treat the special occasion as a regular day. “I will be in the Dominican Republic for Valentine’s Day,” senior Caleb Tschetter said. “Instead of buying someone dinner and chocolate, I will be sitting on the beach drinking an exotic beverage.”

Photo by Kinnley Comeaux

Sunshine’s floral department designs arrangements for Valentine’s Day. Typically, about 190 million roses and 35 million boxes of chocolates are sold, according to

Helping hands feed starving children

Photos by Cylie Svartoien

Juniors Becca Lien (top left), Paige Wright and Alyssa Christianson work as a group to package MannaPack meals. Juniors Taylor Staab (bottom left), Sabrina Dietz, seniors Malle Stephens and Val Peltier volunteer as label makers at the packing center. Working with ingredients, juniors Mataya Lunstra, Kara Schroeder and Brooke Merry compile meals. Ninety students packed 32,616 meals through Feed My Starving Children.

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No one elected into Baseball Hall of Fame By Dustin Johnson Sports Editor The last year when no one was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame was in 1996 and before then 1971, but on Jan. 9 the 17-year streak of constant Hall of Fame inductees ended. And rightfully so. Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) voted no one into the Hall on Jan. 9. Some writers even submitted blank ballots in recognition of the multitude of players on the ballot who were heavily associated with the “steroid era” of the 1990s such as Barry Bonds, Mark McGuire, Sammy Sosa and Roger Clemens. Bonds, the only seven-time MVP ever in baseball and record holder for home runs in a season (73), denied that he knowingly took steroids in 2003 before a grand jury. Despite holding the record for number of home runs in a career (762), Bonds received 36.2 percent of the vote on the 589 ballots, according to ESPN. At 10th on the career home run list, McGuire, who admitted to taking human growth hormone and steroids in 2011, received only 16.9 percent of the vote. That percentage was down from 2010, which was 23.7 percent. In 2009, The New York Times reported that Sosa used performance enhancing drugs after an anonymous drug test in 2003. Yet, in 2005 Sosa denied the usage of illegal PEDs in front of a congressional committee. Sosa finished his career with 609 home runs, “earning” only 12.5 percent of the vote. Ranking third all-time in strikeouts and ninth all-time in wins, Roger Clemens didn’t even have a majority of ballots from the BBWAA. It requires 75 percent of the votes in order to be inducted into the Hall. Clemens came halfway at 37.6 percent. Like Sosa, Clemens also testified against using illegal PEDs in front of a congressional committee. These players have been treated like gods, idols and superheroes, but the evidence has dissuaded the writers’ opinions of the former glories. The rules for the National Baseball Hall of Fame specifically say, “Voting shall be based upon the player’s record, playing ability, integrity, sportsmanship, character, and contributions to the team(s) on which the player played.” The key word is integrity. If players use a corked bat or an illegal drug and are caught or admit using it, does that uphold the integrity of the game? No. I fear that the writers will evolve into a different type of voter who will allow players on performance enhancing drugs to be inducted in the Hall. If that is the case, then the “integrity” part of the Hall of Fame rules becomes irrelevant. Whether it’s baseball, football, basketball or hockey, it doesn’t matter. If athletes cheat the game by failing multiple drug tests and continually using PEDs, then being inducted into any type of Hall of Fame, the place where the sanctity of sport is epitomized, is out of the question. The worst part of this entire situation is how many of the players listed above probably would have been Hall of Fame candidates even if they had not taken any type of PED. They just wanted an edge and now it cut them. Granted, their stats wouldn’t have been as high, but many of the players who were caught up in “steroid era” still would have been legends and coveted in the Hall of Fame. This event should be a lesson to all young athletes. Drugs might seem like the answer right now, but eventually there will be more stringent testing for drugs, especially since the Major League Baseball players union just agreed to test more throughout the season for HGH. In the end the substance abusers will suffer the consequences. So instead of sticking a needle in an arm or taking more pills, just do 20 more push-ups a night.

Friday, Jan. 25, 2013

Lynx set for Pats By Jessica Morrison Ad Manager With a 7-5 record, the boys basketball team will play against the Lincoln Patriots tonight. “SFL is a very solid team,” coach Brent Deckert said. They love to pressure all over the court so we’ll be forced to be great with the ball. If we can limit our turnovers and not allow SFL the crack at some easy hoops, we’ll be in good shape to be beat them.” Junior Jacob Adams agrees with coach Deckert. “I went and watched them play a couple of nights ago,” he said, “and they are pretty solid, but I think we have more bench players to come in and make a difference. They are pretty short on that part.” Washington beat the Lynx 55-48 Tuesday. Senior Chase Marso had 16 points. Junior Nic Peterson and Adams had 11 points each. The boys defeated Rapid City Stevens 5644 last Saturday. Peterson led the team with 22 points and had two steals. Marso had 18 points and six rebounds. Lynx beat Rapid City Central 72-54. Marso scored 36 points including nine 3pointers and three rebounds. Adams had 12 points and seven rebounds.

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Junior Jacob Adams goes up for a shot against the Mitchell Kernels. The Lynx, who lost 46-44, play Lincoln tonight.

Lady Lynx face Governors

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Senior Allison Koehn tries to pass the ball to a teammate against Rapid City Central’s defense last Friday. The girls lost 45-35.

By Jessica Morrison Ad Manager Lady Lynx will compete against the Governors next Saturday. “I’m hoping the girls play hard and play together,” coach Mark Stadem said. “I think we are improving as a team. Our defense and rebounding have gotten better. We just need to do a better job of taking care of the ball and executing down the stretch.” The first time the girls played Pierre, the Govs won. “The game went back and forth, and they ended up coming out with the win,” senior Jordyn Griffith said, “but this time I think we will come out on top. We have really started to understand our strengths and that leads to better chemistry on the court.” The girls played Lincoln Thursday. Results were unavailable at press time. Lady Lynx lost 53-47 against the Rapid City Stevens last Saturday. Senior Allison Koehn scored 25 points and had seven rebounds. Senior Valerie Peltier had nine points and five rebounds. Griffith and sophomore Carley Kueter both had six points and five rebounds. The girls lost 45-35 against Rapid City Central last Friday. Kueter had nine points and six rebounds. Koehn also had nine points and nine rebounds. Peltier had 12 points, Griffith, nine, and senior Brynne Rist had five assists. Lady Lynx won against Huron, 45-35. Koehn scored 14 points, Peltier, 12, and Griffith, nine.

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Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 Freshman Andrew Sorenson (left) pinned his Mitchell opponent in 1:16. The Lynx beat the Kernels 52-19. The Lynx received pins from eighth grader Jackson Pletten, sophomore Conner Smith, sophomore Wyatt Winter, senior Gabe Langner and senior Mason Bender. Junior Spencer Heidbrink (below) came back against the Kernels and pinned his opponent in 3:04. The Lynx will compete against the Pierre Governors tonight.

Photos by Jessica Morrison

Bender remains undefeated By Kinnley Comeaux Sports Editor After achieving his 104th win and being undefeated, senior Mason Bender and the Lynx will go up against the Pierre Governors tonight. “Going undefeated is great, but it is not my ultimate goal,” Bender said. “I want to win every one of my matches, but my ultimate goal is to win state.” At the Luverne Invite, Bender won all four of his matches. The Lynx loss against the Yankton Bucks 42-36 but received pins from eighth grader Jackson Pletten by 0:26, sophomore Conner Smith by 0:44, senior Mason Bender by 3:32, freshman Andrew Sorenson by 1:38 and sophomore Riley Peterson by 0:43. Bender received his 100th win against the Yankton Bucks. The Lynx lost against the Aberdeen Golden Eagles 34-24.

Varsity bowlers beat Quarriers By Payton Knoll A&E Editor Varsity bowling teams beat the Dell Rapids Quarriers last Friday. Bowling a 495 series, senior Brady Mutschler led the boys as they trumped the Quarriers 17-8. Juniors Luke Laycock, rolling a 478 series, and Mike Hill, a 352 series, also finished with victories. Freshman Christian Hammond bowled a 187 game on a 514 series and sophomore

Alex Hamer, a 442 series. Overall, the Varsity 2 team won 23-2. For the vasity girls, juniors Mariah Clark and Emily Steinouse bowled a 193 and 203 in the 551 and 549 series. Senior Kayla Schettler rolled a 456 series, and senior Caitlin Hammond, a 469 series. The girls defeated the Quarriers 30-20. Varsity and JV teams will have their next matches today in Brookings.

Bender defeated his opponent giving him the 99th win throughout his wrestling career. The other wrestlers who won were freshman Dawson Kremlacek (106), Pletten (120), junior Adam Presler (126), sophomore Dylan Bludorn (132), Sorensen (195) and junior Erik Ode (285). The Lynx won against the Mitchell Kernels. Sophomore Wyatt Winter had a 17-second take down and pinned his opponent. “I was very glad that it was fast,” Winter said. “I was proud of myself and happy that I could finally go eat.” Bender remained undefeated after winning his match against the Kernels 12-4. At the Dan Pansch/Jesse James Invitational wrestling tournament, the Lynx placed third behind the Huron Tigers, 184, and the Canton C-Hawks, 170.

Flyers compete at Bear Lake By Casey Koutstaal Photo Editor Sioux Falls Flyers (17-3-1) play in White Bear Lake, Minn., tonight, Saturday and Sunday. “The Minnesota games will help show us about our team’s composure and how well we play as a team,” senior Brextyn Burnette said. The Flyers played their No. 1 one rival Brookings last Sunday and lost 5-1. “We had quite a few scoring chances, but we just couldn’t put them away,” Burnette said. “Throughout the game we were just too worried about making

We have to come ready as a team, though, and none of the me, me, me stuff.

–Senior Brextyn Burnette

mistakes, which cost us the game.” Every team faces adversity, he said, and theirs is now.

“It was good for us in a way that the loss made us think about what happened,” he said. The only other games they lost were in the Minnesota tournaments. “In general we have been winning most games,” Burnette said, “but the ones we did lose, the team, as a whole, wasn’t prepared for.” This season the team’s No. 1 goal is to win state, he said. “We just have to come out ready to play no matter who we face,” he said. “We have to come ready as a team, though, and none of the me, me, me stuff.”

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Friday, Jan. 25, 2013 Sophomore Matthew Skadsen and senior Malle Stephens practice for the one-act play “Little Shop of Horrors.” Instructor Melanie Sittig is the director along with senior Megan Forester, the assistant director.

Oral interpers to host Brandon Valley Invite

Oral interp students will compete in the Brandon Valley Invite next Saturday, the same day as State OneAct Play Festival. “I always look forward to the building being full,” coach Gina Koehn said. “It’s nice kids don’t have to make a choice between one-act and oral interp.” Students who competed in the Watertown Speech Fiesta last Friday were senior Cylie Svartoien, juniors Annika Hindbjorgen, Bailey Quanbeck; sophomores Summer Rogers, Evan Wieser and Megan Swets.

FFA sponsors events FFA members are participating in several events. FFA members will pass out coats at The Banquet at 4:45 p.m. today. In February, FFA members will host the Corduroy Classic Feb. 9 at 7 p.m. They will also attend the Sioux Falls Stampede game Feb. 15. It starts at 7:05 p.m. FFA members had a party for the fundraisers Tuesday. All students who sold fruit received an invite. They watched a movie, ate pizza and popcorn, played dodge ball and had drawings for cash prizes.

Science Bowl teams to compete at Huron Science instructor Lisa Fuccello’s two Science Bowl teams will compete at the South Dakota Regional Science Bowl competition Feb. 16 in Huron. “It is a round robin, double elimination tournament consisting of 32 teams from around the state,” she said. “It challenges and recognizes students’ knowledge of science, math and energy.” The winner will receive an allexpense-paid trip to the national competition in April at Chevy Chase, Md. Team 1 consists entirely of seniors: captain Sean Rollag, captain Long Pham, Zach Van Ede and Brian Albertson. Team 2 consists of senior captain Nick Wilde, junior Kofi Gunu, sophomore Billy Trevillyan and senior Cade Dawn. The backup for the two teams is freshman Sean Hicks.

Photo by Cylie Svartoien

One-act ‘Little Shop of Horrors’ By Cylie Svartoien News Editor One-act play cast will present the musical “Little Shop of Horrors” Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center and again Friday at 2 p.m. for the State One-Act Play Festival in the Performing Arts Center. The play features a flower shop, Mushnik and Son, located in an impoverished skid row part of town. Mr. Mushnik, the cranky shop owner, employs Seymour and Audrey. The shop’s business is suffering until Seymour makes an unexpected discovery that will bring fame and fortune to the shop. After a mysterious solar eclipse,

Seymour finds a strange plant that feeds only on human blood. “It’s little shop of horrors, not little shop of happy daisies,” junior Annika Hindbjorgen said. In order to pacify the plant, Seymour finds various ways of obtaining blood, including pricking his own fingers. The more the plant is fed, the bigger it grows. By the end of the play, it is 12 by 4 feet. The show isn’t all morbid. It’s also a love triangle. At the start of the play, Audrey has an abusive boyfriend, Orin, a tough sadistic dentist. Meanwhile, Seymour secretly loves Audrey. After a few twists and turns, the play

closes with a surprise ending. Starring in the musical are sophomore Matthew Skadsen, Seymour; senior Malle Stephens, Audrey; senior Cole Hensley, plant voice; senior Alex Rogan, Mr. Mushnik; senior Zack Van Ede, Orin. The narrators, the “Ronettes,” include seniors Ashlynn Boerhave, Lexi McGee, Kara Anderson, Haley Kunkel; juniors Paige Wright, Becca Lien, Kara Polasky and Hindbjorgen. “The thing I enjoy most about the role is it’s different from anything I’ve ever done,” Stephens said. “I’m usually the sarcastic strong character, and she’s (Audrey) very weak.”

Band members audition for All-State By Austin Sadler Voices Editor Twenty-eight students will audition Saturday for the All-State Band Concert in Rapid City March 21-23. Students will be expected to play nine major and minor scales. They will have to perform solos, sight-read music, play chromatic scales and take a written exam. Percussionists will have to play rudiments and scales. They will also perform two out of either mallets, timpani or snare.

All-State Band is important because the students who are in it are the best in the state, band director Jesse Miller said. “It’s a great environment to meet other students from other schools,” he said. “Students get the privilege of performing with many great conductors as well as military conductors.” The students who will be auditioning are freshmen Dawson Kremlacek, Emily Ullom, Kaily Davis, Katie Wright, Ethan Brown, Eric Hanson, Sabrina Simons;

sophomores Jeanna Brandsrud, Patrick Gallo, Kjerstin Williams, Greg Lundberg, Eden Burch, Bethany Headrick, Emily Oyos, Brock Hanson, Chelsey Schmeling, Matthew Skadsen, Matthew Jensen; juniors Kate Ellis, Bailey Quanbeck, Coleton Ginger; seniors Dillon Dutson, Tori Westcott, Haley Ullom, Kara Shroll, Brendan Gallo, Anthony Pederson and Kylie Beck. Region 2 Solo/Ensemble Contest is Feb. 5 at Augustana College.

Quiz Bowl teams place at own invite

Did you know...? n Students of the month are freshman Tyler Gries, sophomore Mariah Zell, junior Jon Heiberger, seniors Chase Marso and Traci Lenz. n Board of education meeting is Monday at 6:30 p.m. n ACT test will be Feb. 9. n Early dismissal for middle school conferences is Feb.11 and for elementary and high school conferences, Feb. 12. n No school is on Feb. 15 for teacher comp day and Feb. 18 for Presidents Day. n Auditions for South Pacific will be Feb. 11 from 12 to 1:30 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center and the high school chorus room.

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Quiz Bowl members sophomore Robert Hagaar, seniors Brendan Gallo and Nick Wilde compete in the Lynx Invite. They placed second out of 37 schools.

By Troy Small Circulation Manager Quiz Bowl teams placed second and fourth in their own invite last Monday. “We had a great time,” coach Jessica Simmons said. “We had a recordsetting 37 teams participating from 19 schools.” Lincoln won the tournament, and Brookings placed third. “We are having a wonderful time and regularly place two teams in the top five,” Simmons said. The second place team included captain senior Adam Presler, sophomore Robert Haggar, senior Nick Wilde, senior Brendan Gallo and sophomore Braydon Reindl. The fourth place team included seniors Long Pham, Sean Rollag, Zach Van Ede, Brian Albertson and junior Kofi Gunu. The next tournament will be the Home School Association of Sioux Falls Feb. 11.

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January 2013 Brandon Valley High School's Newspaper, the Echo.