ZMHS Thunder

MARCH 2019

  •     CONFERENCES...Thursday, 2/28, and Tuesday, 3/5

           Come and check in with teachers in their classrooms, and find one or more of these                                                                     excellent sessions to attend!               

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    On February 14th, senior Cheresa Bouley competed in her 3rd consecutive State Nordic Ski competition at Giants Ridge in Biwabik.  A 6th place finish in the classic race (18:59) and 4th in pursuit (35:23.3 = classic + skate 16:24.3) at the Section meet, Cheresa's strong performances qualified her to move on to State as an individual competitor.  The top two Section teams move on to the State meet as a team.  The Elk River/Zimmerman team finished 3rd, shy of 2nd by just one point.  A true team-oriented athlete, Cheresa advancing without the rest of her team was undoubtedly a bittersweet accomplishment for her.
    Similar to the Section meet, Nordic skiers complete both freestyle and classic ski races in the single day event at State.  Where a skier finishes in the 1st race determines his/her starting placement for the 2nd race. This approach makes for a "pursuit" race, with skiers pursuing those in front of them to move up in the standings.  Of 160 girls competing, Cheresa finished 28th in the freestyle/skate (18:23) and her time of 20:25.2 in the classic race earned her a 41st place pursuit finish (38:48.2).  While finishing a little out of an All-State honor (top 25), Cheresa skied a personal best at this meet, an accomplishment in its own right and especially in such a highly competitive, big race.  She, in fact, cut in half her finishing place in the 2019 skate race compared to the same race in 2018.  Congratulations, Cheresa, for your valiant efforts and accomplishments!  
    Cheresa has also been named Zimmerman High School's 2019 Athena Award winner.  The Athena Award is given to the outstanding female athlete from a school.  The main criteria for the Athena Award is athletic accomplishments with other achievements being secondary.  Cheresa is a three sport athlete who has qualified for the Minnesota State High School League tournaments in Cross Country Running and Nordic Ski.  These are amazing accomplishments and we are very proud of Cheresa.  
    Cheresa will be honored at the Athena Awards luncheon on Friday, May 3, 2019 at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington along with other top female athletes throughout the metro area. 


                     Northwestern High School Art Exhibition

    This exhibition held at North Hennepin Community College celebrated the artwork of some of our area's most talented high school students. As shared by Art teacher Ms. Zahn, the exhibit was a chance for area high schools to show off their best work of the current school year and give high school artists a chance to show at the collegiate level.  ZHS had a number of artworks that were part of the exhibition.  Included here is a sampling...

                            2019 NHCC     2019 NHCC                                                               Fruit Loops - Hannah Nelson              Daisy - Alisa Simonovich

    2019 NHCC    NHCC 2019    NHCC 2019                      Stitched Quiet - Izzy Ihla     All Eyes on Me - Lissa Anderson  Reinvented - Payton Knight

    Also representing ZHS were: Alex Krause's sterling silver El-Oh-Vee-Ee and Lissa Anderson's acrylic A Journey Brought Home

    A closing reception and awards ceremony the evening of the 28th marked the end of the exhibition.  Congratulations to all of the talented student artists and their teachers, Mrs. Kryduba and Ms. Zahn!

  •                          District Office Artworks Display

    Each year, works done by art students in the schools are chosen to be displayed in the District Office for a year's period of time.  The artworks, 2 from middle school and 2 from high school, that have been chosen for this year are shown here:
             DO art show 2019    MS DO artwork 2019
                 Logan Schwinghamer - gr 6                                  Ashley Gruwell - gr 8
                           DO art show 2019    DO art show 2019
                                         Hannah Nelson - gr 11                         Chloe Kasper - gr 12 

                   Paramount Center for the Arts Exhibition

    The High School Juried Art Exhibition at the Paramount Center for the Arts begins Monday, March 4th and goes through Friday, March 29th, when a closing reception and awards ceremony will also be held from 5:30-8:00pm. This year Zimmerman has four high school students exhibiting their work in the show:  Chloe Kapser, Hannah Nelson, Haruka Padilla, and Alex Cromwell. 
                       Art shows 2019 Haruka     Alex Cromwell 2019 art
                             Haruka Padilla - gr 10                              Alex Cromwell - gr 10
    Also shown here is a screenshot from Alex Cromwell's digital portfolio gallery.  This completed digital portfolio entry shows and explains the various elements that go into the works created by students in high school art courses. Nice work, Alex!
    Alex Cromwell art
    What talented artists we have at ZMHS!  Thank you, students and Art teachers, for your hard work and high quality results!!  Fabulous!!

  •                              CHOIR SOLO & ENSEMBLE CONTEST

    Choir teacher/director Mr. Waznik shared that several members of the ZHS Vocal Music Department represented their school well with fantastic performances at the Solo & Ensemble Contest held at Andover High School on February 26th. 

                                         Choir Solo/Ensemble 2019

    Among those participating were seniors Michael Johann and Lindsey Bennett; juniors Connie Neumiller, Julia Hiatt, and Madi Naatz; sophomores Andrea Schneider and Gabby Hormann; and freshmen Abby Larson and Mersadie Fields.  Special recognition goes to Michael Johann, who took home a Superior rating with his performance of Vaughan Williams' "Silent Noon."  Congratulations, everyone!

  • Did you know...

    Junior Carter McEachern broke the school record for most points scored in an individual game during Zimmerman's boys basketball game vs Sartell.  Scoring 41 points, Carter will now move above record holder Brandon Giese, who scored 37 points vs Cambridge-Isanti in the 2008-09 season.   Giese, then a sophomore, was a key player for the Thunder and still holds a number of school records.  He went on to have a very successful playing career while attending college in Moorhead.  Keep watch for McEachern to see how many other Giese records he might equal or surpass!  Go Thunder!!

    Freshmen wrestlers Joe Gardas and Aiden Pardino are making us Thunder proud of, and for, them.  Gardas reached the 70 Varsity wins mark on the last day of January when the wrestling team competed at Monticello.  Congrats, Joe!!  ZHS wrestler Aiden Pardino competed at the 9th Grade State Wrestling meet!  Nice work, Aiden! 

    Joe Gardas went on to become the Section 6AA champion at 138-pound weight class!  The next stop for Joe will be the State meet the first weekend in March.  Congrats, Joe!! 

    The Elk River Boys Swim & Dive Team, now the successful "Drive for Five" team after earning their 5th consecutive Conference championship, includes a couple student swimmers from ZHS.  Senior Jason Thomas is one of the captains this season and is a solid contributor to the team's points...and wins.  Joining him is 9th grader Gavin Nathe, who is undoubtedly learning some great tools, techniques, and approach lessons from leaders like Jason and others who have helped make the "Drive for Five" mission happen.  High fives to all team members for the "Drive for Five" accomplishment!  

    Ten girls from ZMHS are part of the 2018-19 Elk River Gymnastics team.  A number of the ZHS gymnasts are key contributors to the strength and success of the team.  Senior Kayla Dollansky, junior Emily Dalrymple, and sophomore Miranda Schwieger are 3 team members who have been consistently strong competitors for the team.  At the February 4th meet vs Coon Rapids, also Senior Night, Makayla scored a team-high 9.2 in floor after having been out for a period of time due to a concussion.  That same meet, Miranda Schwieger posted the second-highest score in bars with an 8.475, while also having the second-best score in beam at 8.1 and the second-highest score in floor at 8.975. Emily Dalrymple finished with the highest mark in floor at 9.225.  Outstanding work, ladies!!  Go Thunder!!

    At the Section 8AA meet in Brainerd on February 16th, Miranda Schwieger made ZHS history when she became the 1st ZHS gymnast to qualify to compete at the State meet!  Schwieger competed at State on the uneven bars and scored a personal best!  Congrats, Miranda!  We are Thunder proud of, and for, you!!


                                        Gr 9 GBB Champs 2019

    Zimmerman's 9th grade girls basketball team became champions when they defeated Foley for 1st place at their Conference Tourney held in Foley on February 23rd! GO THUNDER!!

  •                               Budreau Makes Signing Official

    National College Signing Day, February 6th, provided a reason to celebrate, as ZHS senior Tucker Budreau made his college signing official.  Tucker will head to St. Cloud State University and play football for the Huskies.  Congratulations, Tucker!  We are Thunder proud!!   

                                                Tucker Budreau


    Despite some tough competition at North Branch on February 16th, many ZHS students did very well.  Here are some individual results:
    1st Place Discussion - Haruka Padilla 
    6th Place Duo - Cole Carbert and Lauren Anderson 
    6th Place Extemporaneous Speaking - Beigek Cole
    7th Place Humorous - Michael Johann 
    2nd Place Humorous - Joey Kirk 
    6th Place Storytelling - Cole Carbert
    4th Place Storytelling - Lauren Anderson
    At Onamia on February 9th, the ZMHS team placed 2nd in the Large School category!  Some individual results: 
    1st Place Discussion - Haruka Padilla 
    5th Place Duo - Megan Guy and Ceci Galeano 
    5th Place Extemporaneous Reading - Hannah Nelson
    1st Place Extemporaneous Speaking - Josh Freeman 
    1st Place Humorous - Joey Kirk
    3rd Place Humorous - Michael Johann 
    6th Place Poetry - Haylie Sullivan
    5th Place Prose - Beigek Cole 
    2nd Place Storytelling - Lauren Anderson 
    4th Place Storytelling - Cole Carbert 
    6th Place Storytelling - Toby Zortman 
    The week prior, Saturday, February 2nd, Zimmerman hosted a speech meet.  Here are results for some ZMHS participants: 
    1st Place Discussion - Haruka Padilla
    8th Place Extemporaneous Reading - Hannah Nelson
    3rd Place Extemporaneous Speaking - Hannah Nelson
    3rd Place Humorous - Joey Kirk
    6th Place Humorous - Michael Johann
    8th Place Informative - Ekaterina Miller
    5th Place Storytelling - Lauren Anderson
    Nice work, everyone!

  •                   ZHS SNOW WEEK 2019

    ROYALTY: Freshmen Madison Randall & Bennett Scott; sophomores Ava Wark & Gaven Birdsell; juniors Sara Maggi & Ethan Cairns; and seniors Britney Ventsch & Devin Schaible, Hannah Wudtke & Landon Berroa, Lexi Berg & Brady Gibeau, Brooke Tempesta & Ian Carlin.  Brady Gibeau and Lexi Berg were announced as King and Queen!  Congratulations, everyone! 

           Snow Week 2019   Snow Week 2019                                                             Snow Week 2019                                                           Dress-up Days bring fun and options for creativity.  This year's days: Monday - NO MIRROR MONDAY (Pajama Day), Tuesday - JERSEY TUESDAY, Wednesday - IT IS WEDNESDAY MY DUDES (Vine/Meme Day), Thursday - THRIFT SHOP THURSDAY (Throwback/Mismatched), Friday - FREAK OUT IN YOUR THUNDER GEAR FRIDAY. 

      Snow Week 2019   Bickman zombomeme   Snow Week 2019                  Snow Week 2019   Snow Week 2019           Snow Week royalty participated in lunch room activities. Tuesday was a Jenga Competition and Thursday was the Chow Crown Competition.  On Friday, Snow Week King Brady Gibeau and Queen Lexi Berg were crowned.                                                                                                                                                  Snow Week 2019    Snow Week 2019  Snow Week 2019                    A pep fest the last hour of the day Friday provided more fun with its line-up.  One activity included a snowman game where 2 students from each grade raced against the other grades.  One of each 2-student team had to wrap the other student with three rolls of toilet paper, and the snowman had to have a hat, gloves, scarf, and red nose. Then the wrapper/designer student had to push the snowman on a scooter to a cone and back.

    Another activity brought staff into the mix...for Staff vs Royalty musical chairs.  Teacher Evan Bartlett was the winner. The Pepfest ended with Tug of War and the MCs announcing the JV and Varsity boys basketball team.    

  •    Speaking of snow..."Choose your 'View'"

    When a staff email was shared, and included the top photo showing the "obstructed view" created by the massive snow pile near the front of the school (where clearing of sidewalks was done)...outside Mr. Kraus's room, the email also included the comment by neighboring teacher Mr. Bloom, "If you're feeling sad because you don't have a window in your room, it could be worse.  You could have Kraus's view!"  Not long thereafter, a response email came through showing the bottom photo, with the comment from teacher Mrs. Pratt, "You guys are doing it all wrong!"  Some creative hands at work, making the most of the backdrop that nature had provided.

                              Snow - Kraus 2019  

                              Snow 2019 Pratt

  •                           FEBRUARY THUNDER BUCK WINNERS! 

    Keeping "The Thunder Way" always in mind, ZMHS includes the key focus areas of being Ready, Respectful and Responsible. Students are awarded “Thunder Bucks” by faculty and staff when they display positive behaviors in school.  They can then enter their earned Thunder Bucks into weekly drawings for fun items that have been collected or donated.
                                            Thunder Bucks Feb 2019
    Thunder Buck winners announced on February 11th are, left to right: Nathan Kohner-8th-$25 Target gift card; Richie Bray-9th-Domino's Pizza coupon; Mackenzie Levos-6th-Buffalo Wild Wings coupon, bottle of sauce and MN Wild hat; Asher Terry-8th-$15.00 Papa's Italian gift card; Joe Bomstad-Harrell-8th-DQ cake; Kelsey Howe-7th-candy bar and pop.

  • Congratulations to the following HS Student of the Week honorees:

    2/4:   Hannah Larson-gr 12-Economics-Mr. Hamlin

              Carter McEachern-gr 11-College Algebra-Mrs. Beaver

              Rylee Kiewel-gr 10-Geometry-Mr. Phelps

    2/11:  Brad Mattson-gr 12-Elementary German II S2S-Mr. Bloom

               Sophia Smith-gr 10-US History-Mr. LeVos

               Meagan Jentsch-gr 9-Principles of Biomedical Science-Mr. Larson                   

    2/19:  Autum Hullermann-gr 10-Pre-AP English-Mrs. Onstad

               Gretchen Andresen-gr 9-Algebra II-Ms. McDonald

               Connor Janowiec-gr 9-Spanish I-Mr. Palashewski 

    2/25:  Braydon Haugland-gr 10-English-Ms. Lee

               Joe Diegnau-gr 11-AP Calculus-Mr. Pouliot

               Megan Guy-gr 9-History Through Film-Mrs. Olson

  • Congratulations to the following MS Student of the Week honorees:


    Grade 6: Hadley Hupalo-Mr. Ostercamp

    Grade 7: Isabelle Valencia-Mrs. Swanson

    Grade 8: Gracie Blaedorn-Mrs. Yanke


    Grade 7:  Sarah Larson-Mr. Waznik

    Grade 8:  Brooks Howard-Mr. Opsahl


    Grade 6: Ava Christensen-Mrs. Yanke

    Grade 7: Carson Edgett-Mrs. Yanke

    Grade 8: Eryn Olson-Mr. Zierden


    Grade 6: Taylor Stelten-Mrs. Kraus

    Grade 7: Brittney Stoltman-Ms. Zapzalka

    Grade 7: Gabby Behl-Ms. Bjork

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             "Rustic Romance" 

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