Today I have the privilege of attending the 25th Annual Athena Awards banquet at the Vadnais Heights Commons. The St. Paul Area Athena Award committee honors the outstanding senior female athletes from over 40 area high schools. There are winners there from every high school in the St. Paul area. Attending this banquet is one of the highlights of my school year. Despite all of the many athletic accomplishments that I hear, the thing I am most impressed with is the accomplishments outside of athletics for each of the winners.
WOODBURY — The Royal Theatre at Woodbury High School will perform the Agatha Christie murder mystery, "Appointment With Death." Set in the 1940s, a group of travelers are thrown together on a journey to the city of Petra. At the center of this diverse group is an elderly woman, Mrs. Boynton (Elena Gordon) and her stepchildren, who never leave her side. They look like a devoted family, but are they? Is this devotion a façade? The traveler's motivations are suspect, and the relationships may not be what they seem.
Last month, I attended the Minnesota Athletic Administrator's Conference in St. Cloud. This was a great opportunity for me to network with other athletic administrators and get ideas for our programs here at Park. The activities directors from the Suburban East Conference and around the metro area are really the colleagues that I work with the most. I may talk to them once a week on a phone, but the conference gives us a chance to put a face with the voice we talk to so often.
Park's Hall of Fame Committee is now accepting nominations for the 15th class to be inducted into the Park High School Hall of Fame. Former athletes and past coaches can be nominated for their athletic excellence while representing Park High School. Community members can be nominated for their commitment to the youth in our community and their dedication and support of Park athletics. Nomination ballots can be picked up in the Activities Office or downloaded from the Hall of Fame website at: https://phs.sowashco.org/activities/hall_of_fame .
Hastings School Board member Kelsey Waits penned a political letter against state Rep. Tony Jurgens recently. Last election cycle, Waits was prominently pictured on campaign literature for nearly every local Democratic candidate — including the one running against Jurgens — so her partisan motives are quite clear. Waits, part of a very small group of liberals around here who can't accept the 2018 election results, is concerned he opposed the DFL-dubbed "Equal Rights Amendment."
After the winter that we have had, it is a minor miracle that we can actually see the grass on our fields right now. But before we get too far thinking about spring, I want to take a moment to look back on our winter season. Our teams had a very successful winter, and many of our student-athletes distinguished themselves as some of the best in the state. The Thunderbolts floor hockey team had a tremendous season once again and took second place in the CI state tournament a few weekends ago — congrats!
March Madness is probably my favorite time of the year. It starts with the MSHSL state tournaments. I think it is great that so many of the high school games can be seen on television. Fans that normally do not get a chance to attend these games in person can see what talent we have in this state. Minnesota is the state of hockey, and the girls' and boys' state tournaments prove just how excited the people here can get about the sport.
Did you hear of the running of the bulls on Grey Cloud Island last week? No, it was the running of the trucks. Last week during my work week (I am a caregiver for seniors) I woke up at 5 a.m., two hours before I needed to wake up, by trucks, two at a time every 15 minutes. Imagine the noise these trucks made with the added addition of the many potholes on my street, the noise was magnified 10 times.
As the winter season winds down, we are in the middle of section playoffs. There is not a more exciting time of the season than section playoffs. Despite the season record or seedings, each team comes in with a clean record and a chance to beat the other team. That means lower seeded teams have a chance to upset the higher seeds, and the higher seeds have the pressure to "hold serve" and defeat the team that is supposedly not as good. Park teams have been on both sides of that situation in the past.
Even though health cannot be purchased, smart decisions can be made when purchasing foods. With the increasing amount of information on new food trends and food items, trying to choose products when shopping can be overwhelming. To make matters worse, people now have to worry about buying items in the store at an expensive price with low quality. Luckily, local farmers markets provide fresh produce that make shopping worthwhile.