DIVISIONAL CHAMPS — The UMS wrestling squad won the divisional tournament in Shelby over the weekend. From the left in front are the stat girls, Danielle Moritz, Krisha McKinley, Alex Nesbo and Schuyler Shirley. In the second row are Parker Slezak, Garrett Moritz, Tyler Padilla, Morgan Koenig, Tyler Schultz, Hunter Mycke and Chris Morano. In the third row are Blaine Berg, Clark Judisch, Tyler Richter, Brandon French, Javan Carroll, Tristen Diedrich, James DeBoo, Dakota Suta, Hunter Nesbo and Coach Kevin Moritz. In the top are Austin Padilla, Assistant Coach Doug Moritz, Blake Underdahl, Dawson Berg and Cooper Dailey. Not pictured are Parker Larson, Colby Clark, Luke Fowler, Chaise Arrowtop and C.J. O’Connor. I-O Photo by Colleen Moritz
Once again the UMS wrestling team stepped up to the mats and the storied program brought home yet another first place trophy from the divisional meet.
Before the divisional meet, the team went down to Belt for a matchup tourney that included Fort Benton, Stanford/Geyser and Great Falls wrestlers. No team scores were kept.
Saturday the Buckaroos were in Shelby for their divisional meet with teams from Belt, Browning, Cascade, Chester, Cut Bank, East Glacier, Fairfield, Fort Benton, Heart Butte, Stanford/Geyser and Valier.
TALENTED SISTERS — From the left, Conrad High School senior Katey VanderVeen on the flute and Erika VanderVeen, who plays violin, will both be playing this weekend with the Great Falls Youth Symphony in concert in Great Falls. Both musicians play first chair. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
On any given Sunday afternoon, the stage of the Civic Center Mansfield Theater is filled with high school students, concentrating intently, focused on the task at hand.
The 70 students on stage count, subdivide, follow directions, deal with phrasing and expression, and spend an hour and a half in this intense environment without a break. Sound a lot like school? Not even close.
The Great Falls Symphony’s Regional Youth Orchestra is a full symphony orchestra comprised of talented, focused musicians who voluntarily spend their Sunday afternoons rehearsing in preparation for their two concerts each season.
Each of the students have passed an audition to gain entrance to this elite ensemble, and everyone is expected to come prepared each week, practicing on their own and in their private lessons to learn the difficult music presented to them in this orchestra.
SCHLEPP HONORED — Cheryl Schlepp has been nominated as the Student Council Advisor of the Year at Conrad High School. She is also the advisor of Family Career and Community Leaders of America and, has announced she will retire after more than 30 years of teaching, 28 of them at CHS. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
Cheryl Schlepp was recently awarded the Student Council Advisor of the year for District one. She has also been nominated for the same award on the state level.
Schlepp has served as advisor for Student Council at CHS for 16 years. She takes this responsibility very seriously because she feels so strongly about students developing leadership ability, strong moral character and academic achievement.
She is far more than just an advisor. She has led leadership “lock ins” for the student council and other class officers. She hosts all the student council meetings in her classroom, while making sure the students’ use Parliamentary Procedure.
Schlepp has taught at Conrad High School for 28 years. She has taught Home Economics, which is now broken down into Nutrition, Independent Living, Family Living, Child Development, Culinary Arts and Entrepreneurship.