Local singer-songwriter Nina Yasmineh will be performing at The Bookcase of Wayzata on Friday, April 10th, from 7pm-9pm! Her six song EP, Real Good Thing, is now available for sale on iTunes and at CDBaby.com. Bring some friends and come to hear great live music from a new talent!
Wayzata children’s author Joyce Sidman has released a new book called Red Sings from Treetops – a year in color. She appears Saturday at the Red Balloon, 891 Grand Ave., St. Paul to promote the new book.
Sidman provides tips for parents, librarians, and educators to read her new book aloud.
Sidman commented on her new book, “Color has always had the power to lift my spirits and thrill me. The first time I saw a cardinal on top of a tall tree, singing his heart out in the late winter sun, I thought, “WOW!” On my daily walks, I started looking for color everywhere, in each season. And it WAS everywhere–even in winter. To me, each color seemed like a old friend come alive somehow. This book is my attempt to bring color to life for others, as well.”
After competing in the regional tournament on February 28, six teams from Wayzata Public Schools will advance to compete at the state Destination ImagiNation tournament on April 18 at Chaska High School.
The following six teams will be competing at the state tournament on April 18:
Superb Seven, from Greenwood Elementary School – Team members include Sarah Isdahl, ChinmaeyKelkar, Karin Leland, Mark Moses, LakshuPeriakaruppan, Nathan Reding and Kaitlin Schwarz; team managers are Toni Leland and Teresa Reding
Seven Degrees from Central Middle School – Team members include Ellie Anderson, Taylor Cranfield, Taylor Haefele, Mikaela Kendall, Emma Schmidtke, Emily Schroeder and Caleb Trouth; Team manager Laura Anderson
The Triple T’s (Trojan Trash Terminators from Central Middle School – Team members include Thomas Berquist, Madeline Cammack, Andrew Quirk, Clayton Smith, and Leighton Zhao; Team manager Nancy Cohen
Four Aces from Wayzata High School – Team members include Taylor Daily, Kate Guidera, Drew Heiring and Megan Kinneberg; Team manager is Russell Kinneberg
The Razzle Dazzles from Oakwood Elementary – Team members include Griffin Caryotakis, Caroline Davidson, Andy Gabler, Justin Greenberg, Tess Kehne, MariahMetzger and Jennifer Rademacher; Team managers are Paula Caryotakis and Robb Greenberg
The D.I. namites from Oakwood Elementary – Team members include SimranChugani, Kyle Eckman, Frank Fetrow, Hannah Hagen, Isaac Polum, Madeline Tapper and Lucas Waskosky; Team Manager Holly Tapper
The ZoDIacs from Gleason Lake Elementary – Team members include Colleen Donlin, Sabrina Southwick, Daniel Bye, Heather Mostrom, J.J. Heflin, Annie Wang and Nick Ashwill; Team managers are Becky Heflin and Kathy Donlin
The “JK’s” team from Greenwood Elementary School and the ZoDIacs from Gleason Lake Elementary School also earned the Renaissance award which recognizes those who demonstrate extraordinary amounts of effort and preparation in their solutions or outstanding skill in engineering, design or performance. The “DIragons” from Sunset Hill Elementary School earned the DaVinci Award for outstanding creativity.
The “JK’s” are: Kate Bernhardt, Katie Erdahl, Jacob Hoffner, Johnny Schissel, Jack Stetler and Kira Stetler; team managers Jay Erdahl and Megan Kinneberg.
The “DIragons” are: Shelby Diesen, Dylan Kunkel, NiklasSkar, Connor Strommen, IzziToso, GunnarWallinga and RebeccaWallinga; team manager Sue Wallinga.
Hannah Devens, an eighth grade student at East Middle School, took first place in the state in the year-long scenario writing competition offered through the Future Problem Solving Program (FPSP) competition.
Good morning Wayzata, and thanks for joining Wayzata.com for the Top 5 Stories of the week. Last week saw the passing of a Wayzata resident who was a Two Time World Series Champion, a young hockey team from Wayzata won a State Championship, a local sailor is recovering after a downhill ski accident, and much more. Here are the Top 5 Stories of the week for March 23 – March 29, 2009
Johnny Blanchard passed away. The Wayzata resident was a former catcher for New York Yankees, and played with the likes of Mickey Mantle, Yogi Berra, and Roger Marris. Blanchard appeared with the Yankees in the World Series 5 times– and helped the Bronx Bombers win the Series in 1961 and 1962. Apparently he was also good enough to play for the Minneapolis Lakers, but was prevented from doing so by his baseball team.
Wayzata Sophomore Sarah Urke May Qualify for the US National Junior Team in Synchronized Swimming. Sarah has been a member of the Wayzata High School Varsity Synchronized Swim Team for three (3) years–and has contributing to Wayzata’s winning the Minnesota State High School Championship for the last two years. She also has been competing in synchronized swimming for eight (8) eight years as club swimmer with Minnesota Synchronettes, which practices in Wayzata. Her ultimate goal is to make the US Olympic Team.
As many of you may have already heard, our Executive Director, Cappy Capper, was badly injured in a skiing accident on March 14th.
Although Cappy had several fractures and other injuries, he is doing amazingly well now and will be home in a week or two. The bad news is that he will be off the water most of the summer, and although he’ll be able to give us landlubber support, he’ll need to devote a lot of his time to his physical therapy.
The Capper family has set up a web page on Caring Bridge (link to that site) that you can visit for details, and to give him your best wishes. He would appreciate everyone waiting to visit him until he gets back home, after which you are welcome to stop by. Cards can be sent to him now at North Memorial Medical Center, 3300 Oakdale Ave N, Robbinsdale, MN, 55422. (He’s allergic to flowers!)
We fully expect our spring and summer sailing programs to go on as planned, with the able assistance of our Program Director, Dave Elsmoe, his staff, and all of your much appreciated volunteer efforts.
Wayzata Synchronized Swimming has won the State Title for the last two years in a row. The current Wayzata swimmers have some large shoes to fill as a number of the standouts that contributed to the championships have graduated. One of those swimmers Wayzata is looking to as a leader, is Sarah Urke, a sophomore who is being considered for the U.S. National Junior team, according to the Star Tribune.
Here is some more info from the Wayzata Athletics office on Sarah and written by Joanne Kutzler, Head Coach Minnesota Synchronettes:
Sarah Urke, a sophomore at Wayzata High School, was named to the first 13-15 US National Team at the US Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs in July and represented the United States at the 2008 UANA Pan American Age Group Championships held in Calgary, Canada on August 27-30. Sarah is the first Minnesotan to have earned this honor with this age group team.
The new US Team trained rigorously at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs for several weeks prior to the international competition. Twelve countries from North and South America competed in the Championships which are held every other year. The US Team placed a very respectable second behind Canada and Sarah placed 22nd (5th among US members) in the figure competition.
Sarah had been participating as one of the top athletes in the United States Talent ID Program for over a year. After placing 7th in Solo and 7th in Figures at the recent US Age Group Championships in New York, she was invited to the Olympic Training Center for final selection of the first 13-15 National Team.
Sarah has been a member of the Wayzata High School Varsity Synchronized Swim Team for three (3) years which has won the State High School Championships for the last two years. She also has been competing in synchronized swimming for eight (8) eight years as club swimmer with Minnesota Synchronettes which practices in Wayzata.
“Sarah is a gifted swimmer who has an unbelievable work ethic and clear goal of what she wants to achieve – making the US Olympic Team. With her success nationally she could rest on her laurels, but she comes to the high school team using the same work ethic to help the Trojans become one of the top synchronized swim teams in the state,” said Wayzata High School Synchronized Swim Head Coach Signe Hensel.
Sarah’s Athletic Honors and Awards include: 2007-2008 USSS Talent ID participant 2008 North Zone 13-15 All Star Award Recipient (includes 5 states) 2007 and 2008 US Age Group Championships top 10 figures 2008 US Age Group Championship Solo Finalist (7th) 2003 MNS Coaches Award 2006 and 2008 MNS Athlete of the Year 2007 MNS Trail Blazer Award 2008 High School All-State as a freshman.
Her Scholastic Honors and Awards include: 2005-2008 A honor roll and Midwest Academic Talent member 2007 Presidents Award for Outstanding Academic Excellence
MIDDLEBURY, Vt. — Bethel University’s Beth Spurrier (Sr., Plymouth, Minn.) has been named an RBK Women’s Hockey Division III All-American, making her the first in the program’s 10-year history. Spurrier joins four other Minnesota Intercollegiate Athletic Conference (MIAC) players on the West region first team.
In addition to receiving All-American honors, Spurrier finished her Royal career as the school’s only four-time All-MIAC first team award winner. The senior goaltender concluded the regular season with a .941 save percentage while only allowing 1.68 goals per game. With her name already firmly etched in Bethel’s record book in several categories, including wins, games played, and saves, her three shutouts this season now give her 14 in her career at Bethel. Spurrier was twice named Women’s Hockey MIAC Athlete of the Week this season for her strong play against nationally ranked opponents, including a shut out of #6 St. Thomas, and the team’s first ever point against #1 Gustavus.
The RBK HOCKEY All-American Ice Hockey teams are sponsored by RBK HOCKEY, an international leader in hockey equipment, and chosen by members of the American Hockey Coaches Association (AHCA). Due to the number of teams regionally, the coaches have established two East teams and one West team. All six players from the West region are natives of Minnesota.
Maddy Thoele (Miss Wayzata) was crowned Miss Minnesota International 2009 on March 15th in St. Cloud. Minnesota, where she competed with other “county/city” title holders from across the state.
Thoele’s Platform for the upcoming year is “Leading the Way to a Cure”. She will be traveling the State raising funds and awareness for The Children’s Cancer Research Fund, an organization that is dedicated to finding a cure for childhood cancer. CCRF provides funds to the University of Minnesota for research and training relating to the prevention, treatment and cure of childhood cancer. The organization also educates the public about childhood cancer and supports quality-of-life programs for pediatric cancer patients and their families.
When Maddy was six years old, her sister Shannon was diagnosed with leukemia, cancer of the bone marrow. The next five years of their lives were filled with hospitals, chemotherapy, and an unending parade of doctors. These experiences taught her first-hand about the difficulties faced by children with cancer.
She is proud to be part of the Children’s Cancer Research Fund because it is the propelling agent that drives the children’s life saving engine. She has fifteen years of life experience with children’s cancer, and has developed an unending energy to further support “Leading the Way to a Cure”.
Army Major Bob Beutler (retired) of Wayzata was parked in front of Wayzata Bay and Lake Street in his 1942 WWII Ford Army Jeep on Saturday afternoon. Temperatures neared 60 degrees–a perfect opportunity to drive a Jeep around Wayzata with the top down.