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East Central Schools
61085 State Hwy 23
Finlayson, MN  55735
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The Fifth Sun

East Central High School’s one-act play THE FIFTH SUN, by Nicholas A. Patricca, will advance to the Minnesota State High School League Section 7A competition at Two Harbors High School on Saturday, February 6.

East Central’s theater students competed Saturday, January 30, at Aitkin High School, in Sub-Section 7A. At the competition East Central’s THE FIFTH SUN was named the Sub-Section Champion, receiving first place ranking from each of the three judges. The Sub-Section 7A Runner-Up was Aitkin High School’s play THE INTERNET IS DISTRACT—OH LOOK A KITTEN! Cromwell High School’s HOW TO KISS A GIRL was named the alternate. Only two schools from each of the three Sub-Sections advance to the Section 7A competition.

At the awards ceremony East Central was presented with the Championship trophy, and each cast and crew member received a Minnesota State High School League one-act play championship medal.

Set in the late 1970’s in El Salvador, THE FIFTH SUN “presents the story of the people and the forces that transformed an ordinary man, Oscar Arnulfo Romero, into a courageous leader. The title comes from the Mayan story of Nanautzin, son of the Lord of the Universe, who voluntarily sacrifices himself for the well-being of all creation. There are five suns in the Mayan cosmos; . . . four of them represent cultivation, rain, life, and death . . . . THE FIFTH SUN is a human being whose destiny is to save his people.”

The judges described East Central’s production as “awesome,” “wonderful,” “perfect,” “very effective,” “excellent,” “commanding,” “a neatly polished machine,” and “wow!”

Cast members are Ryan Feist, Sadie Shervheim, Phillip Jansen, Mack Nelson, Guadalupe Buzo, Melody Kosbab, Kalyn Nelson, Molly Nygren, Madison Nelson, Jamison Seibert, Michelle Clennon, Ashley Nelson, Alex Finch, Emma Jansen, and Kali Finch. Crew members are Nico Wolf, Gabriela Villarreal, Aubrey Shervheim, and Isabelle Shervheim.
The One Act Cast & Crew will hold a FREE performance on Tuesday, Feb 2nd at 7 PM.
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Upcoming Events

One Act Public Peformance - February 2
One Act Sections - February 6 (@ Two Harbors)
Snow Week - February 8-12 (full week theme)
    7th -- Egypt
    8th -- Canada
    9th -- Japan
    10th -- South Africa
    11th -- Jamaica
    12th -- Greece
    Monday - Flag Day (dress with your country's flag colors)
    Tuesday - Travel Day (dress as if traveling to your country)
    Wednesday - Elements (Earth, Wind, Fire, Water)
    Thursday - Animal Day (dress like an animal from your country)
    Friday - School Spirit Day
Jump Rope for Heart - February 11
President's Day (No School) - February 15
Early Childhood Screening - February 18
School Board Meeting - February 22

Parent-Teacher Conferences - March 8
Parent-Teacher Conferences - March 10
Varsity Softball Practice Starts - March 14
Track & Field Practice Starts - March 14
Marching Band & Choir to
       South Carolina & Florida
 - March 19 - 27
Varsity Baseball Practice Starts - TBA
Spring Break (No School) - March 21 - 25
School Board Meeting - March 21
Golf Practice Starts - March 28
End of Third Quarter - April 1
School Board Meeting - April 18
Hall of Fame Nominations Sought

East Central School is pleased to announce its annual Hall Of Fame Induction Ceremony to be held on Sunday, May 22th.  This is the opportunity for people to nominate former graduates of our school and our school’s heritage schools.  This list would include Bruno, Askov, Sandstone, and East Central.  We are seeking nominations of individuals who have contributed to our world in a significant way.

The Mission Statement reads:
It is our goal to recognize Sandstone, Askov, East Central students that have distinguished themselves by their contributions in their field of work/study, to their individual communities, and to society as a whole.  By providing these positive role models to our current students, they will understand the positive impact ECHS has made on individuals from our community in the past.  This inspiration will provide hope and relevance to our current students in their area of studies as well as extra-curricular opportunities.

The Hall Of Fame program is under the direction of the National Honor Society at East Central.  The NHS recognizes students of excellence, academically and philanthropically.  The Hall of Fame serves to recognize these strengths and accomplishments in past graduates.

A committee of area volunteers and EC personnel will review all nominations and then select submissions for the Hall of Fame Induction.  We are seeking nominations for individuals who have excelled in their professional life.  We also are seeking those individuals who have been generous in their giving and volunteering.  There are many who have served their country in the military achieving great recognition as well. These individuals may be awarded this honor post-humously as well.  The 2015 Hall of Fame inductees included:  Roy Sebald (Askov, 1950) and Bruce Wahlberg (Sandstone, 1944). 

We encourage all to consider submitting a nomination for someone you know who has been a good example in life.  They must be a graduate of East Central or its predecessing  schools.  Nomination forms and mission statements are available at the East Central High School Office or downloaded from the Hall of Fame website.  Nomination forms may be turned in to the East Central High School Office or mailed to East Central Schools-Hall of Fame, 61085 State Hwy 23,  Finlayson, MN   55735.   Nominations must be received by February 26, 2016.