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SPHS to host Jazz Band concert on Jan. 20
Yamaha Performing Artist/saxophonist Adrian Barnett to perform at event with local students

Saint Peter and Cleveland high schools will host their annual Jazz Band Concert on Saturday, Jan. 20, at 3 p.m. here at the SPHS Performing Arts Center (PAC). Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students with kids 6 & under admitted free. Tickets can be purchased at the PAC box office.

Directors for the Jazz Band Concert are SPHS’s Dave Haugh and Cleveland’s Erik Hermanson.

The concert will feature Yamaha Performing Artist, Adrian Barnett (pictured on the right), on the bari saxophone and guest soloing with the SPHS Jazz Ensemble as well as with the Cleveland High School musicians.

Barnett, who teaches the saxophone and arranging at the Tennessee State University (Nashville), is a native of New Richland, Minn., and a former student of SPHS band director Dave Haugh, when he taught at New Richland-Hartland-Ellendale-Geneva High School. Barnett also also teaches applied woodwind lessons at Nashville State Community College, and maintains a private woodwind lesson studio.

The award-winning baritone saxophonist has performed all across the nation at venues ranging from Carnegie Hall to Lollapalooza. He has been a featured soloist with symphony orchestras, jazz big bands, concert wind ensembles, and touring rock groups.

Haugh’s former student earned a Bachelor of Science (B.S.) in Music Education, a Bachelor of Music (B.M.) in Music Performance, Master of Music (M.M.) in Saxophone/Woodwind Performance from Minnesota State University, Mankato. After receiving his M.M., Barnett returned to Minnesota State University, Mankato as part of the music faculty acting as Interim Director of Jazz Studies.

He is currently pursuing a Doctor of Musical Arts (D.M.A.) in Jazz Studies at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign where he studied with Chip McNeill and Glenn Wilson. In 2011 Adrian won a Downbeat Award in the Jazz Soloist category for his performance on the University of Illinois Concert Jazz Band album “Freeplay.”

For more information on Adrian Barnett go to his website at




SPHS to stage “Footloose” at new theater Nov. 16-18


The first-ever Saint Peter High School fall play in the new Performing Arts Center is going to be a memorable one as the musical adaptation of the 1980s movie classic, “Footloose”, will be brought to the SPHS stage this weekend (Nov. 16-18).


Showtimes each of the three nights is 7:30 p.m. and tickets will available the Performing Arts Center box office with admission at $10 for adults and $5 for students and Sr. Citizens.  Please note that SPHS student activities passes will be accepted for admission, but adult/staff passes are NOT accepted.


“This is an exciting time as we’re putting on the first play in the new theater and these kids have been working very hard to make this first show a memorable one,” Scott Hermanson, SPHS fall play director, said. “It definitely has been an adjustment moving into the new theater, but it has been a lot of fun for all of us to get a feel for this new space and see its potential.”


Here is a synopsis of “Footloose”, according to the Rodgers & Hammerstein website (


When Ren McCormack and his mother move from Chicago to a small farming town, Ren is prepared for the inevitable adjustment period at his new high school. What he isn't prepared for are the rigorous local edicts, including a ban on dancing instituted by the local preacher, determined to exercise the control over the town's youth that he cannot command in his own home. When the reverend's rebellious daughter sets her sights on Ren, her roughneck boyfriend tries to sabotage Ren's reputation, with many of the locals eager to believe the worst about the new kid. The heartfelt story that emerges is of a father longing for the son he lost and of a young man aching for the father who walked out on him.


In addition to Hermanson directing this year’s performance, others assisting with the production include: Karen Steinhoff  (co-director), Robbie Deering (choreographer & lights and sound), Mike Reeser (set construction) and Dave Haugh (orchestra director).


The following is the complete list of the “Footloose” cast, chorus, and crew:


Ren McCormack - Kaiden Burmeister

Ethel McCormack – Eleanor Grinnell

Reverend Shaw Moore – Isaac Peterson

Vi Moore – Teagan Weiss

Ariel Moore – Lily Werner

Lulu Warnicker – Isabel Panciera

Wes Warnicker – Matt Springer

Coach Roger Dunbar – Josiah Johnson

Eleanor Dunbar – Gloria Toupence

Rusty – Nora Leonard

Urleen – Nia Weiss

Wendy Jo – Katie Engeldinger

Chuck Cranston – Alex Chadwick

Lyle – Henry Olson

Travis – Josh Quist

Cop – Josh Ellerbeck

Betty Blast – Mara Johnson

Willard Hewitt – Kyle Fogel

Principal Harry Clark – Isaac Sawyer

Jeter – Noah Faulstich

Bickle – Jayden Neubauer

Garvin – Liam Dixon

Cowboy Bob – Calvin Alderman

Cowboy Bob’s Band - Isaac Sawyer, Ken Ringler, Clayton Schrumpf


Dancers -- Olivia McCabe, Rose Prinz, Maansi Bhakta, Marina Sawyer, Sophia Lee, Madison Abels, Michaela Hahn, Penelope Panciera, Lauren Mayer, McKenna Reece, Megan Beran, Sarah Borgmeier, Breanna Hagen, Kendra Lindquist-Ove

Towns folk -- Julia Marlow, Morgaine Miller, Izzy Lind, Matthew Witty-Frank, David Marlow, Payton Lange, Leah Harms, Katie Hamman, Morgaine Miller, Eleanor Kennedy


Stage Manager – Dani Epper

Assistant Stage Manager  - Kate Hildebrandt

Assistant Stage Manager   - David Doherty-Bohn

Stage Crew - Aiden BIstrup, Madelyn Tollefson, Kate Hildebrandt, Kyle Fogel, Claire Severson

Lights -- Haydon Grams, Jack Leonard

Shift Crew -- McKenzie Frederick, Ben Moberg, Kaylee Moreau, Garrison Rushing

Spotlights -- Autumn Pauly, Claire Severson, Shayla Kelley

Sound -- Ethan Niemeyer, Bennett Combs

Make-up -- Hannah Evans

SPHS to host annual Veterans Day program on Nov. 9
Minnesota District 19A State Representative Clark Johnson will be the guest speaker at the annual Veterans Day program at Saint Peter High School. The program, which begins at 9:30 a.m. on Thursday, Nov. 9, at the SPHS gym, is put on each year by the school’s social studies department.
All area veterans are welcome to attend, and a special reception for veterans will be held before the program. Donuts and coffee will be served in the Saint Peter Community Room, next to the commons area.
District 19A State Representative Clark Johnson has served in the Minnesota House of Representatives since being elected in 2013. He and his wife, April, have two children and reside in North Mankato.
Music for the program will be presented by the Saint Peter Concert Choir, under the direction of Scott Hermanson, and the Saint Peter High School Concert Band, under the direction of Dave Haugh. Members of the William R. Witty American Legion Post 37 Color Guard will also participate.
A special veterans’ recognition will also be presented by SPHS Principal Annette Engeldinger honoring those SPHS alums who have served in the armed forces.
PARKING INFO: Those attending the Veterans Day program are encouraged to park in the lots on the west side of the new SPHS building near the event (gym) entrance.


St. Peter-Kasota Dollars for Scholars chapter gearing up for 2017-18


It’s that time of year again St. Peter High School seniors! It’s time to start building your profile on the St. Peter-Kasota Dollars for Scholars website. By keeping your profile up-to-date it will be easier to begin your scholarship application starting on February 15.


Please remember, students can begin building their profiles at any time. Visit the website at: or our Facebook Page for more information.


The St. Peter-Kasota Dollars for Scholars chapter also recently announced the dates for its annual Phone-A-Thon pledge drive. Student volunteers (juniors or seniors) are needed on Saturday, Nov. 11, and Sunday, Nov. 12, for that pledge drive.


Students who are interested in working at the phone-a-thon should see Jana Sykora, the High School Guidance Counselor.  Those who volunteer and complete a shift will be eligible for a special scholarship from the chapter.


A matching-grant opportunity has been provided to the St. Peter-Kasota chapter from Scholarship America. If the chapter raises $10,000 by June 30, 2018, it will be matched with an additional $10,000. These funds will be made available for undergraduate scholarship opportunities. Watch for more information in the mail or in the St. Peter Herald.



Two SPHS seniors fare well in National Merit Scholarship program

Shannie Rao named semifinalist; Lilly Anderson earns Commended Student honor


Two Saint Peter High School seniors, Shannie Rao and Lily Anderson, were recently honored by the 2018 National Merit Scholarship program for their academic success and their results in taking the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).


“Saint Peter High School has a tradition of students who rise to the top, academically. It’s a great honor for the school to have two recognized scholars this year,” SPHS Principal Annette Engeldinger said. “It speaks to the strong support from their teachers, their community, and their families. These are two great girls who have worked hard and done the right thing during their school years. We are so proud of these two young women. They represent the best of Saint Peter High School and the Saint Peter community.”


This is the second year in a row that SPHS has had a student recognized by the National Merit Scholarship program. Karen Chen, a 2017 SPHS graduate, ended up as a National Merit Scholarship finalist this past year.


Shannie Rao, the daughter of April Malphurs, has been chosen as one of 16,000 National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists out of the more than 1.6 million students who entered the 2018 competition.


“This is a really exciting honor, and it really will help provide me with a lot of opportunities for going to college,” Rao said.


Rao now has the opportunity to continue in the competition for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth more than $32 million that will be offered next spring.


To be considered for a Merit Scholarship award, Semifinalists must fulfill several requirements to advance to the finalist level of the competition. About 90 percent of the Semifinalists are expected to attain Finalist standing, and about half of the Finalists will win a National Merit Scholarship, earning the Merit Scholar title.


Lilly Anderson, the daughter of Sheila and Jeff Anderson, earned the honor of Commended Student in the National Merit Scholarship program. Approximately 34,000 students out of the 1.6 million taking the test were recognized as a Commended Student for their exceptional academic promise.


Although Commended Students will not continue in the 2018 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, they did place among the approximately top three percent of those students who entered the National Merit Scholarship competition.