Students recognized with Scholastic Art Awards

 Holy Family artists submitted a variety pieces to the Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards and several pieces are winners of Gold Key, Silver Key, and Honorable Mention awards.  The Minnesota Scholastic Art Awards have recognized the ingenuity, vision, and talent of America’s youth since 1923. The numbers of participants has increased ever since their inception.


Holy Family Students Seeing Success in Knowledge Bowl Season

Holy Family students competed in a multi-school Knowledge Bowl event on January 18th in Blaine. Over forty different teams competed alongside the four teams Holy Family sent.

Knowledge Bowl competitions consist of two different portions. First, everyone competing takes a written test. There are sixty questions on the test and individuals are given fifty five minutes to complete it. Based on those test scores, teams are placed into different rooms.

The oral rounds take place in these rooms. There are four rounds of oral, or buzzer, and each round consists of forty five questions. All points are cumulative, and at the end of the meet, whichever team has the most points wins.

The Teams:

Team ‘Plural Moose’, with Walter Treat, Patrick Loughran, Mitchell Jans, and Josh Mohling, took third place in the competition.

Many students participated in this meet, such as the team ‘Hopefully Not Last Place’, consisting of Colin Dosedel, Dominic Phillips, Evan Epple, Matt Deavan, and Tony Berg. Reflecting on the competition, Colin Dosedel said, “The meet went pretty well, but there were some struggles because we are a JV team and this was a varsity meet.”

The team ‘Hopefully Not Last Place’ during yesterday’s competition.

Participation in Knowledge Bowl has grown over the years, drawing students from all grade levels at Holy Family. For this particular meet, Holy Family sent two senior teams, one junior team and one sophomore team.

Sophomore Dominic Phillips said Knowledge Bowl “is fun because it’s an opportunity to challenge myself with things I might not otherwise have known. It’s also fun to work as a team with friends outside the context of sports. My highlight of the season so far is getting third place at the first meet.”

The team’s next competition is at Holy Family on January 31st.

This article originally appeared in the school’s online newspaper, The Phoenix

Anna Mohling

Student Artists Contribute to Empty Bowls Fundraiser

Holy Family students artists will once again contribute to PROP’s Empty Bowls fundraising efforts. Proceeds from this event help to alleviate hunger in our local communities. Run by People Reaching Out to People (PROP), Holy Family began participating in 2012 and has continued to do so every year since. According to PROP, “Empty Bowls is an international project to fight hunger, personalized by artists and art organizations on a community level.”

PROP began in 1971, when an Eden Prairie pastor asked Gerry Beckmann and others to make Thanksgiving food contributions to local needy families. The organization has grown in scope and participation since then, but at its heart the goal is the same.

For this particular fundraiser, students at local schools make clay bowls on the wheel at school and donate them to Empty Bowls. Here at Holy Family, students can make bowls for the next few weeks after school on Mondays and Tuesdays. The goal is to create 100 bowls to donate. All students and staff are invited to participate.

The event itself is free, and will take place on February 21st at St. Andrew Lutheran Church in Eden Prairie from 11am – 1:30pm and 4pm – 7pm. At the event, you receive one of the hand made bowls with soup served in it. The food is donated by local restaurants. Attendees get to keep the bowl, which was made by an artist from the local community.

In addition to the food, there will be entertainment and a silent auction at the fundraiser. A donation is asked for but not required. The donations assist PROP in their service of over 1,100 families in the Southwest Metro. Nearly half of those PROP provides food service to are under the age of 17.

Anyone interested in helping should stop by the art room after school and check it out. Help glazing the bowls will be needed closer to February.

Students Take Seats of Government Officials in newly-renovated Capitol

Youth In Government (YIG) – Model Assembly

By Jack Geadelmann

Model Assembly is one of Holy Family’s shortest but most unique extra-curricular activities. Every January, for an extended weekend of four days, it summons 1,600 students from across Minnesota to the Hilton Hotel in Minneapolis to form an intricate simulation of state government.

Participants can serve as legislators, judges, attorneys, lobbyists, cabinet members, media representatives, or introductory leadership corps members. Most students take the opportunity to make daily commutes to the Capitol in St. Paul to take on these roles and sit in the chairs of real political officials.

This year was one of Holy Family’s most successful in the program. Students participated in the House of Representatives and the Senate, debating bills and passing some in the two chambers of state legislation. Others had the opportunity to act as both lawyers and justices in cases for the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals. Finally, several students debated bills that reached more broadly in the National Issues Forum. All these great programs were located at the Capitol (some even required walks through underground tunnels to get to the correct building).

While many students did well in their court cases, victory was more apparent in the legislature, where a Holy Family record of five student-made bills passed into law. For a bill to be “passed” it must receive a majority vote in a legislative committee, in the House, in the Senate, and then be signed into law by the governor (who in this case is a fellow student elected from last year to preside over the government this year).

If rejected in any of those areas, the bill will fail. This is why it’s such a difficult task to pass one. Some students had great bills that the legislature didn’t even get time to discuss, since there were only three days to discuss them all and every representative or senator makes one.

Emily Bauer, Evan Epple, Gabi Shiffler, Walter Treat, and Bryce Villanueva did great work in passing their bills through the legislature.

What’s truly amazing is the graciousness the state government has shown in allowing young students to make a large-scale simulation within the Capitol building. Only four other states actually allow Youth in Government (YIG) students to have this great privilege. Furthermore, the Minnesota Capitol building has been in construction for 3 yrs, and renovations were completed for the real state officials for just two days before they were asked to recess so a bunch of students could use it for a four day weekend.

As a result of the large sum of money spent on the renovations, the Capitol looks amazing. While YIG participated in activities throughout the building, crowds of excited citizens took tours and photographs. Colin Dosedel, a sophomore who participated in Court of Appeals, said that his first YIG experience was “A great way to learn more about how the government works,” and that ” being inside the Capitol was the coolest part.”

Dr. Pottebaum has been running Model Assembly for eleven years at Holy Family. It all started when a transfer student from New Prague approached her about starting up the program, which she had enjoyed at her previous school. So, a Holy Family “delegation” ended up being created at Model Assembly, and Dr. Pottebaum has supervised the program for students ever since.

When asked why she keeps coming back to run it, she said, “I recognize the importance for students to understand their civic duty as Americans. In this program, they are actively involved in how our government works, whether it be courts or legislature. Understanding parliamentary rules and the voices of peers, researching current issues, putting the facts before personal opinion in court cases… there are just so many life skills that you’re exposed to. Since adolescents rarely have much of a voice in politics, seeing them sit in the chairs of today’s representatives reminds me that they will be the generation who take them up in the future. The idea of kids civically participating is so important, because they are the future of America.”

While Holy Family students may come to YIG from different grade levels, they all naturally come together to support each other in Model Assembly, learning how to be citizens that will dictate society’s future.

 See a slideshow from YIG

Read more articles about student life on the school newspaper.

Fire Boys Basketball Defeats Holy Angels

Fire Boys Basketball

On a chilly Saturday at Holy Family, the Fire boys Basketball took on the Academy of Holy Angels Stars. The game was closely contested from tip-off to the final buzzer, as Holy Family edged the Stars 69-67.

Nathan Hendler ’18 led the way with 17 points, including 5 three pointers on 10 attempts. Lincoln Cizek (16)’18 , Matt Waterman (14) ’18, and Nick Hendler (12) ’20 rounded out a balanced offensive performance. Waterman also pulled down 8 rebounds.

The win brings the team’s season to 6-4. Their next matchup is at Watertown-Mayer (9-1) on Tuesday night at 7pm.

Article done by Claire Melander
January 8, 2017

More articles can be found at the school’s Phoenix page 

Fire Defeat #3 Grand Rapids in OT Thriller

After a disappointing stretch over the break, the Fire hockey team was looking for a big turn around against third-ranked Grand Rapids on Friday night at the Victoria Ice Center. Tenth-ranked Holy Family came into the game after going 0-2-1 against difficult competition in the Sports Authority Holiday Classic.

The Fire got off to a quick start, with Nick Michel scoring his seventh goal of the year 4 minutes into the game off of assists from James Marooney and Ben Almquist. Grand Rapids tied the game on a short-handed goal later in the period, but Holy Family responded quickly with a goal by Joe Simon a minute later. Holy Family outshot the Thunderhawks 17-15 in the first period.

The Fire dominated the second period in terms of shots, with a 16-6 edge, but Grand Rapids capitalized on their opportunities, scoring two goals to take a 3-2 lead.

4 minutes into the third period, the Fire were on a 5 on 3 power play when Junior Brady Ziemer fired a shot past the Thunderhawk goalie Zach Stejskal, tying the game. Holy Family continued to test Stejskal, accumulating 45 shots before the end of the third period, but the Grand Rapids goaltender kept the game tied.

For the second game in a row, the Fire were going to overtime. Two minutes into OT, Ben Almquist carried a puck into the Grand Rapids zone and took a shot that rebounded off Stejskal, rebounding in front of junior Joe Hankinson, who buried the puck in the back of the net. The goal happened right in front of the student section and the Victoria Ice Center was full of pandemonium.

Holy Family outshot Grand Rapids 52-31 in the game to knock off the #3 team in state. Jared Moe continued his stellar play, tallying 28 saves.

The boys now take on a strong Blaine (8-2-1) team at Fogerty Arena in Blaine on Tuesday night at 7pm.