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ORTONVILLE BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS OF AMERICA (BPA) STUDENTS attended the Region 8 competition in Granite Falls on Friday, Jan. 22. Pictured above are the students that attended the Region 8 competition with their awards. Kneeling in front, left to right, are Kayla Sherod, Mikala Gimmestad, Rachel Hoernemann and Stephanie Rausch. Second row, left to right, are Hannah Strei, Mackenzie Spaulding, Gina Nelsen, Hope Hasslen, Bethany Danielson, Emma Ostlund, Niki Essington, Julie Drobny, Justine Wiik, Mariana Eustice, Maycee Klein-Hartman, Natalie Strei and Mikhail Thomson. Back row, left to right, are Elijah Cloos, Nathan Strong, Matthew Wellendorf, Preston McMahon, Emily Bolsta, Edann Cloos, Jacob Maatz, Sergio Clark-Carbajal, Alexander Gustafson, Justin Radermacher and Kelsey Mulder. Not pictured is Dexter Tweeter. Twenty-seven students will advance to the Minnesota BPA Spring Leadership Conference March 10-12 in Minneapolis.

OHS advances 27 students to State BPA Conference

Region 8 Business Professionals of America (BPA) held its region competitive events conference on Friday, Jan. 22 at the Granite Fall Technical College. Twenty-nine Ortonville students competed.

The following students qualified for the State conference in their respective events: Emily Bolsta (Medical Office Procedures); Edann Cloos (Administrative Support Team); Elijah Cloos (Database Applications); Bethany Danielson (Fundamental Word Processing); Julie Drobny (Economic Research Project Team); Niki Essington  (Economic Research Team and Intermdediate Word Processing); Mariana Eustice (Broadcast News); Mikala Gimmestad (Medical Office Procedures and Video Production Team); Alexander Gustafson (Fundamental Accounting and Payroll Accounting);  Hope Hasslen (Video Production Team); Rachel Hoernemann (Administrative Support Team and Advanced Word Processing); Maycee Klein- Hartman (Broadcast News Team); Jacob Maatz (Financial Analyst Team); Preston McMahon (Fundamental Spreadsheet Applications); Kelsey Mulder (Financial Analyst Team);  Gina Nelsen (Video Production Team);  Emma Ostlund (Financial Matth and  Interview Skills); Justin Radermacher (Advanced Word Processing and Financial Analyst Team); Stephanie Rausch (Administrative Support Team and Fundamental Accounting); Kayla Sherod (Intermediate Word Processing); Mackenzie Spaulding (Video Production Team); Hannah Strei (Administrative Support Team and Integrated Office Applications); Natalie Strei (Broadcast Newd Team); Nathan Strong (Database Applications); Mikhail Thomson (Computer Programming Concepts, Computer Network Technology, Fundamentals of Web Design and Information Technology); Matthew Wellendorf (Advanced Spreadsheet Applications); and Justine Wiik (Broadcast News Team and Legal Office Procedures).

Other Ortonville students who competed were: Dexter Tweeter (Administrative Support Team) and Sergio Clark-Carbajal (Extemporaneous Speech and Fundamental Spreadsheet)

Mrs. Kim Johnson and Mrs. Julie Kunde served as co-chairs of the 2015-16 Region 8 Conferences.

The Minnesota Business Professionals of America State Spring Leadership Conference is March 10-12, in Minneapolis. The 27 Ortonville students will be competing with students from around the state for qualification to the National Conference. Ortonville Chapter Advisors are Kim Johnson and Julie Kunde.

“Winterfest on Ice” skating show set Saturday at city rink

Temperatures have cooled down enough to make ice in time for “Winterfest on Ice,” a figure skating show, set for this Saturday, Feb. 6 at the Ortonville Ice Skating Rink.

Figure skaters from Ortonville and the Watertown Figure Skating Association in Watertown, SD will be skating solos, duets and other routines to music. The event kicks off the official “Winterfest” activities of the Big Stone Lake Area Chamber of Commerce Downtown Revitalization Committee. The skating show is being sponsored by the DRC and The Ortonville Independent.

The public is invited to come skate from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for a fun family skate day and watch the figure skaters practice from 2 to 3 p.m., with the free ice show beginning at 3 p.m.

Spectators should bundle up with warm clothing and are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs. Bleachers will be on hand to watch the outdoor event which will take place on the pleasure rink. The show can be viewed through the windows from the warming house, but space will be limited.

The skaters are all members of the United States Figure Skating Association and the “Winterfest on Ice show” is sanctioned by the United States Figure Skating Association as an official US Figure Skating event.

Most of the skaters have skated at regional competitions. They will skate to music they have chosen and have choreographed their individual routines themselves.

Three Ortonville girls will be skating in the “Winterfest on Ice” show; Aubrey and Ally Zuraff and Clarissa Blake.

All three girls have skated in the Watertown Lion’s Ice Show and have taken skating lessons from the WFSA.

Aubrey, 9,  and Ally, 8, are daughters of Ashley Brotzel of Ortonville and Tony Zuraff of LaBolt, SD. Aubrey and Ally are the granddaughters of Rose Sherod and Lance Williams.  The girls have taken lessons for two years, having completed USFS Basic Level 3.  They plan to skate a duet in the show on Saturday.

Clarissa, 17, has been taking figure skating lessons with the WFSA since she was five years-old. She competed at the Pre-Preliminary level the North Star International Competition in East Grand Forks held Jan. 9, placing fourth in Compulsory, and winning the silver medal in Spins and a gold medal in Free-Skate. Clarissa will be testing at the USFS Preliminary level in Moorhead on Feb. 11 and competing in the Red River Valley Figure Skating Classic Feb. 12 - 13. She is the daughter of  Phil and Sue Blake and the granddaughter of Jeanette Kaercher all of Ortonville.

Other skaters planning to perform in “Winterfest on Ice” include: Christy Kienow, Morgan Kohl, Mallory Kohl, Sierra Huck, Brooke Ziegler, Tristan Ziegler, Rachel Scheidt and possibly Anabelle Chapman, Miah Carstens, Morgan Mahlen and Bella Tharp.

Parking will be limited at the Ortonville Ice Skating Rink, so please car pool to make room for all the spectators.

The public is encouraged to arrive early and watch the skaters practice their routines during their warm ups before the show.

Everyone is invited to come watch the show, which may be the only outdoor USFS sanctioned show in the country today.

Since the show is an outdoor event, it will be held weather permitting. If inclement weather, the event will be held Sunday, Feb. 7 at the same time.  If temperatures are not conducive for ice, the ice show will be canceled. For more information on “Winterfest on Ice” call Sue Kaercher-Blake at 320-305-2301 or the Chamber office 320-839-3284.

Seth Parker

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