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If you had the opportunity to raise your level of confidence, would you take it?

Marshall students Phoenix Braxton-Brown and Sahen Rai leaped at this opportunity when they discovered the many wonders of Marshall's speech team. Students benefit from a litany of skills they gain while on the team: critical thinking, time management, speaking with purpose and structure, thinking before talking, organization, an understanding of human psychology, and more, but they agree that confidence far exceeds everything else.

"Before this year, whenever I went up to speak, I was always shy and spoke as quietly as possible and with as few words as possible," Braxton-Brown said. "But once you get to that level, that's one of the things that you have to have—you have to have a lot of confidence in order to actually speak and be successful."

And be successful, they have. Marshall tied for second as a team at sectionals, and five individuals are now moving on to compete at the MSHSL State Tournament this Saturday, April 22 in Apple Valley. Joining Braxton-Brown and Rai at state is Jack Schenk, Kellyn McKee, and Zachary Kaplan.

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Monday, March 13, our community unites to demonstrate this excellence via the Marshall Fine Arts Showcase. This annual show has been a tradition for many years, and students beautifully reveal the heart of Marshall through their pieces. Done in partnership with Zeitgeist Arts, the event is a celebration of Youth Art Month. "We try to pick work that really showcases what we've been learning," Burns said, "or maybe a student really pushed their own boundaries and we're really proud of them."

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Imagine how muddled you would feel if you stumbled onto a stage, were mistaken as an understudy, and forced to perform a play in which you knew none of the lines. This 'play-ception ' is the premise of Marshall's One Act play of 2017—The Actor's Nightmare. Written by Christopher Durang, this fun, entertaining comedy will keep you interested as you witness the struggles of the main character, George, as he is thrust into several plays he knows nothing about and begins to even doubt his own identity as he confuses all the actors around him who don't understand why he doesn't know any of his lines.

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Walk into an auditorium where everyone on stage is wielding bows and cradling violins between their chin and shoulder, and you'll likely be able to guess you are at strings concert. But walk into a gym where one man is wearing a felt crown, another is wearing antlers, and yet another has donned a floppy Dr. Seuss top hat, and kids are gathered around tables laughing and exclaiming, and now guess where you are. Perhaps you guessed some sort of theater activity? Get ready for a surprise ... it's the First Regional Lego Robotics Competition.

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Rosin dust floats up from bows dancing in the bright stage lighting, students swathed in black dress focus intensely on the sheet music in front of them, and the warm wooden oranges, reds, and browns of their instruments vibrate with each pluck of a string from calloused fingers.

These were the sights and sounds of the Upper School Band and Strings Winter Concert last Tuesday, December 6. The concert for the Upper School Choir and Small Ensembles including Chamber Singers, Jazz Band, and the Hilltop Harmonics was last Monday night.

The concert series, as with other Marshall music holiday traditions such as the band's participation in the Christmas City of the North Parade and the choir's caroling tour through Marshall's halls, was consistent with previous years' winter concerts, but with one exception

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Topper Tunnels

One of our traditions is to send state bound students off to their competition with a "topper tunnel." where all students line the front hallway and cheer for their classmates. Some of the teams and activities honored recently include:

  • Math League
  • Dance
  • Robotics
  • All State Music
  • Tennis
  • CyberPatriots

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If you had the opportunity to raise your level of confidence, would you take it?

Marshall students Phoenix Braxton-Brown and Sahen Rai leaped at this opportunity when they discovered the many wonders of Marshall's speech team. Students benefit from a litany of skills they gain while on the team: critical thinking, time management, speaking with purpose and structure, thinking before talking, organization, an understanding of human psychology, and more, but they agree that confidence far exceeds everything else.

"Before this year, whenever I went up to speak, I was always shy and spoke as quietly as possible and with as few words as possible," Braxton-Brown said. "But once you get to that level, that's one of the things that you have to have—you have to have a lot of confidence in order to actually speak and be successful."

And be successful, they have. Marshall tied for second as a team at sectionals, and five individuals are now moving on to compete at the MSHSL State Tournament this Saturday, April 22 in Apple Valley. Joining Braxton-Brown and Rai at state is Jack Schenk, Kellyn McKee, and Zachary Kaplan.

Monday, March 13, our community unites to demonstrate this excellence via the Marshall Fine Arts Showcase. This annual show has been a tradition for many years, and students beautifully reveal the heart of Marshall through their pieces. Done in partnership with Zeitgeist Arts, the event is a celebration of Youth Art Month. "We try to pick work that really showcases what we've been learning," Burns said, "or maybe a student really pushed their own boundaries and we're really proud of them."

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