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Posted Thursday, Dec 18, 2014 

Marshall School is working with the Minnesota State High School League (MSHSL) to move to AA for its boys hockey program. The move is expected to be approved by the MSHSL and take effect for the 2015-2016 school year.

More on this story: http://mnhockeyhub.com


Posted Monday, Dec 15, 2014 

Marshall students brought extra portions to the table in this year’s food drive, breaking the school’s previous record for the amount of food donated. Lucas Anderson’s 10th grade advisory class dished out the most in the collection competition and even managed to sprinkle a little bit of artistic expression on the food raised for Thanksgiving.

“My students each brought food items the very next day after it was announced at B-Day Assembly,” said Anderson. “My advisory was short on time as we had a guest speaker come talk to the 10th grade about homelessness in Duluth, so we ran down to my room and created a gigantic pyramid with a half circle moat around it. It turned out nicely and it was fun to have them all engaged and enthusiastic.”

This year, Marshall school collected more than 900 pounds of food to help those in need. In addition to the 10th grade smorgasbord, Lon Weaver's 9th grade class collected $130. Both Anderson’s and Weaver’s advisory classes were awarded spirit points for their accomplishment.

When it comes to bringing new ideas to the table, Marshall Hilltoppers rise to the challenge. Not only have the students reached out and given to those in need, but the opportunity for students to play with their food was really the icing on the cake.

Posted Monday, Dec 8, 2014 

The Marshall Arts Department invites you to celebrate the holiday season with the Winter Concert Series in the Fregeau Auditorium.


  • Upper School orchestra and choir - Tuesday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Upper school band and chamber groups - Monday, December 15 at 7:00 p.m.
  • Middle School music, band, choir and strings groups - Thursday, December 18 at 4:00 p.m.

Tickets are $4 (Marshall students can enjoy the concert for free) and one ticket is good for all three concerts.

Posted Friday, Dec 5, 2014 

Talented musician Andrew Turpening will have an extended stay at Marshall School working with students in areas ranging from music to languages.

“While at Marshall, Andrew will be giving workshops and presentations to our Music, Spanish, and Social Studies classes,” said Sorrel Kaspszak, Marshall’s International Program Coordinator. “Students will be able to practice their Spanish, learn about Cuban history and culture, and collaborate on original pieces all using Andrew’s unique talents as their guide.”

Kaspszak notes that Turpening’s percussion-based music, as well as his work in languages and culture, was heavily influenced by his time in Cuba.

Turpening will be at Marshall throughout December and January, beginning with a school-wide assembly December 10.

Posted Thursday, Dec 4, 2014 

When the Minnesota Ballet presents the family holiday favorite “The Nutcracker,” the cast will include five Marshall School students training at the School of the Minnesota Ballet. Performances are 7 p.m. Friday, December 12, and Saturday, December 13; and 3 p.m. Sunday, December 14, at the DECC Symphony Hall, with the UMD Department of Music Sinfonietta playing the Tchaikovsky score live.

Eleventh-grader Katherine Kropid appears as a geisha dancer on Friday and Sunday and a Spanish dancer on Saturday. Tenth-grader Maeve Colclough appears as a geisha dancer on Friday and Sunday and as the jack-in-the-box in all performances.

Sixth-grade has two students in the cast. Sydney David appears as a soldier on Friday and Sunday, and Rose Mischler-Philbin as a soldier in all performances. Fifth-grader Liam Colclough appears as a party guest on Friday and Sunday, a mouse warrior on Saturday, and a Mother Ginger child in all performances.

Conceived and choreographed by Allen Fields, the ballet’s artistic director emeritus, the production features the party scene in an opulent townhouse overlooking Manhattan’s Central Park a century ago; the battle scene in the darkened townhouse later that night; the snow scene in the glittery park itself, led by the Ice Fairy; and a magical journey to exotic lands of Asian, Arabian, Spanish, and Russian dancers, led by the Sugar Plum Fairy.

For more information, visit www.minnesotaballet.org and tickets may be purchased at the DECC ticket office and at all Ticketmaster outlets.

Posted Wednesday, Dec 3, 2014 

This Friday Marshall’s 8th graders will embark on their annual trip to the Concordia Language Villages. Marshall School takes great pride in educating students to become global citizens, and the trip to Concordia serves as an excellent supplement to the languages taught at Marshall.

While in the villages, students will be expected to practice using each of the village’s specific languages as much as possible. Students will also get hands-on cultural experiences to go along with their language immersion.

Posted Monday, Nov 24, 2014 

Marshall 10th grade advisories met in the Upper School Commons on November 21 for a lesson in saving lives. Visitors from the Duluth Fire Department taught the students how to perform hands-only CPR, a technique which has recently grown in popularity. Nationwide studies discovered that while CPR using a combination of chest compressions and mouth-to-mouth resuscitation is effective, many people would not immediately assist a person in need for fear of performing the actions incorrectly and making the situation worse.

Hands-only CPR is simple in its instructions, which the American Heart Association hopes will increase by-standers’ willingness to help. The students were taught that if they witness the sudden collapse of an adult, they have only two directions: call 911 and push hard and fast in the center of the person’s chest. The students practiced the technique on a mini-Anne manikin, which was provided in an Anytime Kit along with a demonstration DVD. Any of the students are now qualified to check out an Anytime Kit to train friends and family in hands-only CPR. Duluth hopes to have 3,000 volunteers trained by the end of 2014.
Posted Friday, Nov 14, 2014 

Marshall hosted their annual Financial Aid and Scholarship Night Wednesday, November 12 to prepare the 57 graduating seniors for the next step in their educational career; college.

Last year, Marshall’s 66 graduating seniors were offered more than $5 million in combined scholarships. Of that amount, $2.4 million was accepted by the students.

This year, Marshall’s seniors are eligible for 19 local scholarships. This does not include national or college-specific scholarships. Scholarship and Financial Aid Night allowed students and parents to become aware about these scholarship opportunities.

Representatives from local organizations spoke at the assembly to inform parents about the options available to students. The students themselves had received the information during Tuesday’s assembly.

In addition, Trish Johnson from the College of St. Scholastica provided a general financial aid presentation to address procedures such as filling out the FAFSA and applying for scholarships, grants, and loans.

“Scholarship and Financial aid night is a nice way to bring all financial aspects of college into view,” said Jessica Gilbert-Redman. “I don’t know if you can put a value on having the representatives right there to answer questions.”

And Marshall doesn’t believe in one-and-done. Marshall is unique in that the College Counseling Office sat down with local representatives to create an Academic Distinction Formula to help students figure out exactly which scholarships they are eligible for. College Counseling also publishes a monthly newsletter with a list of national scholarships seniors can apply for.
Posted Wednesday, Nov 12, 2014 

               “Can a middle-aged, middle-class woman survive, when she suddenly has to make beds all day in a hotel and live on $7 an hour? Maybe. But one $7-an-hour job won't pay the rent: she'll have to do back-to-back shifts, as a chambermaid and a waitress.”

This introduction to Nickel and Dimed, Marshall School’s fall play, is the story of an author named Barbara, who experiences first-hand the struggles of making a living off minimum wage.

Directed by Kelly Mullan, with technical direction from Marshall’s David Johnson, the play gives audience members insight into what it looks like to barely make ends meet.

Nickel and Dimed features a cast of 13 student-actors and stars Mary Nyhus as Barbara.

The play opens November 13 at 7:30 p.m. in Marshall’s Fregeau Auditorium. Admission is free to Marshall students and staff, $5 for general admission, and $3 for students. Additional shows are also at 7:30 p.m. on November 14 and 15.


Director: Kelly Mullan
Technical Director: David Johnson
Stage Manager: Sophia Niedermier

Cast list:

Mary Nyhus -- Barbara
Liz Couture – Nita, Manager
Danny Whitcomb – Holly, Kimberly
Kayla Stine – Carlie, Marge
Farley Dodge-Hammond – Server #1, Philip, Ted
Alex Miller – Editor, Melissa
Paul Yoon – Server #2, Cashier, Timid Man
Adrienne Skelton – Gail, Nanny
Sarah Eyer – Woman, Joan, Rich Lady
C.J. Miller – Teenager, Social Worker
Eric Fredrickson – Hector, Boyfriend, Pete
Jake Polinsky – Man, George, Howard
Emily Watson – Daughter, Maddy

Posted Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014 

(Photo: Azalea Ginete practicing before playing in the Section 7A quarterfinals)

As pucks are dropped and baskets are shot, Marshall kicks off winter sports, but Sunday’s award ceremony offered a look back on the great accomplishments of the Hilltoppers’ fall season.

Marshall boasted 225 student participants for the fall sports season, an increase of 29 students in the past 2 years, according to Athletic Director Kevin Snyder.  In addition to the participation increase in Hilltopper sports, Marshall teams found themselves standing proud on the podium in a variety of award categories.

  • Megan Coughlan and John McKenna were named All-State Honorees for soccer.
  • Pentti Hanlon and Ashlee Siegle ran for spots in the State Cross Country meet.
  • Matt Whittaker was named the 2014 Girls’ Class A Section 7 Soccer Coach of the Year, and his team was awarded the Lake Superior Soccer Referee’s Association Team Sportsmanship Award for the second year in a row.
  • There are likely individual awards still to be doled out in football, but few will forget the dramatic, 6-OT victory the Hilltoppers earned in their opening-round playoff football game. The win came in the second-longest playoff game in Minnesota history.

“We had yet another great season in all our sports,” said Snyder. “Both individual and team accomplishments this year were spectacular.”

Snyder also sees an accomplishment for the Hilltopper teams that won’t earn a medal or plaque, but is just as important.

“Hilltoppers are excellent students, they’re great kids, and they’re sincerely fun to be with,” said Snyder. “The teams share a bond throughout the year that extends beyond their playing season, and I assume they’ll be friends for life.”

With the fall sports in the books, Hilltopper attention turns to winter sports. Dance Team and Girls’ Hockey have already kicked off their seasons. Boys’ hockey, boys’ basketball, and alpine and Nordic skiing start their seasons today, with girls’ basketball kicking off next week. Boys’ swimming starts in December.

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