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Posted Monday, Oct 27, 2014 

Hilltoppers Pentti Hanlon and Ashlee Siegle placed in the Section 7A Cross Country meet October 23. The meet, at Cloquet Country Club, secured a place for the Hilltoppers in the MSHSL State Cross Country Meet, held November 1 at St. Olaf college.

Siegle, an eighth grader at Marshall, finished sixth in the 4,000 meter run, sending her to State for her first time. Hanlon, a senior at Marshall, has competed at State twice already. Finishing fourth in the 5,000 meter run on the 23rd qualified him for his third trip to St. Olaf. Last year, Hanlon finished 61 of 175 at the state meet with a time of 17:24. The previous year, he finished 80 of 175 with a time of 17:14. Marshall School wishes both Hilltoppers good luck at State.

Both runners will be sent off with a Topper Tunnel the morning of Friday, October 31.

Posted Friday, Oct 24, 2014 

Marshall musicians have been travelling across the bridge to the University of Wisconsin - Superior to be a part of Honors Orchestra, Honors Jazz Band, and Honors Band. The latest was Honors Band on Thursday, October 23rd, which seven Marshall students were selected to be a part of. They travelled in the early morning to attend the full-day practice under Guest Conductor David Gillingham, whose works are, according to the UWS website, “regularly performed by nationally recognized ensembles.” The large group was divided into two bands, which united with UWS musicians in the evening to play a public concert.

This Sunday, Marshall musicians will again take the stage with a set of professionals, as selected students will join the Twin Ports Wind Orchestra in a 3 PM concert in Fregeau Auditorium. Tickets can be purchased for $10 for adults, $9 for seniors, and $5 for students.
Posted Thursday, Oct 23, 2014 


Tuesday, October 21, Marshall School’s AP Science classes took a field trip to the University of Minnesota campus in the Twin Cities.

“We had an amazing time visiting the visible heart lab, where students were able to see their heart library of over 400 human hearts, and learned how they are able to re-animate a heart taken from a donor,” said AP Chemistry teacher Krysta Maas. “We also visited the Medical Device Engineering lab, where we learned about 3-D printing with liquid polymers, experienced virtual reality inside of a human heart, and saw how computer images of the body are created.”

The classes also toured the U of M Nanotechnology and Fabrication Lab to learn about the composition and construction of computer chips.

“Of course, the highlight for students was being on campus, and eating in the Coffman Student Union.  I think there was an unofficial contest to see which of the senior boys could eat the most pizza, but I can't confirm,” said Maas. “Overall, it was such a great experience for our Science students and teachers, and was a fantastic way to show them real-life research and engineering opportunities and continue their interest in scientific fields.”
Posted Friday, Oct 3, 2014 

For the first time in Minnesota history, high school students are teaming up to send science experiments to space. Marshall students will be competing against 300 students from the Duluth area to propose an experiment for the International Space Station.

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Program (SSEP),  is an annual competition-based program that allows students to create proposals for experiments they’d like to see carried out in microgravity (similar to zero-gravity; matter does not feel the effects of gravity). The winning experiment is sent to the International Space Station, where it will be conducted by astronauts.

“For whichever group is selected, they’ll get to put their project in action. They’ll get to take the next steps where they actually get to conduct their experiment, having a controlled sample on earth to compare to the microgravity sample up on the space station,” said Honors Physics teacher Paul Schonfeld. “To add to that, even if our group’s project is not selected, we will still be part of this Duluth community’s effort to send an experiment to space.”

For more information on SSEP, visit http://ssep.ncesse.org/teacher-and-student-proposer-resources/document-library/  
Posted Thursday, Oct 2, 2014 

Nine Marshall School students performed at the University of Wisconsin-Superior on October 1st as part of the 2014 UWS Honors Orchestra. Students from participating schools throughout northern Minnesota performed alongside the UWS Chamber Strings during an evening concert after spending the day exploring string orchestra music from the 20th and 21st centuries. The evening concert in Thorpe Langley Auditorium required full concert dress and was open to the public.

Posted Tuesday, Sep 30, 2014 

Select Marshall Students in grades 9-12 will spend the next two days in a unique leadership training session hosted by Dr. Roger Christensen. The in-depth, two-day experience begins Wednesday in the Fregeau Auditorium at 8:30 a.m. and ends at 8:30 p.m. before picking up Thursday morning at 8:30 a.m. and going through the end of the school day.

“I am super excited because we have a great group of students who are primed for learning new leadership skills,” said Heather Fishel, Marshall’s Dean of Students. “This will impact our campus in major ways.”

Fishel met Christensen at a leadership conference several years ago and immediately wanted him at Marshall School. She has been waiting for the right time to pull him in for a student-focused training experience.

“This is going to take our good leaders and help make them great leaders,” said Fishel.

Christensen is a master trainer in experiential learning and has more than 30 years of experience working with families and young people. A former university professor, Christensen has a Ph.D. in Family and Human Growth Development. He is known for his unique style, his ability to connect with everyone in an audience and his “anything is possible if you believe” mantra which helps move even the most profound pessimists.

The Marshall Student Leadership Retreat finishes with a graduation ceremony for the participants at 2:30 p.m. Thursday.

Posted Wednesday, Sep 24, 2014 

Director of International Programs Christa Knudsen took the international students of Marshall School on their annual trip to United Noodles and the Mall of America Sunday, September 21. United Noodles is a diverse Asian grocery store and cafe, and with a majority of the international students coming to Marshall from China and Korea, many are able to find foods there that are reminiscent of home. All the students are then able to shop independently at the Mall of America for several hours.

Posted Friday, Sep 19, 2014 

Marshall 6th graders spent part of Friday morning doing some key environmental clean-up work of Brewery Creek. The creek, which runs through Marshall School’s campus, has been adopted by the class as part of an “Adopt-a-Beach” campaign through the Alliance for the Great Lakes organization.

Nearly 13,000 volunteers partnered with Alliance for the Great Lakes in 2013 to help clean up beaches, creeks and other bodies of water near our majestic lakes.

“We pick up trash, tally it into groups and report on what we find,” said David Johnson, sixth-grade science teacher. “We are then able to use information as a math lesson on graphing.”

The environmental experience turns educational when Johnson and his students will total up the trash they’ve collected in both a numeric and visual graphing project soon. Johnson’s class has been a part of this effort for more than five years.

Posted Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 

Our own Director of Advancement Bryce Nixon was named to Duluth's "20 Under 40" list today. That list highlights the 20 most influential people under the age of 40 in our community. Bryce has had an incredible impact in her one year at Marshall, and her involvement in the Duluth community is equally impressive. We are very proud of Bryce and her accomplishments and are lucky to count her as a Hilltopper.

Read more about the "20 Under 40" award here.

Read more about Bryce Nixon in her Duluth News Tribune feature here.

Posted Thursday, Sep 18, 2014 

The Duluth News Tribune published an article this past week about Le Festival des Montgolfières à Duluth, and Marshall sixth graders made the cover! Featured in the article is David Johnson's sixth-grade science class, which has been working on a weather balloon to launch this coming Sunday at the balloon festival.

The article reads:

In David Johnson's sixth-grade science class at Marshall School on Tuesday, it was a day fit for young scientists, as a dozen students assembled a weather balloon.

They turned screws to install a flight computer, making sure to wear gloves while touching the device. Otherwise, oils from their hands could compromise the latex and make it burn up prematurely in the Earth's atmosphere. They assembled the balloon in anticipation of Sunday's noon launch, as part of the three-day Duluth Hot Air Balloon Festival at Bayfront Park...

Click here to read more about the project, including photos and quotes from Marshall students.

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