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Snap Shots Spring 2020



Students and teachers celebrated the middle school’s annual “Apple Week” with apple-themed topics in each of their classes. Students pressed apples into cider with a hand-operated press, created apple art, tested apples for sugar content with a guest presenter, graphed apples on a coordinate plane, quizzed on apple history, and taste-tested seven apple varieties.



This year’s fall play featured a true classic—Mary Poppins! The Marshall drama students successfully captivated audiences at all four performances. Did you know that our theatre program is the only activity on campus that all students in grades 4-12 can participate in? As Mary Poppins herself says, “In every job that must be done, there is an element of fun!”




From hosting the Mixed Choir from Hayward High School to campus caroling to the winter concerts—Marshall’s musicians displayed an abundance of holiday spirit and musical growth this winter.


It’s no secret that we LOVE iTerm! Pyrography, What is Raku?: Japanese Ceramics, Personal Finance, Minnesota Outdoor Adventures, Beekeeping, Patchwork Pandemonium, Quantitative Careers, Wood Craft Engineering, Tiny Houses, U.S. History Through Broadway Musicals!, Mythical Civilizations, Interior Design Basics!, Rube Goldberg Machine Making—just to name a few. The energy during iTerm radiated throughout our community.


Marshall winter sports teams made repeat appearances at state this year. The dance team made its 18th straight appearance at the Target Center in Minneapolis, and Nordic Skiing individuals Declan Hutchinson ’21 finished 28th overall while Lucy Campbell ’21 finished in 36th place overall.


The Hilltoppers’ artistic talents were on display during the Fine Arts Showcase at Zeitgeist, featuring student art exhibits and performances by the Hilltop Harmonics, Chamber Singers, and Jazz Band. A fun evening with members from the Marshall and greater Twin Ports community was had by all!


Girls basketball won the section 7AA championship and punched their first ticket to the state tournament in twenty years. After defeating New London-Spicer in the quarterfinal game, the season was abruptly cut short prior to the semifinal game due to social distancing restrictions with COVID-19. Even though they were unable to play for the title, they did get to finish their state-run undefeated!


Upper School students shared the gift of poetry during the annual school-wide Poetry Out Loud competition. The school-wide finalists were Angelina Dodge ’20, Madyson Friese ’21, and Dasia Stark ’22. Dodge went on to qualify for the state competition, bringing the honorable mention award to the Hilltop.


Marshall’s 33rd annual auction was transformed into the first-ever virtual auction. The virtual Secret Garden Gala, hosted on Facebook Live by the one and only Ms. K—Sorrel Kaspszak—was a blooming success! While we couldn’t be together in person, the support felt from the community transcended technology.


On March 16th, Marshall closed its doors to prepare for the governor’s school closure order to help mitigate the spread of COVID-19. Just two days later, with the combination of tactful leadership from the administration and alacrity displayed by faculty, Marshall made a smooth transition to eLearning. Of course, we can’t forget to mention our students—we are so proud of the resilience, flexibility, and creativity they have shown throughout these uncertain times.

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