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There might be plenty of paths from Korea to New York City's theater stages, but Paul Yoon may have taken one of the longer routes. The 2016 Marshall graduate started his journey in our Fregeau Auditorium and now finds himself at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts.

Click below to learn more about Paul's journey from the Korea to the Big Apple with a critical layover in the Twin Ports!

Many people feel this is the best time of the year because of all the holidays, celebrations, and cheer as we wrap up another trip around the sun. More than a few others celebrate lists this time of year. Top moments of 2017, top movies of 2017, top sports plays of 2017 ... all those year-end lists give us chances to compare, contrast, debate and delve into a year's worth of memories. We're lucky at Marshall to have Kim Kosmatka as our photographer. She's talented, she's the best at capturing those "Marshall moments," and she knows our school and students so well! We've asked Ms. Kosmatka to put together her 17 best photos from 2017, and we'll be unveiling one per day leading up to 2018. The first photo, along with a bit of insider info from Ms. Kosmatka, will be on our Facebook page December 15. Be sure to head there each day to see this list unfold. And, since it is the giving season, be sure to give our Marshall School page a "like" and a "follow" if you haven't yet. Let's also spread the cheer to those outside of the Marshall community (and, in turn, give Ms. Kosmatka some much-deserved love) by hitting the "share" button on these fantastic photos images for which we are so thankful!

Not many trombonists have the opportunity to play in front of 85,000 adoring fans, but several times each fall, Andrew Jarocki and the Notre Dame Marching Band enter a packed stadium to the delight of the home football crowd--and in front of millions on television. Andrew, of course, has one particular advantage; he plays a Fight Song familiar to all of us who attended Cathedral/Marshall.

Click below to read about Andrew, and then tune in to NBC to watch the band when the Fighting Irish take on Navy a week from this Saturday.

The term "gap year" can mean different things to different people. To Garrett Jenkins, Class of 2017, it means a deep dive into a unique healthcare experience from the deck of a ship ... in Africa.

As a part of the Mercy Ships program, Garrett is helping support free healthcare efforts in Africa, while shadowing nurses. The plan is to return to the U.S. and South Dakota State University for their highly-ranked nursing program

Click below to learn more about this big-hearted, big-personality Marshall grad and his big-time gap year.

With a big section 7A championship tilt on tap today for Marshall's boys soccer team, let's check in with a Hilltopper grad having soccer success at the college level. Megan Coughlan, Class of 2015, has led the Vassar Brewers to second place in the Liberty League so far. The junior, who was named to the 2016 Liberty League All-Academic team is a Biology major on the Pre-Med track. Coughlan and the Brewers are set for an October 20th home contest against William Smith College in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Click below to learn more about this talented Topper turned Brewer!

Jeremy Stephan, a 2015 graduate of Marshall, dreamed of playing college football. Through dedication and hard-work throughout his high school days, he realized his dream; as he plays football at Macalester College, located in St. Paul, MN. Jeremy is currently in his junior year pursuing a chemistry degree, with future plans to attend medical school to become a surgeon. Below is a Q&A with Jeremy on his experience as a college student-athlete and some advice for our current Hilltoppers.

The day of the interview, Jeremy rushed for 60 yards and a touchdown in a 56-21 win against Beloit College.

Marshall welcomed 18 students and 5 teachers from Colegio Rochester in Bogotá Colombia. The group arrived on October 1 and will stay through October 8. Our Colombian guests are excited to experience Marshall Homecoming, take in the beauty of fall in Minnesota, practice their English, and learn more about the United States culture and customs. We are excited to share all of this with them and even more so to learn more about the beautiful and unique country of Colombia. This coming June, many of the Marshall students hosting will travel to Colombia and stay with the students they hosted. We hope this week is the start of some long-lasting international friendships!


On Wednesday, September 13, we facilitated an important community conversation on the role and effect of digital technology on children and teens. Attended by over 350, the evening began with the showing of Screenagers, an award-winning documentary that "probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts the messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction." The film was followed by a moderated conversation with Brandon Neblett, Upper School Principal, and associate professors from the Communications Department at UMD, Aaron Boyson and Ryan Goei.


On Wednesday, September 13, at 7:00 p.m., Marshall will begin an important community conversation by hosting a showing of Screenagers, an award-winning documentary that "probes into the vulnerable corners of family life and depicts the messy struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction." Thanks to the generosity of a donor, the screening is free to the public, so please feel welcome to invite friends and family. The viewing will be followed by a moderated conversation with Dylan Chernov, Director of the Marshall Academic Commons, and associate professors from the Communications Department at UMD, Aaron Boyson and Ryan Goei.


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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