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After 44 years in the same building, Larry Larson is calling it quits. "I still enjoy the kids, I still enjoy the classroom, I just—it's time," Larson said.
Members of the Mitchell Board of Education all agreed while touring the school district's new fine arts center construction site: It's going to be really cool. From the burnished block gleaming in the corridors to the miniature coliseum-like balcony seating currently under construction, the facility is steadily progressing toward its target Thanksgiving completion date.
Mitchell students have skills. A contingent of Mitchell High School students have recently qualified to compete in the national Health Occupations Students of America and SkillsUSA contests. For SkillsUSA, Ethan Steidl and Zeb Parsons qualified in Urban Search and Rescue Robotics, and Jack Powers qualified in photography. According to the Mitchell School District, the state HOSA conference was March 30 and April 1 in Sioux Falls. Several individuals qualified in their respective events to compete at the National HOSA Conference in June in Nashville, Tennessee.
Tears, laughter and a lifetime's worth of memories mixed together Wednesday at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy. Shane Thill, director of Second Chance High School and assistant principal of Mitchell High School, emceed the event, which noted the similarities between teachers and superheroes. "As a teacher, based purely on the number of people you interact with and your potential to ripple joy into the lives of those connected, to the students you teach, you are a superhero," he said. "Numbers and logic don't lie."
Mitchell is one of three towns in line to host the South Dakota State Show Choir Competition in future years, officials said. The South Dakota High School Activities Association Board of Directors approved adding Mitchell to the site rotation for the event during its regular meeting on Tuesday in Pierre. Wayne Carney, executive director for the activities association, said the board readily approved the recommendation, and he expects the second reading of the measure will be approved in June.
Cup of coffee in hand, Jim Barnett takes a break from shearing Brian Iburg's sheep. They seem unaware of the change, however, as they mill around the barn. It's hard to hear over the bleating, which Barnett weathers good naturedly. "You'd swear these sheep were trying to interrupt you all the time, wouldn't you?" he said with a smile.
While most people gaze toward spring with wide-eyed wonder, clucking over cute little chicks and bleating about adorable baby animals, I have a slightly different reaction. People say things like, "Oh! Spring! It's a season of rebirth! Yay spring!" Fall, on the other hand, is like a gateway to the Dark Side. They whisper, "Winter is coming" ominously and try to console themselves with pumpkin spice.
Mitchell is a bit closer to having four new tennis courts, following school board support for the project. During their regular meeting Monday at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy, members of the Mitchell Board of Education voted to pledge $75,000 to the project. Superintendent Joe Graves said the the pledge will be paid $25,000 per year over a three-year period, and will come out of the Mitchell School District's capital outlay fund.
It was time for Mitchell High School's artists to shine Monday night as the art department recognized the school's first-ever visual arts varsity letter winners. More than a dozen students were recognized during the Visual Arts Recognition Event at the Mitchell Career and Technical Education Academy, which first recognized MHS students inducted into the National Art Honor Society.
Mitchell School District's Destination Imagination teams won the state tournament again, which means they will make their second consecutive appearance at the national tournament this spring.