Moundridge News

Moundridge High School students performing in solos and small ensembles competed at state competition on Saturday.  Those awarded are listed below:

Solo (I)
Instrumental - Allison Siemens, Sophia Leddy, Sarah Ulom-Minnich, Rachel Knight, Michelle Schrag
Vocal - Sarah Ulom-Minnich
Solo (II) 
Devin Clark, Elizabeth Graber, Kaylie Penner, Kyle Huxman
Vocal - Chase Stucky
Ensemble (I)
Percussion Ensemble, Brass Choir, Clarinet Choir
Vocal - Cole Street Singers
Ensemble (II)
Saxophone Sextet, Clarinet Choir, Trumpet Quartet

- Article by Ms. Emily Graham

Sarah Ullom-Minnich has qualified to nationals for the second time in her high school career. The tournament, which took place on April 19-20 was held at Bethel College in Newton. There, students from the West Kansas district (including Newton, Hutchinson, Salina, Halstead, Buhler, Lyons) competed in hopes of representing their districts, schools and state at the National tournament taking place in Birmingham Alabama June 16-21. Sarah competed in International Extemp, one of the most competitive and challenging events in this years tournament. As a senior Sarah has 4 years of experience under her belt, but what has helped propel her to success is her tireless determination and drive. In preparing for this tournament as well as any tournament she competes at she leaves no stone unturned. She placed third overall in the event.

Sarah was not alone in her success at the qualifying tournament. Sophia Leddy, competing in Original Oration and Rebecca Ullom-Minnich, competing in Domestic Extemp both placed 7th. They competed fiercely through preliminaries and made it to semi-finals, missing the final round competition by only one spot.

Sarah is an integral part of the Debate and Forensics team and this summer she will have the chance to put all her hard work to use while competing against students from all over the nation.


- Article by Mrs. Kelsi Chisholm

Moundridge MS & HS students participated in the McPherson County Art Contest which ran from April 17-21.  Moundridge Middle School students earned 12 awards along with 21 awards for the High School.  I'm very proud of our students for the hard work and dedication they put into their artworks. We have many talented students in our school and in our county. Award winning artwork will be hung in the Middle School Commons until May 3.

Middle School:
8th grade-Jadah Moore: ceramic mug 1st
8th grade-JedDrek Seeber: ceramic mug 3rd place
8th grade-Bryndalynn Lintecum: 3D wood relief 2nd place
8th grade-Jacey Spore: wire face 2nd place

7th grade-Damian Calderon: print 1st place
7th grade-Jonah Spore: print portrait 2nd place
7th grade-Noah Eichelberger: landscape painting 1st place
7th grade-Michael Mendez: watercolor still life 3rd place
7th grade-Luke Ratzlaff: KC hat charcoal 2nd place

6th grade-Elika Ptacek: clay monster 2nd place
6th grade-Kaela Helms: pastel leaf honorable mention
6th grade-Macy Craig: winter scene painting honorable mention

High School:
1st       Corey Barton:  pastel landscape
1st       Rebecca Ullom-Minnich:  wire sculpture
1st       Kaylie Penner:  watercolor landscape
2nd      Javin Foth:  coil vase
2nd      Evan Williams:  batik
2nd      Eric Bivens:  watercolor on Yupo paper
2nd      Devin Williams:  2D design with mat board
3rd       Rebecca Ullom-Minnich:  pen drawing
3rd       MyKaela Ptacek:  assemblage
3rd       Mercedes Walls:  batik
3rd       Taylor Richert:  2D design with mat board
HM      Caleb Allen:  ceramic fountain
HM      Erin Miller:  ceramic bowl
HM      Michelle Morrison:  monoprint
HM      Kodi Allen:  wire person
HM      Erin Miller:  acrylic painting
HM      Kaylie Penner:  tempera painting
HM      Wyatt Johnson:  spray painting
HM      Kodi Allen:  spray painting
HM      Leanna Davis:  watercolor painting
HM      Erin Miller:  2D design with mat board

- Article by Mr. Shad Marston

Congratulations to the Moundridge FFA Greenhand team, as they placed 1st at the Newton Livestock Judging contest onTuesday.  Team members were Taylor Goering, Kaden Diederich, Jairus Scott.  Taylor was also 4th high Individual in the Greenhand division.

Also, the Moundridge Sr. team placed 5th and Elizabeth Schrag was 7th high Individual.  Other team members included Allison Siemens, Wyatt Tibbitts, and Desmond Finley.

MHS took 19 students and 50 artworks to Ell-Saline for the HOA Art Contest.  Thirteen students received recognition! 
Michelle Morrison - 1st print
Rebecca Ullom-Minnich - 1st pen drawing
Caleb Allen - 1st non-functional ceramics
Corey Barton - 1st Batik
Erin Miller - 2nd ceramic room
Leah Otte - 2nd print
Monica Ewy - 2nd oil
Eric Bivens - 2nd Batik
Katie Schrag - 3rd multimedia print
Callie Janzen - 3rd oil
Javin Foth - 3rd Batik
Leah Otte - Merit Acrylic
Leah Otte - Merit Multimedia
Monica Ewy - Merit Multimedia print
Leanna Davis - Merit print
Erin Miller - Merit watercolor
Kaylie Penner - Merit wire

Congratulations to ALL vocal and instrumental Solo/Ensemble contestants! 

Instrumental - II Ratings:
- Soloists: Colton Frazer, Tiffany Huxman, Chase Stucky, Tiffany Stucky, Rebecca Ullom-Minnich, Anna Stucky, Tyler Kaufman, Mareike Bergen, Sky Creed, Garrett Smith, Morgan Funk, and  Desmond Finley
- Ensemble: Flute Quartet

Instrumental - I Ratings:
- Solos: Sarah Ullom-Minnich, Rachel Knight, Michelle Schrag, Kaylie Penner, Devin Clark, Allison Siemens, Kyle Huxman, Elizabeth Graber, and Sophia Leddy
- Ensembles: Percussion, Brass Choir, Clarinet Choir, Saxophone Sextet, Clarinet Quartet and the Trumpet Quartet.

Vocal - I Ratings:
- Solos: Chase Stucky and Sarah Ullom-Minnich
- Ensembles: Cole Street Singers

All I ratings will be performing on Saturday, April 27 at the State Music Festival.

- Article by Mrs. Kelsi Chisholm

Selected art students in grades 6-12 will have their artwork on display at the Park School Gym located at 210 N Elm St, McPherson, KS.  Art students who are seniors have the opportunity to set up an individual booth that includes their best work in order to earn an art scholarship.  The exhibit is open to the public:
- Thursday, April 18, 9am-4pm
- Friday, April 19, 1pm-4pm
- Saturday, April 20, 10am-4pm
- Sunday, April 21, 1pm-4pm
Funding for the 2013 exhibition and scholarship competition provided by:  The McPherson Community Foundation, The Norene Ketcheside Endowment for Fine Arts, Larry and Lorna Stroup, and the McPherson Arts Alliance.
Community Work Day, Friday, May 3:
Moundridge High School is now taking requests for Community Work Day projects!  This is a day when students are divided into groups and complete projects around the school or community that are requested by community members, local businesses, or organizations.  Businesses may provide a supervisor for any project they request, or we can send a staff member to supervise.
If you are interested in having a group of students come and help out with cleaning, organizing, etc., please contact Monica Schmidt, Student Council sponsor, at or by calling the school at (620) 345-5500.
Requests will be due by Monday, April 15.