May Concert: "One World, One Tribe, One Day."

by Taylor Blaine

Choir members work with guest artists Darnell and Geoffrey.
Photo credit:  LHS Choir on Facebook
May is a big deal to choir members when it comes about that time. This year the concert is called, “One World, One Tribe, One Day.” The Concert Choir members and a select few of the Bel Canto members were able to work with Darnell Davis and Geoffrey Foster on March 11th and 12th. They had rehearsals during second block, and also night rehearsals from 6:30 to 9 pm both days. They mostly worked on Gospel songs and really tried to express their vibratos. Darnell worked with them on many things. From making phrases more breathy to over emphasizing the high notes. Geoffrey mostly accompanied the choir on the keyboard, but he had some solos here and there. The night of the last rehearsal, Darnell taught the choir a new song by rote. This means they weren’t given any music at all. They learned the song simply by hearing Darnell sing it first, then mimicking him. All of the rehearsals were very successful. It is such a treat for the choir to be able to have such talented artists to come and work with them!

The whole concert consists of over twenty songs, and those songs will be broken into three sections:  Abuse/Abandonment, War, and Hope. The May Concert always comes with a message, and this year the message is something a little different than the previous years, but still on the same line. “One World” means that there will be one world instead of all different countries where everyone is separate. “One Tribe” means that everyone will be equal. There will be no looking at people differently because of their race or religion. “One Day” means that this will all happen one day. The choir sends out the message that they are working for a better future, a better world. They do different philanthropy projects to put forth that effort of work into their singing. When they sing, they think of all of the good things they have done to change the world, but also of all the things that still need to change.

The choir has different genres of songs this year. They sing everything from their usual gospel, to new pop songs that you would hear on the radio. The songs might be different in styles, but the message is the same. The world needs to change, and it starts with us. Come join the choir on their performance nights, May 19th and 20th.


Boys Golf Looks to Contend for Section Title

by Ryan Daniels

The Thief River Falls Prowler Boys Varsity golf team has high hopes after they went to sections last year. They have good crop of seniors who have a lot of skill.  The returning seniors who will be playing this year are Hunter Balmer, Reed Bohm, Ryan Daniels, Murphy Fellman, and Chris Forney. They went to sections as a team last year, which is a big accomplishment for them, since the last time they went to sections as a team was over five years ago.

The Prowlers were hoping for a short winter so they could get out on the course early and get some practice in before the first meet. I asked Senior Chris Forney a few questions about how the season is going to look next year: “ We have a lot of depth in our team with all six of the section team players returning. This next year might be the year for us to go to State and put Thief River Falls on the map for high school golf.” These words sound very promising that the boys will have a good season.

Coaches Tim Magnussen and Rick Johnson are also looking forward to this upcoming season. I had a chance to ask Coach Magnussen what he thinks about last year’s performance at the section tournament, and he said, “There were a lot of tough teams at the tournament, especially Detroit Lakes, but we were close to sending an individual to State. Next year we are sure to be a contender for State.” I also asked him who he thinks is going to be the toughest contender in the subsection.  “Without a doubt, it will be Crookston again this year, but they need to worry about us more than we need to worry about them.” Prowler golf is sure to have an outstanding year season and will be a contender for the State tournament!


Winter Guard Offers Another Chance for Students to Get Involved

by Rebecca Johnson

This winter a new activity has been added to the list of things you can fill your time with at Lincoln High School. This activity is Winter Guard. Winter Guard was started this winter to give the Fall Guard members a little longer to participate in something they enjoyed. Winter Guard does not perform with the band as Fall Guard does; they perform routines with songs that the members pick. The advisor is the band director, Mrs. Hahn. This year the group consisted of four girls: Becca Johnson, Ashley Borchardt, Amanda Hawk, and Victoria Yoder. With three of the four members being seniors, there will be plenty of openings next year for new members, and you do not even have to be in band. That’s right! Anybody can be in Winter Guard; guys, girls, freshmen, seniors, anybody!

Senior member Ashley was the only member who had not participated in color guard previously, and was also not a member of the band. She was just as successful in Winter Guard as the other members.

“I enjoyed guard because it was just like dancing, but with a flag!” Ashley commented, “You had to learn the steps and moves just like you would if you were dancing. I also did not think it was any more difficult because I am not in band; it is a completely separate entity.”

The girls definitely had a great time rehearsing the routine. The practices were at seven in the morning on Wednesdays and Fridays. It was a lot of work, but it was all worth it in the end.

This year, Winter Guard performed at a basketball halftime show, Snofest coronation, and Prowler Pride at CES. Winter Guard has ended their season and will be starting up again next fall after football season finishes.


Mark Wood Revisits TRF

by Michael Lam
Photo credit:  Prowler Photography

Three years ago, Mark Wood, an electric violinist who has been featured on many news program nationwide along with his music and strings education programs, came here to Thief River Falls to play a concert with us. Now three years later, with the support of the TRF Education Foundation, he came back to play another concert with us. He got to Thief River Falls on March 21st to start the rehearsals at both Lincoln High and Franklin Middle School. At the end of the day, I asked him if I could interview him for our Prowler Nation blog; he gladly let me interview, and said even if it’s just your little school blog, it’s still as important as being on CNN and other news channels. He also thought of doing the interview in front of the orchestra instead of doing it privately so we could all learn more about him.

Michael: What would you say are the major values or principles that you live by?
Mark: Wow! I was getting to it earlier about the importance of welcoming people who were different. Approaching people and embracing everybody because the more different we are, the more interesting we are. What we don’t want to be — my principles of values is about embracing everybody. No matter how different you are — the more different you are, the more interesting you are to me. And that’s what is important is that’s the way we create a global world, because at this point, it’s not just United States that we live in. It’s not just Thief River Falls. It’s not just Minnesota. It’s global. Everywhere in the world we are relating to people, and I really believe America’s responsibility right now is to embrace everybody. Everybody should have the freedom to express themselves the way they want to express.

Photo credit:  Prowler Photography
Michael: Why do you choose to work with the high schoolers?
Mark: Not only do I do high schools and middle school but also elementary school, universities. We do all of them. High school is an interesting age that you guys are at, because you are teenagers and sort of adults, but you are not quite ready for the brutality of the world yet, to go crushing down on your shoulders. So what I like to do is share with you what I believe is what your strengths are and how for you to navigate the world, navigate people that are different than you. I think that’s the most important thing for you guys to learn that in this world, there are people that are different than us. Different colors, different religions, different political beliefs. They are really different! So what we have to do is we have to love and embrace everybody even though they have a difference of opinion. And once we establish that, you will be a superhero. But if you fight that, you will never be able to get ahead because we will always be fighting against the evolution of the concept of embracing people. Watch where we were in the 60s and 70s before you were born. Women, at one point, weren’t allowed to vote! Is that incredible? And even right now women are not paid equal amounts than men do when they were in place. You guys are the people to stop everything and to address everything that is important to you. You do have a voting power and you have the power to change the world. Do it. Don’t just sit behind your music stand and just noodle around. You can change the world. I can only do as much as I can, but when I work with kids like you who were motivated, smart, talented, and beautiful, go out in the world and make a difference with people. Don’t just sit at home watching tv or playing video games and think that your vote doesn’t count or your voice doesn’t count. Every one of your voices is important to me.

Interviewee & Interviewer:  Mark and Michael
Michael: What are the most memorable out of all the places you have toured?
Mark: To me, Thief River Falls is memorable. Well I’m back because of you guys. I remembered working with your teacher, Mr. Druse, and for me, it’s all about the teacher when it comes to strings. If the teacher is as cool as him, I’m there. But some teacher would get very, very defensive and very uptight about certain things that I’m doing which is really taking you guys out of your comfort zone, and that’s the other thing is that it’s important that we take you out of your — “Oh I’m comfortable sitting here, Mark, don’t have me stand up!” “What, I have to smile when I play? What are you talking about?” That’s what I like to do. I like to get you guys out of your comfort zone and have you stand up, and try something new man! Jump off that cliff, because when you jump it off, you spread your wings and you will fly. Don’t fear. Do not fear, you will never hurt yourself. If you believe in yourself enough, you can achieve anything, and that’s why I like working with the great Thief River Falls Orchestra.

Michael: If you were given a chance to come back, would you come back?
Mark: Here? Of course! I love this place! It’s the most unusual out in the woods place I have ever been to. But you know what, guys? You don’t think small, which is so great that you think big. I think that you guys, all of you, really understand what I’m talking about, as far as embracing other people. I think that is the key. I love Thief River Falls because there is so much to put on my Facebook, lots of stories.

We resumed the rehearsal after the interview, and we have a blast at the concert on Friday night. I hope he comes back to Thief River Falls again to play with the school, so I can see the future high schoolers enjoy the fun of Mark Wood.


Prowler Girls Golf

by Hanna Olson

The Prowler Girls Golf Team has their sights set high this upcoming season, after having the best season in Thief River Falls Girl Golf history last spring. They became the first girls golf team to go to Sections as a team, after getting 2nd place at the sub-section tournament in Crookston. At the Section tournament in Walker, they placed 2nd, falling only to the soon-to-be State champs, the Detroit Lakes Lakers. After losing only one senior last year, the golf team is looking very promising, with what could be a full varsity roster of seniors.

I spoke with fellow senior golfer, Taylor Blaine, and she felt that the team will be just as strong this season as last. “We will make it to sections as a team again this year,” she said. “I think some of us might possibly make it too State individually this season as well.” This is definitely a huge possibility after a few girls on the team were getting close last season. “I expect the team to place 2nd in our section again; Detroit Lakes has a strong team, they probably aren’t beatable, but we will try our best!” Taylor ended her interview by saying, “It’s the best sport on earth!”

As this winter drags on, I’m sure the girls will all be excited to get out on the course again.  They are hoping for yet another successful season and, even more so, a fun season. Having fun at golf , however, isn’t usually a problem. If anyone is interested in joining the team, listen for announcements as springs approaches, talk to someone on the team, or get a hold of Coach Kayla Delzer.


Girls Basketball: Season Reflection

by Lilly Kainz

The Prowler Girls Basketball team had a great year this year! With their teamwork and hard work we finished the season with a record of 25-3. We made it to section quarterfinals, which is the second round of playoffs. Overall, we had a successful season. When we were down players with girls hurt or ill, everyone stepped up their game to contribute to the team. As Coach Loe and Coach Lingen always say, “Good teams find a way to win,” and that’s what we did this year! I interviewed the captains on the team, and this is what they had to say about the season.

Crystal Amundson:
Q: What are your thoughts on how the year went?
A: This year was great! We really bonded as a team, and everyone stepped up when they were needed.

Q: If you could have this year over, what would you do differently?
A: The Alex game. Over and over again.

Q: What was your favorite basketball memory?
A: My favorite memories are from our overnight trips over the years. Also, all the younger years with my senior girls.

Q: What is your advice to younger girls that would play basketball?
A: Take every opportunity to improve YOUR game. Because every chance you don't take, the other team is taking and getting better than you.

Brooke Yaggie:
Q: What are your thoughts on how the year went?
A: We had a record-setting year with 25 wins, and that is almost as good as it gets. We learned how to overcome adversity and win!

Q: If you could have this year over what would you do differently?
A: I want to replay our last game against Alexandria and change it.

Q: What was your favorite basketball memory?
A: My favorite memories were every home game when we had a student section!

Q: What is your advice to younger girls that would play basketball?
A: My advice to younger players is to always work hard, especially in the off season, because that is when you get better.

Brooke Anderson:
Q: What are your thoughts on how the year went?
A: Team-wise the year went really well; we were 25-3. There isn't much more you could ask for.

Q: If you could have this year over what would you do differently?
A: If I could have this year over I wouldn't get surgery on my foot.

Q: What was your favorite basketball memory?
A: My favorite memory would be all of the guys dressing up for our games. They were such great fans!

Q: What is your advice to younger girls that would play basketball?
A: Advice to younger players would be if it’s something you love, stick with it.


The Self-Worth Project

by Mariah Misson

These past few weeks, the LHS Drama Club has taken part in The Self Worth Project. When participating in The Self Worth Project, students are to choose a word that is associated with their fear or insecurity, write it somewhere on their body, and capture it in a photo. The idea originated with Tommy Corey, who says he came up with The Self Worth Project to help make people aware that everyone has insecurities.  He adds,  “One of the goals of The Self-Worth Project is to open up more conversations about the increasingly hostile environment in schools today. And while ending bullying would be ideal, the important message of finding help, feeling supported, and not being alone is imperative.”  Corey’s story started in 2010; he came up with the idea when a friend of his committed suicide due to bullying.
I had a chance to talk to Emma Halvorson, one of the photographers on the project. (Zack Comstock and Savannah Rolling were the other photographers.)  Emma says, “It helps kids come to terms with their insecurities and fears.  Everything is not as it seems.  Everyone has insecurities.”

The Self Worth Project has been featured on Good Morning America, and the idea was used on the show Glee. Mrs. Groven will use the photos as part of the spring arts show in the Commons, as well as in conjunction with other ongoing projects. The Self Worth Project was originally proposed to Drama Club members only, but as word spread, more people wanted to try it.  They now have over thirty students participating. To see images by Tommy Corey on his Facebook page dedicated to The Self Worth Project, go to facebook.com/selfworthproject.

Photos courtesy of LHS Self-worth Project