Ryan Johnson Named 2017 National Strength Coach of Year

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Ryan Johnson WHS Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. Submitted photo.
Ryan Johnson WHS Strength and Conditioning Coordinator. Submitted photo.

Wayzata, MN: Congratulations to Ryan Johnson for being named the 2017 High School Strength and Conditioning Coach by the National Strength and Conditioning Association. Ryan becomes the 26th recipient of the award, which has been handed out since 1991. Award winners are selected by a volunteer committee, the NSCA’s Coaching Task Force, who determine the winner based on their contributions to the NSCA, their community and the strength and conditioning profession.

Ryan teaches physical education at Wayzata High School and is the strength and conditioning coordinator for Wayzata Public Schools, a position he began in 2000. Wayzata athletics have captured 54 team state titles in his tenure and Ryan works directly with the three-time state champion football program as director of operations and player development. He is a member of the National Strength and Conditioning Association (NSCA) and is the Minnesota NSCA State Director. In 2010, he was named the NSCA Minnesota High School Strength and Conditioning Professional of the Year. In 2013, he was named the NSCA State Director of the Year.

A former volunteer firefighter, he also received an Award of Merit from the Minnesota Department of Health and Safety for participation in a lifesaving CPR/AED effort to revive a player that suffered sudden cardiac arrest while at practice. Ryan is a frequent clinician, speaker and his Wayzata Trojan Power program has been visited by over 50 other high school and small college programs. He also volunteered his time in the Rockford School District where he and his wife and four children reside by serving as the Rockford Area Athletic Association President and Youth Football Director.

Congratulations to Coach Johnson for this well-deserved award,” said Scott Caulfield, NSCA Head Strength and Conditioning Coach. “He has changed many lives and exemplifies what it is to be an NSCA professional. We are proud to have him as a member.”

Ryan will receive his award at the 40th Annual NSCA National Conference, which will be held in Las Vegas, NV from July 12-15.

Hennepin Theatre Trust announces 2016-2017 spotlight education triple threat winners

Honorees from Maple Grove Senior High School, Wayzata High School and Stillwater Area High School are recognized for their excellence in singing, acting and dancing and earned a trip to Broadway

Image courtesy Wayzata Public Schools.

MINNEAPOLIS—Hennepin Theatre Trust announced today the four students who were honored with the 2016-2017 Spotlight Education Triple Threat Award at the 12th annual Spotlight Showcase on June 12-13. The winners are Mary Burchill (Stillwater Area High School), Erik Dagoberg (Wayzata High School), Palmer Kraus (Maple Grove Senior High School) and Hannah Theisen (Maple Grove Senior High School).

Triple Threat honorees are praised for their excellence in singing, acting and dancing as well as demonstrating community leadership, teamwork and artistry. They were chosen from more than 80 Minnesota high school juniors and seniors. A group of 40 semi-finalists were invited to audition for a panel of local artists and Trust staff members. Twenty-four students were chosen as the Triple Threat Award finalists. Following a vigorous series of evaluations, four winners were selected who will be honored with the Spotlight Education Triple Threat Broadway Experience, presented by Sun Country Airlines. The Triple Threat Broadway Experience is an all-expenses paid trip to New York City to meet with industry professionals, participate in workshops and attend Broadway shows later in June.

Spotlight Education spokesperson, Laura Osnes, a Minnesota native and Broadway performer, will welcome the winners to New York City where they will receive singing and acting mentoring, participate in workshops and learn from industry professionals about the entertainment business. They will also attend a number of Broadway shows.

Mary Burchill graduated from Stillwater Area High School this spring. In past high school productions, she played the role of Cinderella in Cinderella, Puck in A Midsummer Night’s Dream and Leading Player in Pippin. She’s a member of High Honor Roll, Newspaper Quill and Scroll, and lettered in Academics three times. She will attend Texas Christian University in the fall.

Erik Dagoberg graduated from Wayzata High School this spring. Roles he has played at his high school included the Beast in Beauty and the Beast, Herr Schultz in Cabaret and Jimmy in Thoroughly Modern Millie. He was awarded Honorable Mention in a Leading Role as the Beast, and Outstanding Performance in a Leading Role as Jimmy from Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Education. Erik was also selected as part of Wayzata senior royalty in the fall of 2016.

Palmer Kraus graduated from Maple Grove Senior High School this spring. His roles at Maple Grove included Enjolras in Les Miserables and Pippin in Pippin. He received an Outstanding Performance in a Lead Role award from Hennepin Theatre Trust’s Spotlight Education for his portrayal of Pippin. Next year he will attend Chapman University to study theatre.

Hannah Dayle Theisen is thrilled to be selected for Spotlight’s Triple Threat program and graduated this spring from Maple Grove Senior High School. She has played roles such as Cinderella and Leading Player in Pippin at her school, receiving both an Honorable Mention as well as Outstanding awards from Spotlight. She will attend Roosevelt University – Chicago College of Performing Arts in the fall, working toward a BFA in Musical Theatre.

As the Trust’s premier education program, now completing its 12th year, Spotlight Education supports and honors Minnesota high school students and programs focused on musical theatre. The program provides valuable educational, performing and creative experiences for more than 5,000 students in 87 schools throughout the state. These activities help foster essential life skills such as collaboration, critical thinking, problem-solving and self-expression which students carry into their adult lives.

Through Spotlight Education, participating students receive professional training and guidance to enhance their artistic, technical and performing skills. The program’s four key components are masterclasses, Critical Review, production assessments and Spotlight Showcase.

For a complete list of participating schools and honors, please visit HennepinTheatreTrust.org

Spotlight Showcase is made possible by Slumberland Furniture.

The Spotlight Education Triple Threat Broadway Experience is presented by Sun Country Airlines.

Follow Spotlight Education at:
Twitter: @spotlightMN
Instagram: #spotlight_MN
Facebook: Spotlight Education

 

HENNEPIN THEATRE TRUST is a nonprofit organization that creates positive change through the arts by bringing together people, businesses and organizations in WeDo™, the West Downtown MPLS Cultural District. We serve the community through our three historic theatres – the Orpheum, State and Pantages – and our unique arts, culture and education programs. Learn more at HennepinTheatreTrust.org and wedompls.org.

MN Supreme Court visit to Wayzata High School

 

The Minnesota Supreme Court has announced that it will hear oral arguments at Wayzata High School in Plymouth, MN, on Tuesday, May 9, 2017. Nearly 750 students will fill the school auditorium to watch the official Court proceedings. The visit is part of a biannual program that seeks to teach students about the work of the state’s highest Court, while building the public’s trust and confidence in the Judicial Branch.

The program will begin at 9:10 a.m., and oral arguments will begin at 9:30 a.m. The Court will hear oral arguments in a real case – State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Maurice Nathaniel Wilson, Appellant (Case No. A16-1294). Oral arguments last approximately one hour.

Following the oral arguments, the Supreme Court justices will hold a question-and-answer session with students. The justices will then hold a brief media availability, before sharing lunch with student representatives and spending the afternoon visiting classrooms.

The media is invited to attend the oral arguments, the question-and-answer session with students, and the media availability.

Below is a schedule of events for May 9:

  • 8:45 a.m. – Media recording equipment must be in place in the auditorium
  • 9:10 a.m. – Program begins in the Wayzata High School auditorium
  • 9:20 a.m. – Hennepin County District Court Chief Judge Ivy Bernhardson gives introductory comments to students
  • 9:30-10:30 a.m. – Supreme Court oral arguments
  • 10:40-11:20 a.m. – Question-and-answer session with students
  • 11:45 a.m.-12 p.m. – Media availability with members of the Supreme Court and student leaders in the lobby outside the auditorium

“The Minnesota Supreme Court coming to Wayzata High School is an amazing opportunity for our students to learn and grow in such an authentic and engaging way,” said Scott Gengler, principal of Wayzata High School.

Since the Supreme Court convened oral arguments in Rochester, MN, in 1995, the school visits have been an important part of the Court’s efforts to improve public understanding of the judiciary’s work.  The Wayzata High School visit marks the 45th in-school oral argument for the Court.

“The traveling oral argument program is one of the most important – and enjoyable – ways our Court works to enhance the public’s understanding of the judicial system,” said Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea. “Every time we visit a high school, we are overwhelmed by the incredible interest of students, their attentiveness during the official court proceedings, and the great questions they have about how their court system works. Wayzata Public Schools has been a great partner in helping plan this event, and our Court is very much looking forward to our visit.

Wayzata Public Schools will broadcast the oral arguments and the question-and-answer session live via ED’s TV, the West Metro Educational Cable Channel, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. ED’s TV is carried on three west metro cable franchises:

  • Comcast Cable/Northwest (Plymouth & Northwest Suburbs) — Cable Channel 22
  • Comcast Cable/Southwest (Eden Prairie, Edina, Hopkins, Minnetonka, Richfield) — Cable Channel 14
  • Mediacom Cable (Wayzata & Lake Minnetonka area) — Cable Channel 19 and Digital Channel 107.6

In addition, CenturyLink carries ED’s TV on PRISM TV Channel 8211 throughout the Twin Cities metro area. The program will also be replayed on ED’s TV and posted online.

MN Supreme Court to hear oral arguments at Wayzata High School

The Minnesota Supreme Court apparently has a traveling roadshow! and will be visiting the Wayzata High School auditorium on May 9th, 2017.

Organizers expect 750 students and many members of the media to attend. Oral arguments will begin at 9:30 am, according to a press release from MNCourts.gov.

MN Supreme Court justices. Image courtesy MNCourts.gov.

Oral arguments will be heard in State of Minnesota, Respondent, vs. Maurice Nathaniel Wilson, Appellant (Case No. A16-1294) and are expect to last an hour.

“The Minnesota Supreme Court coming to Wayzata High School is an amazing opportunity for our students to learn and grow in such an authentic and engaging way,” said Scott Gengler, principal of Wayzata High School.

“The traveling oral argument program is one of the most important – and enjoyable – ways our Court works to enhance the public’s understanding of the judicial system,” said Minnesota Supreme Court Chief Justice Lorie S. Gildea.

Stay tuned to Wayzata.com, your MN Supreme Court traveling roadshow leader.