Twin Lakes Results

DeKalb Show Choirs competed for the first time on Saturday at Twin Lakes HS in Monticello Indiana.  Sound Sensation was 3rd in the Women’s division with Tia Hackbush named as Best Performer in the show.  Northrop was second and Carroll was 1st.  Classic Connection was 3rd in the mixed division with Bruce Bell named as Best Performer in the show.  Franklin HS was 5th, Northrop 4th, DeKalb, Bishop Luers was 2nd and Carroll was 1st.  Holly Woolever was named Best Female Soloist of all the choirs there.  Brandon Park was 3rd in the separate solo competition.  Next Saturday, DeKalb Show Choirs will be competing at Bishop Dwenger.

Weekly Schedule 1/19

Monday – 3:30 – ISSMA; 5-6 – Skinny Bois; 6-9 – CC Bub 7:30 – 9; Barbershop- 9                     Tuesday – 3:30 – Park Barbershop; 6-9 – SS Bub 7-9
Wednesday – 3:30 – Stairhime Barbershop; 6:30-9 – CC with Bub
Thursday – 6:30 -9 SS with Bub; Dress change rehearsal

Saturday All Day – Twin Lakes Competition, Twin Lakes HS Monticello Indiana SS, CC, SB
4:30 am- Meet at school
4:45- Leave DHS
7:30- Arrive at TLHS/ unload
8:15- Sound Sensation mtg
8:40- Transit
8:50- Warm-up
9:30- Performance!
12:45- Solo Warm-up
1:15- Solos -Everyone comes to watch!!!!!!
2:45- Classic Connection mtg
3:10- Transit
3:20- Warm-up
4:00- Performance!
5:30- Awards
6:45- Finals start -3 Women- 5 Mixed -3 Solos
11:00- Awards
12:00- Leave for home
3:00 am- Arrive at home
Everyone wears Jeans and Black Choir Shirts!!!!!!

January 31st – Bishop Dwenger Competition, Dwenger HS Ft Wayne Indiana SS, CC, SB

Show Choirs – State Finals date is March 21st (1st Saturday of spring break – Please make travel arrangements accordingly.)

Invitational Program

Do you work for a company that might support the show choir by placing an ad in the Invitational program?  This is a great was for businesses to support the show choir.  Please ask your business, and if they are willing, let us know at one of the parent meetings.  Attached is a letter you can give to your place of employment.  DeKalb Show Choir Invitation Program Sponsorship 2015

Also, would you like to recognize one of your family members who are in show choir?  We have personal shout outs that are available in the Invitational program for $10 or $20.  This is another great way for family and friends to support the show choir.  Click on the link below, complete the document and email to                                                      DeKalb Show Choir Invitation Student Sponsorship order form


Alumni Named on List of Indiana Movers & Shakers

Note:  Kate was involved in the show choir and drama departments at DHS.

Kate Franzman w bees

DeKalb grad makes Indy ‘movers’ list




INDIANAPOLIS — The Indianapolis Star’s new list of “movers and shakers of Indianapolis” includes a DeKalb High School graduate at No. 7 — only one notch below Gov. Mike Pence. “I still don’t know how I got on the list,” Kate Franzman said about the story published Monday. The Indianapolis Star’s article describes Franzman as “the founder of Bee Public, an organization that promotes beekeeping, sustainability and urban farming.”

How Franzman came to fit that description might be as improbable as her selection for the list alongside her city’s rich and powerful citizens. Franzman graduated from DeKalb High School in 2003, a month after playing the lead role of Maria in the school’s production of “West Side Story.” She headed east to Penn State University to earn a degree in journalism. Returning to Indiana, she landed a job with what she describes as a “hip, funky ad agency” in the capital city. It came with great pay and benefits, she said, but also with high stress and a plenty of time behind a desk. Franzman said her journalistic curiosity led to an interest in urban farming and sustainability — and the importance of bees.

As she learned more and compared her new passion to advertising, Franzman said, “I sort of popped awake and said. ‘I don’t want this’” to her job. “I decided to leave that to jump into this urban farming world, because that’s where I wanted to be.” Franzman already had started Bee Public as a blog to show people “the connection between what they eat and pollination and bee decline,” she said. Bee Public grew, involving her in public speaking and teaching classes about bees. Two summers ago, Franzman landed an apprenticeship with Growing Places Indy, a nonprofit organization “with a mission to cultivate the culture of urban agriculture and healthy lifestyles,” its website says.

Soon afterward came a grant to create a U-pick vegetable farm and manage it, which grew into Franzman’s full-time career at Growing Places Indy. At one-third of an acre, the farm site at a neighborhood center northeast of downtown Indianapolis ranks as the largest of seven “microfarms” run by Growing Places Indy, including one on the roof of a new hospital.

Franzman also manages restaurant sales for the organization. As nonprofits go, Growing Places Indy manages to be highly self-sufficient, selling its “beyond organic” produce to some two dozen local restaurants as well as to the public. Using a greenhouse, Growing Places Indy stays in business year-round, and Franzman delivers produce to restaurants twice a week even in winter. She’s also keeping watch on around 10,000 bees in a hive she tends a few blocks from her home at a Growing Places Indy farm site. Last year, she said, “I had five hives going into the winter, and they all died. It was a really terrible winter to be a first-season beekeeper.”

Franzman used an online fundraising campaign to purchase new bees for 2014. “The response was overwhelming,” she said. She was able to replenish her own bees and buy bees for two other farmers. Going further as a voice for the bees, Franzman is encouraging Indianapolis to join other cities that have stopped using pesticides that harm bees in public places. “What started out as kind of like a hobby … turned into more of a calling,” Franzman said about the new career that has brought her so much public attention this week. “I realized it was important, and I had to do something important — something that really does create change.”

Classic Connection Wins Southmont

Classic Connection won Southmont last Saturday with Sound Sensation placing 2nd in the Women’s Division.

Classic Connection won Southmont with Best Vocals, Best Choreography and Best Show Design.  Brandon Park was named Best Performer.  2nd was Manteno Illinois, 3rd was Northrop, 4th was Chesterton, 5th was South Dearborn and 6th was Austin.

Sound Sensation was 2nd with Best Choreography and Best Show Design.  Christa Voirol was named Best Performer.  Winner was Chicagoland, 3rd was Chesterton and 4th was Northrop.  Sound Sensation was able to perform again in exhibition since Chicagoland had to leave the contest before the night show began.

Giving Party

Kent, Shelley & Terrin at Giving Party 2014A BIG Thank you to all who helped make the 2014 Giving Party – Throw Back Thursday, a success.

We had a LOT of fun as you can tell by the picture.  Shelley and I dressed up as ourselves from our high school days – I’ve changed, but of course, Shelley still looks the same.

Another big thank you to Terrin Thomas Miss Indiana 2013 (and DeKalb alumni) who was our guest.

2014-2015 Calendar

Also posted under 2014-2015 Season & Results

9/18 Bluffton Street Fair – 8:30 pm performance time

9/23 DeKalb Fair

9/27 Fair Parade Classic Connection

9/28 Frog Race – DeKalb Outdoor Theater

10/8 Fall Variety Show

10/13 CC Rehearse w/Dwight

10/13-10/17 Fall Break

10/18 Applebee’s Breakfast

10/25 & 26 Heartland Rehearsal & Concert CC

11/6 Giving Party

11/15 Southmont Competition Crawfordsville IN

11/25 Christmas Parade Downtown Auburn

12/11 Christmas Spectacular Christmas Concert 7:30

12/13 Applebee’s Breakfast

12/22-1/4 Winter Break

1/10 Competition TBD; if no competition, then rehearsal

1/17 Indiana Music Educators Convention Ft. Wayne – Show choirs perform

1/24 Twin Lakes Competition Monticello IN

1/31 Bishop Dwenger Competition Ft. Wayne IN

2/7 Churubusco Competition Churubusco IN

2/14 DeKalb Invitational

2/21 Northridge Competition Middlebury IN

2/28 Twinsburg Competition Twinsburg OH (near Cleveland)

3/7 Bishop Luers Competition Ft. Wayne IN

3/14 Lafayette Jefferson Competition Lafayette IN

3/19 State Preview Show


3/22-4/3 – Spring Break

4/25 ISSMA Concert Competition

5/2 ISSMA Concert State Qualifying

5/8 – 5/10 Spring Musical

5/9 ISSMA State Concert Finals

5/13 Spring Variety Show

5/21 Spring Choral Awards Night

School Starts TODAY!

school bus

DeKalb HS starts classroom activity TODAY and is now using a balanced calendar.  Classic Connection returns to their normal Monday 6-9 pm schedule and Sound Sensation will return to their normal Tuesday 6-9 pm schedule.

Classic Connection will have their annual retreat  the weekend of August 8th at Camp Alexander Mack in Milford Indiana just east of Lake Wawasee.  Classic will leave Friday evening and return Saturday evening.

It won’t be long before it’s Bluffton Street Fair time (I can’t believe I’m saying this).  I hope you enjoy the remaining days of summer.



Garden Walk July 12th

The 15th annual Garden Walk happened last Saturday July 12th.  The weather cooperated and everyone had a great time.  A BIG thank you to the garden owners and their beautiful properties.

Garden Walk stop features hostas and history

Steve & Carol Foley  3134 CR 27 – Auburn/Ashley road

Petunia Patch 2772 CR 20 (just north of US 6 off of CR 27)

Garden Walk’s waterfall

Ron & Toni Reynolds 352 West 15th Street

Helene Jacquay 820 Golden Hawk

Marvin & Nancy Carper 4852 CR 45

Dan & Monica Rabe 2302 LaForge Lane – Auburn Hills

Classic Connection All Stars perform Saturday 6:45pm

2011 All StarsThe Classic Connection All Stars will perform their camp show this Saturday evening at 6:45 pm just prior to the Flag Day Celebration at the DeKalb Outdoor Theater at 301 Center Street.  The All Stars have been practicing with Classic Connection all week in learning their show and are excited to be performing this Saturday.  Classic Connection will also take part in the Flag Day Celebration which begins at 7:30 at the Outdoor Theater.  The picture is from the 2011 All Stars Show.


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