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.
Steve & Carol Foley 3134 CR 27 – Auburn/Ashley road
Petunia Patch 2772 CR 20 (just north of US 6 off of CR 27)
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
The 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.
Going into Saturday’s Academic Super Bowl state championship competition at Purdue University, the pressure was on for DeKalb High School’s science team.
“We expected a lot of ourselves. We’d done well at the area (competition) and were ranked No. 1,“ said team member Shayna Burrage.
The team of Burrage, Will Pierce and Christa Voirol lived up to expectations and came out on top as state champion in Class 1 for large schools. The team answered 24 questions correctly out of 25.
“It’s an extremely high score,” said team coach Jennifer Oberlin.
Oberlin does not recall another time when a team from DeKalb High School finished as Academic Super Bowl state champion, and she believes the science team’s achievement could be a first for the school.
Despite the pressure, DeKalb’s team members managed to keep things fun, dressing as pioneers to reflect this year’s Super Bowl theme of Western expansion.
“We were the only team that did that. We got mixed reactions,” Burrage said with a smile.
Burrage has been a member of the science team for two years and also was on the fine arts team for two years.
“I like the challenge. It lets me learn something new outside of what I do in school,” she said. “It’s a lot of fun.”
Burrage, a senior, plans to attend Trine University to study forensic science.
Voirol, a junior, was a first-year member of the science team but also has experience as a member of the social studies team.
“I really enjoy learning the extra stuff,” she said. Her competition specialty was biology, ecology and diseases of the frontier.
Pierce, a senior, has participated on Academic Super Bowl math and science teams since middle school. His specialty was electricity and magnetism and some chemistry, he said. Pierce plans to attend Purdue University and study chemical engineering.
“These students have a high level of science background, which makes my job very easy,” Oberlin said.
DeKalb High School’s social studies team of Voirol, Sean Mentzer, Shawn Pfefferkorn and Matt Irwin also competed in Saturday’s state finals and achieved a sixth-place finish.
DeKalb High School senior Grant Lockwood holds his certificate of appointment to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point. From left are his parents, Angie and Doug Lockwood, Grant Lockwood and Sallie Corbat, admissions representative for the academy.
WATERLOO — DeKalb High School senior Grant Lockwood, 18, has earned admission to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
Lockwood received his certificate of appointment to the academy during the school’s senior awards program Monday night.
U.S. Rep. Marlin Stutzman nominated Lockwood for the academy, and he was appointed by the president and the academy’s admissions committee. The committee evaluated him for leadership and academic and physical abilities.
Lockwood reports to West Point on July 2.
“I’ve been striving for this since my freshman year. I started applying the beginning of my junior year,” Lockwood said.
As a freshman, Lockwood met current cadet Katie VanWye when both were members of DeKalb’s show choir. She graduated from DeKalb and was appointed to the academy in 2011, inspiring Lockwood to make his own bid for West Point.
Lockwood said he spoke this summer with VanWye, who is starting her fourth year at the academy.
“She loves it there. It was definitely the right decision for her, and she’s super-excited that someone else from Auburn is coming,” he said.
No one in his family has served in the military, Lockwood said.
“I’ve striven to be the best I can be at anything I can, and I’ve always been inclined to service,” he said about his motivation to qualify for the military academy. “It was always my goal to become part of the long, gray line.”
Lockwood said he is considering both infantry and medical specialties for his career in the U.S. Army.
The future cadet is the son of Doug and Angie Lockwood of Auburn.
During high school, he has been involved in student council, Student Leaders, FFA, Spanish Club, show choir, musicals and plays, soccer, swimming and the National Honor Society, while earning academic honors from Tri Kappa.
“I would have done more if I had more time,” he said.
DeKalb Show Choirs made a big splash at the Waltham Eastern Show Choir Competiton. Sound Sensation captured Grand Champion of the unisex division. 2nd was Bonita Vista HS from Chula Vista California and 3rd was Shepherd Hill. 8 Unisex choirs from Virginia, Indiana, Calfornia and Massachussets competed. Waltham did not give best vocal or best choreography awards in the unisex division.
Classic Connection captured Grand Champion with Best Vocals and Best Choreography. 2nd was Oliver Ames HS from Massachussets, 3rd was Bonita Vista HS from Chula Vista California, 4th was Sheperd Hill, 5th was Hanover HS.
DeKalb Show Choirs then toured New York City on Sunday and Monday, seeing 2 Broadway shows – Pippin and Newsies; a late nite visit to the top of the Empire State Building, a bus tour of upper, central and lower Manhattan on Monday including a stop at the 9 11 Memorial and dinner in Little Italy. Everyone arrived home safely at Tuesday noon.
First-runners up at finals
DeKalb High School’s Sound Sensation girls choir and Classic Connection mixed choir take second place
PLAINFIELD — DeKalb High School show choir members ranked Saturday’s performances at the state finals as their best of the year.
As the judges saw it, they just weren’t quite as good as Northridge.
DeKalb High School’s Classic Connection mixed choir and Sound Sensation girls choir both finished as first runners-up Saturday in their divisions of the Class B state finals at Plainfield High School near Indianapolis.
In the women’s division during the morning and afternoon, DeKalb ranked less than one point behind Northridge, with host Plainfield taking third out of nine competing choirs. DeKalb won the category award for best visual effect, while Northridge won the award for best vocals.
Ditto in the mixed choir divison Saturday night: Plainfield first with best vocals, DeKalb second with best visual effect, this time 2.3 points back, and Plainfield third.
“It was an amazing show — probably the strongest show we’ve done all year,” DeKalb co-director Kent Johnson said about Classic Connection’s performance. A few hours earlier, he used almost exactly the same words to describe Sound Sensation’s effort.
Johnson said Classic Connection overcame a major distraction when a member of the choir became ill just as the show was ready to begin.
Still, “We performed a great show. We left it all out on the stage, and we represented everything we stand for,” said senior choir member Grant Lockwood.
“It was one of our best performances all year,” said Chandler Likes.
“I’ve never been more proud of my family,” senior Anna Muckenfuss said about her fellow choir members, adding, “and I don’t want to leave them at the end of the year.”
“We performed for all the right reasons,” said Chris Mock. “There’s no other show choir that I would rather be a part of.”
Earlier in the day, Sound Sensation members spoke proudly of their runner-up showing.
“All I have to say is: We rocked!” said Brittany Pogue. “I feel like today we were completely awesome — and we had a great season.”
Sound Sensation won the women’s division at five show choir contests this winter.
“Overall, I’m really proud of Sound Sensation,” said Elizabeth Bolinger. “We’ve been blessed with an amazing year and an amazing show.”
“This season has probably been my favorite” of four years in the group, said Megan Buss. “Sometimes, we can’t really control the outcome. I’m pleased with where we’re at.”
“This year has probably been the closest as a family” for the group, said Julianne Boyd. “Our show probably was the best one we’ve ever had.”
Sound Sensation repeated its second-place finish of 2013. The choir has won the women’s state title three times in 2009, 2010 and 2011.
Classic Connection had won the state crown in four of the past five years, finishing second in 2012. This season, Classic Connection took home the overall grand champion trophy from three contests.
Classic Connection’s show began with a medley of “Save the World” by Pentatonics and “Speed of Light” by Avalon, with a solo by Anna Muckenfuss. It continued with “Raise You Up” from the Broadway musical “Kinky Boots,” featuring solos by Julianne Boyd and Matt Irwin. Another medley mixed “There’s a World” and “The Power of One.“ A ballad, Broadway tune “Change the World,” had a solo by Megan Buss. Bruce Bell sang a solo in “One World,” and the show closed with “Around the World,” including a solo by Brandon Park
Sound Sensation started its show with a magical theme. The opening mixed Broadway tunes “Magic” from “Xanadu” and “Magic to Do” from “Pippin,” with a solo by Muckenfuss. The theme continued with a medley of “I Put a Spell On You,” “Love Potion No. 9” and “Superstition” by Stevie Wonder, featuring soloist Boyd.
The show’s ballad was a medley of “With You” from “Pippin” and “Gifts of Love” from “The Baker’s Wife,” spotlighting soloist Brittany Pogue. Next came “Breaking Up is Hard to Do” by a quintet of senior girls —Buss, Boyd, Pogue, Muckenfuss and Adele Poudrier, plus a saxophone solo by Austin King.
“Heartbreak Hotel” from the Elvis Presley tribute musical “All Shook Up” had a solo by Buss. The show concluded with Broadway tune “Give It Up” featuring a duet by Poudrier and Pogue.
The Indiana State School Music Association state finals contest often ends the show choirs’ competition season, but not this year. DeKalb’s groups will travel during spring break, April 3-8, to perform in a large contest at Waltham, Mass. From there, the choirs will visit New York to see two Broadway shows and tour the city, including the 9/11 memorial and Empire State Building.
10 Area Show Choirs To Compete At State Finals
By Eric Dutkiewicz – 21Alive
The show choirs, competing in either the women’s division or mixed division in both small and large classifications, will perform as part of the all-day competitions at Plainfield and Indianapolis North Central high schools.
Northeast Indiana show choirs competing are: Carroll High School’s Select Sound and Ministrel Magic, Columbia City High School’s City Lights and City Heat, DeKalb High School’s Sound Sensation and Classic Connection, East Noble High School’s Premiere Edition, Huntington North High School’s Varsity Singers and Northrop High School’s Allure and Charisma.
21Alive extends good luck to all the show choirs competing.