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For the first time ever, the students of Decatur Community High School will perform the musical “Pippin.”
The ensemble cast tells the story of Pippin (played by Tabor Erickson), a young prince who longs to find passion and adventures in his life. To prove his loyalty to his distracted father, King Charles (Luke Koerperich), Pippin goes to war. But when the Leading Player (Jeff Juenemann) convinces the prince to fight tyranny, Pippin kills Charles and takes over the throne. Realizing his mistake, Pippin begs the Leading Player to bring his father back to life, and he obliges. The prince falls in love with Catherine (Jillian Peters), a widow with a young son (Josh Juenemann), and Pippin struggles to decide whether he should settle down and pursue a peaceful life or continue to make magic with a dazzling troupe of performers.
Historical "Vamps" (Kara, Dani, Stacia, Faith and Jean) and Soldiers (Dante, Trevor, Steven, Petra, Reegon, Drew, James, Erin, Hannah, Trae, Austin, Cerys, Faith and Courtlyn).
The musical is being directed by Susan Nelson. Ladd Wendelin is the technical director. The musical will be performed Saturday, Nov. 12 at 7:30 p.m. and Sunday, Nov. 13 at 2:00 p.m.
Did you know that chrysanthemums are the second most popular flower next to roses? Now thanks to Megan Lohoefener, Emma Green, Timothy Helm, Kimmy Strohm, Gina Witt and Kathy Almquist, the school is now adorned with mums by the front entrance.
The idea came from Megan, Tim and Emma who wanted to do something for the school with the money they earned last year through their Hunger Savers concession stand.
Last spring, Mrs. Witt, Megan, Emma and Tim planted lilies, but lilies only last through the spring and summer, so Mrs. Witt decided that they would plant chrysanthemums this year because they can last the fall.
Kimmy, Megan, and Mrs. Almquist planted the mums shortly after school started.
New class offered for music students
By Stacia Russ
Music is more than just notes and instruments. A new class, Music Theory, is about this other side of music.
The class is taught by second year band teacher, James Austin. The purpose of the class is to improve students’ background in music and to help them become better musicians.
Offering the new class was Mr. Austin’s idea. He said that he had taken music theory in high school and that he thought it was interesting. The class covers the building blocks of music and how to write and compose music.
There are no requirements for music theory, but according to Mr. Austin taking band and vocal would help. The challenge for Mr. Austin in teaching a music theory class is that music theory is more focused on the logical side of music, rather than the artistic side of it.
Even though the class has its challenges, Mr. Austin said he would teach it next year. Here is what some of the students had to say about the class.
Sierra Hendrickson said that she is taking the class to go deeper into music and the fact that it’s a new class. When asked what she likes about the class, she said that she likes Mr. Austin and the small class. She said she disliked all the math involved in music theory.
Kaylen Ashley took the class because she likes music and thought it would be interesting. She said that she likes Mr. Austin as a teacher and dislikes that sometimes she doesn’t understand it.
Luke Koerperich is taking the class to get a better understand of music and how to apply that knowledge. He said that music theory is the class where you learn more than just notes.
DCHS offers new PE class
By Keitra Kima
DCHS has a new physical education class called Recreational Sports taught by Joe Dreher.
According to Mr. Dreher, the purpose of the new class is “to offer something different for the students.” The prerequisite is Advanced PE, which makes the course available to juniors and seniors.
So far the students have studied archery, bocce ball, swimming, and tennis.
Eight students are in the class, which consists of playing games and doing activities, but also learning rules and regulations of various games.
Bailey Duvall said he is taking this class because “It was new, and I wanted to try it." He also said that he likes everything about the class. “I look forward to it everyday. It’s fun everyday."
Tristen Davis is another student in Recreational Sports. She said she enjoys the outdoor activities like tennis and swimming. “I like that it’s a hands-on class with many fun activities," said Tristen. “The only thing I dislike about the class is that we don’t have a lot of time to do some activities."
She also said she is taking this class because "I wanted to do something different."
There are challenges with the new class. Mr. Dreher said, “It’s a brand new program, so there are limited supplies. That is the biggest challenge."
King and queen candidates for the 2016 Homecoming have been chosen.
King candidates are Quinton Cook, Tabor Erickson, Dayton Kempt, and Cade Wurm.
The queen candidates are Sierra Hendrickson, Jenna Long, Madison Macfee, and Jillian Peters.
Homecoming is Friday, Oct. 7 when the Red Devils face the Trego Eagles.
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