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Noah Meshak was named Rotary Student of the Month for May 2018. Meshak was nominated for the award by several Hastings High School staff members.
The Regina Auxiliary will have the Spring Thrifty Treasures Sale and Bake Sale May 23. Residents and employees will be able to shop Tuesday, May 22 at 1 p.m. until 4 p.m. The public sale will be May 23 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The $3 bag sale will be held May 24 from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m.
In celebration of Arbor Day, the Hastings Parks Department hosted a tree planting event May 4. The event took place in Tierney Park where a group of volunteers planted seven deciduous trees. Three white pine trees were planted in the park the night before the event as well. The trees will provide shade to the playground area in the future.
Hastings High School technology and engineering teacher Erik Dietz was recently awarded the state of Minnesota Teacher of Excellence Award for the International Technology and Engineering Educators Association (ITEEA). He was recognized in April at the national ITEEA conference in Georgia as a National Teacher of Excellence Award winner.
Several Hastings Middle School fifth-grade students placed in the regional Math Masters Challenge in Prior Lake April 20. There were 24 teams participating. The competition consisted of both team rounds and individual rounds. Second place was awarded to the Hastings Gold team consisting of Jed Carlson, Max Krahenbuhl, Rylee Kimmes, Iris Ries, Julia Rotty and Ann Hartman. Third place was awarded to Hastings Blue team consisting of Jackson Dohman, Molly Reynolds, Ethan Schaack, Lauren Whitfield, Cole Zeien and Alex Ehrhardt.
Students at Hastings High School will perform Godspell in the HHS auditorium May 4-6. Performances will be Friday, May 4 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, May 5 at 7 p.m.; and Sunday, May 6 at 2 p.m. Tickets will cost $8 for adults and $5 for students and seniors. All tickets may be purchased at the door.
Rivertown Days photo contest In celebration of the 40th anniversary of Rivertown Days, community members are asked to send in photos of a memorable Rivertown Days moment in the past.
The Hastings School Board recognized six District 200 employees at its April meeting. The Employees of the Semester for semester two of the 2017-2018 school year were honored with a plaque and gift card. The employees include Joe Beattie, biology teacher at Hastings High School; Kim Frey, director of business in the District Office; Davis Gooch, counselor at HHS; Kris Husaby, assistant principal at HHS; Greg Sandkamp, human performance teacher at HHS; and Tammie Sieben, lead cook at JFK Elementary.
The 2nd Annual Religion Bee was held at St. Elizabeth Ann Seton School April 19. There were 32 students who participated in the event from 12 different schools around the Archdiocese. Sixth-grader Nathan Ward from St. Vincent de Paul School in Brooklyn Park won the event. The students who participated had already competed in their own Catholic School and then proceeded to the Regional Bee. The third annual bee will be April 25, 2019.
St. Elizabeth Ann Seton eighth-grader Christian Hedin performed with an 80-piece band at Kasson-Mantorville High School April 22. Hedin was selected out of more than 280 middle-school students to perform with the state-level honor band hosted by the Minnesota Band Directors Association. Hedin is a percussionist so he performed on many instruments in the concert including the timpani, vibraphone, triangle, xylophone and more.