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Approximately 250 of our Kansas High School's finest musicians will be performing in the Kansas Music Educator's Association State Mixed Honor Choir virtual concert on February 27 and 28. The All-State Honor Groups perform each year at the annual In-Service Workshop, held at Century II Performing Arts Center in Wichita, Kansas. This year, because of Covid 19, the concerts will be virtual.

A Sylvan-Lucas senior, Elizabeth McCoy, will be a participant in the All-State Mixed Choir this year. In addition, Elizabeth will receive her 3-year participation medal for participation in both the Mixed and the Treble Choirs over the last three years. She was also awarded a 4-year participation medal, along with another Lucas-Sylvan senior, Logan Buttenhoff, for 4 years of selection to the Northwest District Honor Choir. Lizzy is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Calvin McCoy of Sylvan Grove and a vocal student of Mrs. Janet Seehafer.

Students are selected to these elite All-State Choirs via a rigorous audition process, beginning at the District level. Students with the top audition scores who perform at the District level are then eligible for selection to the All-State choirs. These musicians are truly the "best of the best" from Kansas High School vocal programs.

Elizabeth was part of a required 12-hour session with the 2021 Clinician, Kristina Mac Mullen. Dr. Mac Mullen is the Associate Professor of Choral Conducting at the University of North Texas, where she conducts the University Singers and instructs students in choral conducting and choral pedagogy. Prior to teaching at UNT, Dr. Mac Mullen served on the faculty of Ohio State University. As an active adjudicator and clinician, Dr. Mac Mullen has conducted All-State and Honors Choirs throughout the United States. She has been a music presenter at Regional, National and International Music Conferences. A graduate of Michigan State University and Texas Tech, she has also enjoyed a diverse career as a public-school teacher. In addition to the virtual practice session with Dr. Mac Mullen, students were also introduced to two current choral composers, one of which was Andrea Ramsey, who arranged one of the pieces that the students will be performing.

Lizzy has recently been accepted to the Bethany College Fine Arts program and has auditioned for a scholarship in the music department. She has not, at this time, decided on her major, but looks forward to continuing her music at the college level.

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Sylvan-Lucas School Board Members Leading for Success

January is School Board Recognition Month, a great opportunity to say thank you to the USD 299 Board of Education who are committed to the success of every student in our community.

Our board of education includes Rhonda Haberer, David Dohe, Laura Pahls, Virgil Lawson, Kendra Boor, Danelle Palmer, Marc Lovin

These seven community leaders volunteer hundreds of hours attending meetings, reading reports and discussing plans and programs to support educational achievement.

"Our board members develop policies and make complex decisions that shape the future of our education system. They are accountable for an annual budget of $2.4 million, 245 students,55 employees and 2 buildings,” said Jude Stecklein, superintendent. A board member's responsibility goes far behind the monthly meeting, however.

They also meet with legislators and other policy makers to advocate for our schools to make sure every child has access to an excellent education. We are grateful to have this opportunity to formally say 'thank you' to each of them.

Sylvan-Lucas school encourages the entire community to thank a school board member, not only this month but throughout the entire year.

Grade School 2020-2021

Quarter 2 Honor Roll

4.0 GPA

6th Grade- Abigail Feldkamp

5th Grade- Tevis Dohl, Cooper Johnson, Jayden Meitler, Lily Pancost, Belle Wehrman

4th Grade- Keegan Barta, Ben Feldkamp, Kelton Frederking, Logan Graph, Sam Heller, Colyn Starkey

3rd Grade- Christina Balluch, Kendal Batchman, Callyn Brummer, Tayleigh Denning, Cason Hlad, Jaxson Meitler, Peyton Nielsen, Nicholas Oltean, Kenneth Pahls, Keira Palmer, Kayden Watts, Euriah Wilson

3.5 to 3.99 GPA

6th Grade- Tyler Craven, Morgan Finkenbinder, Kenzley Frederking, Saydee Goss, Codie Huehl, Cai Labertew, Braelyn Maupin, Delaney McCollum, Kadence Palmer, Peyton Wacker, Avy Witt

5th Grade- Chloe Balluch, William Cline, Evan Lamb, Jacob Oltean, Mina Pahls, Jayce Richards, Gage Sonnier

4th Grade- Allie Gier, Jorge Lopez-Martinez, Cash McCollum

Honor Roll

USD 299 Announces 1st Semester

4.0 Honor Roll

12th Grade

Haley Fallis, Jonah Huehl, Bree Neel, Jordon Urban

11th Grade

Hunter Hulse, Tressa Wehrman

10th Grade

Taylor Fallis, Jaden Huehl, Kaylee Johnson

9th Grade

Emma Cline, Brooklyn Gosvener, Sydney Heller

8th Grade

Anna Feldkamp

7th Grade

Vance Dohl, Breckyn Gosvener, Molly Heller, Carter Johnson

3.5-3.99 Honor Roll

12th Grade

Tra Barrientes, Logan Buttenhoff, Chloe Dohe, Marshall Hurlbut, Elizabeth McCoy, Brooklyn Tate, Ben Wehrman

11th Grade

Dillyn Brummer, Lizebeth Cline, Raymond Decker, Katlyn Homewood, MeKelle Hurlbut, Rylee Noyes, Brooke Wehrman

10th Grade

Goldie Dohe, Valden Dohl, Emma Griffiths, Keeli Knobbe, Jon Martin Michael, Sophia Pancost, Liberty Ringler, Addie Wallace

9th Grade

Brody Batchman, Madalyn Dobrinski, Emma Finkenbinder, Matthew Lawson, Kolton Palmer, Jacob Schultz

8th Grade

Summer Bates, Greyson Boor, Emily Cheek, Maggie Labertew, Anale Lopez-Martinez, Hannah Pahls, Harlan Pancost, Alana Pritchett, CD Webber

7th Grade

Layne Buttenhoff, Mallory Dobrinski, Cheyenne Feenstra, Montana Griffiths, Aubrelle Hurlbut, Chase Palmer, Lauren Pritchett, Isaac Schultz, Josie Svaty, LeeAllie Wacker, Serena Wilson


High School choir members who auditioned for Kansas Music Educator's District IV Honor Choir and were selected are Elizabeth McCoy, Logan Buttenhoff, William Dohe, Adin Hulett and Sydney Heller. They attended the virtual KMEA session on Saturday, December12 at the Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School. Also attending were Addie Wallace and Jacob Schultz who were selected to the District IV KMEA Honor Band. Addie plays the alto saxophone and Jacob auditioned on baritone. Logan Buttenhoff and Elizabeth McCoy were honored in this virtual session for being four-year participants in the District IV Honor Choir. They will receive medals for this honor. Elizabeth McCoy has been notified that she also was selected to the All-State Mixed Honor Choir and Sydney Heller was selected as an Alternate. This is Lizzy's 3rd year to be selected to this elite Kansas singing group. Plans for the State Convention are underway and it looks like it may also be virtual. Junior High Honor Choir members are also in the picture as they sang "Peaceful Silent Night" with the High School Honor Choir members at the Winter Concert, held at the High School on Wednesday, December 16. Recordings of the program can be found on the school web site.

2020 Northwest District Honor Choir

The following students were selected to the 2020 Northwest District Honor Choir: Logan Buttenhoff and Elizabeth McCoy, Seniors; William Dohe, Junior; Adin Hulett, Sophomore; and Sydney Heller, Freshman.

These students had to audition for the honor of being selected to this fine group of musicians. Unfortunately, the Mini-Convention of the Northwest District Kansas Music Educator's Association, to be held at Fort Hays State University, has been cancelled. It may be a virtual experience for the performing groups.

Elizabeth McCoy and Logan Buttenhoff will receive their 4-year participation medals. William, Adin and Sydney will receive their Certificates of Participation.

By auditioning for the Northwest District Honor Choir, the students also submitted the same audition for a chance to be selected to the State Honor Choirs (Mixed Choir or Treble Choir). These choirs normally perform at the State KMEA Convention in Wichita, Kansas.

Congratulations to these choir students from Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School!

Music Department Presents Musical

***NOTICE--The School Musical has been postponed to a later date.***

The Sylvan-Lucas Unified High School Choral Department will present "Seven Brides for Seven Brothers" in three performances, beginning with the Grade School Matinee at 12:30 p.m. on Thursday, November 19, 2020, followed by Friday, November 20, at 7:00p.m. and Sunday, November 22, at 3:00p.m. The performances will be held in the High School Commons Area. Due to the Covid virus, we are limiting the admission price is $5.00 per person, but since we have to limit our audiences to 100 people, the students would welcome any financial assistance in the form of a donation to offset money lost from less people attending each performance. Please call the office to reserve a seat and do it soon because when the 100 seats are filled, we must turn away the added audience numbers. When you call, designate which performance you would like to attend. The Thursday matinee will not be open to very many community members, as the Grade School Staff and students will number close to the 100 reserved seats for that day.

Senior students who are performing in the musical are Elizabeth McCoy (Milly); Logan Buttenhoff (Adam); Haley Fallis (Martha); Marshall Hurlbut (Frank); Bree Neel (Sarah); Chloe Dohe (Mrs. Hoallum); Kaley Wolting (Mrs. Sander) and Brooke Tate and Jordan Urban, Stage Managers.

Other members of the Cast include: Ray Decker (Benjamin); William Dohe (Preacher Joel); Jaxson Heenan (Caleb); Hunter Hulse (Daniel); Mekelle Hurlbut (Ruth); Valden Dohl (Gideon); Kaylee Johnson (Dorcas); Keeli Knobbe (Alice); Addie Wallace (Liza); Matthew Lawson (Ephraim); Sydney Heller (Maggie); Alex Hernandez (Nathan); William Rhudolph (Zeke); Geriun Boor (Luke); Jacob Schultz (Matt).

Townspeople: Jayde Goss, Sarah Hudson, Rylee Nowes, Goldie Dohe, Taylor Fallis, Skyylar Goss, Clara Griffiths, Adin Hulett, Nathaly Lopez, Liberty Ringler, Victoria Warren Kailea Goss, Ella Hogan and Cienna Nondorf. These students also work the lights, sound, spotlight and set up the stage between scenes.

The setting for the musical is the Oregon Territory in the year 1850. Adam Pontipee (Logan Buttenhoff) has come into town with a long list of supplies he needs for the long winter ahead, including looking for a bride! There's 10 men for every woman in the Oregon territory so he is told that most of the women in town are already taken. He spots one particular gal, Milly Bradon (Elizabeth McCoy) who has learned to work hard and survive the rowdy men in the town as she works at the local café, One man to cook and clean for sounds like Heaven to Milly so when Adam proposes, she accepts. When they arrive at the cabin in the mountains, she is surprised to find out that Adam has 6 brothers who live with him! They are rough mountain men with no manners and no idea how to court a woman! She does her best, trying to cook and clean, one again, for a mob of rude and rowdy men. She teaches the brothers some etiquette and encourages them to meet some of the town girls at a social! Adam, on the other hand, thinks courting is unnecessary because he didn't have to court Milly. He just married her! The social is not too successful for the brothers and their alternative to courting is kidnapping!

Junior High Students Earn KMEA Honors

The following Lucas-Sylvan Unified Junior High Students auditioned to earn the distinction of being a member of the 2020 Northwest Kansas Music Educater's Association Junior High Honor Choir: (Greyson Boor, Cheyenne Feenstra, Montana Griffiths, Molly Heller, Aubrelle Hurlbut, Maggie Labertew, Bella Naylor, Hannah Pahls, Harlan Pancost, Alana Pritchett, Lauren Pritchett, Eli Schultz, Lee Allie Wacker, Serena Wilson and Gianna Warren.) They were to have performed on Saturday, November 7, 2020 at the Hays High School Gymnasium. Due to the Covid virus, this event was cancelled, but these students are performing together at the Sylvan-Lucas Unified Christmas program and the Middle School Music Contest. Mrs. Seehafer and Mrs. Feldkamp also hope to be able to take the Honor Choir and Honor Band students to some special musical event when the covid virus isn't a threat. These students will receive recognition and certificates of participation at their awards assembly in the Spring.

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The Mission of Sylvan-Lucas Unified Schools is to provide students with a safe atmosphere, balanced curriculum, and a progressive education that will help the students become active, well-educated and responsible citizens. Utilizing technology, communications, leadership and community involvement; the staff will challenge students to reach their fullest potential and prepare them for post-secondary education or entry into the workforce.

Sylvan-Lucas Unified School District has made a commitment to technological advancements so that staff and students will be equipped to work successfully in our complex world in the future.

USD 299 Sylvan-Lucas Unified Schools does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, disability or age in its programs and activities. The following person has been designated to handle inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies:

Jude Stecklein, Superintendent of Schools - District Compliance Officer

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