Mr. Widvey, I thought I might take this opportunity to congratulate you on the extremely fine musical presentation by your school band at The Field Museum in Chicago today. I am an orthopedic surgeon from San Francisco with an interest in vertebrate paleontology esp. relative to the knee joint (conf. Google Scholar, Dye SF).
I was there to study Sue [the Tyrannosaurus rex] when I had the unexpected pleasure of hearing the Kimball HS band. I was frankly astounded at the near professional quality of the musicality of this outstanding group of young people. They were attentive, polite, and superb. They clearly are a reflection not only of the remarkable leadership skills of the band director, but also of your leadership, and the community of Kimball at large.
The past week has been a whirlwind for the KAHS Band. Following their Winter Concert the week before, on Tuesday, March 19, the band sent 11 events to Section/State Solo & Ensemble Contest at St. John’s Prep. All 11 events received state ratings with 8 superiors (the top rating possible) and 3 excellents. Those earning State Superior were: Caitlin Carr - violin solo; Austin Roerick - trumpet solo; Andi Schiefelbein - clarinet solo; Shelby Schiefelbein - clarinet solo; Miranda Albert - flute solo; Tessa Mackereth - flute solo; Andi and Shelby Schiefelbein - clarinet duet; and Alexis Rose and Lauren Libbesmeier - saxophone duet. Those earning State Excellent were: Ashlee Alrich - tenor sax solo; Tessa Mackereth, Miranda Albert and Haley Schiefelbein - flute trio; and Austin Roerick, Cameron Hunt and Luke Merten - trumpet trio.
KAHS choir members, all who participated in contest, are from left to right, in back, Ariel Laabs, Ryan Luitjens, Caleb Anderson, Brady Mehr, Camen Miles, Bridget Anderson, and Holly
Dahlinger. In front are Shelby Schiefelbein, Stacy Hurrle, Erin Diffley, Olivia Straley, Savannah Gohmann, Kaitlyn Truenow, and Elene Loliashvili. Not pictured is Danielle Helgeson. Staff photo by Marguerite Laabs.
These Kimball youth wrestlers will compete Saturday, March 23, in the Jaycees State Tournament in Albany. Pictured from left to right, kneeling are Lucas Jansky, Hank Meyer, Cody Leither, Conner Carlson, Mason Danelke and August Reddeman. Standing are Michael Donnay, Nicholas Bowen, Lucas Jurek, Robert Spoden, Jayden Randall, Jimmy Wicker and Ace Meyer. Photos courtesy of Amanda Garding.
The fourth-grade boys’ basketball team won first place in their recent basketball tournament. The team is pictured, from left to right, in front row Matthew Loch, Austin Donnay, and Gabe Becker. In second row are Jed Spaulding, Josh Donnay, Hunter Hickman, Jack Knaus, and Jake Spaulding. In back are coaches Brian Becker, Jason Spaulding, and and Tom Knaus. Submitted photo.