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March 14, 2018

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MVAOCOU Jazz Coalition Earns Trip to State Competition

Honor Ends 25 Year Drought

Front row: Claire Mikkelson, Katie Klockgether, Dylan Mead, Alexia Adkins, and Sydney Fundermann. Middle row: Katy Krohn,
Roman Link, Ryan Weber, Marcus Pegram, Lindsey Sisco, Adam Plautz, and Hope Petit. Back row: Emily Gosch, Ben Kovarna,
Faith Maier, Dawson Bolinger, Maddie Smith, Ben Schram, and Mr. David Kovarna.
    Five years ago the MVAO bands were struggling through some trying years, trying to find their musical voice. In August of 2013 David Kovarna took over the program, and the chaos of music turned into organized orchestration of music. Kovarna's experience as band director gave hope to the music department.
    Kovarna's hard work has been paying off with increased interest in the instrumental music department by students and compliments for the results of the hard work on each band member's part. Last week, Mr. Kovarna informed the jazz band and then all in attendance at the Parade of Bands that the Jazz Coalition has earned one of the greatest honors in the state - an invitation to compete in the state competition. Neither Maple Valley, Anthon Oto, MVAO, nor Charter Oak-Ute have earned this honor for 25 years.
    "I was a little shocked when I received the invitation," said Kovarna. "The band was even more shocked than I was when I told them because we thought our best chance was to get 3rd in our district."
    There are 15 bands invited in each of the 4 classes in Iowa. Twelve of those invitations are earned automatically by placing first or second at the district jazz festival, of which there are six. MVAOCOU placed 4th at our district festival, so an automatic invitation didn't happen. There are a lot of strong jazz programs in the northwest Iowa district.
    Three bands are invited via a wild card to fill out the bands performing at the Iowa Jazz Championships. Wild card invitations are earned in one of three ways: 1) The jazz band could place 3rd at your district jazz festival; the Coalition placed fourth. 2) The band could place first at an independent jazz festival in Iowa; that also didn't happen. 3) Place higher than a band who earns an automatic invitation at an independent jazz festival in Iowa. The Coalition placed higher than South Hamilton at their first festival of the year in Fort Dodge. Ding ding ding ding!
    But wait! There's more hurdles than that to qualify. At least 15 bands in Class 2A earned wild card status. Only three are invited to the state championships.
    "I thought maybe we were in the top five," said Kovarna. "In the end, the Iowa Jazz Championships Board of Directors selected us."
    "It's going to be a really, really cool experience going to the championships," added Sydney Fundermann, a sophomore member of the Coalition. "We are a close knit group and were bummed when we didn't get the wild card spot right away. We were so excited when we got the wild card spot."
    In a fun little twist to the story, the last jazz band from our school districts to qualify was in 1993 from Anthon-Oto High School. Among the members in that group was Bob Fundermann, dad of Sydney. In a bit of more of a coincidence, both Fundermanns played the bari sax in the jazz band.
    "I told the kids that going to the championships will be something they will never forget," commented Bob Fundermann who helps drag the kids to the many competitions and helps them set up for their competitions. "I think it's really great that both Syd and I play the bari sax."
    "I think it's really cool that Dad and I share the same interests," added Sydney.
    While we are adding little twists, 1992 was the last Maple Valley band to go. Among the members in that band was none other than MVAOCOU's director, David Kovarna.
    It's a small, twisted world, after all. Good performance to the Coalition.

DC Kindergarten Round-Up Next Week

    Have you ever considered a Christian-based education for your child? Now's your chance to check it out.
    Danbury Catholic Kindergarten Roundup will be held on Tuesday, March 20th from 8:30-11:30.
    Danbury Catholic Preschool Destination Day will be held on Tuesday, March 27th from 9:00-11:00.
    Children of all denominations are welcome at DC. For more information about either Kindergarten Round-Up or Destination Preschool, please call the school at 712-883-2244.

Soup Supper Sunday

    The luck of the Irish could be found in a bowl of soup on Saturday, St. Patrick's Day.
    St. Joseph Catholic Church will hold a soup supper on Saturday from 6:00 until 7:30 p.m. in the church basement. The church is handicapped accessible. Chili and Chicken Noodle Soup along with cinnamon rolls and relishes will be served for a free will donation. Bring containers and take soup home with you!
    Want to go to Mass before the supper? You're in luck. Mass in Anthon is at 5:00.

MVAOCOU Celebrates the Fine Arts

    Fine Arts departments at MVAOCOU were celebrated last week with an evening devoted to instrumental music on Thursday and dance on Friday. The Parade of Bands filled the gym in Anthon with music Thursday night. The annual dance night filled the gym in Mapleton with dance Friday night.
    More pictures can be found in this issue.

Mapleton and Ute Lutheran Churches Lenten Service Schedule:

March 14 at Mapleton
    6:00 p.m. Meal, 7:30 p.m. Worship
March 21 at Ute
    6:00 p.m. Meal, 7:30 p.m. Worship
March 25 – Palm Sunday


Sts. Mary and Sacred Heart Holy Week Schedule:

March 29 – Holy Thursday
    5:30 p.m. @ Mapleton
    6:00 p.m. @ Danbury
    7:00 p.m. @ Ida Grove
March 30 – Good Friday


St. Paul Lutheran (Midway) and Trinity Lutheran (Anthon) Lenten Service Schedule:

March 14, 21
    6:30 Lenten Midweek services at St. Paul
Maundy Thursday (March 29):
    6:30 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran
Good Friday (March 30):

Open Cupboard March 21st

    The Open Cupboard & Food Bank of Siouxland Inc. Mobil Food Pantry distribution will be Wednesday, March 21st at 4:00 p.m. at the Mapleton Community Center. Bring your own bags, boxes, clothes baskets & containers to put your


Order of Eastern Star Meeting Tuesday

    The Order of the Eastern Star Queen Esther Chapter No. 222 of Onawa will be meeting at the Masonic Temple in Onawa in regular session on Tuesday, March 20th at the hour of 7:30 o'clock p.m. with Worthy Patron James Alexander


MVAO Middle School Speech Contest March 23rd

    The 7th and 8th grade students of MVAO Middle School have been working to complete their paper and speech for the Modern Woodmen of America Speech Contest. In class students learn how to write a research paper


Barn Quilt Stories at the Mapleton Library

    Fisher Whiting Memorial Library hosted a barn quilt program. Danny Stieber of Waverly has traveled the state recording the many barn quilts of Iowa. He shared many stories of his adventures and the history of barn


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