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JUGHEADS Journal November, 2005
On Friday, October 14, Wendy Arneberg planned and hosted our second annual banquet for our JH Ultimate Club. Although the climax of the banquet was the awarding of varsity letters earned through Edina High School, the event was a celebration of the Ultimate Club as a whole. Toward that end, Wendy created a slide show with a progression of photos of each member from every Juggle Jam they've been in, and Paul Arneberg spoke of the character traits that make each youth unique on the 20-member team. The EHS letter winners honored for 2004-2005 were: 10th graders Ryan Towey and Asher Wallen-Friedman; 11th graders Anna Kutkiewicz, Sofia Meyer, Selby Shlosberg, Billy Watson and Kelvin Ying; and 12th graders Jill Koralewski and Lauren Rice. Eight of these kids returned to Ultimate Club this year, which makes them eligible to letter 1-3 more time(s)! As a special debut honor, Scott Richter joined these nine letter winners in being presented the first-ever JUGHEADS juggling letter. The standards are the same, but a JH letter can be earned by Ultimate Club members who are not students in 9th-12th grade in Edina Public Schools.
The banquet also featured DVD footage by Jeff Shosberg highlighting our summer trip to the IJA Festival in Davenport, IA. Included were some IJA Games (with several wins earned by Jugheads) and The Swing Sisters and Scott Richter in the Teams and Juniors Championships, respectively. Colony Park Church proved once again to be an ideal location for our banquet, offering use of their industrial kitchen and cozy Fireside Parlor. With help from Adys, Genevieve, Natalie, Mary M., Carol, Mary W., and Darcy, Wendy cooked three kinds of soup (chicken wild rice, tomato bisque, and chili) and served salad, cider, appetizers, and Patrick's French Bakery desserts.
In my original "Extra" newsletter last May regarding our move to Colony Park Church, I offered two equal choices for commuting to JH at the church: park on 56th St. or the parking lot when dropping off or picking up your kids. Last month (Oct. 2005), I revised that policy by requesting that parents only use 56th St. if briefly pulling up to the curb (preferably westbound, along the church's property); High school students or others parking for a juggling club should park in the lot rather than on 56th St. This policy now stands, but I want to specify a few guidelines for "Traffic Etiquette" (both car and foot) for the harmony of our relationship both to the neighborhood and to the church:
The Last Word: The Elders of Colony Park Church are the overseers that have set these policies in place. Therefore, anyone taking issue with these policies should contact Rick Stempel, Elder Board Chair and Wed. Rec. parent, at Rick@Stempellaw.com, or Pastor Pat Phinney at email@example.com.
SPOTLIGHT: Boys' Elite
Boys' Elite is a benchmark and mainstay for many boys who pass through membership as Jugheads. The standards required for entry are getting tougher every year, but these boys have risen to the occasion. Recently, they participated in two 90-minute contests of 5-Ball Endurance, during which each boy was assigned an overall rank of 5-ball ability. Many records were achieved through those endurance contests, and the average 5-ball record for these 24 boys is now 475.375 catches! That represents a lot of hard work and excellence through objective goals and healthy competition. In addition to such collective feats, these boys love touch football and dodge ball as competitve diversions to juggling. Whether training for Ultimate Club or simply enjoying Tuesday afternoons as a highlight of their week, Boys' Elite Club is an important priority in the lives of these boys.
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