Youth Juggling Company, LLC
5905 Concord Avenue
Edina, MN 55424
Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
Journal September, 2006
Up & Reaching Out
Unique Youth Haven enters 13th year
Welcome to another school year! JUGHEADS (JH) is in full swing after our
half-summer's rest. Our motto, "Developing Youth Through Juggling
Since 1994," comes with two basic goals: helping kids to reach up
with high goals and long-term efforts to achieve those goals (both technical
standards and personal character/relationonal development) and to reach
out with their gifts for the sake of others, both as elementary/middle/secondary
students and as adults for the rest of their lives.
JH is a special
place. That isn't a statement of conceit, but rather a collective observation
made over the years by many of the youth who have been and continue to
be involved here. If you are a new family representing one or more of
our 22 "rookie" Jugheads, I especially welcome you with the
hope that you are pleasantly surprised by the depth and breadth with which
your child(ren) will be affected by their membership here. If you are
a returning family, thank you for your continued involvement, allowing
the Arnebergs to team with you for the development of your children.
This is only
our 2nd year of having active Jugheads in their senior year of high school.
For this and other fun facts, please enjoy the statistical sampling below
in order to glimpse the well-rounded demographics of our company roster
as it continues to mature.
Numbers Juggling '06-'07
Total number of active Jugheads: 131
- 3rd Graders:
- 4th Graders:
- 5th Graders:
- 6th Graders:
- 7th Graders:
- 8th Graders:
- Average Jughead Grade: 7.37th grade
- Boys: 91 (69.5%); Girls: 40 (30.5%)Sets of Siblings: 24 (totaling
- Average Years of Past JH Experience (0-8): 2.75
- Edina Public School students: 110 (84%)
- Non-E.P.S. Students: 21 (16%)
- # of Cities of Residence: 10 (Bloomington, Edina, Hopkins, Minneapolis,
Minnetonka, New Hope, Plymouth, Richfield, St. Anthony Park, and Shorewood).
Jugheads in the City of Roses '06
Among our many JH traditions, large and small, the one that comes close
to matching the scale and planning of our spring Juggle Jam is our summer
excursion to the International Jugglers' Association (I.J.A.) Festival.
This was our 11th annual trip, this year in Portland, OR from July 17-23.
Wendy Arneberg, who organized our entire trip, also wrote a nifty press
release for the Edina Sun-Current (still available to read online,,
so details here will be a bit more succinct. As you may have read in that
article, the Jugheads had a very strong showing in the Joggling, Extreme
Juggling, Games, and Numbers Championships; here are a few more details
on the public performances by our contingent of Jugheads in Portland.
SHOWCASE ACTS: Ben, Electra Woman and Dyna Girl (Jill & Laura),
Genetic Fallout (Scott & Amanda), Salt & Pepper (aka The Spice
Boys, Sean & Brenden), Ryan T., and Wild & Rice (Kelsey &
Lauren). Poor lighting early in the festival affected all of the acts
in the show, but these polished youth maintained composure and still
entertained despite the adverse setting.
Scott (Ultimate Club senior) made it into the finals of the Juniors
Championships for the 2nd straight year, juggling as Willy Wonka from
"Charlie and the Chocolate Factory." Billy, completing an
intensive, grueling 2.5 year effort of cross training, nutrition, and
juggling 3-7 hours a day, earned the bronze medal--the only Jughead
to ever medal in Juniors!
Coming into Portland, a Jughead team had been in the Teams Finals five
of the last six years. This year, three Jughead teams made the finals:
Guava (Anna & Selby, making an historic 5th consecutive appearance
in the Teams Finals), Les Filles (Sofia, Hanna& Sarah), and Swatch
(aka The Billybots: Brett, Nate & Asher). Swatch had two drops and
was awarded the Silver Medal (the first in JH Teams history) and had
a standing ovation begin even before their routine was finished! Congratulations
to all of the Portland Jugheads who put themselves on the line in a
truly international setting, and contended with some of the best jugglers
(adult & youth alike) in the world!
Just as Juggle Jam is a team effort dependent on parent involvement,
our IJA trip was once again buoyed by our parent chaperones. Katherine
Carney, Diane Harr, Geri Martin and Darcy Wiklund volunteered a week
of their time and a lot of their love to make our trip a success. From
airport organization to our Willamette River Boat excursion to holding
down the "prop camp" to many meals, auditions, shows, contests
and conversations, these four ladies made the trip more personal and
enjoyable for the 22 Jugheads in our group. THANK YOU!!!
Billy achieved runner-up in the semi-finals of the MN State Fair Amateur
Talent Contest semi-finals on August 28! Other than the anomaly year in
2002 when both JH duets made it to the Grandstand finals (Billy &
Kelvin and Andrew & Riley), our JH acts have been passed over for
teens with "traditional" talents. Billy modified his bronze-medal
Juniors performance for the Fair; he continues to juggle daily and he
coaches two 10th grade Ultimates..
- By check,
payable to Edina Community Center / for EYJA (mail to Edina Community
Foundation, 5280 Grandview Square, Edina, MN, 55436), or
your company's United Way Campaign (designate: Edina Community Foundation
/ for EYJA).
info. or other ways to support the EYJA, contact board member Doug Watson
(firstname.lastname@example.org or 952-829-5349) or board members Cindy Morris, Ruth
Regnier, Tom Richter, Jeff Shlosberg, or Danny Ying. The EYJA is not affiliated
with JUGHEADS, LLC.
Youth Jugglers: Consider Requesting an EYJA Grant to Cover Qualified Juggling
Costs. The EYJA has limited funds available to provide grants for youth
juggling. For more info. on grant requests or to obtain a grant application,
please contact one of the EYJA board members."