Developing youth through juggling since 1994.
Club Banquet '07
Our 4th annual Ultimate Club Awards Banquet was held at the redecorated Fireside Parlor in Colony Park Church on 10/27/07. The banquet featured a formal recognition of Ultimate Club members-in-waiting, members, and letter winners. Five of our six 2007 high school grads prepared speeches to read or be read as a "parting blessing" to the friends they left behind. Just before the juggling letters were ceremonially handed out, the banquet crowd was treated to video clips from all five acts of Jugheads that competed in the 2007 IJA Stage Championships in Winston-Salem, NC. After the videos, Paul & Wendy unveiled a surprise: two 9' x 3' banners celebrating our IJA stage competition history since 2000-10 Teams acts and 10 Juniors acts. These beautiful banners now adorn the east wall of our newly painted gym, adding a new touch of class and inspiration to our company headquarters. The JUGHEADS & Edina High School letter winners honored for 2006-2007 were: juniors Mat, Ricky, Ben, Brett, Nate, Danny, Hanna, David and Sarah; seniors Ryan T. and Asher; and graduates Sofia and Kelvin. Minnetonka graduate Scott and sophomore Amanda earned their third and first "JUGHEADS" letters, respectively, as non-EHS students.
A special and personal treat for all was the authentic Chinese cooking by the team of Lai & Danny Ying. Darcy Wiklund volunteered her entire day as well, with Paul & Wendy planning & hosting the overall evening. The event proved fun, filling, and honoring to the 27 families attending or being represented.
Excused absences from weekly clubs include health, family, church, sports, or school event conflicts. As our company matures, more high school-aged Jugheads continue as members despite schedule conflicts. For your family's flexibility, here is our new policy for JH club make-ups and club punchcard purchases:
Officer Voice: Stefan
This is the
2nd in a serires of student leader commentaries. Hello, my name is Stefan.
I have been in JH for five years and feel that the people in it are part
of my very large family. Two summers ago at camps, I began helping out,
or "assisting." Maybe this means assisting Paul, maybe it means
assisting the kids, or maybe it means that we are assisting ourselves
to become student leaders. Whatever this term means, it is something that
I will cherish for the rest of my life. I found how much helping someone
to succeed contributes to one's personal feeling of success. Through assisting,
I discovered the wonders of teaching and how even though I had gotten
a standard three years before, helping a family member get there was like
finding the gratitude of that long gone success all over again. From helping
my current passing partner Ben to get the Ultimate standard for
8 club passing years back to teaching a newcomer how to do devil sticks
at the MEA camps last month, there is no feeling in the world like seeing
someone succeed because of what you did. I will never ever forget the
feeling I had when I qualified 7 clubs for my first time, but neither
will I forget the joy of hearing that Natalie had gotten the Elite
standard for 8 ball passing (we had fallen one agonizing catch short-three
times-in the five minutes before I had to leave). In my mind, both of
these accomplishments are equally important (though I am somewhat jealous
that Scott got to get the standard with Natalie instead
of me), and my pride in the accomplishment of those I've helped is in
many cases greater than that which I find for myself. So if you if ever
find yourself struggling with something, go find an "assistant."
If it's me, I can promise you I'll be just as excited as you with our
achievements! Hope to help you soon.
SPOTLIGHT: Boys' Elite
Boys' Elite often sets the tone for the rest of the company in terms of technical skills, focus, and creativity. Two-thirds of this year's roster is comprised of high school boys, and juggling-wise, the warms-ups, contests and games are all quite impressive to behold. Paul's leadership team packs a 1-2-3 punch with Coach Scott (2-time IJA stage medalist), Assistant Nate (4-time IJA stage medalist) and Officer Ben (training five days a week at a national class level). In addition, Brett K. (3-time IJA stage medalist) leads warm-ups; Ryan T. (IJA Teams bronze '04 and Juniors finalist '07) is our first-ever senior member; and several boys serve as JH Co. student leaders.