Anna CHEERS the CHS Classic Noel tradition, Nolan CHEERS Thea Oman's determination as a Pirate swimmer.

Cheers to the wonderful tradition known as the Classic Noel at Crookston High School
    The Crookston High School Music Department presents the 19th Annual Classic Noel. Held Sunday, December 2 in the Crookston High School commons, the night includes dinner and a holiday themed concert that include the High School’s Concert Choir and the Orchestra.

    Dinner is catered by a local restaurant and served by the Choir and Orchestra students who aren’t performing during the meal. Performances will include showcases of student vocal and instrumental talent, The Crookston Pop Choir, and the Co-Chairs.

    The Basket Committee has been sending letters to local businesses to ask for donations for the Silent Auction that will be going on during the dinner. Students are expected to spend two hours decorating the auditorium and commons in preparation for the big night. The students are graded heavily on the event.

    Tickets for the dinner are $20 per person, but viewers wishing to just see the concert could bypass the dinner and purchase tickets at the door. Buy your tickets now at CHS or ask a music student for more information.

    Good luck to Co-Chairs Gina Visness and Karly Resendiz, the Choir, the Orchestra, and everyone else involved.
– Anna Huck, student writer

Cheers to Pirate swimmer Thea Oman’s determination over her high school career
    One year ago, then-junior swimmer Thea Oman just missed out on a state qualification. Oman came into the Section Finals seeded second, but dropped two spots to miss out on competing at the highest level in high school sports. This time around, during her senior year, Oman not only qualified for state, but broke a school record in the process.

    Since Oman’s seventh grade year, the Crookston Pirates were represented at the state swimming meet. With team numbers decreasing to eight total swimmers on the team, Oman decided she would do everything in her power to accomplish her goal of qualifying for state as an individual and continuing the Pirates state streak.

    To start off what would be a successful section meet, Oman set a school record in the 200 yard freestyle. Oman’s time of 2:03.86 in the prelims broke the previous time of 2:04.60 set in 2007 by Ana Koch.

    Oman did not move on to state in the 200 free, but capitalized on her final chance taking second in the 100 yard freestyle. Her time of 55.73 edged out the third place finisher by .05 seconds and sent the senior to the state meet.

    “I had a good feeling being placed second and being a good chunk ahead of her in the prelims, but anything can happen so I knew I was going to have to dig down deep and give everything I had,” Oman said.

    Oman is the fourth Pirate to qualify for a state competition this year will compete at the state swimming meet on Thursday, November 15.
– Nolan Beilstein, sports editor