Totino-Grace

President's Notes

Proud to be an Eagle Fan, March 2019

As the president of our school, I have the privilege of cheering on our students in their co-curricular pursuits and am often asked about my favorite activity.  It may be tempting to reply by naming a certain team, but the truth is that I am a fan of our students and cherish watching our students and teams perform. What an incredible week it’s been for Totino-Grace!  I will touch on a few teams:

  • TG’s wrestling team competed in the state tournament for the 7th consecutive season.  Jake Svihel and Joey Thompson earned championship titles in their respective weight classes.  Seven other student-athletes participated in individual competition, including: Michael Loger, Bryce Erkenbrack, William Jaeger, Adam Sylvester, Anthony Arens, Jacob  Ranning, and Joe Hinkle.
  • Show Choir hosted The Spectacular for the 24th year, which included teams from 21 high schools.  This was Terry Voss’s last competition as host instructor. Company of Singers, Encore, and T-Tones provided impressive performances.
  • TG’s boys hockey team competed in the section championship game on March 1.  Unfortunately, our Eagles came up a little short against a strong Matomedi squad but enjoyed a resurgent season.
  • TG’s girls basketball team upset  a #1 ranked Hill-Murray team with a last second shot and competed on March 6 with a tough loss in the section championship game against DeLaSalle.  The second seeded boys’ team will compete against Como Park on March 11.
  • Students in the Totino-Grace SOURCE group attended and presented at the Missing Voices: Equity in Education Summit at St Mary's University on February 28.
  • Twenty four members of TG’s DECA program participated in the state competition March 3-5.  Jack Cibuzar '20 and Aidan Thomas '21 achieved top scores for the entire state in the marketing exam. Juniors Meredith Jaeger, Emily Lafeber, and  Maria Dehn just missed out of competing in international competition later this spring in Orlando. (DECA is a career and technical student organization with more than 215,000 members nationally and internationally.)
  • TG’s Drumline team improved their score at a South St. Paul competition, taking satisfaction in getting better.  
  • Three more mission trip groups will serve communities in need in March, traveling to Alabama and New York and in our own Twin Cities.
  • TG’s Knowledge Bowl earned the privilege of competing in the state tournament in Brainerd on April 10. Totino-Grace's Knowledge Bowl Team competed in the Regional Finals on February 26 and qualified to participate in the State Competition on April 10 and 11 in Brainerd -- the first time a TG team has qualified for state in Knowledge Bowl. Congratulations to Olivia Killilea, Dan Lambrecht, Jack Gorman, Nick Peterson, and Sydney Killilea.

There is no doubt that Totino-Grace is well-known for our co-curricular excellence.    

Our coaches and advisors know there is no free ride to success and achievement and try to teach certain fundamentals to our students, such as: hard work, perseverance, investment in one another’s achievement, and sportsmanship.  My hope is to be known for these qualities as that is what we are striving for.

On behalf of Totino-Grace High School, I am very proud of each of these program (and all TG co-curricular groups) and appreciate the dedicated support of our parents and fans.

Live Jesus in our hearts. Forever!

Dr. Craig W. Junker, President

Live Jesus in our hearts. Forever!

Dr. Craig W. Junker, President

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