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Future Tommie Night: A Night to Remember
Thursday, February 04, 2016 6:35 PM

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Once again Future Tommie Night was off the hook! We had 400 people attend throughout the evening. Edison High School and Edison Beacons' joined together in hosting this family fun night at the girls' basketball games.  Many Edison staff, students, parents, schools,  MPS district, Mpls Park and Recreation, and community members joined together to celebrate students at this fun family event.  

 We kicked off the Varsity event withthe National Anthem performed by Edison's Alumni band, Edison's band, and band students from Northeast Middle School.

The fans were cheering in the stands as Edison’s girls’ basketball teams went up against Southwest. It was a competitive night and Edison girls’ gave it their all. 

Beacons worked their magic and were able to secure JT Evans as the DJ and alum, Jerica Gillespie as the Emcee! Their sound was AMAZING!

New this year, the neighborhood Minneapolis Public Schools’ principals competed in the first ever free-throw basketball competition.   Principals on deck were: Carla Steinbach – Edison, Rochelle McGinness-Waite Park,  Vernon Rowe – NEMS, Ginger Krantz-Webster, Jonathan Luknic - Pillsbury, and Yajaira Guzman – Sheridan. The winner of this competition brought the traveling trophy back to their school. It was a close competition and a tough job for our referees: Kevin Reich, Ward 1 City Council Member (Edison Alum) and Jacob Frey, Ward 3 City Council Member, to keep up with these principals amazing moves.  Several principals made it to all three rounds. It came down to two principals: Carla Steinbach and Yajaira Guzman with Steinbach losing in the sudden death round. Everyone had a great time cheering for their principals. We hear principals are already making plans to  train for next year’s competition. We wish them all the best.

The fun didn't stop there...big winners of the musical chair and relay competitions brought home amazing prizes. Marshall O’Meary, NEMS 8th grader won a Samsung Galaxy tablet; Aniyah Crisp, Edison 9th grader won an i-Pod touch; and Darro Smith-Cole, Edison 10th grader won Beats headphones! These grand prizes were donated by our local sponsors: Kurt Nowacki of Rock Solid Realty & Tamsen Brock (Andrew Nowacki’s parents), Bill & Liz Jaap (Edison alum ‘81) of Good Carma Coffee and Good Carma Volkswagen, Linda & Doug Jones (Edison alum ’65) of Northstar Properties, Matt Benson, Loan Officer Goldstar Financial “Proud Supporter of Edison,” Thank you for your generosity!

Many other fans won raffle prizes such as: Tommie gear, gift certificates to local restaurants, Edison theater tickets and athletics events, and a home-made Tommie fleece blanket donated by Edison’s parent group (Tommie Boosters). Other prize donors include: Edison Student Store, Mojo Coffee Gallery, Maya Cuisine, Ideal Dinner, Elsie’s Diamonds, Chimborazo and Edison Athletic Department.

Edison Activity Council, a new group to Edison this year, (supports student clubs, organizations and athletic teams at Edison High School in order to foster a successful community of student participation, also sponsored this event.

Thank-you Sponsors!
Holland Neighborhood & Edison Activity Council, NE Neighbors:   “Supporting the NE Community by supporting Edison!” 

There was something for everyone including a photo booth (be on the look out for pictures), face-painting, Voyager, Junior Achievement selfie sticker table (raising money for homeless families), Edison student store, Edison theater, Tommie Boosters and Edison alumni table.   

District staff showed their support by attending and participating in this event: Jenny Arneson-School Board Chair, and local principals: Rochelle McGinness-Waite Park,  Vernon Rowe – NEMS, Ginger Krantz-Webster, Jonathan Luknic - Pillsbury, and Yajaira Guzman – Sheridan. 

The 3rd annual Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association all you can eat Soup for Art fundraiser also took place on Friday evening in our cafeteria. There were many amazing soups to choose from! Proceeds will go to fund community art projects
We look forward to continuing these traditions next year and thank all of you for making this a night to remember.


 

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