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Future Tommie Night Brings in Many Fans in the Stands
Wednesday, February 12, 2014 2:30 PM


Families and fans from all over Minneapolis came to cheer on Edison’s Varsity Girls' Basketball team as they played against West Lutheran Academy. Many Area A schools’ staff and families attended this event along with MPS CEO Michael Goar, Associate Superintendent Michael Thomas, School Board Directors Rebecca Gagnon and Jenny Arneson. Principals joined in on the fun as well:  Al Pitt from Sheridan, Benjamin Perry from NEMS, Laura Cavender from Pillsbury, Roxanne Beasley – teacher (representing Waite Park) along with Assistant Principal Laurie Lamberty from Northeast Middle School. City Council member Kevin Reich also attended the event.  We thank all of you for participating in Future Tommie Night and making this a memorable evening.

The evening started out with Edison’s alumni band and Edison pep band joining together in playing the school song. Trumpeter Dan Kuch stole the show with his solo of the National Anthem. Edison’s robotic team unveils their robot during Future Tommie Night. Edison’s robot brought the crowd to their feet by slinging t-shirts into the stands. Many people walked away with Edison’s shirts. Edison bike t-shirts were given away to all K – 8 graders. 
Highlights of the night:
• Great plays by Edison’s Girls’ Varsity Basketball team
• Free tickets for all K-8 students with a paid adult.
• Free t-shirts for K-8 students
• Winners of the iPad and iPod Touch
• Relay races
• Edison Art Department displaying award winning art
• Dance Contest
• Step Team performance
• Alumni information table – sharing memories and the history of Edison
• Raffle prizes
• Edison pep band join together to play the school song
• Face painting
• Parent group – fundraising for Senior all night party – sold bracelets and blankets
• Junior Achievement – fundraising – sold scarves
• Basketball contest during time outs
• Waite Park’s 4th/5th grade basketball team on the court with Edison’s Varsity Girls’ basketball team

The biggest highlight…all of the fans in the stands! This night would not happen without the support of families, friends, staff, students, and community. Thank you for joining us and we hope to see you at future Edison events.

Prize Winners:
iPad     Andrea Clinkscales, Edison, 11th grade
iPod Touch    Michael Vaughn, NEMS, 6th grade
Tommie t-shirt   Arafat Ibrahim, NEMS, 8th grade
Maya Cuisine Gift certificate  Shalom Luitjens Weatherspoon, NEMS, 6th grade
Ideal Diner Gift certificate  Elaine Van Zee, Waite Park, 4th grade
Chimborazo Gift certificate  Tatyana Owens, Edison, 12th grade
Edison Basketball tickets  Olive Swarts, Waite Park, 3rd grade
Chimborazo Gift Certificate  Tatyana Stroud, Edison, 12th grade
Congratulations to the dance contest winners:  Nico Luitjens-Weatherspoon (Hi-5, Waite Park), Michael Vaughn (NEMS), Harry VanZee (2nd, Waite Park), and Lydia Marsolais (5th, Waite). These students received a Tommie t-shirt and were selected to participate in the relay races for a chance to win an iPod Touch.

 Many thanks to:
• District staff for being here and supporting the MPS community in Northeast! Special guests MPS CEO Michael Goar, MPS Area   Superintendent Michael Thomas and school board members, Jenny Arneson and Rebecca Gagnon.
• Edison’s alumni band and Edison pep band for leading us in Edison’s school song and alum trumpeter Dan Kuch for  accompanying us in the National Anthem.
• Edison’s athletic director Brett McNeal for supporting this event and helping to give out over 1,000 free tickets for this game.
• Edison staff and staff from our Northeast schools for helping out.
• Edison’s Beacons staff and student leaders for helping recruit for this event and organize our pre-game, halftime and timeout  entertainment.
• All elementary/middle school students, families, and staff for coming.
• Edison cheerleaders for organizing the dance contest and keeping up the school spirit
• Edison’s student volunteers (Ser Vang, George Vang Sia Thao Nicole Idrovo, Isabell Loisesl, Haylee Irwin, Angela Brooks, Long  Yang, and Paola Lopez) for helping with the set-up, tables and clean-up.
• Edison student photographers: Eboni Washington and Jasmine Tappin.
• Beacons Step Coach Jalissa Bush and our Edison Teacher Denise Clark for organizing our Young Madness Steppers.
• Edison emcees (Max Athorn, IB Diploma Programme Coordinator and Principal Carla Steinbach) for helping navigate the  evening.
• Tommie Boosters - Edison parent group volunteers (Jill Davis, Debbie Nelson, Robyn Swenson, and Katrina Laws) for greeting families.
• Edison’s clubs/activities and programs (Fine Art Department, Junior Achievement, Personal Care and Therapeutic Services for  being at this event.

Thank-you Sponsors

Northeast Neighbors
“Beautifying the neighborhood one block at a time”
Donations of iPad, iPod Touch and Gift Certificates
• Tamsen Brock & Kurt Nowacki of Rock Solid Realty
• Jim Higgins of Higgins Insurance Agency
• Kevin Reich
• Bill & Liz Jaap of Good Carma
• Doug and Linda Jones of Northstar Properties
• Ideal Diner

Edison High School
“Belong. Believe. Become.”
 Donations of Tommie Gear & Tickets
• Edison Athletic Department
• Edison Green Council
• Edison Student Store
• Edison Theater Program

MPAC Hosts the First Annual Fundraiser at Edison High School.
Edison staff, students, parents and community enjoyed delicious soups, bread and desserts before heading over to Future Tommie Night. Proceeds from the Medallion Public Arts Connector fundraiser will go toward current and future public ART projects, including some new Edison parking lot signage!

Ten brimming crockpots of delicious soup donated by…
Rebecca Gagnon - MPLS School Board Director
Ian Pierce – Chef & Future Edison Tommie Parent
Adelheid Koski - Holland Neighborhood Improvement Association President
Kevin Reich – Ward 1 Councilmember, Proud Edison Alum & Edison Tommie Parent
Jenny Arneson - MPLS School Board Director, Proud Edison Alum & Future Edison Tommie Parent
Tamsen Brock – Marcy Open Associate Educator, Artist & Edison Tommie Parent
Kurt Nowacki – Realtor, Edison Tommie Parent & HNIA Vice President

Future Tommie Night - 2014
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