February 2, 2012 | Vol. 42 No. 5

DDF team hosts successful meet

The DDF team is once again very grateful to the community of Haines for its continued support. We had a first rate regional tournament here this past weekend.

Special thanks to Lisa Schwartz, who captained the hospitality room with the help of Cindy Buxton and Julia Heinz, and to Mountain Market and everyone who contributed delicious and nutritious food, drinks and snacks.

We’d also like to thank Tiana Taylor for the countless hours she puts into school activities, the teachers who opened their classrooms to us for the weekend and the administrators who gave us the flexibility to put on a great show. This year we held the commands and awards ceremony in the Chilkat Center for the first time. Performing on a stage with excellent acoustics was great for the entertainers and audience. A special thanks also to Kay Clements/KHNS, managers of the Chilkat Center, for donating the use of the center, and to Paul Nelson (Bigfoot Auto) and bus driver Randy Katzenmeyer for donating the transportation costs and time to get everyone from the high school to the Chilkat Center on a cold, snowy, Saturday night.

The DDF team is off to Anchorage in two weeks for the state championships. We will be hosting our annual Valentine’s dessert auction this Thursday in the high school commons to pay for the trip, and performing some of the pieces we will enter into the competition. Coaches Iris Kemp, Tim Shields and I hope to see you there.