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Students Showing Pretzel Pride With Several Big Accomplishments

Freeport, Illinois — Dr. Beth Summers — It probably goes without saying that most educators love to watch their students succeed on the big stage. Freeport High School students have prominently displayed Pretzel PRIDE with several big accomplishments lately and show no indication of slowing down. Please allow me a bit of space today to brag about our Pizazzy Pretzels.

Academics–We are proud that our students have bested their MAP and PSAT scores all fall, with some students’ performance allowing them exemptions from one or more final exams. Our students are also well on the way to earning more than 200 AP or HCC dual credit college credits in our advanced course opportunities.

Final Results:

Competitive Dance–The dance team moved up a class to 2A this year, but still made a strong showing at State, taking 20th place. Also of note, senior dancer Davida Sanders sang the National Anthem acapella twice for the IHSA at the start of the 1A and 2A/3A competitions last Friday. In addition, the team was crowned the NIC-10 Champs for the first time in the school’s history this year.

Boys’ Bowling–Thanks to a healthy helping of 80 chicken nuggets on Friday and 100 nuggets on Saturday, the boys’ bowling team picked up the energy they needed to propel past the competition and finish in 2nd place at the State meet this past weekend. Whether it was the loud pretzel pants the team wore, or the loud and proud Pretz chants, everyone in the O’Fallon house knew Freeport was in town.

Rounding the bend to the end of the season:

Girls’ Bowling— The girls’ bowling team is quietly having a very successful season. They were crowned NIC-10 Co-Champions and are favorites to advance in the state series. Freeport hosts the regional this Saturday, February 3rd.

Chess Team–Charles Gill secured a key round one win against an Auburn opponent in sectionals last weekend, along with key contributions in rounds two and three by Sam Stoehr, Noah Watson and Hunter Deal to propel the Chess team downstate. The team looks to dominate during the state tournament the second weekend of February.

Speech Team–The Pretzels host Regionals on our home turf this Saturday, February 3rd. The Speech team has a strong group of seniors who are planning to make their last run at the postseason the most memorable one yet. Seniors to watch: Sara Heiden, Katelynn McIlwain, and Elizabeth Julius.

Wrestling— Top-seeded junior Major Dedmond is back and hopes to best his 3rd place state finish from last season. Sophomore Matt Chavers is a favorite to qualify for state competition. Several other teammates hope to do well at regionals, which take place in Sycamore this Saturday, February 3rd.

Swimming— Freeport hosts the boys’ swim conference tournament on Saturday, February 3rd. The boys also hope to perform well at sectionals on Saturday, February 17th at Jefferson High School.

Basketball–The basketball season is winding down and both programs are striving to play their best at the end of the season – just in time for the state series. The girls’ regional begins the week of February 12th and the boys’ regional action begins the week of February 26th.

NJROTC–The Freeport NJROTC Rifle Team is traveling to Chandler, Arizona to compete in the Navy JROTC National Rifle Championships. The Pretzels qualified in the fall of 2017 for this event. The National Qualifiers are Emma Thompson, Makiah Stacy, Linsey Kleckner, Austin Martinez, Kaitlyn Radick, and Kya Lynon. The match will be conducted February 7-10. Currently ranked 3rd in the nation, our Pretzels hope to finish strong in the competition.

Last week, the 105th Annual FHS Band Concert occurred. During the concert, I couldn’t help but think about how parents and community members must have arrived to hear the concert that first year. I have no doubt there were horses and carriages, and possibly early automobiles, parked outside the school in 1913! What hasn’t changed in 105 years is the quality of the musical talents our Freeport students and their teachers share with us year after year. It is no wonder we are a Grammy award-winning program!

Every principal has certain parts of their job that they LOVE. I happen to love attending student after-school events… everything from athletic competitions to musical and drama productions to speech competitions. To see a student compete, face adversity, and let their competitive edge drive their success provides a lesson beyond the classroom walls that lasts a lifetime. We are so proud of our Prestigious Pretzels at FHS. Our students represent us well time and time again on the big stage. We have a lot of reason to be proud of Freeport!

By: Dr. Beth Summers, Freeport High School Principal

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