School Year 2020-2021

  • NHS's Annual Blood Drive Was A Success!

    Posted by Abbey Lang on 3/11/2021

    blood driveRecently, the high school National Honor Society put on a blood drive through the Red Cross. They were able to receive 63 units of blood out of the 70 individuals signed up to donate. Of these individuals, 23 were first-time donors! This is the 29th blood drive that DCHS has put together, collecting over 2,300 units of blood throughout the years. Jon Ring, the NHS advisor, stated, “The Red Cross is extremely thankful that we’ve been able to run the drives through the pandemic.”   Blood donation is crucial during this time, and although we have had to overcome obstacles like moving our spring blood drive, the students and staff have continued to help by giving blood!

    Due to Covid, the blood drive appeared slightly different than in years past. Typically, NHS members bring in meat, cheese, and crackers for donors, but this year the Red Cross provided prepackaged snacks to limit the spread of COVID-19. Also, individuals working and donating blood had to have their temperatures taken before entering the gym.  blood drive Waiting chairs were spread out and the tables were limited containing fewer chairs as well. The student workers aided in making sure everyone remained distanced and that masks were worn, while also making sure all donors were in good condition post-donation. 



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  • Cue the drumroll....

    Posted by Abbey Lang on 3/8/2021
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  • Wright County Conference Speech Champions

    Posted by Abbey Lang on 2/26/2021

    "Every speech season has its own challenges and this year is no exception. This season is different. A new way of competing for coaches, judges, and competitors. A steep learning curve for everyone. We have learned to perform to a virtual audience over the computer (synchronously) and the importance of being a supportive virtual audience member." - Coach Beth Steinleitner.

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    Dylan Tessmer- original oratory. His own persuasive speech called "Breaking the Act" talking about mental health.   

    Reid Wilson- humorous. His script is titled "How I got My SuperPowers" which is about a bullying situation on the playground.  

    • Reid W  (Humorous): 1st - WCC Champion!!
    • Dylan T (Original Oratory): 1st - WCC Champion!!
    • Jessica W (Prose): 2nd
    • Noah P (Extemp. Speaking): 5th
    • Elijah W (Discussion): 5th
    • Annika S (Drama): 6th
    • Tait J (Great Speeches): 6th
    • Austyn S (Drama): 7th
    • Anika W (Prose): 7th
    • Sydney R (Storytelling): 6th
    • Sydney J (Drama): 8th
    11 out of 18 speechies place!
    Thank you for your support of DC Speech.
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  • Fruit pizzas have never looked so good

    Posted by Abbey Lang on 2/17/2021

    Intro to Foods had a competition of the most beautifully decorated fruit pizzas. 

    The winners were Eliana Hoffman, Anyah Guenningsman, and Rachel Linz 


    Runner Up was Cyrus Hanson, Emmy Haataja and Josie Herr

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    fruit pizzas

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  • Cue the drumroll....

    Posted by Abbey Lang on 2/15/2021
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    Posted by Abbey Lang on 2/11/2021

    The Triple-A Award encompasses academics, arts, and athletics and honors seniors across the state.  DC Students receiving this award will also receive a $500 scholarship and will be recognized at the academic awards night and scholarship night. 

    A little about Nicholas...nicholas
    Nicholas was selected into the MMEA All-State Band two years in a row and participates in jazz band, pit orchestra, chamber choir, and select auditioned Honor Bands and choirs inside and outside the state of Minnesota. Though science and music courses are Nicholas’s primary subject of interest, he is currently enrolled in College Calculus, College English, College Psychology, physics, band, and choir. Nicholas is also involved in track and field and has recently picked up strength and conditioning for athletics. His favorite memory from these activities was participating in the All-State band in his Junior and Senior years. Nicholas plans on attending either Concordia, Luther, or St. Olaf college in the Fall of 2021. He’s unsure of his career path at the moment but knows he wants to pursue a career in either science or music.

    Nicholas’s advice to younger classmates always work hard at the beginning of the trimester; it makes the rest of the term less stressful.

    audrey A little about Audrey...
    Audrey was a part of the swim team beginning in 7th grade, and a varsity captain of the team her senior year. As a swimmer, she loved the team dynamic and surviving hard practices with great friends. She was in the marching band and jazz band for 4 years and sang in the chamber choir for the past 3 years. She also participated in band and choir solo and ensemble groups, which she really enjoyed. She is a member of DECA and the Unified Club, as well as a captain of the math league team, co-president of the student council, and president of the National Honor Society. Academically, she has taken as many rigorous classes as she can while still making time for choir almost every trimester. Every class she takes and activity she participates in teaches her new skills and facilitates amazing friendships. She plans to attend the University of Chicago this fall, where hopes to major in economics, mathematics, or philosophy. 
    She advises younger students... to try out anything that seems interesting! I truly believe building relationships with classmates and teachers makes school much more enjoyable. 
    aaa    Congratulations Audrey and Nicholas!
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  • National Honor Society Welcomes Newest Inductees

    Posted by Abbey Lang on 2/2/2021
    22 Dassel-Cokato High School students were recently inducted into the National Honor Society.  These students were selected on the basis of the National Honor Society's four pillars:    nhs
    The students must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 from that point their selection by a faculty committee is based on involvement in school and community activities, faculty recommendations and service to others.
    The Dassel-Cokato Chapter of the National Honor Society is primarily a service organization. These service opportunities are local and regional and include sponsoring 2 blood drives each year, running the Kids' Day program at Dassel Elementary, helping to bring in toys for the Silent Santa campaign. The group also takes a biannual trip to Washington, DC.   
    Grade 12
    Hayford, Taylor
    Linz, Allison
    Tulkki, Brooke

    Grade 11
    Borg, Lily
    Clark, Gregory
    Grochow, Grant
    Johnson, Ryan
    Kivisto, Amy
    Kraemer, Lily
    Raisanen, Gina
    Rosenau, Chase
    Schimmel, Evan
    Steinhaus, Austyn
    Vetsch, Aleah

    Grade 10
    Gatz, Heather
    Jenkins, Kate
    Jerde, Tessa
    Olsen, Soren
    Seaberg, Dylan
    Spurzem, Otillia
    Terning, Dayna
    Wesley, Zachary

    Watch the full program here:


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  • DCHS students return to the classroom full-time.

    Posted by Abbey Lang on 2/1/2021

    Beginning February 1st, high school students will transition from hybrid learning back to in-person.

    Its been almost two full months since many classmates have sat together in the same classroom.  For all of December and the first part of January, they've seen and spoken to each other and their teachers virtually. The latter part of January was spent reacclimating to the classroom and each other through hybrid learning. 

    February 1st will be the first day they'll all be together as they were last fall.  Students and staff alike are excited about the return and hope to regain a sense of "normalcy" within the COVID world we still exist in.  Masks and social distancing will continue to be top priorities but so will having lunch with friends and group discussions in the classroom.

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  • Home Construction Class Builds Playhouses to be Auctioned

    Posted by Abbey Lang on 1/19/2021

    D-C high school students in the Home Construction classes planned and built these 2 playhouses. Traditionally during this class, a 50' x 30' three-bedroom, two-bathroom house has been built that is then auctioned off to the public.  playhouse  This year, with the unknown of this school year due to the pandemic, the decision was made to build on a smaller scale. Students learned many of the same skills used in house building, just on a smaller scale. This class gives students real-life, transferable skills they can use in trades when entering the workforce after graduation.

    Playhouse specs:
    These playhouses are built on an 8' x 8' green treated floor. The house itself is 8' x 6' giving them a 2' porch. The walls are 5' tall. The roof is a 12-12 pitch, so standing inside the ceiling at the highest point is 9' tall. The door is 30" wide x 4' tall. The vinyl windows are sliding single hung windows.

    front view The playhouses each have a starting price of $800 with an auction duration of two weeks.  Please note that sales tax will be added to the winning bid.

    The auction items will be up for bid starting Tuesday the 19th at 12:00 Noon.

    To bid on these items, you must preregister. This is done by clicking "Register Now" on the auction site's main page. Be sure to enter your full name and email address, or your registration will not be accepted. Registration information is reviewed once a day. Please be sure to register well before the end of the auction giving us time to make sure you have a chance to bid.  The auction site can be found on our website. click on DC Chargers Auction Site.

    Please note that any bids received during the last 2 minutes of the auction automatically extend the auction time by 5 minutes, allowing others the opportunity to continue to bid.

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    Posted by Abbey Lang on 1/1/2021

    desire to lead A select group of DC student-athletes participated in a nationwide leadership program called Desire To Lead this past fall. Created by Jeremy Boone of Athlete by Design, this leadership program helps foster and develop the skills necessary to be a leader in the future.  

    The months-long program culminates with a capstone project completed by the Dassel-Cokato athletes and is a community service project that gives back to the communities. Strength and Conditioning Coach Amanda Berg stated "Our students raised money by each donating funds.  Students then purchased $300 worth of food for the local food shelf."

    Members of the Desire to Lead Program at DC are Carlie Tormanen, Paige Sullivan, Amelia Travis, Evelyn O'Brien, Addison Pettit, Lora Mayfield, Haydn Veith, Emmanual Johnson, Jacob Gnerer, Logan Kelly, Gaige Webb, Ben Smock, Mason Schroeder, Mason Ailie, Kyan Lynk.

    Check out the full story featured recently by Norman Seawright of WCCO.

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