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Superstars!
FEB. 27, 2012
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Two Dassel-Cokato teachers bring their HLWW High School tradition to DC

By Kristen Miller
News Editor

DASSEL, COKATO, MN – As HLWW graduates, Amanda Berg and Eric Sawatzke remember participating in some friendly competition at the highly-anticipated annual event known as Superstars.

What was started in the mid-‘90s by HLWW teachers Jim Weninger and Paul Fobbe, ceased following the 2010 event.

“[Superstars] was a way to have some fun competition and bring the community into the school,” Berg said, a 1998 HLWW graduate and currently a DC physical education teacher.

“It was a huge impact on my life and I didn’t want to see other students get robbed of that,” she added.

For those who don’t know what Superstars is all about, it’s an evening of friendly competition in which teams of 10 – five girls and five guys – compete for individual and overall event awards, including best dessert (teams will be docked 10 points if they don’t bring a dessert).

The competitions have been described as a cross between “Minute to Win It” and a scavenger hunt.

Some examples of the events include the snowsuit relay, where teams compete for the fastest time to run around cones in a full snowsuit; and balloon stuff, where team members get one minute to stuff the most balloons into their long underwear.

Superstars is the place where “you look like a goon, act like a goon, and hope you win a tacky little wooden trophy,” commented Sawatzke, who is a 2003 HLWW graduate.

The two agreed that Superstars is something that is hard to explain until you experience it for the first time. And those who haven’t experienced Superstars will have the opportunity Saturday, March 17 starting at 4 p.m.

The typical age range is 13 and up, and the competition isn’t just for students. Superstars is meant to be a community event, and Berg and Sawatzke are even hoping that local organizations will register a team.

One doesn’t have to be athletic – it’s not a sporting event, Berg said. Some of the events include cribbage, dice, and Pictionary.

The first 30 teams are guaranteed a spot in Superstars, so registration forms should be turned in as soon as possible.

The cost is $10 a team member, with teams made up of five girls and five guys, for a total of $100 a team. Teams that bring in 10 school supplies (particularly crayons, children’s books, colored pencils, and markers) will only pay $80. Registration includes entry into the event, T-shirt, and food.

Registration forms can be found on the DC High School home page, http://www.dc.k12.mn.us/hs.

Not up for competing? Superstars needs about 50 to 60 volunteers in order to make it successful.

“It’s a big event,” Sawatzke said.

Superstars is being done in cooperation with DC FFA, the DC athletic leadership committee, and the Dassel Ambassadors committee.

Anyone with questions or are willing to volunteer should contact Sawatzke at (320) 286-4100, ext. 1883.

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