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A-R players share lessons with ELC kids

By Staff | Apr 30, 2010

Armstrong-Ringsted high-school students Traci Speltz, Paige Taylor, Tyler Tonderum, Katie Cheever and Whitney Kinnander show Estherville Lincoln Central first-graders the difference between bad school spirit and good school spirit. The A-R students, part of a group called the Armstrong-Ringsted Supporting Players, performed skits with a lesson on Thursday at Demoney Elementary. EDN photos by David Swartz

“Go Midgets!” was the cry from the Armstrong-Ringsted supporting players cast during a visit to Estherville Lincoln Central first-graders on Thursday.

The Supporting players are a group of high-school students who deliver a positive message to youth through skits.

The lesson of the first performance was on school spirit.

Traci Speltz, Paige Taylor and Tyler Tonderum acted out “poor school spirit.” Speltz played a pep-band member, who didn’t pay attention to the game or to the fact that it was time for the pep band to play. Taylor talked on her cell phone and spoke negatively about her team. Tonderum played a student that made fun of both the cheerleaders and the basketball player (Harley Lindell).

The students then acted out good school spirit with the three giving a rousing “Go Midgets” cheer for Lindell who heard the encouragement and “made” her free throw.

Cinderella (Taylor Grabinoski) dances with the prince (Ethan Eisenbacher) during the A-R Suppporting Players skit on Thursday. EDN photos by David Swartz

In the second skit, Taylor played a student who was bullied by her classmates throughout the day-in class, at lunch and in gym class. Starting out as a bully, Whitney Kinnander broke from her three “friends”-Brianne Gonzales, Ethan Eisenbacher and Speltz and befriended Paige. Her “friends” said she was no longer “cool” and left her.

The skit ended with Taylor and and Kinnander remaining friends.

The group stayed in character and fielded questions from the first graders.

The first was to the “bullies” asking why they acted like they did.

Gonzales said Taylor just wasn’t cool. Eisenbacher and Speltz said they were just following what Gonzales did.

Stepping out of character the five actors took questions from the first-graders about high school.

“What’s high school like?” was the first question.

“There’s a lot of homework-but you can handle it,” said Eisenbacher.

The final skit by the players was more for entertainment as the group acted out a short version of Cinderella. But instead of leaving behind a glass slipper after the ball, Cinderella drops her I-Pod.