January 2018

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You may only be one drop in the world, but even the smallest drop starts a ripple.


This month's Dreamer is Aliyah Anderson!

What are your hobbies or things you enjoy?

Acting, reading, singing, travelling, helping others, writing, experiencing new things

Why did you choose DREAM?

At first, my mom wanted me to go to DREAM to learn time-management and responsibility that I would need to have as a college student and a working professional in the future. I chose to stay at DREAM because it gives you endless possibilities and experiences you probably wouldn't get at public schooling. Also, I feel like it will better prepare me for the future because it has given me those skills I have listed before, as well as allowing me to express my creativity and voice my opinions.

What is your favorite part of DREAM?

My favorite part of DREAM would probably be that it seems like the advisors value your personal learning style. Rather than sitting in a classroom with 20 other kids, listening to a teacher droning on about a topic with an already previously set learning plan, you make your own learning plan and the advisors and staff are always there to help you when needed. Your individuality is celebrated and encouraged, and your thoughts and opinions are valued.

What is your current favorite project?

My favorite project as of now is my junior project. In this project, I am looking at the life of an actor and the process of filming and making a movie. I am also looking at how an aspiring actor/actress can stand out beyond the masses and actually make it in the entertainment industry. On top of all of that, I am planning a trip to Vancouver, B.C, which is actually the largest film and TV production city in the world, (which is where I plan to move to after graduation.)


Graphing a Comic Figure: Myra Tracy

I thought that this would be a lot easier than it was. I created Bart Simpson. I started off by sketching the character until it looked as similar as possible. I decided to plot points at every curve or change in direction. I went through 19 pages until I perfected my work. I spend everyday on this project and never lost interest. I would not recommend anyone who struggles with being patient and/or anybody who struggles with mixing up points constantly. This was a great project because I found it challenging and it strengthened my plotting skills. I messed up a lot of times on the curvier parts of the character like the eyes and the ear. I found the hair very easy to do because it consisted of straight lines. I know that I put as much effort into this as I could… I had a very hard time trying to organize the points so they could be connected to the other correct points. I organized them differently until it was the easiest to plot as I could get it. The hardest part of this project was trying to have faith in the points that I have previously listed. Changing one thing leads to changing almost everything. Making mistakes is very noticeable when plotting points...

Weisman Art Museum: Michael McCarthy

This project was very interesting and well worth the time. For one thing, I was able to visit somewhere out of town as a learning experience which is very rare. I also was able to familiarize myself with artistic movements and different artists.

Through this project, I was re-familiarized with concepts such as value, shape, and shade. I also learned about artistic movements such as cubism, expressionism, and avant garde. Most interesting though, was the protest art that came out of post- war periods. For example the painting “Nobody Calls Me Citizen.”

I am very happy with how this project turned out and I think that it will prompt me to take part in more art projects in the future.

Physics Behind Roller Coasters: Kameron Kemerling

This project was very interesting for me. In this project I learned how physics work with roller coasters, how roller coasters work, and even how different roller coasters work. While my group and I were at nickelodeon universe we experience everything we learned through our research. For example I learned that the main two different ways a roller coaster takes off is by being pulled up a hill by a chain and letting gravity take over after the drop or using hydraulics to propel the cars forward at top speed. We experienced both of these examples at nickelodeon universe. We also experienced the physics themselves, as in free fall, gravity, force, energy transformation, kinetic energy, heat energy, potential energy, and momentum. We also did research on how roller coasters affect your body. When on a roller coaster your body will experience inertia and G-force, which are elements in physics. Roller coasters can affect your heart rate, cause whiplash, make you sick to your stomach, lightheaded, and can even cause hearing issues. We all experienced some of these things while at nickelodeon universe because of the force, direction the cars were traveling, speed, pressure change, and fear.

My favorite part of this project was probably going to nickelodeon universe and getting to experience everything we researched first hand. I also really liked the research process as well and I found it very interesting...

Why do We Dream? (Question of the Week): Alexis Mckenna

I thought I would go into this project and actually be able to find an answer but I ended up just finding many many theories. I did learn a lot of information though, some of the theories did not make sense but there was also a big majority that I understood and learned from. I do not know if I believe all these theories but some do make sense. One thing I am going to change in my future question of the week is finding a question that actually has an answer and not just theories...


Key Club is a large student organization within DREAM, so we want to provide updates on its happenings. Update courtesy of Amy, Key Club Editor.

Fine Arts Night is going to be held this April! Be looking for sign up sheets around the school if you'd like to be apart of it. You can get presentation or exhibit credit for participating.

Next month Key Club will be selling pizza and pop during lunch!

We are looking for new members, and voting for board members is coming up soon, so join in on a meeting. Each meeting is Thursday from 11:30-12:00.



DREAM has graduates out in the world in various locations, so we want to highlight some of them!

My name is Brenna Richter. I’m currently studying Audio Production and Engineering at The Institute of Production and Recording in Minneapolis.

One of the most important things I learned at DREAM is to follow my dream. It goes along with my favorite project, which was my senior project. In the project, I wrote and recorded a song called Start Over. While doing this, I found The Institute of Production and Recording.

The advice I would like to give current DREAM students is to do what makes them happy in life. Follow the path that will bring you to the life you strive to live.


Parents/guardians please send your input our way; we want parents/guardians to be as involved as possible.

DREAM Technical Academy has a School Advisory Council that meets once a month on the second Monday evening at 6:30pm at the school. Their mission is to provide guidance and direction for the school. The Advisory Council consists of 50% of DREAM staff and 50% of DREAM parents, community members, and a student. Our parent representatives can bring your input to the Advisory Council or direct it specifically to a staff member.



We have an opening for a Parent/Guardian Representative term for the rest of the 2017-2018 school year! Please contact the Council Chair if interested: tknick@technicalacademies.org


Hi, I’m Rena and I’m a para. I have lived in Willmar the past 11 years. I was one of the first graduates at DREAM. I enjoy kayaking, listening to music, bonfires, and spending time with friends and family . I’m extremely exciting to start this new chapter in my life and help students grow! If i was a student (again), my project would be building a tiny house.


In this section, we ask for supplies and/or volunteers for various projects & events. Please contact us or drop-off items if you are able to assist.

  • Individual with Pottery Wheel experience
  • Lysol wipes
  • Kleenex

  • Mentors (help students work on projects, experience, etc.)


Success doesn't come from what you do occasionally,

it comes from what you do consistently.