October/November 2022

Greetings Family Members and Friends

The 2022-2023 school year is in full swing! Both the students and staff have started the year off with positive energy and an enthusiasm to make it a great year. As you receive this letter, students and staff will be established in their daily routine and working toward our collective goal that “All Students will Graduate”. At Fargo South all members – students, staff, parents, and community members - are important links to guiding students toward graduation and personal social development. We invite you all to take an active role in your student’s high school experience.

This year we are continuing to focus on our commitment to literacy through daily silent sustained reading (SSR) and weekly writing opportunities in each class period. An important component of student success includes communication between home and school. A great opportunity to learn more about daily learning activities and touch base with teachers to discuss your student’s performance and learning style is at Parent/Teacher conferences on October 3rd and October 5th. We hope to see all parents and guardians at FSH for conferences. You can also support your student by checking PowerSchool and Canvas regularly and helping them understand the important role attendance has on being successful in high school. If your student is having attendance difficulties, you can expect contact from the school as we hope to work together to help students establish good attendance practices.

Throughout the year South High School will also have opportunities to foster relationships, build school culture, and work together to have a positive impact on our community. As I write this we are gearing up for our students to engage in Choice Ready activities to become College, Career, and/or Military ready by organizing college and career visits, taking the Pre-ACT or the ASVAB. We are looking forward to a great Homecoming week starting October 10th with the theme “Defend the Den”. This is always a great week for underclassmen to become acquainted with Bruin traditions and experience Bruin Pride. Some upcoming community building activities throughout the year include the Freshman Retreat and the Bruin Bash . We also invite families to strengthen involvement with the school by attending activities, events, and performances.

South High School has 50+ student activities that continue to build essential life skills outside of the classroom. Please encourage your studnet to get involved by visiting the Activities tab on the Sough High School Website. Thank you for partnering with South High School in helping your child Strive for Excellence.

Kind Regards,

Dr. Shannon Mortrud

Assistant Principal


Parent teacher conferences are scheduled for Monday, October 3rd and Wednesday, October 5th from 4:00 - 7:00PM. Teachers will meet with parents in the dome gym. Please bring a copy of you son/daughter’s teachers.

We share a number of traveling teachers with other school and their conference times are listed below.

Conference Schedule for Traveling Teachers


During the first night of the fall Parent/Teacher Conferences, October 3, families will have the opportunity to learn about financing education beyond high school. There will be two sessions offered to highlight the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid), a form that looks at family income to determine eligibility for federal and state programs to help pay for school. There will also be a session to help students learn how to do a scholarship search. Everyone is welcome to attend!

October 3:

4:00 p.m. Room D11 Scholarship Searching session (presented by South Counseling staff)

5:00 p.m. Room C30 FAFSA (presented by NDSU Financial Aid Office)

6:00 p.m. Room C30 FAFSA (presented by NDSU Financial Aid Office)


Scherling Photography will be here Wednesday, October 5th to take picture of students who missed picture day in September or if you would like to have your picture retaken.

If you would like to pre-order your pictures, go to:

The pre-order link will be available until Thursday, October 6th @ 11:59PM.


Congratulations to the following South High students (current and recently graduated) who have been named to College Board’s Advanced Placement Scholars Rosters to recognize high school students who have demonstrated college-level achievement through advanced placement courses and exams. This achievement is acknowledged on a score report that is sent to colleges the following fall.

AP Scholars are students who received scores of 3.00 or higher on three or more Advanced Placement (AP) exams. The following students have received the designation of AP Scholar:

Abram Anderson, Liv Berger, Elsa Bernard, Tyler Christianson, Maddi Eisenlohr, Natalie Evensen, Samuel Kain, Jocelyn Kennedy, Abbigail Kramer, Nicholas Lee, Zowie Lee, Guadalupe Marino Garcia, Isabella Nikle, Nash Penner, Adeline Raum, Jacob Schwengler, Jared Tesch, Savannah Wuitschick, Gage Zimmerman, Jocelyn Zon

AP Scholars with Honor are students who earned an average of at least 3.25 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3.00 or higher on four or more of these exams. The following students have received the designation of AP Scholar With Honor:

Katherine Iverson, Denise Jiang, Ryan Livdahl, William Marohl-Steffan, Alexandra Tsanganelias, Nikoletta Tsanganelias, Christian Ullman, Michael Vasichek, Jagger Wraalstad, Hannah Zimmerman

AP Scholars with Distinction are students who received an average score of at least 3.50 on all AP exams taken and scores of 3.00 or higher on five or more of these exams. The following students have received the designation of AP Scholar with Distinction:

Keeley Eichhorn, Amy Hong, Darby Humann, Gabrielle McGarvey, Gunnar Moody, Nathan Rateau, Morgan Reeder, Gretchen Reich-Keller, Aaron Wilkinson


Congratulations to the South's Jagger Wraalstad who has been selected as a National Merit Scholarship Semifinalists! The National Merit Scholarship Corporation recognizes and honors the academically talented students of the United States by conducting nationwide scholarship programs.


Hello Fargo South Bruins parents and students! My name is Brenda Koppy, and I am the NEW Career Advisor at Fargo South High School. I am excited to work with students to explore career and post-secondary options during school and making plans for after graduation. Parents and students please feel free to email me at or call me at 701-446-2028 with any questions or to schedule a time to meet with me.

A little about me: I graduated from University of North Dakota and my background is in Social Work. I have three kids – two are in college (wow) and my loved dog, Charlie. I love summer, traveling, spending time with friends and family, cooking and playing games. I can’t wait to find out more about your kiddos and helping them make a plan to pursue their dreams after High School Graduation.


On October 4th, South students will participate in the annual Bruin Brains (BB) day. Sophomore Bruins are registered for the PreACT assessment, Junior Bruins are registered for the ASVAB, and Senior Bruins are scheduled for College/Career visits. Freshman Bruins will participate in a grade retreat at a later date. The activities for BBB assist students with the requirements to graduate Choice Ready. A modified period schedule will be used for the morning classes.


South High is hosting the PSAT or Preliminary SAT on Wednesday, October 12th. This test can be used by juniors as a national merit qualifying scholarship test, which means that students scoring in the top percentile on this test are named national merit semi-finalists which qualify them for numerous scholarships to many universities across the nation. The cost of the test is $18 and fee waivers are available to those who need them. The test is limited to the first 35 students to register. Students can register in the counseling office.


The North Dakota Legislature created this scholarship to encourage and reward high school students for taking challenging coursework in preparation for attending a college or university in North Dakota.

The total value of the scholarship is $6,000, disbursed $750 per semester or $500 per quarter. Recipients have up to six years following high school graduation to use the scholarship. To qualify for a disbursement, recipients must be enrolled full-time, as defined by the financial aid office at the institution, maintain the minimum cumulative GPA requirement of 2.75, and maintain progress towards degree completion requirements of the scholarship.

The scholarship can be used at any of the approved public, private or tribal colleges within the state of North Dakota. Eligible institutions must be regionally accredited and offer programs of study of at least 2 years in length.

The online application for the ND Scholarship can be submitted now - June 4, 2023. Students can apply for this scholarship online at the ND Education Portal which can be accessed through their PowerSchool account or at Once approved, students have up to six years to access these scholarship dollars. Therefore, any student who qualifies should apply for this scholarship, even if not planning to attend a ND school in case plans change. This scholarship can also be applied to students who may return to ND for graduate school within 6 years of graduation.

ND Scholarship
Choice Ready Scholarship


March 21, 2023 is the state mandated and paid ACT test for all juniors. This ACT is a Standard ACT with writing and can be used for college admissions, the same as an ACT administered on a regular test Saturday. This testing is not optional and is free. This is a great opportunity for juniors to qualify for $6000 scholarships offered through the state (see above for more information). Please call the Counseling Office at 446-2015 if you have any questions about this program.

Sophomores will take the NDSA Science Exam in May.


The WorkKeys assessments are designed to allow students to demonstrate work readiness in the areas of Applied Math, Graphic Literacy, and Workplace Documents. Students who score well may be eligible for a National Career Readiness Certificate. Students who score five (5) of higher on all three WorkKeys tests will have fulfilled one of the requirements for the North Dakota Career and Technical Education Scholarship worth up to $6,000. Talk to your counselor to see if you qualify! Dates for the WorkKeys are to be determined. The cost for all three tests is $37.50. Additional information about WorkKeys is available at:


The ACT and SAT are college entrance tests required by most 4 year colleges. Students should check with the specific schools they plan to apply to for the test needed. These tests are generally taken during the latter part of a student’s junior year and during senior year.

ACT Exam Schedule for 2022/23

South High School Code: 350-565

ACT Fee: $63.00

ACT with Writing: $88.00

Late Registration—add $36.00


South High School Code: 350-565

SAT Fee: $60.00

Late Registration: Add $30.00


If students qualify for the free lunch program, there are opportunities available for him/her to receive fee waivers or cost reductions for some events. These may include fee waivers for ACT/SAT/PSAT exams; reduced price for AP exams; scholarships for ZAPS workshops. Please check with your counselor to make sure students access these opportunities.


If your son/daughter is taking an AP class, they have the opportunity to sign up to take the AP exam. Students that earn a qualifying score (which are determined individually by each college) can earn college credit. All AP tests are taken during the first two weeks of May on national testing dates.

By now, your son/daughter should have been given a “join code” by their AP teacher and joined the class through their CollegeBoard account. The next step is to go online to: to register and pay for the exam. The cost of exams this year is $102. Students who are on free or reduced lunch are eligible for testing at a reduced price of $50 per test. Exams for all first semester only and year long AP courses must be paid for by November 10, 2022 by 4:00 pm. If a student chooses to register after this date, a late order fee of $40 per exam will apply.

It is anticipated that the ND Department of Public Instruction will again be offering fee reductions for exams in STEM areas. If your student qualifies for one of these fee reductions, a refund will be issued after the testing is complete in May. If you have any questions, please contact Vanessa Boehm in the counseling department or at 701-446-2021.


Seniors and their parent(s) have appointments scheduled to meet with their counselor to “apply for graduation.” The application is a formal method by which the student and the counselor will do the following:

  • Verify legal name on the diploma; check for correct spelling.
  • Count credits (required and elective) to make sure everything is in place for graduation.
  • Discuss post high school plans (school, work, military, job).
  • Determine needs (what hasn’t the student done yet that he/she needs to do in order to realize the post-high school plan).

Students will receive a personal copy of their transcript at this meeting. They should keep this copy as a reference when completing college applications and scholarship forms.

Seniors must complete all graduation requirements in order to participate in the ceremonies on Sunday, May 29th @ 3:00 PM. Graduation requirements are listed below:

4 credits of English

  • English 1 or Honors English 1
  • English 2 or Honors English 2
  • English 3 or AP English 3
  • English 4 or AP English 4

3 credits of Math

  • Algebra 1 or Algebra 1-Intro/Conclusion
  • Geometry or Informal Geometry
  • Additional Math beyond Geometry

3 credits of Sciences

  • Physical Science
  • Biology
  • Additional Science

3 credits of Social Studies

  • Western Civilization or AP European History
  • US History or AP US History
  • Economics or AP Economics
  • Government or AP Government

1.5 credit Physical Education

.5 credits Health

3 Credits of World Language, Fine Arts, or Career and Tech Ed.

6 credits of Elective classes

Pass a Civics Test

24 total credits to graduate



James Caufield - Class of 1972

Tanni Anthony - Class of 1975

Tom Gravel - Class of 1981

Tom Hoge - Class of 2007

Steve Kennedy - Faculty

Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony is scheduled for Tuesday, November 22nd at South High. Contact Donna Lee @ 701-446-2011 for ticket information.



Canvas is a learning management system that students use to electronically access their teacher’s weekly lesson plans, homework assignments, and links/resources for each course. Parents can also access information (classes and assignments) through Canvas by logging into PowerSchool and clicking on the Canvas icon on the left side of the navigation bar.

Parents can find help documents and instructions on using Canvas at


High School sophomores, juniors, and seniors can now process transcript requests electronically through eTranscripts. Students request their transcript securely and at their convenience through their PowerSchool account.

1. Students log into their PowerSchool account and click on the icon with the arrow/box

2. Click ND Education Portal

3. Click tab with student’s name

4. Send Transcript

5. Choose college transcript needs to go to

Please allow 2 days for approval. If you have any questions, please stop by the Counseling Office or call Keelie Goodman @ 446-2016.


1. Is your current address a temporary living arrangement?

2. Is this temporary living arrangement due to loss of housing or economic hardship?

If you answered “yes” to both of these questions, your child(ren) may be eligible for McKinney-Vento services. Please call Jan at 701-446-1013

ATTENDANCE OFFICE (701) 446-2023

Good attendance, whether at school or on the job, is very important. If a student must be absent from school, please call Tyann Schlenker @ (701) 446-2023.

Class attendance will be reported daily by period. It is the intent of the attendance secretary to contact parents at home or work the same day by phone to directly report any class(es) that have been reported as absent.


Near perfect attendance is important because students are more likely to succeed in academics when school is attended consistently. If a student is recorded as being truant (unexcused absence) or is late to class, a detention will be assigned for each period of truancy and every third tardy.

An entry will be made in PowerSchool that will identify the date and period that the detention was earned. To access detention information, login to your PowerSchool account. There you will see the current detentions and how many have carried over from previous years.

At South High School, detention can be served Monday – Thursday mornings from 7:45am – 8:25am, or Saturday mornings from 9:00—Noon. Failure to complete assigned detentions, will limit a student’s ability to participate in extracurricular activities (athletic and nonathletic) and participate in graduation ceremonies.


With almost 1000 students at South High, it is not possible to deliver messages that are not emergencies for students from parents. Interrupting a class to deliver a message or to call a student out of class takes instruction time away from the rest of the students. Please remind your student of appointments, rides etc. before they leave for school. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated.


Students are allowed to use cell phones and electronic devices in the commons, hallways and locker bays. Upon entering classrooms and the library, all electronic devices need to be put away. If a cell phone or electronic device is taken from a student, the student may pick up the device from the main office at the end of the day. A second incident will result in the parent being required to pick up the phone from the main office.


Hello FSH Senior!

Senior Pictures are due January 31, 2023. Seniors can submit either a color or black and white picture. We suggest a face shot if possible and all photos must be portrait (vertical). Senior pictures must meet the requirements to be in the South Yearbook. Requirements can be found below.

  • Pictures should be digital. Senior pictures can be emailed to Make sure to follow the digital photo requirements found below.
  • A late fee of $10 will be charged to any senior picture received after January 31, 2023.
  • Senior pictures will not be accepted after March 1, 2023.

Yearbook Senior Portrait Requirements

Every graduating senior is allowed to submit a portrait photo to be used as their picture in the South High Yearbook. This photo must follow the guidelines and rules from school policy, dress code, and law. Not following these guidelines will result in the photo not being allowed in the yearbook and the student will be asked to submit a different photo.

  1. Subjects including promoting the use of drugs, alcohol, tobacco, drug paraphernalia, guns, weapons, or depiction of violence may not be worn or shown in the photo.
  2. Photos with accessories (i.e. hats, scarves, jewelry), props (i.e. sports equipment, musical instruments, cars), and domesticated pets are allowed as long as they do not promote or condone illegal activity.
  3. The subject of the photo should be the student, not the props or background. (Yearbook staff prefers head and shoulder photos.)

Photos may be edited or not published if they represent or include any of the following:

  • Violating school policies and behavior codes
  • Displays of drugs, tobacco, alcohol, gambling, or weapons of any kind
  • Inappropriate gestures, facial expressions, postures, or hand gestures
  • Revealing, suggestive, or obscene clothing

All photos submitted must conform to school standards and policies and if needed, may be subject to review or approval by, but not limited to the yearbook staff, the yearbook advisor, and the school administration.

The yearbook staff reserves the right to edit or deny any submitted photo for publication and printing in the book.

Thank you for your cooperation; we are working hard to make sure that all seniors are included in the 2023 Yearbook.

Please reach out to Mr. Monsen in room C39 if you have any questions.


First Practice Schedules

November 7

Boys Hockey – 6:00 Varsity & JV; South High Arena

Coach: Dean French – 701-330-4071

Girls Hockey – 4:00 Fargo Coliseum

Coach: Parker Metz – 701-412-6489

Wrestling – 4:00 Wrestling Room

Coach: Brian Woelfel 612-790-0517

November 14

Gymnastics - 4:15 American Gold

Coach:Andrea Bitz - 701-269-3298

November 21

Boys Basketball - 4:00 FSH Gym

Coach: Mike Hendrickson – 701-446-2043

Girls Basketball – FSH Gym; 30 minutes after school is out

Coach: Trevor Olson - 218-443-0142

November 28

Boys Swimming/Diving - 4:00 South Pool

Coach: Pat Anderson – 701-261-9144 cell/text

All 9th graders, as well as new students to FPS, are required to attend a Co-Curricular meeting with a parent or guardian. An online version is available on the parent PowerSchool account (Forms link) for those students in grades 10-12 who have attended a previous high school Co-Curricular meeting.

Monday, November 7th, 6:00pm South High School Commons

Sports physicals are required each year, dated April 15th or later, and are required to be on file with South High trainers before practice is allowed. Physical forms can be found on the FPS website (; click on the Activities link. Concussion Verification and HIPPA forms are to be completed online on the parent PowerSchool account (Forms link).


Purpose: To elevate standards of Good Sportsmanship and to encourage the growth of responsible citizenship among the students, member schools and their personnel.

  • Respect the American flag and the National Anthem.

  • Contesting schools shall each have an authorized faculty representative present who shall be responsible for his/her school’s participants, students, and fans throughout the contest.

  • Spectators must wear clothing that covers the entire torso. Those who do not comply or who wear clothing that is vulgar, obscene or that in some other way inappropriate, as determined by school/tournament personnel, will be removed from the facility if they do not cooperate with this behavior expectation.

  • The use of appropriate language is expected at all times. Profanity, negative chants, trash talk, name-calling, personal attacks or other acts of disrespect are unacceptable and must be immediately addressed by school/tournament administrators.

  • Any attendee ejected from a NDHSAA tournament venue will be banned from the venue(s) for the remainder of the event.

  • Respect the game/contest. Under no condition shall anyone other than the members of the official squad enter the playing surface. No one may interfere with the contest in any way.

  • Hand held signs and flags, which do not obstruct the view of others, are permitted provided they are in good taste. Signs or other similar items contest/tournament officials deem to be in poor taste will be removed. Message or “white” boards are prohibited. The carrying of flags around the playing surface is NOT allowed.

  • Artificial noisemakers of any kind (i.e. megaphones, cowbells, sirens, whistles, thunder sticks, and other similar items) are not allowed at any indoor events, including outdoor sports played at indoor venues. Exception – Megaphones appropriately used by cheerleaders are permitted if allowed by contest officials.

  • Laser lights or any other lights deemed distracting to participants are strictly prohibited.

  • Confetti is banned at all NDHSAA tournament venues. Tournament staff is instructed to confiscate such articles at the door.

  • Objects shall not be thrown into the stands at any NDHSAA tournament venue.

  • The use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), also known as drones, is prohibited for any persons at NDHSAA tournament venues.


When you are attending activities in our main gym, you will notice the banner hanging on the east side of the gym right next to the scoreboard. The banner was provided by the Eastern Dakota Conference to promote good sportsmanship by spectators. We take great pride in positively supporting all athletes, coaches, and officials at all of our events and refer to this as doing it the Bruin Way. This banner further supports the Bruin Way expectations. Look for the banner at South High and at all other EDC schools as well.

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Dates to Remember for 22-23 school year

Fargo South High PTSA Meetings

All meetings are held in the

South High Conference Room @ 6:00 pm

2nd Monday of the Month (unless otherwise noted)

October 10, November 14, December 12, January 9

February 13, March 6, April 3, May 8

Remember when…

Our kids were in grade school and we volunteered with school pictures, the big yearly carnival and the school dance. Remember bringing treats for those special events to just get to be involved with our kid’s school fun. Then it was middle school, and we helped with school spirit apparel, book fairs, vision screening, talent shows and more!

-Now our kids are in High School, Activities have changed, but one thing has not-We still need you!

PTSA-Parent Teacher Student Association

In order to accomplish the many programs and activities at South High, we invite you and your students to become members of the PTSA. Membership fees of $10/member or $20/family, supports our school, community, city, state and nation. Please register in the Nonprofit Group tab within SchoolPay on PowerSchool or use the registration links below : or

We have many opportunities for you to help - be it time, treasure, or talent. Some of those activities that PTSA sponsors include: Registration, Reflections, Staff Appreciation meals, Hospitality, Grand March/Post Prom Party and Senior All Night Party.

High School memories are long-lasting. Let’s make it happen for our kids!

Please join Fargo South High PTSA. We look forward to working with you!

If you have any questions, email:


DEEK’S PIZZA is partnering with Fargo South during their Homecoming Week.

During the week of Oct. 10th - 16th if you use code BRUINS, online or on the Deek’s app, 25% of all sales will get donated to Fargo South PTSA.


Attention all ski and snowboarders.

The Fargo Ski and Snowboard Club will be up and running again this year after a brief hiatus. There are two resorts in Minnesota that we travel to: Giants Ridge and Spirit Mt. We want you to be a part of our club. No memberships, only pay for bussing and lift tickets, however, you and a parent/guardian need to attend one of the three informational meetings this fall.

Monday October 10th @ Davies - 6:30 pm in the commons

Wednesday October 26th @ South - 6:30 in room C30

Wednesday November 2nd @ North - 6:30 in the commons

Once again, please try to make it to one of the meetings, as information about dates and prices will be given then. We need roughly 30 students per trip to make the trips a reality. We have three schools now, so I know we can fill the busses up! Think snow.

Contact Mr. Taragos @ with any questions.


Main Office - 446-2000

Dr. Todd Bertsch, Principal - (701) 446-2004

Greta Evenson, Asst. Principal (A-K) - (701) 446-2005

Dr. Shannon Mortrud, Asst. Principal (L-Z) - (701) 446-2008

Mike Beaton, Activities Coordinator - (701) 446-2006

Dode Bentson, Administrative Assistant - (701) 446-2010

Donna Lee, Activities Secretary - (701) 446-2011

Karri Segal, Bookkeeper - (701) 446-2022

Student Services

Laurie Schlenker, Counselor - (701) 446-2017

Dennis Miller, Counselor - (701) 446-2019

Vanessa Boehm, Counselor - (701) 446-2021

Adrienne Eider, Counselor - (701) 446-2020

Keelie Goodman, Registrar - (701) 446-2016

Beth Phillips, Secretary - (701) 446-2015

Troy Nielsen, SRO - (701) 446-2025

Brenda Koppy, Career Center - (701) 446-2028

Amber Fish, School Nurse - (701) 446-2034

Dispute Resolution Policy
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  • October 3 - P/T Conferences - 4:00 - 7:00 pm
  • October 3 - Financial Aid/Scholarship Presentations
  • October 5 - P/T Conferences - 4:00 - 7:00 pm
  • October 5 - Picture Retakes
  • October 10 - Homecoming Week
  • October 12 - PSAT Test
  • October 20 & 21 - NDCEL Conference - No School
  • October 28 - End of Quarter
  • November 11 - Veteran’s Day - No School
  • November 22 - Hall of Fame Induction Ceremony
  • November 23 - Staff Professional Development - No School
  • November 24 & 25 - Thanksgiving Break - No School
  • December 8 - 11 - Musical - Beauty and the Beast
  • December 23 - January 2 - Winter Holiday Break - No School
  • January 3 - Classes Resume
  • January 9 - 8th Grade Parent Night 4:00 - 7:00 pm
  • January 13 - End of First Semester
  • January 16 - Staff Professional Development - No School
  • February 13 & 14 - ZAPS Workshop (ACT Test Prep)
  • February 17 - Vacation Day - No School
  • February 20 - Staff Professional Development - No School
  • March 6 & 7 - P/T Conferences - 4:00 - 7:00 pm
  • March 13-17 - Spring Break - No School
  • March 28 - End of Quarter
  • April 1 - Prom
  • April 7 - Good Friday Holiday - No School
  • April 10 - Storm Makeup Day if needed - otherwise No School
  • April 17 - South High Honor Society Induction Ceremony
  • May 1 - 12 - AP Testing
  • May 26 - Storm Makeup Day if needed - otherwise No School
  • May 29 - Memorial Day - No School
  • June 1 - Last Day of Classes
  • June 4 - Graduation - 6:00 pm @ FARGODOME

Fargo South High School

Dr. Todd Bertsch, Principal

Greta Evenson, Asst. Principal

Dr. Shannon Mortrud, Asst. Principal

Mike Beaton, Activities Coordinator