ONCE ON A HOUSETOP was the musical presented by fourth graders at Liberty Elementary School in Big Lake Tuesday, directed by Adam Tulkki. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards).

Liberty 4th graders presented Once On A Housetop

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Jennifer Edwards
Fourth grade students at Liberty Elementary School presented the international holiday celebration musical, Once On A Housetop, with words and music by John Jacobson and John Higgins, Tuesday. The students were directed by Adam Tulkki.
Besides singing, many of the students played musical instruments and had speaking parts during the performance.
The show began with the song Once On A Housetop, sung by Elf Jada Isais and the ensemble. Jade Flavin, Janelle Gerdts, Tyler Heyen, Matthew Nelson and Olivia Potter played metallophones and xylophones. Ella Anders, Adriannah Aubuchon, Jacqlynn Bengtson, Melaina Capes, Jaret Fletcher, Chase Jones, Alexa Leabch Julian Robles, Victor Rosales Lujan and Megan Vetter played sleigh bells.
The chimney sweep rappers took the stage to perform Ashes to Ashes. Sweeps were Natalie Johnson, Dresden Anderson, Christian Noble, Marissa Sutton-Wood, Jolynn Bramhall, Joey Woodward, Ethan Martin, Grace Gardner, Kailee Throolin, Payton Liebl, Heavenly Wannebo, Jayden Sudenski-Robinson and Mckinley Blomquist.
Sweep rappers were Jazmin Acuna Diaz, Trenton Brown, Macy Farrier, Taya Fjone, Caitlyn Fourdyce, Rachel Johnson, Skylar Marsolek, Mirtha Ortega, Aubri Parson, Natalie Piepenhagen, Sophia Rondeau and Riley Siegrist.
The entire ensemble sang A Big Red Fella In The Chimney. He was a little stuck and it took a while to get him out. It was Santa Claus, played by Jacob Williams.
Amanda Helser was the Kwanzaa Child and accompanied by Joel Johnson and McKenna Leesberg on rainsticks, she and the entire ensemble sang the sweet ballad.
Up next was Lotsa Latkes, with Matthew Simon, Aiyana Roberts, Hannah Clark and Cole Peterson played the Hanukkah Family.
This was followed by Just A Tiny Baby, sung by the ensemble, with McKenna Leesberg on wind chimes. Grace Mutombo was Mary. Levi Lillico Klisch was Joseph. Justin Bechtold and Zach Bergstrom were the shepherds. Wyatt Christian, Charlie Dubay and Kolten Evancho were the wise men. Masyn Deckard was the angel.
Onnika Asher, Austin Eccless, Marcus Fritel, Grace Heider, Allyson Maikke, Taylor Schriefels, Cordell Welker and Reagan Weyhrauch played the Maracas for Break The Pinata. Las Posadas partygoers were Abby Jensen and Mallory Simonson.
Samantha Burton, Cody Colbert, Sidney Femling, Uziel Hagel and Matthew Heath played the metallophones and xylophones for the reprise: Once On A Housetop, sung by the elf and the ensemble. 
The citizens were played by Logan Amundson, Camren Bossert, Alex Buchta, Dalton Fletcher, Rayna Heideman, Claire Ireland, Kyra Morgan, Marissa Peka, Luke Schumacher, Ella Sibbet, Joe Stepp, Joshua Story and Courtney Wood-Krebsbach.

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Scholarship Committee Chairman Jeremy Maguire, Recipient Annalise Reitsma, Recipient Connor Johnson (Big Lake), Recipient Francis Freeman, Recipient Abbie Siirila (Her Mother Cheryl Standing In), Senior Warden Terrance M Schaffer. (Submitted photo.)

WINNING A GOLDFISH at the carnival with all his friends looking on was Wyatt Yager. Ashley Shaver is in charge of the booth. (Photo by Jennifer Edwards.)

Air Force Airman Cody J. Vavrina

HOMETOWN HEROES and parade Grand Marshals, Jesse and Justin Hattesohl have both been decorated for their service to our country. (Photos by Jennifer Edwards.)

CLEARVIEW EXPANSION. Principal Sheri Rutar listened as architect David Leapaldt, center, and St. Cloud Schools Building and Grounds Director Bryan Brown discussed the proposed K-8 expansion at Clearview Elementary School earlier this year. (Photo by David Hannula)