There’s someone to lean on, even in detention (slideshow/video)

Here, high school Science Teacher Derrick Rinkand his young sons demonstrate what can happen when combustibles and fruit are mixed.  Photo by Derrick Knutson

Here, high school Science Teacher Derrick Rink and his young sons demonstrate what can happen when combustibles and fruit are mixed.
Photo by Derrick Knutson

There was some bright fire, but nobody was blinded by science Friday night during “Detention Debut,” a variety show North Branch Area Schools staff performed for students and others who packed Edelstein Auditorium. The show was a mix of comedy, music, dancing, juggling and even some pies in the faces of high school Principal Coleman McDonough and Assistant Principal Glen Stevens.

The highlight of the night was at the end of the show when all of the staff involved in the production sang “Lean on Me” to honor Andrea Grote, the high school French teacher who had been organizing the show for years.

Due to health problems, Grote was unable to take on an organizational role with the program this year.

Throughout the production, staff involved in Detention Debut remarked that it took a lot of planning and multiple people to bring the show to fruition this year, and they had “no idea” how Grote was able to pull off the feat by herself for so many years.

Proceeds from the show went to scholarships for North Branch area students.

Photos by Derrick Knutson

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