Wadena-Deer Creek Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) members attended the National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, Calif., June 30-July 4 with approximately 8,000 delegates from across the country.Read More
Wadena-Deer Creek 2019 graduate Maxwell “Max” Phillips has signed to play junior-level hockey for the Connecticut Chiefs this fall. Junior hockey is the highest level of amateur hockey and is the last level players play before jumping to collegiate or pro hockey.
Chiefs Head Coach/General Manager Neil Breen said they are excited to have Phillips wear a Chiefs jersey this season.
“Max comes to us from a hockey hotbed in Minnesota and we feel lucky to have signed a player of his caliber. He brings a lot to the table for us, He’s a leader, a skilled player with a scoring touch, and a tremendous athlete. He’s a great student and even better kid. We do our best to add players who are wealthy in the character department. For us, Max covers all the bases, and we can’t wait to get started with him and the rest of his new teammates in the fall,” said Breen.
Wadena-Deer Creek Head Boys Hockey Coach Scott Woods said Phillips has shown the dedication, work ethic, and leadership to go to the next level.
“He is extremely coachable and expects nothing but the best from himself to make sure the team is successful,” said Woods.
A three-sport standout for the Wolverines in hockey, football and baseball, Phillips excelled in hockey throughout his high school career. As a junior, he made WDC’s elite 100-Point Club for the Wolverines. During his high school hockey career, Phillips was known for his speed and nose for the puck that set him apart from other players, said WDC Activities Director Norm Gallant.
“I enjoyed Max as a student and an athlete at WDC. I had the opportunity to work with him in football this season and the leadership he showed was second to none. It isn't hard to see the effort and enthusiasm whether he plays football, baseball or hockey. These qualities will no doubt lead to success at the next level,” said Gallant.
Phillips said he is looking forward to getting to know his new teammates.
“It’s going to be fun to go out and travel the East Coast and play hockey with other players who have the same dream as I do,” said Phillips, who will report for training camp Labor Day weekend.
Phillips is eligible to play at the junior level for two years. He will be enrolled in online classes during this time. His plan is to play collegiate hockey at the NCAA-level and finish his degree in elementary education with a minor in business.
Phillips is joining the Chiefs in their second official season in the Eastern Hockey League (EHL) under the new leadership of Coach Breen. The Eastern Hockey League has been the leader in North America for NCAA Division III-commitments for over five years. Last season in 2018-2019, the EHL had over 126 NCAA commitments.
BEST OF LUCK, Max! We are #WDCproud of you!
Phase II of the elementary building project is set to begin June 3 rd and will be finished in time for the start of school, Sept. 3rd. Phase II will include remodeling the 3rd and 4th grade east wing, the lower level west wing and the upstairs and downstairs bathrooms in the west wing. HVAC upgrades will be completed in the library area and the area adjacent to the office.Read More
Wadena-Deer Creek FFA members Makaylyn Sibert and Morgan Grangruth attended the 90th Minnesota State FFA Convention recently at the University of Minnesota-Minneapolis.
Speakers, awards, competitions, workshops, and sessions were some of the highlights for the 3,696 members from Minnesota attending the convention, celebrating the convention theme, “Aspire To Be: Reach for the Horizon.”Read More
More than $60,000 in scholarships were awarded to Wadena-Deer Creek’s seniors at their annual senior awards and recognition program held May 15 in the Robertson Theatre at WDC Middle/High School.
Wadena-Deer Creek High School Principal Tyler Church served as master of ceremonies at the program, where alumni, community members, scholarship representatives and WDC staff presented students with their scholarship and recognition awards.Read More
For generations, “Merickel” has been a charmed name in this region and will be especially inspiring on May 24th when former Wadena High School alumni, Tommy Merickel, serves as guest speaker for the 2019 Wadena-Deer Creek High School Commencement.
Since graduating from Wadena High School in 1974, Merickel has achieved tremendous success in the world. His career experience ranges from politics and business-development to sales and marketing. While currently residing in St. Paul, Merickel serves as Executive Vice President of Taylor Corporations, a Minnesota company providing communication services, products, and technologies to many of the most recognizable brands in the world.
He’ll honor the achievements of WDC’s seniors and express that happiness doesn't come from how much money you make but instead comes from doing something you love.
The Commencement will start at 7 pm in the Wadena-Deer Creek Middle/High School Gym. Come enjoy this remarkable event and congratulate WDC’s 2019 graduating class as they enter an exciting new phase of life!
The evening’s entertainment included an enchanting marimba solo performed by Junior, Margaret Carlson, exemplifying the fine arts excellence at WDC.Read More
When Wadena-Deer Creek junior Hunter Hawkins tore his ACL during the homecoming football game on Sept. 28, it was a devastating injury for this three-sport Wolverine athlete.Read More
What better way to spend a beautiful, sunny Wednesday than having our high school students volunteering outdoors during WDC's 11th annual Day of Caring.
A total of 237 students in grades 9-12 and about 25 staff went to 119 homes to rake leaves, clean out flower beds, wash first-floor windows and more -- in the largest Day of Caring to date!Read More
Wadena-Deer Creek second-grader Brayden Canning is being hailed a hero for saving his great-grandma’s life.
Last Friday after school, Brayden went to spend time with his Great-Grandma Ginna like he usually does three times a week. When he arrived at her apartment at Humphrey Manor in Wadena, he found her sleeping on the floor. He tried waking her but she started to shake. He knew something was wrong and went for help.Read More