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Olson’s monologue “I’ll Always Know Where You Are” will be published


By Angie Rodenburg

Fri, Sep 27th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

By Angie Rodenburg

Life has been a whirlwind adventure lately for Rushford-Peterson senior, Mariah Olson. In the last few weeks she has started her senior year, been voted homecoming queen, and found out that her ten-minute original monologue has been picked up for publication by Brooklyn Publishers, a leading publisher in the youth market.

Olson’s monologue “I’ll Always Know Where You Are” follows a young woman who, devastated in her childhood by being abandoned by her mother and losing her father to cancer, finds herself in an abusive relationship that eventually claims her life. When she passes, the woman is finally reunited with her father.

Olson originally wrote the monologue to perform for speech competitions in the Creative Expression category; one of the few categories that allows students to perform their own work. Olson says, “I had no idea what I wanted to write about, so I just started writing and everything fell into place.”

Forrest Musselman, one of R-P High School’s English teachers and speech coaches, was the one who encouraged Olson to send her piece to Brooklyn Publishers. “I knew Mariah’s monologue had the potential to be published. It matched up with a lot of the monologues you see today,” Musselman said. Musselman went on to say, “It’s a great piece for women. It speaks on the very serious issue of spousal abuse.”

After Musselman received an email from Brooklyn Publishers that called for submissions on single-person monologues in particular, he knew that Mariah’s piece was just the kind of story they were looking for.

Musselman helped Olson critique and edit her piece so it could be considered for publishing. Olson submitted her piece in the beginning of the summer and at the end of August she got the great news that her monologue would be published.

Olson’s “I’ll Always Know Where You Are” will now be available for purchase through Brooklyn Publishers, with a percentage of the script sales going to Olson.

While Olson does not know if she will pursue writing as a career, she is confident she will continue writing as a hobby.

Mariah is the daughter of Dave and Susie Olson.



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R-P recipient of two grants

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Sep 20th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

By Kirsten Zoellner The Rushford-Peterson school year is off to a good start, especially as it received notification of two early education grants. The first, and more sizeable grant, comes to the district from the Minnesota Department of Education ..... 
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2013 R-P homecoming

Fri, Sep 13th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The Rushford-Peterson Schools will celebrate Homecoming 2013 the week of September 16-21. The Presentation of the Royalty and the naming of the King and Queen will take place at an all-school assembly September 17 at 2:30 p.m. in the High School gym ..... 
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R-P tries to move beyond disagreements

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Aug 23rd, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Several district residents were on hand at the Monday, August 19 meeting to voice their opinions of several recent issues including the ongoing facilities and administration debate, grade location realignment, and consistency of offerings within the ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Schools Fall Sports parent and student eligibility meeting

Fri, Jul 26th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Our annual Fall Sports Parent and Student Eligibility Night has been set for Thursday, August 1. All students in grades 7-12 planning to participate in a fall sport need to attend this meeting. Students and parents in grades 7-8 will meet in the the ..... 
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R-P board reviews fiscal impacts for facility

By Kirsten Zoellner

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

The high school biology room was full Monday, June 24. Mayors from the cities of Rushford, Rushford Village, and Peterson, Rushford City Administrator Steve Sarvi, Senator Jeremy Miller, and several area residents were on hand to hear the results of ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson Principal Hired

Fri, Jun 28th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

Rushford-Peterson Schools is pleased to announce the hiring of a high school principal. The position has been offered to and accepted by Jacob Timm. Mr. Timm is replacing Shane McBroom who has served as the 4th and 5th Grade and high school p ..... 
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Tri-County Electric Awards $18,200 in Scholarships

Fri, Jun 14th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

RUSHFORD, Minn. — Tri-County Electric Cooperative (TEC) recently awarded $18,200 in scholarships to 47 local high school students. Since 1991 the cooperative has given $229,387 to area high school graduates. The money for the scholarships is fun ..... 
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Rushford-Peterson High School Honor Roll

Fri, Jun 7th, 2013
Posted in Rushford Education

A Honor Roll Quarter 4 Grade 9: Keean Benson, Carissa Bieberdorf, Noah Dahl, Minju Jeong, Kate Klungtvedt, Savannah Neitzke, Bailey O’Hare, Rachel O’Shaughnessy, Caleb Thompson, Clara Wieser, Caryn Wolter Grade 10: Courtney Gravos, Connor Jo ..... 
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