Maureen Wacker taught in Montana and Iowa before settling down at Red River High School in Grand Forks. She started in 1994, and has been very involved with the school and her students ever since. Wacker is an English teacher and adviser for National Honor Society, or NHS. She usually works from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. or later to ensure she has as much time as possible to help her students.
I first found out about Imagine Dragons when I heard their song “It’s Time” and watched the video, and it managed to get stuck in my head for several days. I also remember my attention immediately being caught by their unique band name, which is probably a big part of why I ended up looking for more of their music after that.
Pentatonix is one of the most recent bands that I’ve found. They’ve been around for years, but already they’re one of my favorites.
Over the years, my mom has made more delicious home-cooked meals than I could possibly count, but one of my favorites will always be her “Deconstructed” Garam Masala Chicken Pot Pie. My parents and I came across this recipe through the Food Network. We always love watching TV together, and the Food Network is one of our favorite channels. We’re fans of “Next Food Network Star,” and one of the competitors in the fifth season, Jeffrey Saad, came up with a recipe for Garam Masala Chicken Pot Pie.
Like many people, I’ve been a huge fan of the “Harry Potter” series for years. I first read the book in eighth grade, which was right around the time I discovered the Internet. So naturally, I started searching for things related to my favorite books, and one of my best findings was a band called Ministry of Magic.
One of my favorite childhood movies is a classic, well-loved fairy tale comedy, “The Princess Bride.” The book is very similar to the movie with off-the-wall wit and themes of true love and miracles, but there are many key differences as well.
I first found out about Mumford & Sons several years ago when I heard their songs “Babel” and “I Will Wait.” I remember buying these songs on iTunes the first chance I got and listening to them on repeat for close to an hour while I read. When I realized just how long I’d been listening, I also realized I wasn’t even slightly tired of them.
Grand Forks native and folk singer Tom Brosseau recently released his eighth album, “Grass Punks,” which features nine new tracks all with his signature acoustic sound. The inspiration for the album’s title came from a girl who Brosseau met while they were in the open mic circuit in San Diego. “She was a pianist and a poet, and she would improvise these words,” Brosseau said. “Just whatever came to her head, she would say over and over again. And this was a phrase that she would often say, ‘grass punks.’”
I was first introduced to Bastille when one of my friends recommended their song “Flaws.” The song’s unique, almost electronic sound immediately caught my interest, and I began to search for more of their music.
“The Fault in Our Stars” by John Green is one of the best books I’ve ever come across. I had been a big fan of Green’s YouTube channel — vlogbrothers, which he co-runs with his brother, Hank — for several years, and I had to give his latest book a try when I heard about it.