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Sailor Wayzata Thursday, April 20, 2017 News Update After leaving town fol- lowing the accident, Emily returns to Spring Farms, Illinois, 10 years later to complete her senior year of high school. With no living family, Emily, played by Shawn Spiry, is taken in by one of her former classmates’ parents, played by Hope Shishilla and Cole Seager. Emily fi nds a confi dant in her biology teacher, Mr. Christopher, played by senior and veteran actor Eric Dagoberg. Mr. Chris- topher grapples with his own loss, but steps up to be Emily’s main advocate. Sonia Gerber, Wayzata High School theatre di- rector, explained how the play derived from a theater company in her hometown BY KRISTEN MILLER SUN SAILOR NEWSPAPERS For the past nine years, the winner of the Lake Conference Relays has gone on to win the state Class AA boys True Team title. And by edging Edina 117-111 April 11 in the Lake meet at Eden Prairie High, Wayzata is in a good position to win its fourth state True Team title in a row. To page 12 Vol. 47, No. 17 Wayzata High theatre explores tragedy, forgiveness in ‘The Sparrow’ The spring play debuts Friday, April 28 Will history repeat itself? $ 1 Wayzata High School theatre students are in their fi nal weeks of re- hearsal of the spring play “The Sparrow,” which takes the stage beginning Friday, April 28. “The Sparrow” tells the story of Emily Book, the sole survivor of a bus acci- dent that happened when she was in second grade and claimed the lives of all of her classmates and the driver. of Chicago. Having seen the play performed several times across the state, Ger- ber said she is excited to bring the play to Wayzata High School. “It’s a really unique and special piece,” she said. “It really resonates with high school students,” Gerber said, as it tells the story of “teenage angst, an outsider trying to chart her way, families dealing with loss, superhero pow- ers, guilt, and the power of forgiveness.” Referencing the synop- sis, Gerber explained the story “taps into the fun- damental aching of ado- lescence” fearing they are somehow different, while PLAY - TO PAGE 18 Rehearsing one of the fi nal scenes in “The Sparrow” are Eric Dagoberg as Mr. Christopher and Shawna Spiry as Emily. (Sun Sailor photo by Kristen Miller) Sharing chronicles of an atrocity World War II veteran visits Wayzata to talk about his time as a clerk typist at the Nuremberg trials BY JASON JENKINS SUN SAILOR NEWSPAPERS Athletic apparel tackles bullying Zuma Blu found- ers launch an athlei- sure company with the hopes of spreading kindness and tackling bullying. To page 3 As a clerk typist dur- ing the Nuremberg trials, Larry Tillemans, a sergeant in General George Patton’s 3rd Army, was tasked with documenting the testimony of Holocaust victims and Nazi war criminals after World War II. Tillemans was one of 1,000 Army personnel as- signed duty in 1945-1946 for the trials, which lasted 218 court days and included 360 testimonies and more than 200,000 affi davits. For nine months after the war, Tillemans worked to transcribe eyewitness ac- day. … Women, children, all gassed. Put to death in those gas chambers where they thought they were go- ing to get a shower,” he said. Tillemans, 90, who is be- lieved to be the last living clerk-typist from the tri- als, was recently the guest speaker at a Wayzata Ro- tary Club meeting. At the afternoon event, Rotarian Bob Shadley, a retired Army general, in- LEFT: Larry Tillemans, who is believed to be the last living clerk-typist from the Nuremberg trials, troduced Tillemans as a speaks at an April 5 Wayzata Rotary Club meeting. (Sun Sailor photo by Jason Jenkins) RIGHT: Larry great solider “committed to Tillemans, a sergeant with Patton’s 3rd Army, photographed in 1945 when he was 19 years old. making sure that we all un- derstand and appreciate the (Submitted photo) sacrifi ces that were made by counts of the Holocaust. It nesotan. Tillemans said he by the atrocities he was to was a duty that deeply af- would spend nights crying enter into court record. fected the 19-year-old Min- in his bunk, overwhelmed “You hurt night and VETERAN - TO PAGE 17 From the heart: Wayzata church offers Parables, a special needs friendly service The Rev. Leslie Neugent of Wayzata Community Church discusses service meant to empower BY JASON JENKINS SUN SAILOR NEWSPAPERS Winters of Wayzata’s past It may be springtime, but for an hour inside Wayzata City Hall April 6, winter was the season that was on everyone’s mind. The Wayzata His- torical Society invited residents to take a look back in time with its lat- est program, “100 years of Winter Celebrations.” To page 8 Wayzata Calendar To page 3 Public notices Read the latest an- nouncements from your city, school district and other public agencies. It’s another busy Sun- day morning at Wayzata Community Church. Members of the congre- gation, which has grown to more than 2,700, fi le in and out for the church’s four Sunday services. In the church’s Wake- fi eld Chapel, the Rev. Leslie Neugent robes up just after 10 a.m. as a buzz of noise and activity – all uncharacteristic of most Minnesota church services – begins to swell. The name of the service is Parables, and it’s a lit- urgy that can only be found at Wayzata Com- munity Church. “This service is all about empowerment,” Neugent said. Parables, which Neu- gent created in 2013, is an interactive, special- needs friendly worship service. Neugent said the The Rev. Leslie Neugent walks down the aisle at Wayzata Community Church April 9 at the conclusion of the Parables service. (Sun Sailor photo by Jason Jenkins) idea was sparked after a young church member with special needs began to sing “Jesus Loves Me” during a sermon. “And of course, in the Western world, we freak out because that’s not on the bulleti