Education

Area schools, students place at 4th Triton Jazz Festival

The 4th Annual Triton Jazz Festival was held in Decker Auditorium on Iowa Central’s campus on Jan. 12-13. Twenty-two jazz bands from Class 1A, 2A, 3A, and 4A high schools performed for a panel of judges and then participated in a separate clinical session. First, second, and third place ...

Save Now, Save Later winners named

WEST DES MOINES — Parents across the state of Iowa are getting a $1,500 boost to their student’s College Savings Iowa® account this winter, thanks to Iowa Student Loan’s Save Now, Save Later: College Savings Plan Parent Giveaway. Thirty parents have been chosen as winners in the ...

BV youth educator receives service award

STORM LAKE — Nichol Kleespies, Buena Vista County Youth Educator with Iowa State University Extension and Outreach, was recognized with the Achievement in Service Award Nov. 15 at ISU Extension and Outreach Youth Fest. The Achievement in Service Award recognizes staff who are making a ...

FDSH offers agriculture program class

Fort Dodge Senior High began offering its first agriculture program class at the start of the second trimester. The goal of the class, CASE Introduction to Agriculture, Food and Natural Resources, is to introduce students to the various areas of agriculture science other than ...

IRFA holds annual “Fuel the Future” video contest

JOHNSTON — With winter break just around the corner, Iowa high school students have an opportunity to make the most of their vacation by submitting an entry to the Iowa Renewable Fuels Association’s (IRFA) “Fuel the Future” Video Contest for a chance to win a $1,000 grand prize. ...

Mossman accepted for admission to Luther College

DECORAH — Scot Schaeffer, Luther College vice president for enrollment management, has announced that Jenn Mossman of Rockwell City has been accepted for admission for the 2017-18 academic year. Mossman has been awarded the President’s Scholarship. A national liberal arts college with ...

Boswell achieves Fall 2016 Dean’s List at Belmont Univesity

NASHVILLE, TN — Allison Boswell, a Humboldt native, qualified for the Fall 2016 Dean’s List at Belmont University. Eligibility is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Approximately 30 percent of Belmont’s 7,700 ...

AFES, FDSH get Community Grant awards

Athletics for Education and Success and Fort Dodge Senior High have received cash grant awards of $3,000 each. The grants were awarded by the University of Iowa College of Public Health and the Business Leadership Network. AFES and FDSH were among the seven award recipients that were ...

Counting down with kindness

Third-grade students at Duncombe Elementary are counting down the days until winter break with gifts of kindness. “I thought this would be a fun way to count down the days until break,” said Shannon Judas, third-grade teacher. “Kindness is such an important lesson for kids to learn. ...

Iowa Lakes student wins photography award

EMMETSBURG — Natalie Rosenberg’s decision to plant more than 100 sunflowers in her garden this year paid off in more ways than one when she earned third place in the illustrative category at the Professional Photographers of Iowa Fall Convention recently in Des Moines. “She has a good ...

FDSH students recognized by board

Students at Fort Dodge Senior High were recognized at a school board meeting recently for their accomplishments in academics and athletics during the summer and fall of 2016. The recognition ceremony was held at the Fort Dodge Middle School. •Fall 2016 National Academy of ...

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Jean Black, business manager at Community Christian School in Fort Dodge, left, works with second grader Israel Alvarez on his reading skills at the school recently. Black began her role as business manager on Aug. 1. Her duties range from approving bills to meeting with prospective parents, she said.

Black takes leadership role at Community Christian

After persevering through a period of uncertainty at Community Christian School, Jean Black, the school business manager, is ready to step up as a leader in the Christian education community in Fort Dodge. “For numerous reasons we had a large overturn last spring,” Black said. “We had ...

ICCC instructor wins top welding instructor award

The American Welding Society awarded Branden Otto the “Howard E. Adkins Memorial Instructor Membership Award.” This award is sponsored by the family and friends of the Howard E. Adkins and recognizes instructors for their outstanding teaching accomplishments at the High School, Trade ...

FD school district names November students, employees of the month

The Fort Dodge Community School District has announced its students and employees of the month for November. This program recognizes one elementary, one middle school and one high school student, as well as one staff member monthly for their outstanding accomplishments. Tayven Altman is the ...

Keyboarding class to be offered at FDSH

Students at Fort Dodge Senior High will have new keyboards to help them learn to read and play piano music. Grant funds from Vincent Deardorf Charitable Foundation and the Ann Smeltzer Charitable Trust allowed Matt Drees, FDSH vocal instructor, to purchase 12 new keyboards for the music ...

Pocahontas County beef weigh-in is set for Dec. 17

POCAHONTAS — All market calves that will be exhibited at the 2017 Pocahontas County Fair must be weighed-in from 9 to 10:30 a.m. Dec. 17 at the Dale Wenell farm, Albert City. If you have questions please contact the ISU Extension and Outreach Office at (712) 335-3103 or lzeman@iastate.edu.

10th annual Youth in Harmony Festival set

HUMBOLDT — Area high school students along with two guest quartets, the Algona Cornbelt Chorus and the Harmony Brigade Barbershop Chorus, will perform at the 10th annual Youth in Harmony Festival from 6:30 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at the Humboldt High School auditorium. The quartets will ...

Algona H.S. vocalists participate in Festival

ALGONA — Thirty-two Algona High School musicians participated in the North Central District’s Iowa Choral Directors Association Honor Choir Festival on Nov. 7 at North Iowa Area Community College in Mason City. A record nearly 800 musicians from 28 area school districts participated in one ...

St. Edmond students named to All-State

The St. Edmond high school music department has announced the accomplishments of Iris Peimann, Rachel Sherry, Megan Flattery, and Zephan O’Connor as they were accepted into the 2017 Iowa All-State Band and Choir. Iris, the daughter of Kim and Aaron Peimann, was accepted for the first time ...

Students in the Arts are recognized in FD

The following students have been named as Students in the Arts. They are listed by school. Elementary level: St. Paul Lutheran School: Art: Piper Elsberry; Music, Lacey Larson. St. Edmond School: Art: Ellasyn Whitmore, Parker Bockoven, Ainsley Seltz, Cortney Diersen, Tessa Carlson; Music: ...