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Scholarships Are Free Money for College

By JULIE PINGEL Iowa Student Loan Board MemberIf your family will have a new college freshman next year, this is a great time to look for scholarships that will help offset the cost of an education. Scholarships are considered "gift aid," meaning that they do not need to be repaid later. Some are one-time awards that can be used while a family's college savings continues to grow; others are renewable as long as the student remains eligible.

Morin selected to perform in 35th Annual Opus Honor Choir Festival

7th grader Syndy Morin was recently selected for participation in the 35th annual Opus Honor Choir Festival. Over 2100 students were nominated by their directors for 720 positions in the four Opus Honor Choirs. Selections were made by means of a recorded audition. Guest conductor of the 7-8 Treble Choir was Cheryl Thompson, Atlantic Middle School, 7th & 8th Grade Treble Clef Honor Choir.
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Minutes of the North Eden Willing Workers

North Eden Willing WorkersNovember 21, 2021The North Eden Willing Workers met at St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Vinton. Before the meeting, several members participated in the Benton County Friends of 4-H rolling skating event. The meeting started at 4:30 P.M. Roll call was answered with your favorite Thanksgiving food. 15 out of 27 club members were present.

District Greenhand Fireup

Spencer Williams, Keyten Grimm, Abby Osborn, and Dakota Deklotz, working together in a workshop. By: Co-Reporter, Isabel Mullinex On November 3rd, 22 Greenhand members from the Vinton Shellsburg FFA chapter participated at the District Greenhand Fireup at Wapsie Valley High School. This day was dedicated to encourage members to become involved in FFA and to get them “Fired-Up” about the amazing opportunities this organization provides. The sessions that the past and current State and District Officers organized included True Blue Communication, This or That, We Are FFA, Keep it Real, and dodgeball.

Top three ways to handle fall leaves

Fall leaves are beautiful – until they pile up in your yard. Don’t send those precious nutrients up in smoke. Instead, put those nuisance leaf piles to good use. Leaves, small branches and other landscape materials can nourish your lawn, garden or community. It’s easy: Compost. Composting leaves and food scraps is a great way to turn this waste into garden nutrients.


Keep Iowa Beautiful (KIB) will award three $1,000 scholarships to Iowa high school seniors in 2022 who plan to enroll in an Iowa college or university. The scholarships are in honor of three pioneers in Keep Iowa Beautiful's 21-year history:Bob Byers--Educator. Through Bob's leadership, KIB's Litter-Free School Campus program was started in NW Iowa.

Benton County Community Foundation Celebrates Community Foundation Week

 November 3, 2021 – The Benton County Community Foundation will join in a nationwide celebration, November 12-18, 2021, to recognize the increasingly important role that community foundations play in strengthening localities and addressing community needs. For more than a century, community foundations have served as a trusted partner and resource for generous people, nonprofits and communities.

High School Seniors Can Earn $2,000 for College

Program Provides Education on College Financing and PlanningA program offering $2,000 scholarships is now open to Iowa high school seniors. Students not only have a chance at much-needed funds for college but can also learn ways to reduce college loan debt through the program.Iowa high school seniors may register for the Iowa Financial Know-How Challenge: Senior Scholarship at www.

VS FFA Recognizes Members

Spencer Williams Each month this year, VS FFA will be recognizing members that have been outstanding in the classroom, FFA, and SAE. A Greenhand member and upperclassman will be recognized each month for their contributions to VSHS FFA.Returning Member: As a Junior, Kail Evans frequently attends monthly meetings and competed in the Farm Business Management Contest at State last year.

Western Governors University Launches New Scholarship for First Responders

In honor of National First Responders Day, which takes place annually on Oct. 28, Western Governors University (WGU) is launching a new scholarship to show appreciation for first responders – including EMTs, police officers, firefighters, corrections officers and others – who have demonstrated unprecedented selflessness and commitment in serving area communities as they carried out their duties throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.
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