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3 Area Students graduate from Allen College with degrees

The following area graduates received a degree from Allen College:Laryn Ewoldt of Dysart received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree Annika Schmidt of Vinton received a Bachelor of Science in Nursing degree with Cum Laude honors, Molly Schmidt of Norway received a Associate of Science in Radiology degree with Summa Cum Laude honorsThe College awarded 127 degrees during its commencement ceremonies on Friday, May 7, 2021.

Classmates of 1963 start their coffee meets

A core group of 1963 classmates met Tuesday morning at the Vinton Family Restaurant for their 1st coffee since February 2020. Fortunately, no one aged. Attending: Elsie Dunklee Goodell, Sandy Whitson Johnson, Anna Mae Johnson Tharp, Sharon Boddicker Rhinehart,Rosemary Flickinger Boisen, Marilyn Primrose Bickal (Dave), Rick Geater, Larry Wiley, Carl Evan (Sandy).
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Leading Online Public School Hosted Virtual Commencement for Class of 2021 on May 16Iowa Connections Academy, one of Iowa’s most experienced tuition-free, online public schools for students in grades K-12, honored the school’s 116 graduating high school seniors during an online ceremony on Sunday, May 16. The 2021 graduating class is the largest to date for the fully virtual school, which opened in 2012.

Local Residents Celebrated at Central College

Central College students were celebrated during Commencement on Saturday, May 15, at Ron and Joyce Schipper Stadium.The commencement included the following students from the area:Center PointRylie Conway Alexis Engen Cassidy YeagerVintonDestiny Swallom WalfordJoel Collett Central College of Pella, Iowa, is a private, four-year liberal arts college.

Mount Mercy University recognizes student achievement at Honors Convocation

The following student received recognition for outstanding achievement at Mount Mercy University's Honors Convocation on May 14: From Van Horne, Oceana Papakee, Anne K. Stenzel Outstanding Social Work Student Award Over 30 awards were given during the ceremony, recognizing students for excelling in academics and extra-curricular activities while demonstrating leadership and personal growth during their time at Mount Mercy.

Vinton student awarded $1,500 America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders Scholarship

Vinton-Shellsburg High School student Emma Arnold has been awarded a $1,500 scholarship from America’s Farmers Grow Ag Leaders, sponsored by Bayer Fund. In the fall, Arnold will study Agriculture Business Management at Hawkeye Community College. Arnold exemplifies the quality of students who are [sel]ed for Grow Ag Leaders scholarships. “Emma is a very dependable and hardworking young lady.

McKinney 2021 Lutheran Education Association's Distinguished Teacher

Becky McKinney, Preschool Teacher at Central Lutheran School, is the 2021 Lutheran Education Association’s Distinguished Lutheran Early Childhood Teacher. This award is given annually to one early childhood educator in the country. Ms. McKinney has been teaching for 16 years at Central Lutheran School in Newhall, Iowa, where she also serves on a variety of committees and volunteers to help with extra-curricular activities.

IDB Library Named NLS Regional Library of the Year

The Iowa Department for the Blind is incredibly pleased to share that the Iowa Library for the Blind and Print Disabled, a division of the Iowa Department for the Blind, has been named 2020-2021 Regional Library of the Year by the National Library Service for the Blind and Print Disabled at the Library of Congress. Our library provides reading materials in braille, audio, large print, and other alternative formats to Iowans of all ages who cannot read standard print.

Iowa Health Care Foundation Scholarships Application Deadline May 31

The Iowa Health Care Association (IHCA) Foundation is offering 75 scholarships, totaling $167,500 to help individuals interested in pursuing or advancing their career in long-term care. Scholarship opportunities are available for current long-term care employees, veterans and high school students."As the past year has demonstrated, our health care workers are so vitally important.

Century and Heritage Farm Applications due June 1

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig reminds eligible farm owners to apply for the 2021 Century and Heritage Farm Program now. The program was created by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship and the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation to recognize families who have owned their farms for 100 years and 150 years, respectively.
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