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Education Briefs: May 22, 2010

Career camp for local students

WORTHINGTON --Nobles County students entering grades 9-12 may register for a Housing Careers Camp June 7-9.

Students will explore careers in housing, real estate, banking and community development fields, learn about money management, and complete a service-learning project.

The camp is free and lunch and transportation are included. Registrations are being accepted through today.

Call the Nobles County Integration Collaborative to register at 376-3300.

Head Start enrollment is open

WORTHINGTON -- The Southwestern Minnesota Opportunity Council's Head Start Program in the Worthington/Rushmore/Adrian area is now enrolling 4- and 5-year-olds to participate in its early childhood program this fall.

Head Start provides educational, health, nutritional and social service assistance to children and their families. Enrolled children and parents may elect a homebased or combination homeand classroom-based option. Transportation services may be provided.

For more information or to apply, call 1-800-658-2444.

Minn. West honors longtime employees

WORTHINGTON -- Minnesota West Community and Technical College is recognizing the following employees for their years of service at the Worthington campus.

Retiree: Le Lucht, Spanish instructor; 25 years: Sharon Balster, receptionist in academic office; 15 years: Dennis Hebig, information specialist; Angie Hoffman, academic office and law enforcement assistant; Sharon Jansen, bookstore; Jeff Rain, biology instructor; Brian Tonsager, technology office; 10 years: Mike Dierks, farm management; and Dean Hebig, maintenance.

Area student joins leadership society

CROOKSTON-- Stephanie Onken, Round Lake, was among those the University of Minnesota, Crookston, inducted into the National Society of Leadership and Success on April 27.

NCC instructor honored at SkillsUSA

DES MOINES, Iowa -- Northwest Iowa Community College instructor Steve Pearce was recognized at the Iowa State SkillsUSA Leadership Conference May 1 in Iowa.

Pearce was recognized for six years of service as a State Board member.

NCC students place in SkillsUSA contest

DES MOINES, Iowa --The following area students from Northwest Iowa Community College, Sheldon, Iowa, placed in the 2010 Iowa State Skills USA Championships:

Academic Achievement Award: Andrew Echternach, Okabena; Craig Zieman, Hartley, Iowa; Automated Manufacturing: Brandon Ackerman, Sibley, Iowa; Lance Wibben, George, Iowa; Automotive Service: Kendall Hofman, Sanborn, Iowa; Collision Repair: Aaron Beenken, Sheldon, Iowa; Diesel Equipment: Cody Rosenboom, Hartley, Iowa; Electronics Technology: Cody Petersen, Sibley, Iowa; Randy Holz, Sheldon, Iowa; Industrial Motor Control: Travis Ailts, Rushmore; Mechatronics: Marshal Dreessen, Sibley, Iowa; Team Works: Kirk Schmidt, Sheldon, Iowa.

Fulda girl named award finalist

FULDA -- Heidi Enninga, Fulda, was presented on Friday with an engraved bronze medallion to signify her selection as a Distinguished Finalist in the 2010 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program, which honors youth volunteers.

Enninga was honored for coordinating the activities of more than 200 student volunteers and 180 senior citizen "buddies" through the "Buddy Up" program started by her sister. She is a senior at Fulda Public High School.

Ag literacy grants available to teachers

MANKATO -- Minnesota Pork Board is offering $500 grants to kindergarten through post-secondary educators who want to attend the annual Agricultural Literacy Institute June 28-July 1 at South Central College, Mankato. Application deadline is June 1.

Through hands-on experiences, tours and interactive classroom sessions teachers will learn about Minnesota agriculture and its contributions to society. Teaching resources and ideas on incorporating agricultural concepts into classroom curriculum will also be provided.

The grant application is at x.php.

For more information, contact Trudy Wastweet at 1-800-537-7675 or

Local students attend nature conference

MARSHALL -- Rebecca Sjagren, Filmon Mesfun and Tyson Scholtes participated in the 16th annual Science and Nature Conference May 14 at Southwest Minnesota State University. Adults attending were Patty Scholtes and Sister Cheryl Marie Dragner.

Nearly 1,200 K-8 student attended the event with their parents and teachers. Participants attended three classes where they learned about edible science; saw a life-size, inflatable whale; and build mini solar panels.

Kingery earns SMSU scholarship

READING -- Stacey Kingery, Reading, is the recipient of an Emerging Student Scholarship for 2010-2011 from Southwest Minnesota State University, Marshall.

She is the daughter of Bruce and Gail Kingery of Reading. She plans to study finance.

Sheldon graduate earns scholarship

SHELDON, Iowa -- Kendra Hall, a 2010 graduate of Sheldon Community High School was awarded the Linda K. DeGroot/Village Northwest Unlimited Spirit of Caring Scholarship.

VNU established the $1,000 scholarship to encourage graduates to further their education in fields that focus on working with individuals who have a disability.

Worthington woman will teach in Slovakia

ST. PAUL --Anna Wilson, Worthington, a senior at Bethel University, has received a Fulbright Grant and will teach English in Kosice, Slovakia.

Wilson will graduate with degrees in philosophy and English literature, and has traveled to Moldova to teach English to Russian Secondary students. She has also been involved in Student Senate and Career Services while at Bethel.

Luitjens earns award

STORM LAKE, Iowa -- Kelli Luitjens, Worthington, was honored at the Buena Vista University Student Recognition Dinner.

She received the School of Education Senior Award in elementary education.

Area students fare well in art contest

WESTBROOK-- Benjamin Postma, a junior at Round Lake-Brewster, earned "excellent" rating for his pencil drawing of a group of friends during the Minnesota State High School League Region IIIA Visual Arts Festival May 5 at Westbrook-Walnut Grove High School.

Pheng Zong Yang, Westbrook-Walnut Grove, received a Judge's Choice Award for his media creation "Times."