Miller students selected for Belin-Blank Summer Institute

L to R: Jacqueline Wahl, Gretchen Benscoter, Joseph Anguiano, Olivia Arneson, Regan Mazour, Luke Pedersen, Lucas Thiessen

L to R: Jacqueline Wahl, Gretchen Benscoter, Joseph Anguiano, Olivia Arneson, Regan Mazour, Luke Pedersen, Lucas Thiessen

Several Miller Middle School students were selected as participants in the Belin-Blank Summer Institute for the Arts and Sciences held June 22-27 at the University of Iowa.

The week-long residential summer program invites 120 Iowa seventh and eighth grade students annually, providing exceptionally talented students with an intensive and advanced educational experience designed to enhance their intellectual and social growth.

The students were nominated by their teachers based on high test scores in their area of nomination, outstanding performance in their classes, and high levels of motivation.

The Miller students who will attend in each category are:

  • Luke Pedersen–Performing Arts
  • Joseph Anguiano–Invention and Innovation
  • Olivia Arneson–Visual Arts
  • Jacqueline Wahl–Social Sciences
  • Regan Mazour–Advanced Math
  • Alternates are: Gretchen Benscoter–Creative Writing, and Lucas Thiessen–Science.

The Institute is administered by The Connie Belin & Jacqueline N. Blank International Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development. Each student selected will receive a $300 Myron and Jacqueline Blank Summer Scholarship to cover a portion of the Institute’s cost.

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MHS students win patriotic poster contest

Min Lin (left) and Courtney Krein (right) with VFW Auxiliary member Linda Tasler.

Min Lin (left) and Courtney Krein (right) with VFW Auxiliary member Linda Tasler.

Marshalltown High School students Min Lin and Courtney Krein placed first and second respectively in the VFW Auxiliary’s annual patriotic poster contest.

This is the third year Min Lin has won the Marshall County District contest. His poster will now be entered in the state competition with the possibility of advancing to nationals.

Min Lin and Krein were recognized at the VFW awards dinner held April 15.

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MHS Band garners 29 Division I ratings at state solo/ensemble contest

Marshalltown High School Band students earned 29 Division I ratings at the Iowa High School Music Association State Solo and Small Ensemble Contest held April 12 at Newton High School.

Marshalltown students performed in front of judges to earn a rating Division I (outstanding), Division II (excellent), Division III (average), Division IV (below average) or Division V (unacceptable). Other schools participating were Indianola, Newton and Ottumwa.

Besides the 29 Division I ratings, MHS also received 6 Division II ratings and one Division III rating.

Earning perfect scores were: Therese Kuhlman, flute; Ellen Podhajsky, flute; Trace Ohrt, snare; Evan Hicks, marimba; and the woodwind quartet of Therese Kuhlman, Ellen Podhajsky, Analisa Iole and Hannah Stone.

Trace Ohrt was selected as the outstanding performer in the Brass and Percussion Center and the Woodwind Quartet was selected as the outstanding performer in the Woodwind Center.

Receiving Division I ratings for solos: Therese Kuhlman, flute; Ellen Podhajsky, flute; Emily Murtha, flute; Therese Kuhlman, alto flute; Analisa Iole, clarinet; Abigail Stone, clarinet; Hannah Stone, clarinet; Emma Alman, clarinet; Marcus Henze, bass clarinet; Lily Larsen, trumpet; Collin Krukow, trombone; Frank Iole, trombone; Brett Wax, tuba; Trace Ohrt, snare; Sam Johnson, marimba; Evan Hicks, marimba; Devin Carlon, marimba; and Andrew Walker, marimba.

Receiving Division I ratings for ensembles: Flute Duet, Flute Quartet, Clarinet Quartet A, Clarinet Quartet B, Woodwind Quartet, Sax Duet A, Sax Duet B, Sax Quintet, Flugelhorn Duet, Brass Quintet A and the Percussion Choir. Participates in the Ensembles include: Therese Kuhlman, Ellen Podhajsky, Emily Murtha, Marcella Savatdy, Analisa Iole, Michaela Huey, Hannah Stone, Abigail Stone, Marcus Henze, Time Potter, Victoria Jones, Abigail Saucedo, Andrew Potter, Nicole Lacina, Niccole Wolken, Severio Mancieri, Sean Finn, Eric Weinberg, Collin Krukow, Abby Snyder, Brett Wax, Trace Ohrt, Sam Johnson, Brenda Livengood, Evan Hicks, Andrew Walker, David Braga and Devin Carlon.

The MHS Band Department will present its Spring Concert on April 27, 2014 at 3pm in the MHS/Community Auditorium. It will feature the MHS Wind Symphony, MHS Symphonic Band and several ensembles and solos. Admission is $5 for adults and $3 for students with Activity Passes honored.

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Quiet leader speaks up to learn

Being a quiet leader is just fine with Stephanie Sanchez, an eighth grader at Miller Middle School.

“It helps me pay attention,” the 14-year-old said.

Read Stephanie’s spotlight in today’s Marshalltown Times-Republican.

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Marshalltown named Iowa Great Place: 13th Street, Roundhouse projects to benefit from $350,000 award

Two Marshalltown projects have been awarded funds totaling $350,000 from the Iowa Great Places Citizens Advisory Board of the Department of Cultural Affairs. The funds will go the 13th Street revitalization and will also add public art and landscaping at the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse.

As part of the award, Marshalltown has also been designated as an Iowa Great Place.

“We’re very happy for the designation as an Iowa Great Place as well as the money,” said Mary Giese, of the Marshall County Arts & Culture Alliance. “This is very good news.”

Read the full story in the Marshalltown Times-Republican.

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World Book Night is April 23: MHS Library a distribution hub for local givers

WBN2014 LogoNoBkgdMarshalltown High School Library is a local distribution hub for World Book Night, an international initiative to get print books into the hands of those who don’t regularly read and/or don’t normally have access.

World Book Night falls on April 23, the UNESCO International Day of the Book and Shakespeare’s birthday. Each year an independent panel of librarians and booksellers identifies 30-35 titles for World Book Night. Authors waive royalties and publishers agree to pay the cost of producing specially printed World Book Night U.S. editions. World Book Night givers are chosen based on an application process and their ability to reach non-readers.

MHS Library is serving as a hub for area givers, acting as the distribution point for the World Book Night titles. This year’s givers include numerous Marshalltown Community School District staff and Marshalltown community members.

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MHS team places third in Real World Design Challenge

L to R: Olyvia Mathews, Sumeet Panchal, James Talbert, Jonathon Kirner, Ashley Harris. Not pictured: Colin Crumrine.

MHS Real World Design Challenge Team (L to R): Olyvia Mathews, Sumeet Panchal, James Talbert, Jonathon Kirner, Ashley Harris. Not pictured: Colin Crumrine.

Marshalltown High School placed third in the state Real World Design Challenge, competing in the Iowa’s Governor Cup competition April 13 at the Science Center of Iowa.

Real World Design Challenge is an annual aerospace engineering competition  providing high school students the opportunity to work on real world engineering challenges in a team environment. Students utilize professional engineering software to develop solutions to challenges confronting national industries.

rwdc_logo6c_finalSince October the MHS team, “Marshalltown Moth Busters”, have been researching and designing a reasonable solution to this year’s challenge: developing an Unmanned Aircraft System to efficiently monitor corn borer damage in a typical North Central Iowa field. The team submitted a 40-page engineering notebook on March 31 and was judged on a 20-minute oral presentation on April 13. The team’s name is based on their solution, which identified the corn borer in the moth stage of its life cycle.

This is Marshalltown’s third year participating in the Real World Design Challenge. The team placed third in the state behind Davenport (winner) and Clinton (runner-up).

Team members are senior Jonathon Kirner, juniors James Talbert, Sumeet Panchal, Ashley Harris, and Colin Crumrine, and sophomore Olyvia Mathews. The team was coached by Susan Fritzell and sponsored by the MHS Extended Learning Program.

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