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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Brewing up a Bobcat ball: Big Roundhouse fundraiser May 3 at Elmwood

Layout 1People can take home a piece of the old Marshalltown High School Roundhouse while supporting the new one at a special event May 3. A group of area women are organizing the “Take Me Out to the Bobcat Ball” for that night at the Elmwood Country Club to raise money for the Roundhouse renovation.

Included at the event will be an auction for items such as tables and coat racks made from old bleacher wood at the Roundhouse.

Read more in the Marshalltown Times-Republican.

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‘A leader by example’ in Hoglan Elementary: Fourth grader shows strong work ethic

Hoglan Elementary School fourth grade teacher Ryan Burke said Daniel Morales is a student that comes from a family that values education and it shows on a daily basis in the classroom.

Read Daniel’s Spotlight in the Marshalltown Times-Republican.

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A grandma to many: Foster Grandparents volunteer time in schools

Mary Hall said her grandchildren are growing up and beyond that “young kid” stage.

It’s fine with her as she has a never-ending stream of youngsters to interact with as a volunteer in the Foster Grandparents program.

Hall, a retired nurse from Marshalltown, spends three days a week volunteering as part of the program at Fisher Elementary School. It’s something she’s done for the past 10 years.

Read the full story in the Marshalltown Times-Republican.

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MHS hosts CIML Art Show

MHS senior Paola Diaz receives the Best in Show: 3D Artwork award at the CIML Art Show held Wednesday, April 9, at Marshalltown High School.

MHS senior Paola Diaz receives the Best in Show: 3D Artwork award at the CIML Art Show held Wednesday, April 9, at Marshalltown High School.

Marshalltown High School hosted the CIML Art Show Wednesday, with MHS students earning three blue ribbons, five honorable mentions, and Best in Show for 3D artwork.

Ames, Fort Dodge, Waukee, West Des Moines and Mason City showcased the best of their student artwork along with Marshalltown. Art teachers selected the pieces to be presented at the CIML show where retired art educator Will Hildebrandt served as judge. In addition to the judged categories there were students’ choice and teachers’ choice awards.

In the morning students toured the art collection at Fisher Community Center and visited the Marshalltown Community College art and design departments.

MHS senior Paola Diaz won Best in Show: 3D for her Raku vase. Other MHS students earning ribbons and honorable mention are as follows:

Read more about the art show, including the Best in Show winner, in today’s Marshalltown Times-Republican.

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MHS wins state Envirothon

MHS state Envirothon participants: Sean Finn, Madison Sogge, Adam Willman, Jacob Ramsey-Smith, Dayana Carrera, Chandler Fisher, Wynn Tan, Olyvia Mathews, Abby Snyder, Collin Krukow.

MHS state Envirothon participants: Sean Finn, Madison Sogge, Adam Willman, Jacob Ramsey-Smith, Dayana Carrera, Chandler Fisher, Wynn Tan, Olyvia Mathews, Abby Snyder, Collin Krukow.

Marshalltown High School secured its 8th state Envirothon title yesterday, winning the Iowa championship at Springbrook State Park in Guthrie Center.

MHS had two teams competing April 7: the “Marshalltown Whales 1” and “Marshalltown Whales 2”. The Whales 1 placed first in the oral event and first overall. Whales 2 placed first in the soils event. The second place team overall was Riceville FFA.

Whales 1: Sean Finn, Abby Snyder, Adam Willman, Dayana Carrera, Chandler Fisher

Whales 1: Sean Finn, Abby Snyder, Adam Willman, Dayana Carrera, Chandler Fisher

The contest consisted of four outdoor stations covering forestry, wildlife, soils, and aquatics as well as a 15-minute oral presentation on this year’s current issue: Sustainable Local Agriculture.

This is the third state Envirothon title for seniors Abby Snyder and Adam Willman (2012, 2013, 2014) and the second for senior Sean Finn (2013, 2014).

The team will now compete at the Midwestern Envirothon Championships

Whales 2: Jacob Ramsey-Smith, Wynn Tan, Madison Sogge, Olyvia Mathews, Collin Krukow

Whales 2: Jacob Ramsey-Smith, Wynn Tan, Madison Sogge, Olyvia Mathews, Collin Krukow

at Loyala University in Chicago Aug. 4-7. Due to financial issues and changes in program leadership the 2014 International Envirothon in Athens, Georgia, was cancelled.

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