MHS duo compete at National Speech/Debate

Chandler Fisher and Libby Crawford.

Chandler Fisher and Libby Crawford.

Marshalltown High School students Libby Crawford and Chandler Fisher competed at the National Speech and Debate Tournament held June 15-20 in Overland Park, Kansas.

The pair qualified in the Duo Interpretation category during the East Iowa District Tournament held Feb. 14-15 at MHS. At nationals Crawford and Fisher completed six preliminary rounds, but fell short of the top 60 cut off for further  rounds.

The students also competed individually. Crawford competed in two rounds of prose reading and one round of storytelling. Fisher also competed in storytelling, making it to the semifinals and earning a semifinalist plaque. Dr. Janelle Hawk, MHS forensics coach, says this is the first time the school has brought home an award from the national tournament.

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Phomvisay honored with Passport to Prosperity award

Phomvisay

Phomvisay

Marshalltown High School Principal Aiddy Phomvisay has been named a 2014 Passport to Prosperity award winner by the Iowa International Center.

These awards honor immigrants and refugees in the state who make Iowa a better place to live through their contributions.

Phomvisay is originally from Laos and his family moved to Alta, Iowa as refugees when he was young. He is entering his fourth year as MHS principal.

Read the full story in the Marshalltown Times-Republican.

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Emerson/Fisher donates $250K to Roundhouse renovation

T-R PHOTO BY ANDREW POTTER Emerson/Fisher has announced it will donate $250,000 to the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation. Pictured are from left, Paul Gregoire of Emerson/Fisher, Gary Schaudt, co-chair of Roundhouse fundraising, Terry Buzbee of Emerson/Fisher and Craig Huegel and Aiddy Phomvisay of MHS.

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Emerson/Fisher has announced it will donate $250,000 to the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation. Pictured are from left, Paul Gregoire of Emerson/Fisher, Gary Schaudt, co-chair of Roundhouse fundraising, Terry Buzbee of Emerson/Fisher and Craig Huegel and Aiddy Phomvisay of MHS.

One of the biggest employers in Marshalltown is stepping up in a big way to help the Marshalltown High School Roundhouse renovation.

Emerson/Fisher announced a donation of $250,000 to the project Tuesday, which updates the gym at the school.

“We support Marshalltown in every way we can and education is a huge priority for our business and our families,” said Terry Buzbee, group vice president of Final Control at Emerson. “The Roundhouse makes Marshalltown all that more attractive.”

Read the full story in today’s Marshalltown Times-Republican.

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End-of-year assembly includes surprise proposal

Thursday was a day of celebration for Fisher Elementary. Students and staff gathered outside for an end-of-the-year assembly, handing out awards for attendance and positive behavior, marking the close of a successful school year. As the school celebrated the end, third grade teacher Courtney Lenz was about to celebrate the beginning of something new and exciting in her life.

She just didn’t know it yet.

Midway through the recognitions Principal Vicki Vopava told the assembled crowd she wanted to recognize a teacher. In fact, she told the unsuspecting audience, there was a community member who had something to say to Ms. Lenz. As Courtney approached the front of the crowd from one direction her boyfriend, Trent Albee, approached from the other. It quickly became clear to teachers and students alike what he was there to do:

IMG_7266He knelt. He asked. She said yes.

It was fitting that Trent and Courtney became engaged at Fisher Elementary: It’s where they met. At that time Julie Trickett and Susan Pollpeter saw the potential chemistry between the two and decided to play matchmaker. They approached Trent and told him to call Courtney and ask her out on a date.

Three years later, the couple started the next phase of their life at the same place where the very idea of a life together began.

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Woodbury students raise $1,542.69 for splash pads

Jackie Ibarra and Isabella Pantoja present Leigh Bauder and Misty Smith with a check for $1,542.69 toward splash pads.

Jackie Ibarra and Isabella Pantoja present Leigh Bauder and Misty Smith with a check for $1,542.69 toward splash pads.

As Marshalltown students prepare for Summer Break, students at Woodbury are working hard to support safe, fun options for their peers.

On Tuesday students celebrated a big step toward that goal, presenting a check for $1,542.69 to Splash 4 Life, an organization raising money for splash pads in the Marshalltown community.

“You are true examples of leadership and caring and love in this community,” Leigh Bauder, one of the Splash 4 Life leaders, told the students. Bauder and Misty Smith formed Splash 4 Life in 2012 after the drownings in the Iowa River.

Woodbury’s contribution toward the splash pads comes after a week of collecting change and cash contributions from students. Jackie Ibarra and Isabella Pantoja, Woodbury fourth graders, organized the project. Isabella’s brother, Andres, was one of the children who drowned in the Iowa River two years ago. (Read more about Jackie and Isabella’s fundraiser in the Marshalltown Times-Republican).

Splash 4 Life is continuing to raise money for the splash pads and is currently in the running for Ty Pennington’s “The Ultimate Give Back Challenge”. Projects are submitted and voted on for the chance to receive up to $50,000 and the help of Ty Pennington, host of Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. Five other winners will receive up to $10,000 each for the project.

Voting is ongoing. A link to where to vote can be found on the Splash 4 Life Facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/Splash4Life2012)

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Triple threat: MHS student earns three Microsoft certifications

Raffael Nueser holds two of his three MOS certificates.

Raffael Nueser holds two of his three MOS certificates.

Raffael Nueser is the first Marshalltown High School student to receive three Microsoft Office Specialist (MOS) certifications utilizing Microsoft IT Academy.

MHS was one of 150 schools in Iowa to receive funding for Microsoft IT Academy curriculum materials. Access to the academy gives students and teachers access to more than $44,000 in materials, training and e-learning resources.

MHS is also a Certipoint testing center, which means students who utilize the IT Academy can take the certification exam at the school free of charge. Without being a Certipoint center students would need to travel for MOS testing.

MOS certification is available on all Microsoft Office products. Nueser earned his certification in Word, PowerPoint and Excel while in Ann Heying’s Advanced Word Processing course. Other students in Heying’s class are working on IT Academy as well and hope to earn certifications soon.

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Sticky situation for Franklin principal: Holmgren taped to chair for a good cause

IMG_7195Through the years, Franklin Elementary School Principal Tim Holmgren has not been afraid to embarrass himself as long as it raises money for the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life.

Holmgren took it to another level Wednesday as he let students duct tape him to his chair throughout the afternoon.

Students donated $5 per piece of tape to have the honor to put their principal in a sticky situation.

Read the full story in today’s Marshalltown Times-Republican.

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