Education

Wed
31
May

Honored as Governor’s Scholar ...

Emma Palmer (pictured in center of photo at right), a graduated senior of Waukon High School’s Class of 2023, was recognized by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds (right) and Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg (left) for outstanding academic achievement at the 21st Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony held April 30 at the Iowa Events Center in Des Moines. The statewide program, sponsored by the Iowa Governor’s Office, Iowa High School Athletic Association (IHSAA) and its title sponsor, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF), honored 422 high school seniors from across Iowa at the ceremony.

Wed
31
May

NICC Waukon Center offering Summer Camps for area youth

Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Business and Community Solutions is offering a variety of in-person summer camps in the month of June at the Waukon NICC Center. This summer the Waukon Center is offering Steam Camp – stEam Starring Engineering, Kids in the Kitchen: Junior Chef, and Build Your Own Business.

To register and to learn more about the summer camps being offered, visit www.nicc.edu/waukon or call the NICC Waukon Center at 844-642-2338, ext. 6700.
 

Wed
31
May

Allamakee Community School District to participate in Summer Feeding Program

The Allamakee Community School District is offering a Summer Feeding Program again this summer at no charge, with the first session of that program beginning this Thursday, June 1 and taking place each weekday through Wednesday, June 28. Any youth 18 years of age and under may come to the Waukon Middle School cafeteria, located at 1059 3rd Avenue NW in Waukon, from 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m. each of those days for lunch, with that lunch menu pictured at right below.

New this year, instead of an in-person breakfast offering each morning, a grab-and-go breakfast meal will be offered during each day’s in-person lunch session. Those attending the lunch sessions may take a breakfast meal with them for the following morning when they leave. The grab-and-go breakfast menu is pictured below at left.

Wed
24
May

P.S.S.T. student artwork calendar raises funds for elementary art program ...

In the fall and winter of this school year, P.S.S.T. (Parents Supporting Students and Teachers - the parent organization that helps support the elementary schools in the Allamakee Community School District) partnered with the elementary art program at East and West Elementary Schools in Waukon to make student artwork into a yearly calendar for each school. West Elementary preschool and transitional Kindergarten students made artwork for each month with finger painting. Kindergarten through second grade students learned about tessellation and constructed monthly themed tessellation pictures. At East Elementary, each class made a mural of a famous American, during which they used creativity and problem solving to make group murals. Mrs. Emily Timm helped students create the artwork and P.S.S.T. helped facilitate creating and selling the calendars, a project that raised $373 for the elementary art program to purchase specialty supplies. P.S.S.T.

Wed
24
May

Colby Brainard, Owen Schobert among those awarded scholarships by Allamakee-Clayton Electric

Colby Brainard ...
Colby Brainard ...
Owen Schobert ...
Owen Schobert ...

Two local high school graduates were among the six students awarded a Hauschild Memorial Scholarship from Allamakee-Clayton Electric Cooperative (ACEC), Postville. This year, ACEC awarded over $4,000 in scholarships to recipients planning to continue their education in the electrical field.

Colby Brainard, Waukon High School, and Owen Schobert, Kee High School, were both awarded $750 scholarships from the Co-op. Brainard is the son of Jessica and Jeremiah Brainard. He plans to attend Northwest Iowa Community College for Lineman school. Schobert is the son of Sharlene and Trever Schobert. He plans to attend Northwest Iowa Community College for the Industrial and Commercial Wiring program.

Wed
24
May

June 1 deadline to enter the 2023 Choose Iowa Calendar Contest hosted by IDALS

Entries for the contest are due by June 1 of this year

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Mike Naig is encouraging school-age students to participate in the 2023 Choose Iowa Calendar Contest hosted by the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship (IDALS). Artwork submitted should feature at least one aspect of Iowa agriculture, with an emphasis on food, livestock or crop production.

Submissions will be judged on both creativity and the connection of agriculture to everyday life. Entries are due June 1 of this year and winners will be announced at the 2023 Iowa State Fair.

Wed
17
May

Honored as “Best of the Class” for Waukon High School ...

Waukon High School graduating senior Katerina Kovarik was recently honored as a member of the 2023 “Best of the Class”. KWWL and the University of Northern Iowa (UNI) recognized valedictorians or top graduating seniors from across eastern Iowa at a celebration held Saturday, April 29 at the McLeod Center on the UNI campus in Cedar Falls. Kovarik is pictured in the center of the above photo with (left to right) KWWL Sports Director Rick Coleman, news anchors Collin Dorsey and Ron Steele, and Chief Meteorologist Mark Schnackenberg.

Wed
17
May

Waukon Lions Club honors top Waukon High School seniors ...

The Waukon Lions Club hosted the annual Waukon High School Honors Banquet at the First Presbyterian Church in Waukon Wednesday, April 26. The top 15% academically of the 2023 Waukon High School graduating class were honored. The evening included a meal served by the Presbyterian Women and an inspirational talk by guest speaker Erica (Langland) Nosbisch, a 2003 Waukon High School graduate and the Northeast Iowa Community College (NICC) Waukon Center Director. The graduates told the audience of their future plans and were presented certificates and medallions by Waukon High School Principal Jennifer Garin, Guidance Counselor Amy Wasson and Allamakee Community School District Superintendent of Schools Jay Mathis.

Wed
17
May

Allamakee Community School District Board of Directors approves summer projects, sets fees for next school year

by Brianne Grimstad

The Allamakee Community School District (ACSD) Board of Directors met Monday, May 15 for its regular monthly board meeting. Under the consent agenda, the following personnel items were approved: substitute bus drivers; Caleb Ferring as Skills USA advisor; Sara Retallick as summer technology assistant; John O’Neill as varsity girls basketball coach; and Justin Piggott as transportation director.

The board also accepted the following resignations: Jon Fretham from his Social Studies teaching position and John O’Neill from his 10th grade boys basketball coach position. Approval was also given to an out-of-state field trip for the music department scheduled for November 8 of this year to the Chanhassen Dinner Theater for a performance of “Jersey Boys.”

Wed
10
May

Waukon High School Choir earns all Division 1 and 2 ratings at IHSMA State Contests


Waukon Chamber Choir - Division 1 Ensemble ... Left to right - Front row: Olivia Dougherty, Annie Ellingson, Ella Dehli, Toby Treptau, Kody Darnell, Gabe Goettel; Back row: Eva Whalen, Sarah Stock, Caleb Perkins, Dekota Bechtel, Molly Peake, Reagan Lubahn. Submitted photo.

Division 1 Soloists and Ensembles ... Left to right - Front row: Annie Ellingson, Gabe Goettel, Reagan Lubahn, Toby Treptau; Back row: Sarah Stock, Caleb Perkins, Molly Peake. Soloists earning Division 1 ratings were Gabe Goettel, Caleb Perkins, Annie Ellingson, Sarah Stock and Toby Treptau. Earning Division 1 Ensemble ratings were Gabe Goettel and Molly Peake - Duet, and Annie Ellingson and Reagan Lubahn - Duet. Submitted photo.

Performing for feedback only ... Left to right: Remy Gulla and Courtney Blake. Submitted photo.

Division 2 Soloists, and Ensemble ... All performers pictured in the photo above were named Division 2 Soloists. Left to right - Front row: Issac Johanningmeier, Olivia Dougherty, Eva Whalen, Reagan Lubahn, Ella Dehli, Trevor Block; Back row: Kallie Troester, Peyton Smedsrud, Dekota Bechtel, Sean Engle, Molly Peake. Not pictured are Division 2 Soloists Kylie Strittmater and Keira Miller. Also honored as a Division 2 Ensemble was the duet of Eva Whalen and Olivia Dougherty. Submitted photo.

Saturday, April 1, members of the Waukon High School Choir participated in the Iowa High School Music Association (IHSMA) State Solo and Ensemble Festival held in Waukon. Through the solo and small group contest process, students work to improve their vocal abilities while learning how to sing as vocal soloists, with a duet partner, or in a small group.

“The kids learn a lot about themselves, their work ethic, and their individual musical abilities during this process,” Waukon High School Vocal Music Director Sarah Bieber shared. “The comments given from the judges help them improve in their vocal abilities, and we had incredibly helpful judges this year.”

All the 9th-12th grade vocal solos and ensembles received the two highest scores - all Division 1’s and Division 2’s out of a range of Division 1 - Division 5. “This is outstanding news for the high school vocal department,” Bieber said.

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