Classtime Briefs

12/10/2013

Students earn credit union scholarships

Students earn credit union scholarships

Four former Garden City High School students have been awarded Golden Plains Credit Union scholarships.

The scholarship winners are:

Juan Ramirez, Jr., son of Juan Ramirez, Sr. and Yolanda Martinez, has been selected as a 2013-14 Golden Plains Credit Union Scholarship Recipient. He will receive a $500 scholarship.

Ramirez is a graduate of Garden City High School and he is currently attending Newman University with a major in accounting.

Rachel Klaus, daughter of Richard and Tammy Klaus, has been selected as a 2013-14 Golden Plains Credit Union Scholarship Recipient. She will receive a $500 scholarship.

Klaus is a graduate of¬ Garden City¬ High School.¬ She is currently attending Washburn University¬ with a major in psychology.

Itzel Moreno-Rodriguez, daughter of Daniel and Gabriela Moreno, has been selected as a 2013-14 Golden Plains Credit Union Scholarship Recipient. She will receive a $500 scholarship.

Moreno-Rodriguez is a graduate of Garden City High School and she is currently attending Garden City Community College with a major in pre-dentistry.

Wyatt Smith, son of Greg and Shelly Smith, has been selected as a 2013-14 Golden Plains Credit Union Scholarship Recipient. He will receive a $500 scholarship.

Smith is a graduate of Garden City High School and he is currently attending Pittsburg State University with a major in music education.

Holcomb's Turner national winner

Competing with only four other people in the nation, Jackson Turner of Holcomb was named the winner in forage production at the National FFA convention in Louisville, Ky, which took place Oct. 30 to Nov. 2.

Turner, who was the only winner among 10 other Kansas finalists, had to present a two-minute overview of this forage production program to a panel of eight industry judges and then interview about his program in front of industry judges for 15 minutes.

The Forage Production Award is one of 49 proficiency program areas that FFA members can participate in to develop valuable experience and leadership skills at the local, state and national levels. The proficiency award recognizes outstanding student achievement in agribusiness, gained through the establishment of a new business, working for an existing company or otherwise gaining hands-on career experience.

Turner, a four-year member of the Holcomb FFA chapter, became eligible for the national Forage Production Placement award after winning the Kansas State FFA competition earlier this year.

In recognition of being a finalist, each of the four received a plaque and $500. Jackson was awarded an additional $500 during a special ceremony.

Turner is currently attending Garden City Community College on a full scholarship. Turner's parents are Ross and Toni Marston.

Nutrition workers earn distinction

Three USD 457 school nutrition professionals have achieved the Certified Child Nutrition Manager 1 distinction.

Annette Coates, Sherri DeLeon and Debbie Frizzell have achieved the certification for completing 60 hours of Child Nutrition Management Academy training.

The academy is a professional development program for current and aspiring school nutrition managers and directors and its goal is to develop knowledgeable and effective managers who are prepared to lead their programs to excellence.Over 800 school nutrition professionals have participated in the Child Nutrition Management Academy.

Child Nutrition Manager Certification is a recognition program sponsored by Child Nutrition and Wellness and the Kansas State Department of Education.

Debate team takes third at Hays

The Garden City High School debate team had a pair of successful tournaments at the Maize and Thomas More Prep tournaments.

The GCHS debate team took third place in School Sweeps at the TMP-Hays Tournament.

The students that placed in the tournament include: Isabel and Amanda Serafin, second place, novice; Mack Crone/Alex Hernandez, fifth place, novice and Osmin Gonzales/Marco Esquivel, fifth place, open. Mack Crone was the top Novice Speaker; Marco Esquivel was the top Open Speaker; and Isabel Serafin took third place as a novice speaker.

While no students placed at Maize, the squad added five new students to the roster of state 2-speaker qualifiers that will take place in January. This marks the 20th year in a row that the GCHS debate team has qualified a full entry for the state tournament.

GCHS students currently qualified for state debate competition are: Maggie Unruh, Maria Vicente, Mary Lynn Buchele, Erendira Jimenez, Ryan Sabata, Jaziel Armenta, Oscar Romero, Moises Rodriguez, Marco Esquivel and Osmin Gonzalez.

Russ Tidwell coaches debate at Garden City High School.

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