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Holcomb FFA wins award

Holcomb FFA wins award

The Holcomb FFA chapter placed first place overall in the Southwest District Poultry Contest held on April 2 at Garden City Community College.

The event focused on a participant's ability to utilize logical reasoning in relation to production, management, marketing and consumption of poultry products. Members evaluated production, processing and merchandising phases of the poultry industry and identified various industry components. They are tested on the application of sound management practices of raising poultry. Participants evaluated live birds and placed a class of ready-to-cook broilers. In the processing and merchandising phase of the event, members select and grade ready-to-cook turkeys, processed products and cartons of eggs.

The Holcomb FFA chapter placed first overall and was awarded a plaque. Individuals who placed were Kailey Anderson, first; Deion Gonzalez third; Connar Younkman, fourth; Marcus Pfeifer, fifth; Erich Eisenbise, seventh; Darien Hargett, eighth; and Bailey Roberts, 10th.

Holcomb to host 2014 regional KAY conference

The Holcomb High School Kansas Association for Youth (KAY) Club has been selected to host the 2014 KAY Area Five Regional Conference on Nov. 12.

The Kansas Association for Youth is a character-building, leadership training program directed by the Kansas State High School Activities Association. This nationally-acclaimed organization provides students an opportunity to learn to assume their citizenship responsibilities and to enrich their personalities through well-organized programs. These programs emphasize four areas of service: school, community, nation, and world.

The theme for the 2014 Regional Conference is "Color My World!" The conference affords opportunities for student leaders and sponsors from neighboring clubs to share successes and challenges, as well as exchange ideas. Sessions in leadership training and organizational skills are also offered. These conferences inspire delegates to return to their clubs to challenge their local members.

The schools with KAY Clubs in Area Five are as follows: Cimarron, Holcomb, Ingalls, Jetmore, Leoti, Macksville, Meade, Montezuma, Ness City, Otis, Plains, Pratt, Ransom, St. John, and Sublette.

Crawford selected for hall of fame

Loren Crawford will be inducted posthumously into the Southwestern College Fine Arts Hall of Fame on Saturday in Winfield. His daughters and two of his former students will be among those attending the ceremony to speak on his behalf.

Crawford was orchestra director and string teacher in Garden City from 1952 until 1958. During his tenure in Garden City, the string program grew to more than 200 participants, and was considered one of the best in Kansas. His string students garnered the majority of the first chair positions at the annual Western Kansas Orchestra Festival held in various cities with school orchestras. Many of his students chose careers in music as performers, music therapists, and music educators.

Crawford, a 1934 graduate of Southwestern College, began his teaching career in 1935 at Burden and from 1935 to 1938 was assistant professor at McPherson College. He developed a successful orchestra program in Pratt between 1940 and 1952, in spite of spending three years in the Army during World War II. He went on to teach in Washington and Utah, and was orchestra director at Weber State College.

The Fine Arts Hall of Fame ceremony is part of the Founders Day weekend at Southwestern College Friday and Saturday. For more information about any of the events for Founders Day, contact Susan Lowe, director of alumni programs at SC, at (620) 229-6334.

GCCC Cheer Dance Teams bring in awards

The Garden City Community College Cheer and Dance team recently returned from the Region VI Cheer and Dance Championships hosted by Hutchinson Community College where they won second place in the Game Day (restricted skills) division.

The competition was the first Region VI Cheer and Dance Championship. KJCCC schools were invited to participate at Hutchinson Community College and included GCCC, Dodge City, Hutchinson, Barton County, Pratt, Johnson County, Allen County, and Butler. There were several divisions of competition including Game Day, Full Routine, Team Dance, Team Hip-hop, Solos, and Stunt.

GCCC competed in Game Day, Stunt, and one dance solo.

The teams' highest scores were in the 'Crowd Engagement' section of the score sheet and they received many compliments on hitting clean, solid stunts.

WKMA scholarships still available

Scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year are still available from the Western Kansas Manufacturers Association (WKMA), sponsor of the annual 3i Show in Dodge City. Scholarships are available to a range of community colleges and universities, including Garden City. Scholarships are for freshmen students, with preference given to those enrolling in industrial engineering, pre-engineering or business administration. Qualifying students are U.S. Citizens residing in western Kansas who have graduated from a western Kansas high school. Scholarship applications should be made directly through the individual school's financial aid or scholarship department.

WKMA scholarships are partially funded by the sale of 300 limited-edition belt buckles commemorating the upcoming 3i Show. Buckles are available at the Dodge City Convention and Visitors Bureau, online at or July 10-12 at the 60th Anniversary 3i SHOW in Dodge City at the Western State Bank Expo Center.

For more information regarding scholarships, buckles or the 3i SHOW, contact WKMA at 620-227-8082 locally or toll-free at 877-405-2883. The WKMA office is located at 1700 East Wyatt Earp Blvd., PO Box 1382, Dodge City, Kansas 67801.

Hutchinson honor roll

Hutchinson Community College has announced the honor rolls for the Fall 2013 semester, including grades through the end of the interterm session.¬ 

A total of 1,288 students have been honored with selection to the two honor roll listings, with 640 achieving the President's Honor Roll with a 4.0 grade point average for the semester and 648 achieving the Vice President's Honor Roll with at least a 3.5 grade point average for the semester.¬ 

Area students selected to the President's Honor Roll are as follows:

Jetmore:¬ Sidni Durler

Johnson City:¬ Sam Ashida-Butler; Gordon Ruth

Scott City:¬ Chandra Martin

Sublette: Dustin Vestering; Joshua Wertz; Brayden Wood; Danielle Wosylus; Staci Yeager

The students selected to the Vice President's list are as follows: ¬ 

The Vice President's Honor Roll (Students with 3.5 to 3.999 grade-point averages)

Cimarron:¬ Tiffany Hernandez; Jennifer Meyer

Ulysses:¬ Luke Haney

KU Honor Roll

LAWRENCE — The following students from southwest Kansas were selected to the University of Kansas honor roll, listed by county for the fall 2013 semester.


Garden City: Ashley Anne Booker, Brian J. Clarke, Sarah Suzanne Dechant, Asa J. Gottsponer, Hang, Kim T. Hang, Jocelyn L Hernandez, Chelsea Elizabeth Koksal, Andrew J. Larkin, Valerie Ann Melin, Brittany Anne Mesa, Carlos Munoz, Jonathan D. Nguyen, Kathy Ngoc Nguyen, Dylan P. Patel, Paloma Reyes, Zoe Lyn Roth, Sara E. Sanders

Holcomb: Amy M. Stegman


Tribune: Celine Therese Govert, Jonathan Daniel Miller, Kellum Steel Schneider, Kennedy Shyan Schneider


Ulysses: Jennifer L. Calderwood, Clinton Nathanael Chastain, Katelyn N. Deckert, Kelsey Lea Kreutzer


Cimarron: Talley Sue Friesen, Kyle Logan Maddox, Katelyn Rose Ridenourn, Anna Denise Stumps

Copeland: Brandon Lee Koehn

Montezuma: Anna Alexandra Pena


Syracuse: Brett Dylan Doze , Adam Patrick Zuzelski


Lakin: Jarett Wilson Sauer


Healy: Kaleb Dean Roemer


Scott City: Emily L. Hess, Tyler J. Hess, Logan Palmer Numrich , Morgan Jacob Numrich, Brittany Renee Varnado


Hugoton: Calle James French, Kaitlyn Elizabeth Hemann, Laci Nicole Kinser

Moscow: Jace David Moore

Alta Brown wins $500 grant

The winners of the 2014 Kansas Book Festival Grant have been selected, and the Alta Brown Elementary School was among the 12 that will receive some of the $11,940 in grants.

First Lady Mary Brownback announced the awards Monday. "The Kansas Book Festival works year round to promote literacy and encourage a life-long love of reading," she said. "These grants will help libraries to purchase new technology and a wide range of reading materials for many reading levels."

The 2014 Technology Grant recipients include: Lebanon Community Library, Lebanon, $1,300; Rawlins County Elementary Library, Atwood, $2,040; Irving Elementary Library, Winfield, $1,300; and Marion City Library, Marion, $1,300. The 2014 Book Grant recipients include: Norton Public Library, Norton, $800; Norwich School Library, Norwich, $1,000; Mound City Library, Mound City, $1,000; Eisenhower High School Library, Goddard, $700, Indian Woods Middle School Library, Overland Park, $750; Columbus Unified High School, Columbus, $500; Central Plains Elementary Library, Holyrood, $750; and Alta Brown Elementary School Library, Garden City, $500.

The 2014 Kansas Book Festival is Sept. 13 in Topeka. Eleven age groups have been invited to attend the free day-long event. To learn more visit

Ottawa team earns first championship

Ottawa University's Forensics Team earned its first national champions during the 2014 Public Communication National Tournament on February 22 and 23 at Simpson College in Indianola, Iowa.

Jacyn Dawes of Garden City, who is an Ottawa University freshman, placed fourth in Public Forum debate with partner Cody Cokely during tournament. The topic was, "Congress should restore funding to the SNAP program to pre-November 2013 levels."

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