Westerner Musicians Compete at Coyote Jazz Festival

Posted March 23, 2017 at 5:00 am

On Tuesday, March 14, the Akron-Westfield Jazz Band and Choir traveled to Vermillion, South Dakota to compete in the Coyote Jazz Festival.

The Jazz Band earned a 5th place tie and were give a Division II (excellent) rating out of 12 teams in our class (1A). Nick Schnell was awarded an “Outstanding Musicianship Award” (by unanimous consent of all three judges). The band played the following songs (the soloists for each are listed):

Work Song, by Nathaniel Adderly, arranged by Peter Blair.

Skyler Briggs – Alto Sax

Quentin Hoffer – Tenor Sax

Ben Liebetrau – Alto Sax

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    By: Natalie Harvey

    Benton Lyle Ostermyer in the son of Mark and Rachael Ostermyer. He was born February 19, 1999, in Le Mars, Iowa. His nickname is Ben. He has an older sister, Jayde.

    In high school Ben has been involved in football, which is his favorite sport, and is the

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    Question of the Week

    By: Jillian Hyer

    This week students and staff were asked “What should parents do when their student brings home a poor report card?”

    Danika Smith said, “tell the kid/s that they need to try to pick it up and if they need a little help stay after school.”

    AJ Nemesio said, “Let their kids know that it is not acceptable and that it won’t happen again or

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    Individual Event Speech Performs at State with 18 I Ratings, 3 II Ratings

    Congratulations to the Akron-Westfield Individual Events Speech Team.

    They competed at the Iowa High School Speech Association’s Individual Events Speech State Contest on Saturday at East High School in Sioux City and 18 out of the 21 entries received “I-Superior” ratings and three received “II-Excellent” ratings.

    “They all did a great job,” said A-W IE Speech Head Coach Colleen Westergard.

    “I” Rating Winners

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    Discovergarten/Kindergarten Roundup for girls and boys in the Akron-Westfield Community School District is scheduled for Thursday, March 30, and Friday, March 31, 2017.

    Children must be five years old on or before September 15, 2017 in order to be eligible for discovergarten and kindergarten this fall.

    The Roundup will be held in discovergarten/kindergarten rooms with small groups of parents and children coming at scheduled times during the day. Letters will be sent to parents telling the day and time

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    A-W MS Wrestlers Finish Season

    By: Casey Wall

    The Akron-Westfield middle school wrestlers attended their last wrestling meet on the season on March 9 at Kingsley-Pierson.

    Akron-Westfield’s stats for this meet were: Jader Briggs with 2 wins, Tanner Derochie with 2 wins, Jacob Hankins with 2 wins, Haden McMahon with 2 wins, Kyle Welch with 2 wins, Cade Walkingstick with 1 win, Carson James with 2 wins and 1 loss, Riley Ericson with 3 losses, Garrett Rush with 3 losses, Bryce Stowe with 2 losses,

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    By: Josie Green

    Courtney Tillman, the daughter of Brian and Carrie Tillman, was born November 23, 1998, at Mercy Medical Center in Sioux City, Iowa. Courtney has one brother Lars Eberly. Courtney’s nickname is Court.

    While in high school, Court has been involved in speech and choir.

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    By: Ean Beavers

    This week students and staff were asked “what is your favorite candy and why?”

    Hailey Wait said, “Twix, because of the chocolate and the texture.”

    Paxton Giedd said, “A Take Five bar, because peanut butter and chocolate are the best in the world.”

    Cody Voter replied, “Twix, why? Just because I like Twix.”

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    A-W Dancers Perform at State Basketball Tournament

    By: Kaberly Coyle

    The Akron-Westfield Dance Team was selected to perform at the girls state basketball tournament on Tuesday, February 28th.

    The A-W Dance Team was one of 55 teams chosen out of over 500 teams from around Iowa to perform during halftime of one of the games at the girls state basketball tournament.

    The girls performed their second place kick routine during the halftime of the

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    Wall

    By: Nicole Varns

    Casey Wall was born February 22, 1999, to Brent and Raelynn Wall.

    Casey, also known as Wally, has one older brother, Garrett Wall.

    Activities Casey has been involved in while in high school include track and wrestling. His favorite sport is

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