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Smell causes A-W school evacuation

Posted September 18, 2014 at 7:04 pm

By Julie Ann Madden

For the third time in 14 months, Akron-Westfield officials evacuated the school building after a natural gas-type smell was noticed in the north side of the facility.

At about 1:00 p.m., principals sent staff and students outside while they waited for MidAmerican Energy employees to arrive.

“We’re hoping they can figure it out,” Grades Preschool-6 Principal Cathy Bobier told The Akron Hometowner as teachers tried to continue lessons outside. “This is the first time this year we’ve evacuated the building.”

“There has always been a little bit of a different odor in that area near the science rooms,”

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    A-W represented at National History Day competition

    Akron-Westfield students presented their projects at National History Day competition in Washington D.C. Over 2,900 students from all 50 states and eight international schools met at the University of Maryland in College Park to present their year-long academic projects. This year the competition was the largest ever.

    Akron-Westfield students Dominic Trobaugh, Max Anderson, Brynn Van Eldik, Jordan Neubrand, Aaron Hartman, and Nash Lininger attended the Nationals competition presenting their group performance about the Kindertransport, and their group documentary

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    Question Of the Week

    by: Taylor Jaster, Editor

    What are you looking forward to most about summer?

    Shaina Rush: “Being outside and being graduated.”

    Vanessa Horton: “Doing my college classes.”

    Jonah Anderson: “Going to Scotland.”

    Mrs. Richey: “Spending time with my son outside.”

    Kathrine Sondergaard: “I am excited about traveling

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    A Final Thank You

    by: Eliza Kjar,

    student reporter

    Before we leave for good, on behalf of the Desktop Publishing class, we would like to say thank you to Mr. Thonstad for all of his help putting the yearbook together this year and for altogether putting up with us for so long.

    We would also like to give a huge amount of thanks to the Akron Hometowner for letting us publish our articles in the

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    Senior Spotlight


    by: Taylor Jaster

    John Wolthuizen was born on March 1, 1996, in Orange City, Iowa, to Jeff and Lisa Wolthuizen.

    John goes by John, or his nickname “Red Blur.”

    The Red Blur has three siblings: Jesa, Ben, and Christian.

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    A-W Class Officers Elected

    On Thursday, May 15, and Friday, May 16, class officers were elected for next year’s high school students.

    The class officers for the 2014-15 senior class are President: Cali Westergard, Vice President: Ryleigh Schnell, Secretary: Ryan Foley, and Treasurer: Chandra DeRocher.

    The class officers for the 2014-15 junior class are President: Tabi Banks, Vice President: Katie Johnson, Secretary: Becky Roberson, and Treasurer: Jackson Gereau.

    The class officers for the

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    Cheerleaders Announced for A-W

    Congratulations to the students chosen as the 2014-2015 Akron-Westfield Westerner Cheerleaders.

    The football cheerleaders are Bailey Matthews, Jessen Wood, Elizabeth Bohlke, Becky Roberson, Khallie McLaughlin, and Brei Moffatt.

    The basketball cheerleaders are Natalie Harvey, Josie Green, Mckenna Kutz, Jessica Delgado, Elizabeth Bohlke, and Justyne Rabey.

    The wrestling cheerleaders are Marlenne Arreola, Jessen Wood, Maddie Hemmelrick, Makayla Swancutt, and Kaberly Coyle.

    Middle School Track Competes at Hinton

    by: Katie Black,

    student reporter

    Jennifer Ritz and Kammi Bishop placed 8th and 9th in the girls 100 meter dash. Shaylee Siebens placed 6th in the girls 200 meter dash. Saphire Berg placed 16th in the girls 100 meter hurdles. In the girls 200 meter hurdles Kammi Bishop placed 3rd. The girls part of the 4×100 meter relay were Kiana Appley, Shaylee Siebens, Sarah Ritz and Kammi Bishop. They placed 4th. Kora Davis and Michaela Arens placed 14th and

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    5th Grade D.A.R.E. Graduation

    by: Trevor Hansen,

    student reporter

    This year, the 5th grade graduating D.A.R.E. class had 36 students. The Dare Program is sponsored by the Plymouth County Sheriff’s Office, with this year being headed by Sheriffs Leusink and VanOtterloo.

    At the end of the year, the 5th graders are required to write a report for the officers, and one student from each class is selected as a winner. It was a hard choice

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