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A-W students ‘Got Caught’

Posted June 2, 2016 at 5:00 am

Teens are the least likely group to buckle up and the most likely group to die in a roadway crash, according to an Iowa State Patrol press release.

On May 20, Akron-Westfield Grades 7-12 Principal Derek Briggs participated in a new Iowa traffic safety partnership intended to provide teens with positive reinforcement rewards for wearing their seat belts.

Teen drivers were randomly stopped in the Akron-Westfield school parking lot by Briggs. Those who had their seat belts on were rewarded. Those who didn’t missed out.

There were 38 out of 42 drivers and passengers who were wearing their seat belts when Briggs checked vehicle occupants’ seat belt usage.

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    A-W fourth graders ready for State Fair

    Akron-Westfield fourth graders stand on their “state” on a United States map on the playground. They represented their state by creating a display and serving foods grown and/or made in that state at the annual A-W State Fair presentation last Thursday.

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    A-W Class of 2016: We did it!

    Akron-Westfield graduates toss their hats, signaling the end of the graduation ceremony on May 22.

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    National History Day students seek donations for trip to national finals

    Come, enjoy supper at the Akron Pizza Ranch on Thursday, June 2 and help Akron-Westfield National History Day competitors earn money to offset their expenses to the national competition.

    From 5 to 7 p.m., the students will be bussing tables and accepting tips.

    Then the public is invited to come to Akron-Westfield Community School

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    Question of the Week

    by: Lynnzee Siebens & Derrin Sanchez

    This week students and staff were asked “What are your summer plans?”

    Senior Abbi Harder replied, “I’m going on vacation with my grandma and plan for college next year.”

    Hannah Boehme, a senior, answered, “I’m going to play softball and go to Fort Randall.”

    HS office secretary Mrs. Kristin Blake said, “I will be

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    Senior Spotlight



    by: Nicole Varns

    Derrin Sanchez was born January 22, 1997, in Indiana. He is the son of Tina Gilbert and John Sanchez, and brother to Johnny, Dylon, Nathan, Tina, and Alicia.

    Derrin’s is often called “Sanchez” by friends and family. Derrin is employed at Casey’s as a pizza maker.

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    Bailey Davis completes classroom mural

    There is a new mural in Mr. Thonstad’s classroom. Last year two art students, Tanner Coyle and Joe Welch, started a “Westerners” mural in a graffiti style. Unfortunately they were not able to finish it by the end of the year.

    For her project in Commercial Art this year, Bailey Davis finished up the “Westerners” mural and then designed and painted an “A-W” mural with a horseshoe.

    “I am very happy with addition

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    MS Girls Track place third, Boys tenth

    by: Brenden Hansen

    On Tuesday May 3, 2016, the middle school co-ed track team traveled to Marcus, Iowa. The girls placed 3rd out of 10 teams with 66 points and the boys placed 10th with 2 points.

    Placing first for the girls were Jayla Berg in the discus with a throw of 86-11 and Kailee Tucker in high jump with a jump of 4-10.

    Placing second was the 4×100 meter relay with a

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    Band and Choir finish year with concert

    by: Abbey Easton

    On Thursday, April 28, the high school hosted their last concert of the year.

    The high school band played three pieces, “Circus Days”, “On a Country Road”, and “And the Angels Called”. “And the Angels Called” soloists include junior Michael Ford on the tuba, sophomore Max Anderson on the Trumpet, and senior Lynnzee Siebens on the flute.

    The chamber choir, which consists of twenty students, sang “The Tortoise and the

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