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Community helps Westfield couple

Posted February 20, 2020 at 6:00 am

More than 100 people came together on Feb. 11, giving their support to Terry and Martha Kratz, whose rural Westfield home was destroyed in a fire on Jan. 16.

This benefit was sponsored by the Akron Pizza Ranch and Local 42 International Alliance of Theatrical Stage Employees.

    Individual Event Speech

    By: Hope Hasenbank

    “Akron-Westfield Individual Events (IE) Speech has a long rich tradition. The tradition continues this year with a small but quality group of speakers. This year there are ten students involved in IE Speech,” says head coach Mr. Joel Schroeder. Students have the opportunity to show off their speaking skills. Categories within IE Speech are: After-Dinner Speaking, Broadcasting, Impromptu, Storytelling, and many more. A-W’s speech program is very competitive, which requires involved coaches. In addition to Mr. Schroeder, Mr. Victor Mena joins the program

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    Akron- Westfield Honor Choir

    By: Cori Main

    Akron-Westfield’s high school vocal teacher, Mr. Ryan Schuknecht took seven seniors to Dordt College for the Northwest Iowa honor Choir on January 20, 2020. The seniors included: Jackson Newton, Daytona Foley, Sean Steffen, Jack Anderson, Kailee Tucker, Taylor Pierce, and Raileigh Edwards.

    Kailee Tucker said, “We sang with a variety of kids from former all- staters to students who are going on to sing in college. It was amazing to see how great a choir can sound

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    Senior Spotlight

    Jerrica DeGroot

    By: Alyssa Musel

    Jerrica was born on November 15, 2001, to Jonathan De Groot and Jayne Stock in Sioux Center, Iowa. She has three siblings, Jesse, Joel, and Madison.

    Jerrica likes to drive around and fish during her free time. Her favorite childhood memory is when she glued a poster to her wall and when they moved her mom

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    Five A-W Speech groups win at State

    Every single one!

    The Akron-Westfield Large Group Speech contestants performed in five state contest categories, and all five came home with overall Division I – Superior ratings.

    Even better, the four varsity groups received “Straight I’s” — an “I” rating from every one of their three-judge panels on Feb. 8 at the Northwest Large Group State Contest site in Le Mars.

    “That is an accomplishment rarely achieved,” said Akron-Westfield Large Group Speech

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    A-W wrestlers compete at Sectionals Smith advances to Districts

    The Akron-Westfield wrestling team participated in Sectional Feb. 8 at Woodbury Central in Moville with the top two-place finishers advancing to Districts Feb. 15 in Mapleton.

    For A-W, Logan Smith finished second at 220 and advances to the District tournament. The team finished seventh with 106.5 points.

    Smith scored 18.0 team points. Quarterfinal – Smith received a bye () (Bye); Semifinal – Smith won by fall over Zach Erpelding (Alta-Aurelia) 12-8 (Fall 1:23); 1st Place Match – Brian King

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    Basketball post-season

    The Akron-Westfield basketball teams begin post season play soon.


    The girls (Class 1A Region 1) begin post-season play Feb. 13 at home when they face Trinity Christian at 7 p.m. Winner of this match will face the winner of the Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn vs. Harris-Lake Park match Feb. 18, 7 p.m. at A-W.

    Semifinals will be held Feb. 21 at Kingsley-Pierson with the region championship game Feb. 26 at Le Mars Community High School.

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    Girls have good week

    The Akron-Westfield girls basketball team had a good week at home defeating Gehlen Catholic, 54-46, Feb. 4, and defeating Hartley-Melvin-Sanborn, 59-31, Feb. 7 bringing their overall record to 15-5.

    Against Gehlen: the game was close. A-W was behind 30–29 at the half and remained close much of the second half. With 1:27 to go, the score was A-W on top 49-45. From this point on, the scores came from free throws. Gehlen made

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