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Articles from November 2016

Sawyer students honor local veterans

Veterans at Sawyer School

Barry Romitti, a veteran of the U.S. Air Force, speaks to Sawyer Elementary students on Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Local veterans say they were deeply honored by a ceremony fifth grade students at Sawyer Elementary School organized to honor them for their service.  

The school treated veterans to a breakfast followed by a ceremony and choral presentation of patriotic music, Wednesday, Nov. 9.

Veteran Richard Maurer said, “This is awesome. Because the kids are interested. We like sharing what we did. I think it will help them grow.”

Maurer said the veterans, who each shared their service record, experience, and philosophy of life, tried to “get across that  students need to get a good education.”

“The future just doesn’t hand you stuff,” he said. “You have to work hard and earn it.”

Students said they realized “Veterans are cool. “They do different jobs.” “They had to work and study hard to learn to serve our country.”

Fifth grade teacher Brett Fuller worked with American Legion Post 37 to organize the event, with the aim of engaging students with history, social studies and intergenerational learning.

“This event serves as an excellent learning opportunity for our students to develop a deeper understanding of why we celebrate Veterans Day,” Fuller said. “It will also help them to recognize that we have many veterans who live right here in our community.”

After the ceremony, veterans joined the students in their classrooms to answer questions. The guests toured the newly renovated Sawyer building.

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Girls swim and dive team state champions again

The Little Cyclones’ girls swim and dive team’s sixth state swimming championship in seven years came together Nov. 4 and 5 when the team won four events and broke state records at the YMCA in Marshalltown.

Ames was favored to win its second title in a row and sixth since 2010, despite being forced to train in an alternate facility for a period of time when its pool was out of commission requiring repairs.

Coach Dan Flannery told the Ames Tribune the team could have lost its edge, but is too solid as a unit to make excuses.

“We just took advantage of our opportunities and scored more points than anybody else,” he said.

The team became just the seventh team ever to score more than 350 points in a state meet, shattering an old record in the medley relay and  setting another record in the 400 freestyle relay.  

Read the full story in the Ames Tribune.


AHS Girls Swim team

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