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FFA Program Begins Offering College Credits

Elliott Kelley is no stranger to life on a farm, so he has no problem doing double chicken duty at school. Especially now that the high school freshman could be earning college credits for it. New this year at Lowell:...

Fair Skies, Wavy Clouds or Twisters, He’s On It

It’s 7:40 on a recent Monday morning, and high school student staffers are busy at work behind the scenes putting together the Red Arrow Report, which broadcasts daily the Pledge of Allegiance, daily announcements, sports and news. They go...

Rocking Out with Strings, Awesomely

Mitchell Evink couldn't seem to help playing air cello as he sat on the floor of the band room and watched a video featuring the high school's rock fusion orchestra. As air cello goes, Mitchell's playing was pretty "lit," as...

‘Way More Than Just a Game’

D.J. Simpson has cheered with his family from the stands during Lowell High School's Pink Arrow Pride games for as long as he can remember. In fact, "I can't really remember not going to one," D.J. said. "It's just...

Summer Slide? When Pigs Fly!

Gwen Hoke would sooner see a pig fly than spend her summer reading. Wait, let's rephrase that: Gwen Hoke is reading this summer so she can see a pig fly. She really is. In exchange for reading books she chooses, the...

Been There, Took the Class, Got the T-shirt

Tiana Marie-Peavey has wanted an AP Lit T-shirt since she first saw one her freshman year. Thing was, you had to be a student in Jeff Larsen's class. This year, Tiana got her T-shirt, a rite of passage of sorts...

Water Studies Meet Water Fun

About 40 sophomores, juniors and seniors in Tammy Coleman's Advanced Placement biology classes marked the day after exams with the release of nearly 50 salmon they raised in their classroom, with equipment provided by a donation from the Schrems...

Tree Houses Can Too Have Alligators and Fireplaces

Marshall VanWagoner has a tree house at home, but said the similarities are few between it and the one he recently made in art class. "Mine (at home) has 2-by-4s holding it up and I literally painted the floor of...

Muy Creativo!

It can all be traced to Conner Meyers’ delicate complexion. “He burns so easily,” explained classmate Kelly Kroll. “He even got sunburned when we were making the video.” The video Kelly was referring to was one of a handful created by...

Students to Drivers: Put the Phone Down!

The image looms high above southbound U.S. 131, just north of the Burton Street exit -- a tear falling from a teen girl’s eye, a pair of hands clutching a cell phone instead of a steering wheel, and a...

Commerce Sense for a Good Cause

Brady Smith took one look at classmate Cole Schulz's Minion rocks and decided he had to have not one but two of the animated yellow gibberers immortalized on stone. Sure, Brady could grab a couple rocks out of the...

Land, Water and People: A Delicate Balance

Carter Sherman and Sierra Hieshetter already were aware of the importance of good land use planning and how what happens to the ground and water in one municipality can affect those adjacent. Sierra’s family gets water from a well, and...

Planting Seeds of Knowledge

Murray Lake Elementary kindergartners filed into a 40-foot mobile classroom parked just outside their school, and prepared to be quizzed on their knowledge of agriculture. First question: what is agriculture? "I think it is soil," said Rosalee Romano. Another student guessed it...

Wanted: A House We Can Afford

Dawn Broene is well aware of the challenges of finding affordable housing in the Lowell area. Breone, director of Flat River Outreach Ministries, said the organization's social worker hears from three to five families a week who are having trouble...

Winter Survival Lesson, Wittenbach-style

Courtney Cheers addressed the small group of Cherry Creek Elementary fifth-graders gathered at her feet. "What are some things you would bring with you on a trip into the woods?" asked Cheers, director of the Wittenbach/Wege Environmental Agriscience Center. A sword...

Bullfrogs, Bad Gas and Good Storytelling

Fourth-graders in Rachel Cattanach's class were literally coming out of their seats last week in an effort to be called on during a short story-writing exercise. Gavin Rinks took his turn, prompted by author Sigmund Brouwer to recount a story...
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