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September 22, 2008
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FDSH art instructor wins award

A watercolor painting by Richard Hanson, titled "Contemplating Reality (Street Series)" has won the Jack Richeson Co. purchase award at the 88th National Watercolor Society Exhibition at the Riverside Art Museum, Riverside, Calif. Hanson's work was chosen from a field of 1,200 entries from across the nation.

The National Watercolor Society is the nation's premiere organization of professional watercolor painters. Comprised of 100 paintings, this year's exhibition showcases the best in watercolor painting from across the country. The exhibition will run through Nov. 1.

Hanson is an art instructor at Fort Dodge Senior High School. He has a bachelor of arts degree in art education from the University of Northern Iowa and a master of arts degree in painting from Minnesota State University.

St. Edmond takes second in challenge

St. Edmond Catholic School has been awarded second place from a field of 141 schools in the 2A class for the Traveling Challenge Cup for the state of Iowa sponsored by Bank Iowa. Overall there were 413 schools with St. Edmond ranking number 21 placing the Gaels in the top 5 percent of the rankings.

The Traveling Challenge Cup is a program designed to recognize Iowa high school students for academic excellence in the classroom and outstanding achievement during athletic competition.

The Traveling Challenge Cup is a combined, statewide, yearlong competition among all member high schools of the IHSAA and IGHSAU. Schools are divided in to the four-class format used for State Basketball Competition.

Any event that is sanctioned by the IHSAA and IGHSAU is eligible to be included. Points are awarded to the schools for participation in post-season tournament play and individual team's academic accomplishments, whether they participate in post-season tournament play or not.

McNealey earns

Manpower award

Madison McNealey, of Fort Dodge, was awarded a $500 scholarship through Central Iowa Manpower. McNealey worked as a temporary associate for Manpower shortly after graduating from high school in May. She has been on assignment as an office clerk/administrative assistant for the same company since June 2 and will continue with them part-time when school begins. This fall she will be a full-time student at Iowa Central Community College.

FD students named to Palmer dean's list

Three Fort Dodge natives have been named to the Dean's List at Palmer College of Chiropractic in Davenport. Christian Abrams and Zach Mason, both current students in their second trimester received the honor for the first trimester. Josh Koenig, a student in his sixth trimester, received the honor for his fifth trimester. All were named to the Dean's List in the Doctor of Chiropractic program.

To be eligible for the Dean's List, a student must achieve a minimum GPA of 3.50 in all studies for the respective term.

Hodges named to honor society

POMEROY - Matthew Charles Hodges, of Pomeroy, has accepted membership in The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Hodges will be honored during an induction convocation this fall on the campus of the University of Iowa.

The National Society of Collegiate Scholars is a member of the Association of College Honor Societies and is the nation's only interdisciplinary honors organization for first- and second-year college students. Membership is by invitation only, based on grade-point average and class standing.

Larsen awarded

degree from Kaplan

MANSON - Jeremy Larsen, Manson, was awarded an associate of applied science degree in computer information systems from Kaplan University, Chicago. The commencement celebrated the achievements of more than 2,200 graduates.

Eklund awarded scholarship

WEBSTER CITY - Ayn Eklund has been awarded the $2,500 North Central Regional Scholarship from Alpha Delta Kappa. Eklund is a science teacher at Webster City High School and attended class at Montana State University in Bozeman this summer. She will complete her master's degree in science education in 2009.

Eklund is a member of Alpha Delta chapter with members in Humboldt, Eagle Grove, Clarion and Webster City. Alpha Delta Kappa with 26 chapters in Iowa is an international honorary sorority for women educators.

Award established in memory of Porter

The family of the late Glen Porter has established a scholarship in his memory that will be awarded to a second-year diesel technology student at Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge.

This recipient of the $1,000 scholarship is Sean Wilson, of Paton.

A long-time Fort Dodge resident, Porter owned and operated Porter Trucking Co. prior to his death in August 2007.



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