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27
Feb
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INFINITY PROJECT

INFINITY PROJECT
INFINITY PROJECT

Twelve students from Washington County toured Landoll Corporation last week as part of the Infinity Project. Don Landoll, left, led the tour. Students included Sean Bruna, Kope Sawin, Nate Tice, Drew Buhrmann, Grace Otott, Joe Kern, Tyler Nelson, Austin Wurtz, Jaydon Otott, Joel Hoover, Aaidan Goeckel and Peyton Chandler. Director Katie Wenzl and Ethan Schuette also went.

INFINITY PROJECT

The after-school Infinity Project program hosts a variety of activities, including a self-defense class. The program also offers tutoring and career spotlights, among other things.

More than 100 junior high and high school students at Washington County Schools have taken advantage of the new Infinity Project, which began in September and is an after-school program for students in grades 7-12.

The mostly three-day-aweek program at the high school is everything from homework help and a place where students can go to kill time between practice and other school activities to a place where students can come to learn about careers, participate in Archery Club and be a part of the many other activities the program offers .

Thu
20
Feb
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Future of Clifton meal site uncertain

Future of Clifton meal site uncertain

Clifton-area residents could lose their Senior Citizens Center meal site if the program continues to operate at a high loss. In 2019 the Clifton site had $9,000 more in expenses than in income and is “using more than its share” of budgeted money, according to Kathie Otney, who is the county meal site director and oversees the programs in Clifton, Hanover and Washington. The meal site board voted last fall to keep the Clifton center open as it tries to improve its financial status.

Thu
20
Feb
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Filing deadline for primaries is June 1

Washington County will have a primary election on Aug. 4. State and local positions will be on the ballot. Local positions include a county commissioner for both the second and third district – Raleigh Ordoyne and David Willbrant occupy those seats now – as well as county attorney, county clerk, county register of deeds, county sheriff and county treasurer.

The ballot will also feature one candidate for township treasurer and one candidate for township trustee for each of the 24 Townships. One precinct committeeman and one precinct committeewoman will be elected in each of the 26 precincts.

 

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Thu
20
Feb
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City of Hanover awarded $600K in CDBG funds

City of Hanover awarded $600K in CDBG funds

The City of Hanover has been awarded a grant of $600,000 through the Community Development Grants (CDBG) program, from the Kansas Department of Commerce. The Hanover City Council worked on a proposal for the grant much of last year, submitting the final draft in November. The CDBG program allows the Department of Commerce to distribute federal funds to Kansas cities and counties looking to improve their communities. To receive funds, projects must meet at least one of the following federally-mandated criteria:

• The project benefits low- or moderate-income individuals

• The project removes or prevents slum or blight conditions

• The project eliminates an urgent need created by a disaster when local funds are unavailable.

 

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Thu
13
Feb
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WCHS to start clay target shooting team

The USD 108 Board of Education voted 6-0 Monday night to support the start of clay target team for Washington County High School juniors and seniors.

Present were Rod Stewart, Jill Hoover, Keelie Welch, Kevin Elliott, Rhonda Manley and Kelsie Beikmann. Brad Jones was absent.

Erin Toole, who has been gathering information about a clay target team since September, told the board that seven students were interested. A Google survey had been sent to juniors and seniors.

The team will be organized through the Kansas State High School Clay Target League. Requirements include a roster of at least five participants to turn in with a ratio of one coach per 10 students, approval from the board, superintendent, principal and athletic director on school letterhead and a range supervisor at every event/practice. The Washington County Sheriff’s Department has agreed to provide the range supervisor, Toole said.

 

Thu
13
Feb
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223 board to pursue bids for new gym

USD 223 SCHOOL BOARD

Linn High School could get a new gym by the end of next year’s basketball season if all goes smoothly through an effort directed by the USD 223 Barnes-Hanover-Linn school board on Monday night.

USD 223 superintendent John Whetzal said the district will go with a Construction Manager at Risk to build the new gym. He said they would advertise for bid proposals for the process next week. He was hoping they’d have enough builders interested in the project and then they would go through an interview process and choose someone to build the gym.

Thu
13
Feb
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Scholars are state-bound

Scholars are state-bound

The Washington County High School Scholars Bowls team swept the competition at the Regional Scholars Bowl meet on Feb. 6 at Blue Valley High School, qualifying for state. Members are, from left, Laura Skupa, Emma Portenier, Julisa Martinez, Racheal Craig and Jake Toole.

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Thu
06
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WCHS claims scholars bowl league title

WCHS claims scholars bowl league title

Members of the TVL champion Washington County High School Scholars Bowl team are, from left, Racheal Craig, Julisa Martinez, Jake Toole, Laura Skupa and Emma Portenier.

The Washington County scholars bowl team won the 13-team TVL tournament on Jan. 29 in Axtell while Hanover placed third. Washington County went undefeated in the round robin tournament to win.

WCHS competed in the 13 team league tournament at Axtell on Wednesday, January 29. The team went undefeated in the round robin tournament to win the tournament. The team was made up of seniors Julisa Martinez, Emma Portenier and Jake Toole, junior Racheal Craig and sophomore Laura Skupa. The team was led by Jake Toole with 750 points (75 questions) followed by Emma Porteneir with 11 and Julisa Martinez with 10.

“What a great tournament for all the players – every team member contributed well,” said coach Erin Toole.

The team won against Blue Valley 120-0, Axtell 90-40, Hanover 60-35, Doniphan West 110-0, Troy 70-10, Clifton-Clyde 90-20, Valley Heights 110-20, Linn 90-10, Frankfort 70-30, Onaga 100-30, Centralia 80-20 and Wetmore 90-50.

 

 

Thu
06
Feb
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Washington County Spelling Bee 2020 Oral Spelldown

ROUND 1

Hannah Zarybnicky haphazard √ Sofia Uffman humanitarian √ Weston Girard regress √ Noah Thalmann emphasize x Alea Harvey conscience x Amber Kolle impartial √ Morgan Wurtz pennant √ Anthony Ayala disintegrate x Gavyn LeDuc translucent √

ROUND 2

Hannah Zarybnicky carnivorous √ Sofia Uffman unscathed x Weston Girard impeccable √ Amber Kolle jauntily √ Morgan Wurtz necessitate x Gavyn LeDuc claustrophobic x

 

 

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06
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Winning spelling bee words are ‘alacrity’ and ‘kaleidoscope’

Winning spelling bee words are ‘alacrity’ and ‘kaleidoscope’

Linn seventh grader Amber Kolle, middle, won the 2020 Washington County Spelling Bee. Runner up was Weston Girard, right, of Clifton-Clyde, and third place was Hannah Zarybnicky, of St. John Catholic School.

Winning spelling bee words are ‘alacrity’ and ‘kaleidoscope’

Hannah Zarybnicky, a seventh grader at St. John Catholic School in Hanover, was first up to spell a word during the oral spelldown at the Washington County Spelling Bee on Saturday at Clifton-Clyde Middle School. There were nine participants in the spelldown, which took three rounds to determine a champion.

Winning spelling bee words are ‘alacrity’ and ‘kaleidoscope’

Barb Knox hands a third place ribbon to Emma Drake, a third grader from Linn. There was a large crowd on hand to see who the top five spellers were from each of the grades competing in the annual county spelling bee.

Winning spelling bee words are ‘alacrity’ and ‘kaleidoscope’

Amber Kolle takes a turn spelling one of the four words it took for her to win the spelling bee on Saturday.

Winning spelling bee words are ‘alacrity’ and ‘kaleidoscope’

Weston Girard placed second after four tie-breaker rounds to determine the runner up.

from the oral spelldown qualify for the state spelling bee). In round four, Zarybnicky incorrectly spelled “massacred” and Girard correctly spelled “gargoyle” and “memorandum” to place second.

Kolle and Girard qualified to compete in the Sunflower State Spelling Bee, which is March 21, 2020, at Newman University in Wichita.

Ribbons were given to the top five spellers in each of the grades one through eight. Tie-breakers were only completed in grades six through eight to determine the oral spelldown contestants. The students placing in the top five in each grade follow:

FIRST GRADE

1, Hunter Bertram, L

2, Avery Uffman, LL

 

 

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