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We’ve seen it before, and actually not all that long ago. Students who are serious about their education, take their most recent term-end report card into any Zions Bank location and Voila! They’re registered in the Zions Pays for “A’s” program — the one that offers cash incentives for good grades.

Open to all Idaho and Utah students 7th to 12th grade, ages 13 to 18, the program guarantees teens $1 for every “A” on their report card, which is then deposited into their Teengreen savings account. Or they can opt for cash and receive 50 cents for each “A” they’ve produced!

With each “A,” they also receive an automatic entry into one of 152 annual drawings for scholarship prizes. And that’s exactly what happened to Michaela Johnson, a 7th grader at Victory Charter School you see pictured today. 

Michaela not only received $1 for every “A” on her report card, it was also her luck to have her name drawn in the Canyon County-area drawing, which then awarded her a $100 scholarship savings account!

 Zions Bank’s Nampa branch manager Victor Barrera and Victory Charter School principal, Dr. Marianne Saunders, surprised Michaela with the scholarship at a school presentation on March 3.

“We at Zions Bank are thrilled to offer cash rewards to teens with ‘A’s,’” Barrera said. “It’s a great way for us to recognize students like Michaela who excel in their studies.”

… And have them profit from them as well!

Rumor has it that the freshman boy’s basketball team (pictured) from the Columbia High School did it! They won the 4A SIC District 3 Championship on Feb. 17. 

And no wonder … what with a 14 win and one loss season!

Needless to say that Coach Bill Ryan did a super-duper job with the boys. … Also needless to say that parents, siblings and fans are all very proud of them!


Organizers for Middleton High School, Class of 1960 are busy with plans for a 50th reunion that will be held the weekend of Aug. 6 through 8. And just like others who have tried to contact classmates, they’ve found that some are difficult to locate.

Classmates that have not been located include: Sharon Gayle Brown, Elaine Boss, John Hansen, Ruth McJunkin, Sharon (Rogers) Howe, Bob Schutt and Alex Winn.

If you are one of the aforementioned classmates or if you know the whereabouts of one or more, please contact Karen (Peterson) Winter at (208) 794-7688. Or log onto Facebook, and search for Middleton 1960 Class Reunion and post your information and/or your photo.

Loving Happy Birthday wishes go out for Shari Nielsen from her parents, the Forrers in Caldwell.

Shari blew out her candles on Friday but the wish for happiness always is, as all parents know, timeless! 

Keep all of those tidbits coming!



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