Notus students win National Park Trust park grant for trip

NOTUS — Sixth-grade students from Notus Elementary School won a park grant from the National Park Trust to fund a visit to a local park.

Students from Ms. Golden and Ms. Cayler’s classes worked together to research and plan their proposed trip, then wrote the grant for their class. With the funding, the students will visit Bruneau Dunes State Park where they will see real-life applications of things they’ve learned in class, including space, geology, history and ecosystems. The students will be able to use the telescope, and they will also assist park rangers in pulling skeleton weed, an invasive plant in the park that has taken over native species.

ISHS Executive Director receives Idaho Humanities Council award

BOISE — Idaho State Historical Society (ISHS) Executive Director Janet Gallimore received the Idaho Humanities Council (IHC) highest honor at a ceremony held Feb. 27.

Gallimore received the 2018 award for Outstanding Achievement in the Humanities, an annual award presented by the IHC since 1986. During the award ceremony, IHC noted it sought to recognize Janet specifically for her dedication in promoting Idaho history, her tireless efforts in sharing history in the Idaho State Capitol and her outstanding efforts to open the newly renovated and redesigned Idaho State Museum.

“All of [Jan’s] accomplishments are having an impact on the Humanities in Idaho today and will have for the long-term future,” said former ISHS District 5 Trustee, Tom Blanchard. “Yet Jan’s most enduring contribution is her articulation of historical literacy and the need for critical thinking during a period in our history when we see the value of truth and use of evidence diminished. This will be her greatest legacy: she is a voice for the core values of the humanities at a time when it is needed most.”

Tech Co. TSheets pairs with local nonprofit to ‘Shoe the World’

BOISE — Local tech company TSheets by QuickBooks paired up with Nampa-based nonprofit Because International on National Shoe the World Day, March 15, to benefit kids around the world without shoes.

TSheets, together with Because International, made a donation that will fund The Shoe That Grows for a child in need, on behalf of every employee at TSheets, which comes to 400 pairs of shoes. The Shoe That Grows can expand five sizes, lasts for years and was created specifically for children who don’t have access to reliable footwear.

Musettes singing group to hold student scholarship auditions April 13

NAMPA — The Musettes, a nonprofit women’s vocal group based in Nampa, will hold auditions for their Margaret Goering Vocal Student Scholarship on Saturday, April 13, at 11 a.m. at the New Direction Church in Nampa.

The auditions are open to any youth between the ages of 14 and 18. Three scholarships will be awarded: $240 for first place, $160 for second place and $80 for third place, for voice lessons with the teacher of their choice. The winners will be announced at the Musettes’ spring concert, “Happiness is…” on Saturday, May 4 at 2 p.m. at the Nampa Civic Center.

For more information or to request an application, call Lorrie Mainord at 208-919- 1778 or email musettesscholarship@gmail.com. Applications are due April 6.

Columbia High School Debate Team takes state title

NAMPA — The Columbia High School Debate Team was named State Debate Champions in the Medium Schools division of the 2019 Idaho High School Activities Association (IHSAA) state tournament.

The team is coached by Jeffrey Stoppenhagen. Individual winners include: senior Elbie Seibert, second place in Lincoln-Douglas Debate; seniors Kelsey Kotts and Benjamin Smoldon, ninth place in Public Forum Debate; Junior Avery Thiel, Congressional Debate participant; and junior Kasey Moulton, Lincoln-Douglas Debate participant.

In addition, Columbia qualified five students who will attend the National Speech and Debate Championships this coming June in Dallas, Texas. They will join more than 6,000 other students from across the country competing for a national title and scholarships. Qualifiers are Elbie Seibert, Original Oratory; Kasey Moulton, Informative Speaking; Benjamin Smoldon, World Schools Debate; and Brynn Libbert and Annika Voss, Duo Interpretation.

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