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Written by Lora Adams   
Monday, 02 May 2011 13:45

MOLINE, ILLINOIS – May 2, 2011 - WQPT received 378 stories from students in kindergarten through third grade for their annual PBS Kids Go Writers Contest. Sixteen winners (four from each grade) were recently selected by educators and sponsors of the contest. The winners and their families will be honored and awarded prizes at Deere-Wiman House on Sunday, May 22 at 3 pm.

Stories were judged on such criteria as: Is the story written clearly? Does it have interesting details? Is there a conflict, lesson or information learned? Do the illustrations enhance the story? How well did the author follow the guidelines?

“It’s evident that many of these young authors spent a great deal of time and effort on their stories and illustrations,” said Ana Kehoe, WQPT Educational Outreach Director. “The judges were pleased there were so many excellent stories, and it was a challenge to select the final 16 winners.”

Sponsors for the contest were Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House, Family Museum, Figge Art Museum, Midwest Writing Center and WQPT, Quad Cities PBS. Winning stories will be on display from May 22 – June 5 at the Butterworth Center in Moline, Illinois; from June 6 to June 21 at the Figge Art Museum in Davenport, Iowa; from June 22 to July 5 at the Midwest Writing Center; and from July 6 to July 20 at the Family Museum in Bettendorf, Iowa.

WQPT is a media service of Western Illinois University – Quad Cities located in Moline, Illinois.



First Place: Andrew Skinner, Alan Shepard Elementary, Eldridge, IA

Second Place: Isabel Kann, Winfield-Mt. Union School, Winfield, IA

Third Place: Juanita Lopez, Longfellow Elementary, Rock Island, IL

Honorable Mention: Aneesa Saldivar, Longfellow Elementary, Rock Island, IL


First Grade

First Place: Calla Brunkan, Ed White Elementary, Eldridge, IA

Second Place: Allen Catour, C.R. Hanna Elementary, Orion, IL

Third Place: Dalton Morrow, Harrison Elementary, Davenport, IA

Honorable Mention: Riley Packer, Erie Elementary, Erie, IL


Second Grade

First Place: Baylor Verbrugge, Ed White Elementary, Eldridge, IA

Second Place: Angela Jones, Rivermont Collegiate, Bettendorf, IA

Third Place: Ilese Rodeffer, Bushnell Elementary, Bushnell, IL

Honorable Mention: Ezra Olson, Homeschooled, East Moline, IL


Third Grade

First Place: Jayda Brunkan, Ed White Elementary, Eldridge, IA

Second Place: Faith Catour, C.R. Hanna Elementary, Orion, IL

Third Place: Liberio Mukdani, Jane Addams Elementary, Moline, IL

Honorable Mention: Nichole Taets, C.R. Hanna Elementary, Orion, IL

Jordan Catholic School construction PDF Print E-mail
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Written by Janine Parr   
Monday, 02 May 2011 11:42

Jordan Catholic School has been fund raising for several months to build a classroom addition to the elementary school building at 2901 24th Street, Rock Island, housing all Jordan students (PreK-8) on one campus. $1.8 million dollars of the $2.6 million goal has been raised to date.

This is an exciting time for the entire Jordan community, as well as the surrounding area, as the dream of an expanded, unified campus becomes a reality! The school addition plan includes:

Phase 1 - School Addition & Renovation - $2.6 million
• Four new Middle School Classrooms added, wired for technology teaching
• Computer Technology, Engineering, and Science Labs
• New Music and Art Rooms with Instrument/Supply Storage
• New Multi-Purpose Room for Early Childhood PE and sports practice
• Renovation of former Kindergarten for an expanded Library
• Courtyard with rain garden for enhanced outdoor education
• New building access security system and fire alarm system, throughout all school buildings

Construction will begin in May with an estimated completion date of January, 2012.

A Ground-breaking Ceremony will be held at 1:00pm on Friday May 6th in front of the school at 2901 24th St., RI, immediately preceding the school Walk-a-thon. Students & Staff will be dressed in brightly colored walk-a-thon t-shirts.

Groundbreaking program: 
Welcome:  Mike Daly, Principal
Opening Prayer:  Rev. Tony Ego, St. Ambrose, Milan
“I Could Sing Of Your Love Forever”: Led by Julie Bushre, Music Teacher
Recognition of Naming Rights:  Rev. Michael Schaab, St. Pius X, RI
Remarks:  Bob & Marilyn Noe, General Chairs 
Blessing of the Site:  Rev. Greg Jozifiak, St. Mary/Sacred Heart, RI
Remarks:  Vern Wegerer, General Chair
Groundbreaking:  Mike Daly
Remarks:  Mike & Karen Mihm, Parent Committee
Closing Prayer:  Rev. Stephen Engelbrecht, St. Patrick, Andalusia
AMERICA (My Country Tis Of Thee):  All (one verse)

Bettendorf's Kate Gutheil inducted into Alpha Chi National College Honor Society PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia   
Monday, 02 May 2011 11:25

CANTON, MO. (04/29/2011)(readMedia)-- Culver-Stockton College is proud to announce Kate Gutheil, senior English and history major from Bettendorf, Iowa, was recently inducted into the Missouri Beta chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society.

The ceremony was held Thursday, April 28 inside Johnson Hall Parlor on the campus of Culver-Stockton College. Faculty co-sponsors Scott Giltner and Lauren Schellenberger welcomed 18 new members into the society, which honors those juniors and seniors in the top ten percent of their class. Dr. David Wilson, interim dean of Culver-Stockton College, delivered this year's charge to initiates, family and friends.

Culver-Stockton College offers students the advantages of a quality comprehensive education with practical learning experiences. Culver-Stockton is a private, residential, four-year college in a beautiful setting on a bluff overlooking the Mississippi River. Located in Canton, Mo., the historic campus is nestled into 140 acres of gently rolling countryside.

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Written by Iowa Farm Bureau   
Monday, 02 May 2011 10:48

Farm Bureau awards $180,000 to current and future college students

WEST DES MOINES, IOWA – April 29, 2011 – Agriculture is an important part of Iowa’s overall economy and young people continue to see opportunity in ag-related studies as they plan for their future careers.   The Iowa Farm Bureau Federation (IFBF) has awarded $1,000 scholarships for tuition to 180 students who plan to study agriculture at their chosen colleges and universities.  The recipients are pursuing majors in a variety of ag-related disciplines, including agriculture business, engineering, education, technology and animal science.

In addition, Justin Menke of Donnellson in Lee County was named the recipient of the Daniel Johnson Memorial Scholarship, a one-time $500 award for a student from one of eleven counties in southeast Iowa: Keokuk, Washington, Louisa, Muscatine, Wapello, Jefferson, Henry, Des Moines, Davis, Van Buren and Lee.  The scholarship is awarded in honor of Daniel Johnson, a former Iowa Farm Bureau director, farmer, volunteer firefighter and school board president.

“Iowa’s high school and college students truly represent the future of agriculture and Farm Bureau is proud to support them and contribute to their success,” said IFBF Community Resources Director Barb Lykins.

First-time Farm Bureau scholarship recipients include 54 graduating high school seniors or students currently enrolled in their chosen college or university.  Students are eligible to renew the scholarships for up to four years by maintaining a minimum grade point average of 2.5 and by being a student in good standing with the college or university.

Six recipients were selected from each of the nine IFBF districts.  Scholarships were awarded to children of Farm Bureau members who plan to or currently attend an accredited college, university or community college to earn two- or four-year degrees.

First-time applicants were asked to write an essay indicating the contributions they expect to make to agriculture or agribusiness.  They also were selected based on their academic achievement, financial need, community and extracurricular involvement and letters of recommendation.

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Editor’s Note:First-time scholarship winners (listed alphabetically by hometown), parent names and future or current college are listed below.


Ackley, Holly Richtsmeier, Marvin and Glenna Richtsmeier, University of Northern Iowa

Albia, Carolyn Clark, Larry and Patricia Clark, Iowa State University

Ames, Erich Hodges, Gregory and Margot Hodges-Tinner, Iowa State University

Aurelia, Audrey Winterhof, Dan and Lynn Winterhof, Simpson College

Boone, Lauren Haglund, Kriss and Crystal Haglund, University of Northern Iowa

Boone, Leah Haglund, Kriss and Crystal Haglund, Iowa State University

Charles City, Ethan Voelker, Brian and Ann Voelker, Iowa State University

Clarion, Samuel Moore, Jim and Barb Moore, Central College

Corning, Erin Beck, Brent and Janice Beck, South Dakota State University

Corwith, Hillary Hilbert, Dan and Karyn Hilbert, University of Northern Iowa

Diagonal, Brett England, Mitchell and Melinda England, Southwestern Community College

Donnellson, Shannon Krogmeier, Ralph and Colleen Krogmeier, Iowa State University

Dundee, Megan Kleve, Dennis and Dawn Kleve, Iowa State University

Durango, Elizabeth Brehm, Steve and Sharon Brehm, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

Essex, Tate Jensen, Blake and Connie Jensen, Wartburg College

Estherville, Holly Enerson, Arvin and Anna Enerson, Dordt College

Farmersburg, Margo Walz, Dean and Melissa Walz, Wartburg College

Fontanelle, Susan Herr, Paul and Virginia Herr, Iowa State University

Guthrie Center, Dustin Clark, Paul and Sheryl Clark, Iowa State University

Hancock, Courtney Harder, Paul and Dawn Harder, Iowa State University

Hornick, Michael Gallagher, Dennis and Lori Gallagher, Dordt College

Keota, Matt Romoser, Robert and Mary Beth Romoser, Iowa State University

Knoxville, Joshua Petersen, James and Julie Petersen, Iowa State University

Knoxville, Zeke Kauzlarich, Rick and Sue Kauzlarich, Iowa State University

LeMars, Brittany Jaminet, Michael and Karen Jaminet, Augustana College

LeMars, Kristen Ahlers, John and Debra Ahlers, Iowa State University

Long Grove, Travis Dierickx, Patrick and Lora Dierickx, Iowa State University

Marshalltown, Michael Burt, Allen and Dee Burt, Iowa State University

Mechanicsville, Sally Weets, Teresa and Steve Weets, Iowa State University

Modale, Blaire Shelton, Jeffrey and Julie Shelton, South Dakota State University

Moulton, Kassi Guinn, Eddie and Melanie Guinn, Iowa State University

New Hampton, Nicholas Winter, Michael and Denice Winter, Iowa State University

New Vienna, Nicholas Hoefler, Brian and Eileen Hoefler, Iowa State University

Newton, Michael Bell, Todd and Jayne Bell, Iowa State University

Ollie, Keaton Philips, Dennis and Sondra Philips, Indian Hills Community College

Osage, Tanner Lewis, Mike and Kim Lewis, Iowa State University

Osceola, Molly Curnes, Kelly and Jill Curnes, Southwestern Community College

Oskaloosa, Samuel Groenenboom, Joel and Laura Groenenboom, Iowa State University

Ottumwa, Ethan Conrad, Randy and Melanie Conrad, Iowa State University

Ottumwa, Jacob Swanson, Donald and Patricia Swanson, Iowa State University

Prescott, Haley Stalcup, Craig and Deena Stalcup, Iowa State University

Rockford, Jennifer Wicks, Terry and Tammy Wicks, Kirkwood Community College

Rockwell City, Bryce Dooley, Jana and Jay Maquire, Iowa State University

Sac City, William Riley, C. Gene and Jenny Riley, Iowa State University

Schleswig, Christina Riessen, Harry and Kay Riessen, Iowa State University

Sibley, Kevin Berkland, Daniel and Loretta Berkland, Iowa State University

Spragueville, Austin Lane, Kenneth and Karen Lane, Iowa State University

Storm Lake, Austin Ehlers, Brent and Carol Ehlers, Iowa State University

Strawberry Point, Ethan Knight, Bill and Lorri Knight, Iowa State University

Swea City, Genna Valvick, Arlyn and Annette Valvick, Northwestern College

Tama, Deanna Bidwell, Dale and Dianne Bidwell, Iowa State University

Van Horne, Evan Brehm, Joe and Sheryl Brehm, Iowa State University

Walcott, Austin Kessler, Jim and Ann Kessler, Iowa State University

Wheatland, Micah Klahn, Sandra Klahn and the late James Klahn, University of Wisconsin-Platteville

College Savings Iowa is Named One of the Most Affordable 529 Plans in the Nation PDF Print E-mail
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Written by readMedia   
Monday, 02 May 2011 10:44

DES MOINES, IA (04/28/2011)(readMedia)-- State Treasurer Michael L. Fitzgerald announced today that College Savings Iowa was listed as one of the top five most affordable 529 plans in the nation. Morningstar, an investment research firm, recently released its 2010 529 College-Savings Plans Research Paper and Industry Survey, which included an analysis of the costs of the 50 largest 529 plans in the nation.*

College Savings Iowa makes saving simple by offering all of its thirteen investment options at the same affordable price of 0.34% without any additional account fees. "As we all know, every penny counts these days, which is why College Savings Iowa works at keeping its costs low enough to enable investors to put more of their investment returns toward the right place: their children's education," Fitzgerald said. "Having Morningstar's national recognition helps reaffirm we are doing all we can to help families save for their children's future educational needs."

With an initial investment of only $25 to open an account, anyone – parents, grandparents, friends and relatives – can invest in College Savings Iowa on behalf of a child. Participants who are Iowa taxpayers can also deduct contributions up to $2,865 per beneficiary from their 2011 adjusted gross income, and there are no income or residency restrictions.** Investors can withdraw their investment federally tax-free to pay for qualified higher education expenses including tuition, books, supplies and certain room and board costs at any eligible college, university, community college or accredited technical training school in the United States or abroad.*** To learn more about College Savings Iowa, please visit or call 1-888-672-9116.

*Morningstar 2010 529 College-Savings Plans Research Paper and Industry Survey.;coll

**Adjusted annually for inflation. If withdrawals are not qualified, the deductions must be added back to Iowa taxable income.

***Earnings on non-qualified withdrawals may be subject to federal income tax and a 10% federal penalty tax, as well as state income taxes. The availability of tax or other benefits may be contingent on meeting other requirements.

For more information about the College Savings Iowa 529 Plan, call 888-672-9116 or visit to obtain a Program Description. Investment objectives, risks, charges, expenses, and other important information are included in the Program Description; read and consider it carefully before investing.

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