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May 24th, 2011
SHELLEY â One hundred fifty-six Shelley graduates received a rousing send-off Tuesday evening at their graduation ceremony.
The Class of 2011 earned scholarships and awards totaling more than $900,000.
Addressing her classmates, valedictorian Wendee Morgan said, âStop worrying about filling someone elseâs shoes, just fill your own.â
She continued, âAs Abraham Lincoln said, âWhatever you are, be a good one.ââ
As valedictorian Kemais Ehlers related the incident that when he was 4 years old, he had climbed onto the counter to get some toothpicks.
BLACKFOOT â Nearly 200 animals were weighed-in Monday evening in the 4-H barn at the Eastern Idaho State Fairgrounds (EISF). This qualifies the animal and his/her handler to participate in Bingham County 4-H fair.
Sheep, meat goats and four pigs were carried, pushed and prodded onto the scale.
At the weigh-in, sheep need to weigh under 100 pounds. Goats weighed under 70 pounds and pigs needed to be under 90 pounds.
After the weigh-in, 4-H members took part in a sheep showmanship class.
THOMAS âÂ Snake River High School agriculture teacher and Future Farmers of America (FFA) advisor Justin Patten is retiring from teaching at the end of this school year. Patten will be working with the Idaho Farm Bureau in the future.
"My favorite part about teaching is watching the students grow, said Patten.
"Students learn leadership through Future Farmers of America and start to understand their potential.
"In the shop, you can see the light click on about how things work, he said. "They begin to understand the skills they are gaining."
BLACKFOOT â Bingham County Deputy Drew Lusk and a few of his friends got together at Jensen Grove Lake on Saturday. Their purpose was to raise awareness of water safety through the Ready-Set-Inflate program. Safe Boating Week runs through Friday, just ahead of the Memorial Day weekend. It is one of the first opportunities many Americans take to get on the water.
BLACKFOOT â Blackfoot High School students were recognized Friday at an assembly announcing scholarship recipients and other awards.
Fifty-three seniors reported receiving more than $284,000 in scholarship offers and awards from various schools, organizations and individuals.
Valedictorian Daniel Burt was awarded with a full-ride music scholarship and half-ride academic scholarship to Brigham Young University-Provo. He also received a $7115 scholarship to Interlochen Center for the Arts Summer Arts Camp and a $3,000 scholarship from Darwin and Joyce Stufflebeam.
SHELLEY âÂ Among items presented at the Shelley School Board Thursday night were "Pay for Performance," an orchestra trip scheduled for spring break 2012 and classified personnel receiving the same sick leave as certified personnel.
Superintendent Bryan Jolley discussed âPay for Performance.â
âIâm going to discuss two points of this plan,â Jolley said.
There is a state side and a school, classroom, side to this proposal, he said.
BLACKFOOT â Friday was a celebration for students at Ridge Crest Elementary Friday. The first through fifth grade students were rewarded for reading one million minutes this school year and for finishing strong on their Idaho Standard Achievement Test (ISAT).
The students had a Skype conference with author Debbie Dadey, who wrote "The Adventures of the Bailey School Kids" series, "The Swamp Monster in the Third Grade" and "The Worst name in Third Grade."
BLACKFOOT â Blackfoot School District officials have eliminated middle school sports and have cut eight teaching positionsâamong numerous other cutsâin an effort to meet a $2.072 million budget deficit for the 2011-2012 school year.
Those cuts were outlined in a memorandum to all district staff members from Superintendent Scott Crane Friday. The memo was sent out Friday after all personnel affected by the cuts had been notified.
BLACKFOOT â IT Stoddard Elementary Principal Ryan Wilson will do just about anything to support students and staff at his school. He has kissed a pig, taken a pie in the face and even danced in front of the students.
This past week he wore a tutu, crown and high heels after the students reached $2,000 in pledges in a fundraising challenge for a read-a-thon.
The fundraiser was organized by Stoddard's Parent-Teacher Organization.
The organizers of the fundraiser, Karen Robinson and Cara Fitzgerald, wanted to do something that gave the school and students 100 percent of the profit.
BLACKFOOT â Online fundraising for the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life is increasingly popular as many take advantage of the ease of donating electronically.
Online fundraising is just getting started in Bingham County, but Sherrilynn Bair, who co-chairs the Relay for Life Online Committee with Shantel Morgan, said a few people have raised funds online using Facebook and email.
She said it's an easy way for those who can't participate in Relayâsuch as family members living out of townâto donate.
"They can't participate physically in Relay but they want to contribute," Bair said.