Reporter 12-31-14

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R 2 | Lyon County ReporterDecember 31, 2014 community leagues because there are about, I think, 160 teams now,” he says. Each league has three meets. Teams can accumulate points from these three meets and qualify for a league championship. Then, the top four teams from the league championship will go on to the state meet. “League meets are designed to give the kids a chance to work with their robots, I think, a little bit more than they were able to,” Allen says. “These meets are more in- formal than an actual qualication match. There were no judges’ rounds, only one playing eld, and we had seven robots in- stead of 24, like at last year’s qualication match. It’s nice because all the coaches from all the area teams pitch in and help out.” This year’s First Tech Challenge (FTC) competition was titled the Cascade Eect and included placing balls in rolling and center goals, and then placing the goals in parking areas or ramps. Volunteering at the event were several graduated members of the 2013 and 2014 robotics club, including Josh Schriever, Dalton Skidmore, Marcus Haselho, Seth Hoogendoorn, and Sawyer Hrdlicka. Although Trinity Christian’s team scored the most points during the league meet, Allen speculates the Central Lyon robot- ics team will have a good year if improve- ment is made at every match. “The learn- ing curve has been a little bit steeper this year because we graduated some really good seniors. If we keep improving with every meet, then as a coach, really, that’s all I could ask for,” Allen says. STRATEGY IS IMPORTANT Central Lyon’s Team #6600 strategizes during the driver-controlled period at a robotics league meet at Central Lyon on Saturday, Dec. 21. (Photo/Submitted) Central Lyon hosts ‘NIRD’ competition ROBOTICS from Page 1 Holiday light display winners EDITOR’S NOTE: In the story “Holiday light display winners” in the Dec. 24 edition of the Lyon County Reporter, a photo of the runner-up display was inadvertently omitted. Conrad and Audrey De Noble’s holiday light display at 506 S. Tenth Avenue was the runner-up. The display included a spotlight on a nativity scene and star, garland and lights across the bottom of the windows, lighted trees near the front walkway and a large, lit tree in the backyard. The Reporter regrets the omission. primarily in the areas of estate planning, probate, business law and municipal law. Wippert also practices in the areas of criminal and family law. She stays active through- out the community as pres- ident-elect of Rock Rapids Kiwanis and as a member of Rock Rapids Business Women. Wippert is presi- dent of the Lyon County Bar Association and is a member of the Iowa Bar As- sociation and Iowa Associa- tion for Justice. “One thing I really enjoy doing in my free time is volunteering as a coach for Central Lyon’s middle school and high school mock trial teams,” said Wippert. “The students that participate never cease to amaze me with their tal- ents.” Name change for law rm; adds new partner LAW FIRM from Page 1 TRAVEL PASSPORT Students received a sticker after visiting each “country” during their holidays around the globe.. (Photo/Jessica Jensen) Holidays from Page 1 Transitional kindergarten teachers Tana Meyer and Megan Whitsell took stu- dents to learn the customs in Italy in their classrooms. Students visiting Kate Gerber’s kindergarten classroom discussed how children celebrate Christmas in the United States. Natalie Larson took students to Ger- many in her classroom and in Ashley Ryp- kema’s classroom they visited Mexico. First grade teacher Jaci VanVeldhuizen showed students the holiday customs in Holland; Jamie Schar took students to England in her rst grade classroom and Stephanie Baker’s rst grade classroom became Swe- den to the students. “As they ‘traveled’ the students each took a suitcase and when they nished their visit the teacher gave them a sticker so the suitcase became like a passport,” explained rst grade teacher Jamie Schar. Each sticker represented the dierent countries. Kyra Van Berkum, a rst grader in Jaci VanVeldhuizen’s class learned about Mex- ico. “They say Feliz Navidad instead of Mer- ry Christmas,” she said. Van Berkum said they also learned to sing the song. Madal- ynn VanDerWeerd explained what they say in Sweden. “We learned they say God Jul,” she said. VanDerWeerd is a rst grader in Stephanie Baker’s class. Jamie Schar’s rst grade student, Liam Vander Zee, explained what he learned about customs in Eng- land. “They say ‘Happy Christmas’ for Merry Christmas,” he said. “And they hang their stockings by their bed.” During their visit to each of the dier- ent “countries”, students completed sev- eral dierent activities in gathering facts for Santa. “Kids saw videos, sang Christmas carols, wrote postcards and completed a packet,” said Schar. The project reinforced concepts in geography, social studies, writ- ing and more. “It was a good integrated project,” said Schar. Baker agrees and said, “The kids loved it.” A special activity brought the mission to a close. “At the end of each visit the students had to draw an elf with a monu- ment from the country because the elf was reporting everything back to Santa,” said Schar. Santa visited the students at Central Lyon to thank them for their help with the mission. 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