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The Iola Register Locally owned since 1867 Weekender Saturday, May 11, 2013 TRACK Iola takes league medals See B1 A SPECIAL THANKS HAPPY MOTHER’S DAY 2013 Register/Richard Luken Senior Chanel Coyne will speak at the IHS graduation. To Coyne a phrase... Standout to speak at IHS graduation By BOB JOHNSON Register/Steven Schwartz Kindergarten students from Jefferson Elementary were sworn in as honorary postmasters Friday afternoon, so they could send a special Mother’s Day letter to their moms. Given the role Chanel Coyne plans to fill with the National Guard, her role as speaker for Sunday afternoon’s Iola High graduation ceremonies seems appropriate. “I want to be an assistant chaplain,” Coyne said, an Army slot she will start to learn soon after receiving her diploma. She will spend 10 weeks in basic training in South Carolina this summer and complete her 16-week active duty obligation in summer 2014, after her first year at Kansas State University. Between the two stints she will respond to weekend drills with Headquarters Company, 891 Engineer Battalion here before transferring to a unit in Olathe. Coyne was selected by her classmates to speak on their behalf. Her religious leanings came from “being led to God” by the Rev. Jared Ellis at Fellowship Regional Church in its Saturday night services, where “I really feel comfortable.” Her life as a high school student has been busy. She has led cheers at IHS athletic events, participated in Future Business Leaders activities, directed the Student Council as its president, and sang with the IHS Singers. “I’ve just done a lot of See COYNE | Page A4 Foundation easy way to help Courtesy photo The HHS journalism team is, front row from left, Aubrey Maxton, MacKinzie Coy and Kristin Todd; middle from left, Jorie Maloney, Brooklyn Rollett, Delaney Umholtz, Sheri Middleton, Kayle Riebel, Stevie Barfoot and Allie Johnston; back from left, Anna Setter, Tristan Bruneau, Ryan Huse and Ashley Coy. HHS journalists are three-time champions By STEVEN SCHWARTZ The Humboldt High School Journalism team is forming somewhat of a dynasty these days in Kansas. The students had a “threepeat” state championship on May 4 at the University of Kansas, winning the 3A sweepstakes overall. It is their third state championship in a row, and their fifth in the past six years. Humboldt has the most state journalism titles out of any school in state, on any level, with 17 total. Their first championship was under Allen Wilhite in 1975. “What we are doing is working,” Journalism Instructor Kim Isbell said with a laugh. She and her students were celebrating Friday afternoon with some well-deserved refreshments in the classroom. “They really take pride in this, their work ethics are tremendous,” she said. “We’ve made a good name for ourselves.” The students competed in several different categories, including advertising, headlines, newswriting, yearbook, page design, editing and caption writing — among others. They finished first over Phillipsburg, which Isbell said was their strongest competition. They had 16 points. “The kids really get into it,” she said. “They get into the competitive side of things.” “They don’t want to be the first class not to win,” she said as her students across the table nodded in agreement. The competitions were combined between 3A and 4A schools across the state. Isbell said based on the scoring, Humboldt would have finSee HHS | Page A4 Vol. 115, No.138 Susan Michael encouraged Iola Rotarians to become participants in the Allen County Community Foundation, where, she said, “Giving makes a difference.” Michael, executive director of the foundation, said it continues the work of the Allen County Health Care Foundation and provides a broader scope of interests throughout the community. It means to provide financial assistance for economic development, education, community betterment, the arts and culture and human services. The foundation was started in 2012. Anyone may give, she stressed. “Donors in a community foundation range from people of relatively modest means to those with large financial resources,” Michael said. A common denominator of donors is a strong sense of community and personal commitment to make a contribution to the communities in which they live, she said. “Some donors want to sup- port worthwhile causes in their communities, and the community foundation can help them find the best way to See HELP | Page A4 Feel the rhythm Local children perform at Thursday’s Allen County Farmers Market, part of Karen Jesseph’s drum circle. RCIL moves to new location The Resource Center for Independent Living has moved into a new location, meant to increase space and visibility at a lower cost. Members of RCIL and the community gathered Thursday morning to cut the ribbon on the new facility, located on North Cottonwood Street, across from the old F&S building. Their former facility was located at 726 W. Patterson. “We were so glad to find this great location, we hope it will increase our visibility,” Executive Director Deone Wilson said. “It was important for us to keep our presence here in Iola,” Wilson said. RCIL is a non-profit organization that helps disabled persons learn independent living skills, make arrangements for living situations Attending RCIL’s ribbon cutting for the new facility are, from left, Shelia Lampe, Connie Hill, David Toland, Becky, Brewer, JoDee Jones, Donna Houser, Deone Wilson, Deanna Wright, Casey Gains, Sandy Ellis, Heather Curry, Kimberly Barry, Susan Warner, Gari Korte and Adam Burnett. and give in-home assistance. The new facility will be RCIL’s third in six years. Their first building was destroyed in the 2007 flood, after which they moved north of town. Following the im75 Cents plementation of Kan-Care, RCIL’s numbers were reduced significantly after closing their case management branch at the end of 2012, and dictating the change to a smaller office. Iola, KS

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