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April 18, 2017
Running the Distance By Dallas Hall CONWAY CHRONICLES
When you are a distance runner you always have goals. Two high school seniors recently accomplished a goal. On March 25th, Dallas Hall and Cassandra Lynn ran their first half marathon. The Highline Run for Scouting half marathon took place in Springfield along the historic, scenic Frisco Trail rail bed. The starting time had to be delayed for a while due to the surrounding lightening, but once the lightening subsided the race began. Along with Dallas and Cassandra, their cross country coach Andrew Lowery ran the entire 13.1 miles in the rain. Dallas said, â€œThe rain didnâ€™t really bother me too much. It made it easier than running when it is hot.â€? Dallas received an award for finishing second in his age group. When asked why he wanted to run a half marathon, Dallas said, â€œI have ran several 5Kâ€™s and wanted to push myself to the next level just to see if I could complete it. Coach Lowery ran next to us encouraging us the entire way. If it hadnâ€™t been for his support and encouragement, I probably wouldnâ€™t have been able to accomplish that goal.â€? Coach Lowery said he ran the half marathon because,
â€œA half marathon is a good challenging distance to run. Itâ€™s great to test your limits without having to do a full marathon.â€? Coach Lowery has ran 10 half marathons since his junior year of high school. He has ran 3 full marathons and one 25k as well. Coach Lowery said, â€œThe marathon that Dallas and Cassandra ran was the first one I ran in high school.â€? Cassandra finished fourth in her age group and was asked how she felt about running her first half marathon, she said, â€œCompleting it was amazing! Thirteen miles is not the easiest task ever. Itâ€™s a huge accomplishment to just run across the finish line!â€? Coach Lowery said, â€œI am so proud of Dallas and Cassandra on doing their first half
marathon. They both showed a lot of heart and determination to run that race on that day with it raining on us. Iâ€™m so happy for them on doing that and completing it. It will be a special memory for me, and I will be able to look back and remember their hard work plus all other memories that I have about them from XC and Track. Now, they can say that they have run a half marathon in high school, and not many kids can say that. It was great to get to run with them in their first half marathon.â€? Dallas and Cassandraâ€™s parents were there cheering them along the entire way. Music and band teacher, David Taylor, even came out on the stormy morning to wish them well at the starting line.
MAP-ing it out!
By Alexa Higbee CONWAY CHRONICLES
As summer vacation creeps upon us, so does MAP testing! According to the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, MAP is the Missouri Assessment Program that consists of a series of assessments designed to check students learning. The test find out if Missouri students are reaching the Show-Me Standards. There are gradelevel assessments from grades 3 through 8 for English Language Arts, math, and even science for grades 5 and 8. These are important for the students as well as the schools and can be challenging for any student. MAP testing is always a frantic and overwhelming time, but with the right resources and preparation there is no need to worry. Here are some tips for students that will be partaking in the state mandated test. A good nightâ€™s rest is a must. You should get a good nightâ€™s rest every night, but itâ€™s even more important when you have a big day ahead. The recommended amount of sleep for children ages six to twelve is nine to eleven hours of sleep. For teenagers it is eight to ten hours of sleep. The next step to a successful day and testing experience is breakfast. Breakfast is known as the most important meal of the day and that statement isnâ€™t wrong. Studies show that most
breakfast foods hold essential nutrients that lunch and supper donâ€™t usually provide such as: calcium, iron, and B vitamins. Some good foods to eat for breakfast are eggs, yogurt, berries, and nuts! Conway Junior High eighth grader, Lakyn Shelton told us what she does to prepare herself for testing. â€œI make sure to pay attention and study in all of my classes! I also do a lot of review and get a lot of sleep the night before!â€? The final and most important for everyone taking each test on the day of the test is to just focus on the test, read the directions carefully, donâ€™t rush,
and try your best. It seems like a big test, but before you know it, you will be finished with the answers. The information gained from a student taking the test is important and teachers actually use it. Mr. Larkin, a Middle School English Language Arts teacher says, â€œThe results give me a great deal of information that I can use even before I see any students in the coming year. It lets me know how I need to adjust my lessons and what to focus on for the incoming students.â€? Students in the Conway Junior High are MAP test May 1st-May 5th.
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