Iowa students nominated to U.S. Service Academies; more
Iowa students nominated to U.S. Service Academies
WASHINGTON – Sen. Charles Grassley has nominated 39 Iowa students, including Michael Miller of Fairfield, for consideration for appointments to the United States service academies.
Miller is a home school student with Cardinal Community School District. He was nominated to the U.S. Merchant Marine Academy.
Grassley has the opportunity each year as a United States senator to nominate either current or future Iowa high school graduates for a select few service academy placements. The Air Force, West Point Military and Naval academies all select at least one qualified student from Grassley’s nominations. The Merchant Marine Academy makes selections in proportion to states’ representation in Congress.
Grassley said he encourages Iowa students to consider applying to more than one service academy due to the highly competitive nature of admissions.
Students interested in academy appointments should begin the application process in the spring of the junior year of high school. Sen. Tom Harkin and Iowa representatives in the United States House of Representatives also make nominations. The academies subsequently select students based on the number of vacancies available for the next school year. Traditionally, the high quality of Iowa nominees results in several Iowa students being selected to attend each of the service academies.
Grassley will make announcements as appointments to the academies are offered to Iowans.
Cup challenge recognizes organizations adopting healthy lifestyle changes
AMES — Competition is shaping up for the second annual Corporate, Community and first annual K-12 Cup Challenges, as part of Live Healthy Iowa’s 10 Week Wellness Challenge Jan. 28 through April 5. Communities, businesses and schools are invited to rally citizens, employees and students to adopt healthy lifestyle changes while in competition for the traveling trophies of each division.
The 2012 Cup Challenge winners made great strides in implementing a healthy environment and positive lifestyle choices; and they’re ready to retain the titles again in 2013. Last year’s Corporate Cup Challenge trophies currently reside with Siouxland District Health Department, Meredith Corporation and Wellmark Blue Cross & Blue Shield for the small, mid-sized and large company division, respectively. Allamakee County holds the 2012 Community Cup Challenge trophy.
In the Corporate Cup Challenge, companies will be segmented into three divisions based on employee population. Winners of each division will be determined based on highest percentage of eligible workforce starting and completing the challenge. The Community Cup Challenge winner will be awarded to the city, county or region with the highest percentage of adults starting and completing the challenge in addition to participation in the Live Healthy Iowa Kid’s 10 Week Wellness Challenge.
The K-12 Cup Challenge winner will be awarded to the highest percentage of students and adult staff participating and completing the youth and adult challenges, respectively.
For information, visit www.livehealthyiowa.org and www.livehealthyiowakids.org.
Contact Live Healthy Iowa to obtain a Group ID for your organization.
Decorah eagle back home after long journey
DECORAH (AP) — An offspring of the famous Decorah eagles is back in the northeast Iowa community after wandering as far away northern Canada.
The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports the eagle, known as D1, was located in downtown Decorah on Saturday morning.
Raptor Resource Project Director Bob Anderson says a satellite transmitter mounted on the bird’s back tracked the bird back to its home. The eagle returned about flying thousands of miles since leaving its nest 18 months ago.
Last summer, it spent three months in polar Bear Provincial Park on Canada’s Hudson Bay.
The eagles have become famous since Raptor Resource Project staffers set up a camera at their nest and streamed the birds’ actions over the Internet.
The eagles are fitted with transmitters to help researchers studying the birds.
Cookie recipe memorialized on gravestone
CASCADE (AP) — Family members of a northeast Iowa woman wanted a special way to remember her after she died, so they chose a way that seemed most fitting: with a family recipe for sugar cookies.
The Gazette in Cedar Rapids reports the recipe for “Mom’s Christmas Cookies” is inscribed on the back of Maxine Menster’s gravestone at a cemetery in Cascade. The recipe has marked her grave for nearly a decade.
Her daughter, Jane Menster of rural Bernard, says she and her father were searching for a way to remember their mother’s generosity. She says the sugar cookie recipe serves as a reminder of her mother’s love, and an enduring holiday tradition for their family.
Maxine Menster died on Sept. 26, 1994. She was 68 years old.