Shoutouts were made for students and staff achievement at the March 11 school board meeting.

Molly Simmons was named Southwest FFA district secretary for the 2019-2029 school year.

Kennedy Andersen, Hope Arganbright, Kassidy Bremer, Taylor Rishel, Jamy Randol and Hannah Woodworth received the state FFA Academic Achievement Award.

Five indoor track meet records were set at the UNI Dickinson Relays - the 4 x 8 relay team of Gwen Steffen, Lydia Lindstrom, Olivia Steffen and Ella Waddle, Morgan Johnk in the 60 meter hurdles, Waddle in 1500 meter run and Kassidy Bremer in the 60 and 200 meter dashes.

Middle school students in the all-conference band were Sarah Westergaard, Kaitlin Kent, Avery Bahrenfus, Maddox Hammerstrom Patricia Underwood, Kaylee Galicia and Kaidyn Denclau.

Eight of 12 events advanced to the state speech contest with I ratings: Shekynah Haworth, acting; Shayley Hunt, literary program; Josie Arganbright, musical theatre; Lauren Soll, poetry; and Taylor Raibikis, public address (double I rating).

Fourteen students from 23 events won I ratings at the district individual speech contest - Jordan Brown, original oratory; Ethan Hafner, improv; Shekynah Haworth, public address; Mavis Nelson, poetry and storytelling; Madison Livesay, acting; ›Krista Smith, storytelling and prose; Sofia Hunt, prose; Shayley Hunt, prose; and Lauren Soll, literary program.

Panorama teams placed 8th and 15th out of 16 teams at the conference Academic Bowl.

Sixty-two students from Panorama and ACGC are taking DMACC enrollment courses in English Composition and Spanish Conversation this semester totaling 194 credits. There is no cost.

The student council held its sixth annual “Spread theWork to End the Word” assembly as part of a global effort to increase inclusion among people.

Faculty members Robyn Ploeger and Kylee Boettcher attended the Space Exploration Educator’s Conference at the Johnson Space Center in Houston, TX. Information presented can be used for all curriculum areas.

The pair received the Iowa Space Grant through Iowa State U. which enabled them to attend.

Second through fifth graders and teachers are participating in an after school reading program in March and April.

Elementary students and families completed the One School One Book program. They read “Kenny and the Dragon” together for two months. A final event with food, games and activities was held relating to the theme of book. Students also answered questions about the book and the class with the most correct answers won an ice cream party.

Technology Student Association has over 40 members. They have competed in competition at Panorama, Central Decatur and Perry. The high school team placed in the top three in forensic science, technology bowl, problem solving, RC cars and debate. The middle school team had top three places in graphic design, photography, debate, RC cars, technology bowl, problem solving and vex robotics.