Congratulations! - Gehlen, LCHS 2015 classes celebrate graduation
(Sentinel photo by Amy Erickson)
The Rev. Paul Eisele hugs Gehlen Catholic High School graduate Nicole Konz following commencement Sunday. Students formed a reception line in the LeRoy Kellen Memorial Gym to greet well-wishers.
LCHS 2015 graduation
(Sentinel photo by Austin Harrington) Students from Le Mars Community High School gathered in the high school gymnasium Sunday to take part in commencement exercises. A total of 173 students from LCHS walked across the stage and received their diplomas during the ceremony...
Graduates to march on
PLYMOUTH CO. -- The strains of "Pomp and Circumstance" will fill seven gymnasiums in Plymouth County Sunday. Graduation ceremonies during the afternoon will see a total of 377 Plymouth County seniors receive their diplomas and march on to the next stage of their life...
Plymouth County's top seniors honored
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Graduation ceremonies at the seven Plymouth County high schools included recognition of the top students in each of the classes. Students earning valedictorian and salutatorian honors for the class of 2014 at the high schools include:...
'It's OK to be scared,' says Rust
LE MARS -- Paul Rust stood on the Steve Shea Memorial Gym stage, speaking of a movie where raccoons chased him while he was wearing nothing but his underpants. He shared that anecdote Sunday during his commencement address to the Gehlen Catholic School graduating class of 2014...
Six area graduation ceremonies Sunday
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Graduation ceremonies will be held for seniors at six Plymouth County high schools this Sunday. The 137th graduating class of Gehlen Catholic School marks the first graduation of the newly unified Spalding and Gehlen Catholic High School...
K-P graduation is Sunday
LE MARS -- The first of seven high school graduation ceremonies in Plymouth County will be this Sunday. Students at Kingsley-Pierson High School will receive their diplomas in a 2 p.m. commencement ceremony in the school's gymnasium. There are 32 seniors in the class of 2014 at Kingsley-Pierson...
Students take D.A.R.E. pledge
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Across the county, 124, fifth grade students of Remsen St. Mary's, Remsen-Union, Akron, and Hinton pledged to stay off drugs. The Drug Abuse Resistance Education (D.A.R.E.) pledge comes with the students' graduation from the 10-week elementary D.A.R.E. program...
Plymouth County's top seniors honored
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Graduation ceremonies at the seven Plymouth County high schools included recognition of the top students in each of the classes. Students earning valedictorian and salutatorian honors for the class of 2013 at the high schools include:...
Six graduation ceremonies Sunday
PLYMOUTH CO. -- Graduation ceremonies will be held for seniors at six Plymouth County high schools this Sunday. Gehlen Catholic's commencement ceremony will be at 12:30 p.m. in the Reardon Family Gym. Family and friends should note the earlier time...
K-P graduation is Sunday
KINGSLEY -- The first of seven Plymouth County high school graduation ceremonies is this Sunday. Members of the class of 2013 at Kingsley-Pierson High School will receive their diplomas at the 2 p.m. commencement ceremony in the Kingsley Gymnasium. The baccalureate ceremony was held Wednesday, following the Senior Award Night in the E.V. Heacock Auditorium...
Barker to receive first LCS alumni honor
The first recipient of the Le Mars Community School District (LCSD) Distinguished Alumni Award will be a 1939 graduate of Le Mars High School. Norman Barker, 92, of Le Mars, will be honored at the Le Mars Community Education Foundation banquet Tuesday...
County schools honor valedictorians, salutatorians
Valedictorians and salutatorians at the seven Plymouth County high schools were honored during graduation ceremonies in May. They represent the top academic students in their classes. Valedictorians were Rebecca Clay, daughter of John and Kim Clay; Catherine Meis, daughter of Dave and Linda Meis; and Rachel Parry, daughter of Scott and Denise Parry...
Le Mars Community School graduates Madi Baack, Leah Baas and Carly Schmidt celebrate together after the commencement ceremony at Carey Gymnasium Sunday afternoon. About 130 seniors received their diplomas.
Six county schools host graduation ceremonies Sunday
By Sunday evening, Plymouth County will have 318 new high school graduates. Six Plymouth County high schools will hold graduation ceremonies this Sunday, including two in Le Mars. A seventh school, Kingsley-Pierson, held graduation ceremonies Sunday, May 13...
K-P graduates reflect on losses, joys
Six choir students from the Kingsley-Pierson High School Class of 2012 gathered near a piano in the K-P gym in Kingsley Sunday to sing to their classmates, teachers and families. "Because I knew you, I have been changed for good," sang out the three male and three female vocalists wearing gold and black robes for their K-P Commencement Exercises...
K-P graduation is Sunday
Kingsley-Pierson High School seniors will walk across the stage Sunday to receive their diplomas. Commencement exercises will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the Kingsley Gymnasium. The event is open to the public. Senior Award Night was Wednesday, May 9 in the E.V. Heacock Auditorium followed by a baccalaureate ceremony sponsored by area churches...
Decreases in enrollment at most county schools
Enrollments show slight decreases this fall in Plymouth County schools. Superintendents attribute some of the enrollment decreases to kindergarten classes coming into school districts in numbers that are smaller than the classes of seniors who graduated last spring...
Rod and Kerri Petersen and Randy and Lisa Freking, of Le Mars, announce the engagement of their children, Allie Petersen and Justin Freking, both of Le Mars. The couple is planning a Sept. 3, 2011, wedding at 2 p.m. at St. Joseph's Catholic Church in Le Mars. The reception and dance will follow at the Le Mars Convention Center, upper level...
Three Remsen sisters celebrate graduation milestones
Graduations are always special, and when they come in threes, it makes them even more unique. Three Remsen sisters graduated -- one from college, one from high school and one from kindergarten -- in the same week this May. Alyssa Langel walked out of Briar Cliff University, in Sioux City, with a bachelor's in graphic design, while her sister Katie Langel graduated Remsen-Union High School and her baby sister Emma Langel left R-U kindergarten behind...
Jess Jochims joins staff as sports co-editor
Tuesday may have been Jess Jochims' first day working at the Daily Sentinel, but it certainly wasn't his first day in the newspaper business. A Journalism and Mass Communications graduate of Iowa State University, Jochims, the Sentinel's new sports co-editor, started his newspaper career in college...
Brunsville centennial queen contest has fundraising twist
The community of Brunsville will have some royalty present as it celebrates its centennial June 24 and 25. Nine young ladies are vying for the title of Brunsville Centennial Queen. The queen will be crowned at 7 p.m. Friday, June 24. The candidates were introduced at the wedding gown style show held May 1...
Le Mars mother, son graduate Briar Cliff together
How often do a mother and son toss their graduation caps in the air on the same day? Probably not very often -- and that makes Kendra and Josh Schroeder's graduation from Briar Cliff University (BCU), in Sioux City, Saturday all the more special. The rural Le Mars mother and son duo graduated with a Master of Science in nursing and a Bachelor of Arts in business administration, respectively...
Schools hold graduation Sunday
Graduation ceremonies will be held in five Plymouth County schools this Sunday. In Le Mars, Gehlen Catholic High School's commencement ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Thirty-two students make up the 2011 graduating class. The speaker will be the Gehlen Catholic's Director of Campus Ministries Lisa Sitzmann...
Graduation Sunday at Kingsley-Pierson and Akron-Westfield Schools
Two Plymouth County schools will hold graduation ceremonies this weekend. Commencement ceremonies for the Kingsley-Pierson High School graduating class will be 2 p.m. Sunday in the Kingsley gymnasium. There are 30 seniors in this year's class. Senior awards night was held Tuesday...
LCS Foundation banquet honors staff, students
The Annual Foundation Honors Banquet, co-sponsored by the Le Mars Community Board of Education and the Le Mars Community School District Foundation, will be held April 12 in the lower level of the Le Mars Convention Center. This banquet is to honor the Teacher of the Year, Employee of the Month recipients, district employees of 25 years, and the top 5 percent of the 2011 graduating class...
Local schools beat state averages for ACT scores
Upperclassmen at high schools around the region are sharpening pencils and studying math formulas to take their ACT tests this winter and spring. The four-hour test is designed to measure the skills needed for success in the first year of college. It tests academic achievement in English, math, reading and science...
Gehlen welcomes four new teachers
Gehlen Catholic School is welcoming four new teachers to its staff for the 2010-11 school year. They range from early elementary to high school music and will bring an array of experience to the classrooms. Cari Herbst Growing up in a Catholic school, new transitional-kindergarten (T-K) teacher Cari Herbst already feels a connection with Gehlen Catholic School...
LCS welcomes new teachers for 2010-2011
Six new teachers are joining the staff of Le Mars Community School this year, ranging from elementary music to algebra. They come from different walks of life -- from previous teaching experience to meteorology -- and all bring a little of their own flavor to the 2010-11 school year...
This one's for you, dad
57JR. That's the number Jeremy Rhodes' demolition car will boast in the Remsen Derby Saturday. The letters "JR" don't stand for Jeremy Rhodes, the 2008 Gehlen Catholic Schools graduate says. It stands for "junior." And the number 57 is his dad's number...
21 county students earn high academic honors
Twenty-one Plymouth County high school seniors were honored for their academic achievements at graduation ceremonies in seven county high schools this month. A total of 387 Plymouth County students were members of the class of 2010. Gehlen Catholic High School had 34 graduates in the class of 2010 with three valedictorians and one salutatorian...
LCS Graduation 2010
Le Mars Community School graduates Megan Luschen, Ariana Klingbeil and Millissa Zettel celebrate together after Sunday's commencement ceremony. A total of 160 LCS students received their diplomas during the event. For more LCS graduation pictures, see page 16...
Gehlen Graduation 2010
Gehlen Catholic graduate Aaron Schlesser gets a handshake and congratulations from Bonnie Meyer following commencement ceremonies Sunday in the school gymnasium.
Gehlen, LCS and Hinton hold graduation ceremonies Sunday
Graduation ceremonies will be held in two Plymouth County communities Sunday, May 23. In Le Mars, Gehlen Catholic High School's commencement ceremony begins at 1:30 p.m. in the high school gymnasium. Guest speaker will be the Rev. Richard Ries, who served St. James parish and Gehlen Catholic School from 1994-2002. He currently serves St. Thomas Parish in Manson...
Iowans turn to community colleges during recession
More Iowa students are choosing community colleges than ever before, according to the Iowa Department of Education. For the 2009-10 school year, enrollment at Iowa community colleges grew by 14.3 percent. That's their fastest enrollment growth since 1975...
Graduation at A-W, K-P this Sunday
Two Plymouth County schools will hold graduation ceremonies Sunday. The graduation ceremony at Akron-Westfield High School will be at 2 p.m. in the school gymnasium. Senior speakers for the ceremony will be Marissa Harvey and Colt Witt. Baccalaureate was held Wednesday evening at Trinity Lutheran Church...
End of an era: Retiring principal, teachers share memories
Editor's note: This is the second of two stories featuring 16 educators retiring from Le Mars Community Schools this year. Dave Horken, elementary principal at Franklin and Clark Schools Years teaching at LCS: 27 Years teaching at other schools: Taught sixth grade at Newolden, Minn. five years, assistant elementary principal in Denison two years, elementary principal in Creston five years...
Fifty years as one: LCS marks reorganization anniversary
The year 2010 marks the 50th graduating class of the Le Mars Community School District. The district was officially started July 1, 1959, following much work by the County School Board members, then Le Mars Schools Superintendent E.D. Archambault and groundwork by former Le Mars Superintendent Harvey Kluckhohn...
LCSD Foundation receives bequest
A bequest from a 1936 Le Mars High School graduate and long-time Plymouth County farmer will provide money for scholarships for Le Mars Community High School seniors. The Le Mars Community School District (LCSD) Foundation is the recipient of a generous bequest from the Clifford E. Perry Revocable Trust...
Julie Theisen honored with LCS Crystal Bell Award
"Overwhelmed" and "humbled" is how Julie Theisen describes her feelings on receiving the "Decades of Excellence Crystal Bell Award" for 2010. The award is given by jointly by the Le Mars Community School District (LCSD) Foundation and the LCSD Alumni Association, in recognition of teacher excellence...
LCS celebrates with foundation honors banquet
The Le Mars Community Board of Education and the Le Mars Community School District Foundation are co-sponsoring the Annual Foundation Honors Banquet. This banquet is to honor the Teacher of the Year, Employee of the Month recipients, district employees of 25 years and the top 5 percent of the graduating class...
Registration deadline nears for LCS/LCHS Decades of Excellence reunion
Alumni of Le Mars High School and Le Mars Community High School still have time to register for the Decades of Excellence LHS/LCHS All-School Reunion July 2-4, 2010. According to Alumni Director Carolyn Vance, the deadline for registration is April 1. That was extended from the original March 1 deadline...
Iowa students must give CPR to graduate
Freshmen at Le Mars Community High School are learning how to save lives -- skills students across the state are now required to master to graduate. That mandate was handed down last year by the Iowa Legislature as part of the Healthy Kids Act. The requirement is effective for the graduating class of 2012...
Stanton #4 grads look back on school days, county-style
Editor's Note: This story is the third in a weekly series looking back at life decades ago and remembering a time when people's lifestyle was very different than today. And you think it's been cold the past week? Imagine running backwards in 20-below-zero weather a mile and a quarter to get to school...
Le Mars native plunges into professional modeling company
The Boji Babes of Okoboji are more than a group of pretty women whose images light up the pages of a calendar. They are 12 professional models, including five Le Mars natives, from all walks of life, with a passion to help others. Some are college students, others graduates, moms, wives and career women...
Kurth touches lives as Mayo Clinic leader
Kenneth Kurth impacts about 360 new physicians every year. The Le Mars native is an administrator at Mayo Clinic's School of Graduate Medical Education in Rochester, Minn. "We train physicians from all over the world. We've trained more physicians than anywhere else," Kurth said during a recent visit to Le Mars. "I help develop curriculum and policies, and I help with orientation for the new physicians coming in."...
Family inspires passion for styling for 40 years
Thousands of students have graduated from Le Mars Beauty College. This week, June 19, the Rod Anderson family celebrates 40 years owning and operating Le Mars Beauty College. Throughout the last 40 years, one constant Rod and wife Sheila Anderson try to do is teach their students to have passion to be successful...
High schools in Plymouth County honor academic excellence
Plymouth County schools acknowledged academic excellence by naming valedictorians and salutatorians during graduation ceremonies in May. In a class of 139, Le Mars Community High School named one valedictorian and one salutatorian. Cara Clement, the daughter of Dan and Judy Clement, was named valedictorian for the class of 2009. The salutatorian named was Anna Powell, daughter of Barbara and James Powell...