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Posted March 24, 2016 at 10:20 am

My DECA tour guides were Magdalene Myles and Landon Mays. Both are state officer team members: Landon, a student at El Dorado Springs High, is Vice President of Advocacy; and Magdalene, Moberly High, serves as Vice President of Communications.

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    In the photo from left to right: Caleb Miller, Chelsea Colbert, Jessi Toliver and Ben Middleton, attended the state DECA career development conference as did Landon Mays who is not pictured.

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    VFW Post 257 holds annual scholarship banquet

    The local Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 257 held their annual scholarship banquet on March 21 at the Post Home on First Street in El Dorado Springs. The event recognized students form the Christian and Public Schools that have excelled with their patriotic essays in the Patriot’s Pen and the Voice of Democracy writing contests.

    The Patriot’s Pen Program gives 6th, 7th and 8th grade students the opportunity to express their opinion on a patriotic theme and improve their writing skills. This year’s topic was “What Freedom Means to Me.”

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    5th grader takes 2nd in Law Day Essay contest

    Lauren Badalato, an El Dorado Springs Elementary 5th grade student, took second in the 27th annual Law Day Essay contest for grades 4 – 5.

    Wiley Taylor, El Dorado Springs, was in the group of 11 finalists for grades 4-5,

    Dorlon Massengil, El Dorado Springs, was in the group of 10 finalists for grades 6-8.

    The contest, sponsored by the Missouri Bar Young Lawyers and the Missouri National Education Association, required the contestants to write essays of 700 words or less responding to the

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    Alissa Steward wins Optimist Club essay contest

    Alissa Steward, a senior at El Dorado High School, recently won the Nine Wonders Optimist Club’s essay contest based on a theme of “Lead by Example: Reality or Fiction.”

    Alissa was awarded $50 for the honor. In addition, the essay will be sent to the district level to be judged along with winners from other Optimist Clubs in the district. A college scholarship of $2,500 is awarded to the top winner at the district level.

    “Alissa did a wonderful job

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    Union Hall 4-H March Report

    by Gracie Mead

    The Union Hall 4-H club held its regular monthly meeting on March 9. The meeting was called to order by President Glen VanBummel. Kadin Sanderstrom led pledges, followed by roll call and the secretary and treasurer report. The club sang a song led by Reese Schiereck. Monthly project reports were given. Many members talked about the weigh-in, Cubbage’s Feed meeting and a livestock judging contest.

    In old business, Rachel Stauffer gave the Land O’Lakes fairboard report. The fair registration deadline is June 6 with no late entries

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    (From left – Gavin McNeely, Caleb Miller, Caleb Alexander and John King. The El Dorado Springs Speech and Debate team competed at MSHSAA Districts in Carthage March 4-5. The team had a very successful weekend, with four students qualifying to State. Freshman Gavin McNeely was District Champion in both Storytelling and Humorous Interpretation. He dominated his events, receiving 1 rank from six judges and a 2 from one judge for both HI and Story. Also qualifying to State competition are sophomores Caleb Miller and Caleb Alexander, who placed

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    Ronnie Bohrer, 17, a student at El Dorado Springs High School, has been honored for his exemplary volunteer service with a President’s Volunteer Service Award.

    The award, which recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country, was granted by The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards program on behalf of President Barack Obama. El Dorado Springs High School nominated Ronnie for national honors this fall in recognition of his volunteer service.

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    GOOD CITIZEN STUDENTS – Good Citizen high school seniors were honored Sunday, Feb. 7, by the Elizabeth Carey Chapter DAR (Daughters of the American Revolution) with a reception and presentation of awards at the First Christian Church parlor in Nevada. Students wrote essays entitled “Our American Heritage and Our Responsibility to Preserve It.” Front: Rebecca Derringer-Schnedler – Bronaugh High School; back row from left: Sarah Elizabeth Spurgeon – Stockton High School, Megan Payne – Nevada High School, Linda Mitchell –

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    Shelter Insurance® Foundation and Travis Farran sponsor local high school scholarship

    This spring, the Shelter Insurance Foundation will award a $2,000 scholarship to a graduate of El Dorado Springs RII High School. Shelter Agent Travis Farran sponsors and partially funds this scholarship.

    A committee of local high school officials and community leaders will select the local recipient. The committee will consider each applicant’s scholastic achievements, educational goals, citizenship, moral character and participation and leadership in school and community activities. The scholarship is given without regard to race, disability, religion, national origin or gender of applicants. The name of the recipient will be announced

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