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Carfagna digging in to new office

State Rep. Rick Carfagna has been attending a myriad of introductory meetings with constituents and various agencies and has been assigned to four committees.

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Virgil Shipley/News Wiggin Street Elementary students enjoyed Global School Play Day on Feb. 1. From left are, Shelby Row and Alivia Zimmerman; and in the back are, Preston Lang and Ezra Zar.

Pupils profit from Play Day

Students today face more and more state educational standards, more and more high stakes tests, and more and more pressure to be academically successful, but when do they actually get to be “just kids?”

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Pam Schehl/News Max Wells and Lilly Colopy, pupils in the afternoon preschool class at Danville, have fun learning about the effect of gravity on marbles placed in a “race track.”

Students learning to love learning

“We play and we work and we learn.” That is the motto in the Knox County Educational Service Center’s preschool classes at Danville, and the News recently visited one class to see the pupils in action.

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Grigsby makes a difference

Utica High School English instructor Kris Grigsby is the 2017 Coughlin You Made a Difference Award winner from North Fork Local Schools.

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Hunsen named Presidential Scholars candidate

Based on his high ACT and SAT test scores and exceptional scholarship, the United States Department of Education has selected Alula Teslaye Hunsen as a candidate for the prestigious U.S. Presidential Scholars Program. The program is one of the highest honors graduating seniors can earn and applications are by invitation only.

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Photo courtesy of Trudy Debolt Mount Vernon sixth-graders donated care packages for military dogs and their handlers. Pictured are, from left, Lilly Allen, Azaya Rine, Sydnee Lang, Maia Tazwell, Jordan Wares, Emma Phillips, Trace Galbraith, Rebekah Yarman, Ty Adams, Mack Hanna, Tre Flowers, Brenyn Craig, Katrina Ronshausen, Zane Jones, Mark Fanning, Jake Fanning, Cash Finnell and Patrick O’Bryne.

MVMS students support war dogs

At the beginning of the school year, the entire sixth grade at Mount Vernon Middle School read the novel, “Cracker! The Best Dog in Vietnam.”

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Cobb commended by Fredericktown board

The Fredericktown Board of Education on Tuesday passed a formal resolution extending appreciation and congratulations to Brandon Cobb for winning the Knox County Spelling Bee in January.

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Centerburg upgrading technology, security

Centerburg school district voters in November approved a 1.4-mill permanent improvement bond issue, and the school board is making good on its promise to upgrade technology and improve security measures throughout the district by approving contracts with Xtek Partners at its meeting on Monday.

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