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Page Six N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, March 7, 2019 Submitted Norwalk Teen Wins AAU State Wrestling Championship by Judy Corcoran Norwalk Dance Marathon Will Be Held March 9th Submitted by Tessa Palmer On March 9th, Norwalk Dance Marathon will celebrate all the money they have fundraised for the children fighting pediatric cancer at the University of Iowa Children's Hospital. Norwalk participates in a mini dance marathon which contributes to the University of Iowa's Dance Marathon. This past weekend, the University of Iowa celebrated their own dance marathon and fundraised 2.96 million dollars! All the money fundraised goes towards cancer research, operating costs, and financial aid to families affected by pediatric cancer. This year, Norwalk Dance Marathon hopes to contribute even more money than they did last year. This is the second year of Norwalk's Dance Marathon existence. The goal was to fundraise $5,000 last year, but they surpassed that goal by fundraising $9,007.90. The goal this year is to fundraise $10,000. Dance Marathon fundraises in many ways: going door to door to ask households for money, collecting money at school events, having tables at stores, and hosting yellow out events. Raising $10,000 is not simple. It's a year-long effort that requires a lot of hard work. Norwalk Dance Marathon President, Annie Balk, had to say this about dance marathon: "Dance Marathon does not only build a network of young adults fighting to make an impact but dramatically affects the lives of those who are fighting for their lives. It has continued to create an everlasting impact, help us keep this impact alive. In the end, it's all for a greater cause. It's truly for the kids." To commemorate all of Dance Marathon's work, a four-hour event will be held at the high school on March 9th. The entertainment chair of Norwalk Dance Marathon, Lily Quade, said "It will be a four-hour event with lots of snacks, pizza, and fun. We will have activities like yard games, spikeball, nine square, gaga ball, an awesome DJ, and other fun power hour activities." If you are not a dance marathon participant, you are still allowed to come to participate in the event for an entrance fee. Norwalk Dance Marathon wants all the help they can get! A way you can spread the word about dance marathon is by donating to or sharing the online donation link. If you are interested in donating to this great cause, you can donate at this website, https://donate.dancemarathon.uiowa.edu/payment/22285. Or get in contact with us through our website https://nhsdancemarathon. wixsite.com/website! Anything you can do to help will make a true impact on someone's life. 2019 Robert D. Blue Scholarship Applications The application for the 2019 Robert D. Blue Scholarship is available online at rdblue.org. Graduates of any Iowa high school who plan to attend college in Iowa for the 2019-2020 school year are eligible to apply. Awards are based on financial'need, an original essay, academic achievement, and written recommendations. "These scholarships not only help Iowa students financially, but also honor the achievements and potential of the young people of our state," Fitzgerald stated. "Last year, nine $500 scholarships were awarded to nine outstanding students. Each of the recipients represents a different community from across our state and all of them went on to attend an Iowa college or university." The Iowa Centennial Memorial Foundation awards the Robert D. Blue Scholarship to Iowa students attending college in Iowa. Governor Blue created the foundation in 1949 to commemorate the one hundredth anniversary of Iowa's acceptance into the union. At that time, a scholarship fund was established to encourage the youth of the state to attend Iowa's fine colleges and universities. In 1990, the foundation officially named the scholarship to honor the late Governor Blue. Robert D. Blue Scholarship applications are only accepted online through May 10th at rdblue.org. The winners will be announced during the summer. Those who would like more information on the Robert D. Blue Scholarship should visit the website or call the treasurer's office at 515-281-7003. RFAL ESTATE FOR SALE LAKESHORE ESTATES - CUMMING 14 LOTS- 3 Acres to 10+, $70,000 to $160,000 (4 LAKE LOTS LEFT) Lots #5 thru #9, great for horses. Convenient to West Des Moines, children currently in Norwalk Schools can open enroll to Norwalk, otherwise it is Van Meter Schools. Take Cumming Road west ofi-35 about 2.5 miles to curve; leave curve going straight west on 120th Avenue mile to Black GoM signs just west of 3090 120th Avenue. Broker owned property. Call Black Gold Realty Larry Hughes, 515-681-6310 Norwalk 13-year-old Maddux Borcherding-Johnson won state Champion honors in the Iowa AAU Wrestling Kids State Wresting competition February 23rd and 24th, at Wells Fargo Arena. Maddux, who wrestles in the C260 pounds division, defeated four competitors to rank first among wrestlers representing AAU districts throughout the state. He also won Grade School State Champion and USA State Champion. Maddux, who has wrestled since fourth grade, is an eighth grader at Eastview School. He has been district champion each year since fifth grade. His younger brothers, twins Kolton and Kadan, both 12, also earned high rankings in B class for fifth and sixth graders at the tournament. Kolton, who wrestles at B160 pounds, won second place and Kadan, who wrestles at B108 pounds, earned eighth place in the class. The three boys are the sons of Clifton Johnson and Jenny Borcherding-Johnson of Norwalk. Fourteen Norwalk AAU wrestlers competed in February for the tournament- bound team and Norwalk sent seven to the state tournament. Other competitors, their weights and classes were Parker Casey, 82, A class, 3rd & 4th graders; Dominic Tigner, 114, B class; and Zach Burns, 85; and Donovan Card, 115, in C class. Norwalk Youth Wrestling had 119 wrestlers in the program this year. Team coaches are Zach Johnston, Rob Wadle, Matt Jensen, Dustin Harper and Ryan Thompson. Pictured are AAU State Wrestling Champion Maddux Borcherding-Johnson and his coach Zach Johnston, after winning his division in the Iowa AAU Wrestling Kids State event. Also pictured are Maddux's brothers, Kadan (on left) and Kolton (on right) who also placed at the event. Iowa's High School Graduation Rate Remains #1 In The Nation Gov. Kim Reynolds released the following statement after new figures released by the U.S. Department of Education's National Center for Education Statistics show Iowa's high school graduation rate remains the highest in the nation with 91 percent. "Once again, Iowa is leading the nation when it comes to students graduating high school," said Gov. Reynolds. "Education is a top priority for my administration and I am proud of our record investments in preK-12 education last year and my efforts to build on that with $93 million in additional dollars. While we can be proud of where we are, there's a lot more work to do to ensure our students not only graduate high school but they do so ready to meet the demands of the 21st century." "High school ; raduation opens the door to postsecon