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OFFICIAL NEWSPAPER FOR adage NORWALK COMMUNITY SCHOOL DISTRICT Norwalk Warriors Warren r} SMALLIDWNJPAPERS 32/ Wtb‘l RAILROAD SHELION WA 98354—38347 IHuiliizuiiHillipln“I[Hill[lluiqnntiiiulifllhl'qq and A News 50¢ Vol. 51 No. 43 Norwalk, Iowa 50211 USPS No. 395-120 Phone 981 -0406 email: news@norwalknewspapemom Thursday, March 28, 2019 N orwalk and Cumming Announced as Pass-Through Cities for 2019 RAGBRAI Event organizers have announced that on Tuesday, July 23rd, Day 3 of RAGBRAI (Register’s Annual Great Bike Ride Across Iowa), both Norwalk and Cumming will be cities passed through on the route during the ride. More details will be shared as they become available. Exciting news for Norwalk and Cumming! Fig. Fag Knights of Columbus Fish Fry Dinners The Norwalk Knights of Columbus will once again offer Fish Fry Dinners on Friday evenings during Lent. Remaining dinners will be served March 29th,: April 5th, and April 12th. The events will take place at the St. John the Apostle Catholic Church hall, 720 Orchard Hills'Drive in Norwalk, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. each week. The menu will include baked and fried fish, macaroni and cheese, cheese pizza, baked potatoes (while they last), french fries, cole slaw, and drinks. Contact St. John’s Catholic Church at 981-4855 with any questions, including information on cost of the event. Please join us each week! City of N orwalk Municipal Utilities Advisory Commission Seeks New Member Interested in Norwalk water, sewer, and storm water utilities? Interested in having a voice in your community? The City of Norwalk has an opportunity for you to serve on the Municipal Utilities Advisory Commission (UAC). , The UAC advises and makes recommendations to the Mayor and City Council regarding the water, sewer, and storm water utilities. UAC meetings are held every 2-3 months, as needed, on Monday evenings at 6:00 p.m. The term of this vacancy is three years. The City of Norwalk makes every effort to organize a diversified group of citizens representing gender balance, a variety of ages and interests. If you have questions, or are interested in participating on the UAC, please submit in writing, - your desire to publicworks@norwalk.iowa.gov. You can also call the Public Works Department (515) 981- 9527 to ask questions and learn more about the opportunity. Request for Easter Church Services Information We will be printing church service information for Good Friday and Easter in our April 11th and April 18th issues. If you’d like your church’s service information to be included, please email your service information to us at news@norwalk newspaper.com or call us at 981-0406. N orwalk Robotics Team is State Runner-up and Advances to World Championships by Nicci Lamb FIRST Tech Challenge (FTC) rookie Norwalk Robotics team, RoboWarriors Gold, won their Division at State Championships, making it all the way to the event finals, Where they finished as the state runner-up! The RoboWarriors’ performance at State earned them an invitation to the World Championship competition in Detroit, Michigan on April 23rd to 27th. This is only the second year for the Norwalk Robotics team, and their first time qualifying for Worlds. . The First Tech Challenge (FTC) is an international program that strives to inspire youth, ages 7th to 12th grade, to be science and technology leaders and innovators. Students work together in teams to build robots and compete in a head-to head challenge with 3 other robots at a time, but it is more than just robots. Norwalk’s robotics team has been tackling tasks from designing, engineering, and programming their robots, but they have alsdbeen working on items like budgeting and allocating resources for use throughout the year, marketing, outreach, and communication skills. First Tech Challenge is proven to encourage students to purse education and careers in STEM-related fields, all while enhancing their work-life skills. Fun facts about the RoboWarriors Gold team’s season & the FTC competition: ' They finished 3rd in the Clark League (the local level competition of 11 teams) ' They finished 1st at League Championships in Nevada, IA, to advance to Super Qualifiers. They finished 2nd at the Super Qualifier at John Deere in Johnston, to qualify for state. Photos by Brian Butcher and Nicci Lamb 'They earned 3rd place for the Control .Award (programming) at Super Qualifier. ' They finished 2nd at the State Championships in Coralville, Iowa. They are ranked 8th in 10wa (182 teams). There are 13 teams from Iowa going to Worlds, where 128 teams will compete. ‘They are 90th of 2,211 teams competing for a spot in Detroit. ' ' They are lblst of 4,440 teams in the US. ' There are more than 7,000 FTC teams registered in the world for the 2018-19 season, with more than 70,000 student participants. Norwalk Robotics created a second team this season to accommodate more students in the program. So, in addition 'to the N orwalk RoboWarriors Gold, Norwalk has a sophomore team, RoboWarriors Purple. Between the two teams, there are 28 members and 3 coaches. Rm Facts about the RoboWarriors Purple’s season: ' They finish 1st in the Clark League. - They placed 3rd at the League Championships in Nevada, IA and unfortunately didn’t advance tO'Super Qualifiers. " ' They are ranked 12th in Iowa (182 teams). Robotics is all an all-year program, and the teams practice together during the year, and meet twice a week, which adds up to about 5 hours of practice per week. While the official season goesfrom September to January, _with post-season advancement- dependent competitions running through Worlds Continued on p. 7