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ThursdaY , April 12, 2012 N/Warren Town and County News Page Nine Allison Taylor and Kelsi Burnett. Photo submitted. NHS Cheerleaders Earn Awards Senior Kelsi Burnett and junior Allison Taylor from Norwalk High School were chosen as Norwalk captains, All American Cheerleaders and were selected as All State Cheerleaders. They recently competed with cheer- leaders from across the state to try out for the Shrine Bowl cheer squad. Both girls earned the privilege to cheer at the 40th Annual Iowa Shrine Football Classic at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames. The event will take place Saturday, July 21 at 7 p.m. Both girls are selling advance tickets for the game at $10 each ($15 at the gate). If you are unable to attend the game, you may give a donation. All proceeds go to ben- efit the Shriner's Hopsitals for Children and are tax de- ductible. In order to make a donation to the Shriner's Hospi- tals for Children or purchase advance game tickets, email Terri at rtburnett@q.com or call Becky at 515-681- 6031. SCHOOL AND SPORTS PAGES SPONSORED BY: *WENDY BORST MASSAGE, LMT 240-1075 *COMMUNITY BANK 285-4900 *FOUR SEASONS AUTO WASH 981-4454 *DR. DONNA GRANT FAMILY DENTISTRY 256-9000 *HASKIN CHIROPRACTIC CLINIC 981-0556 *JJ DESIGNS custom embroidery/screen print 953-6306 MyJJDesigns.com *EDWARD JONES INVESTMENTS Kevin Pearson - 285-1838 *NORWALK INSURANCE SERVICES 981-0434 or 981-4293 *NORWALK LIONS CLUB 981-0432 *OPTOMETRIC ASSOCIATES 981-0224 *SCOTT'S FOODS 981-0606 *NEWTON STANDRIDGE STANDRIDGE GROUP 229-5310 *N/WARREN TOWN & COUNTY NEWS 981-0406 OVIATT ELEMENTARY By Dr. Laura Sivadge, Principal and Rodney Martinez, Dean of Students Test Preparation Whether you have been out of school for five years or 15, the thought of taking a test probably still makes your heart race and palms sweat. Now imagine what it is like for your children. Today, with the No Child Left Behind Act in place, testing is more frequent and taken more seriously than ever before. Here are some ways to help your child shine when testing time comes. Know your child's s;trengths and weaknesses. Stay in contact with your child's teacher during the year to see if there are any areas your child might need a little extra work on. Find out what you can do at home to help reinforce what students are learning in the class- room and help your child feel at the top of his or her game when testing time comes. Get them moving. Children know test-taking time is a big deal at their schools. In addition, whether they show it or not, most of them are feeling stressed about it. Doing something physical can help them let off steam. Whether it is bike riding or playing tag, get them mov- ing in a fun sport or physical activity. But not too much. While working off a little pres- sure is great for kids, participating in organized sports during test week can actually add to the stress. If your child is in a competitive sports activity, cut back during test week. Scale back the excitement. Although many kids en- joy relaxing by watching movies or playing video games, it's important that they scale back on any high-energy programs during test week, particularly when it's get- ring closer to their bedtime. They need quiet minds so they can relax and get a solid night's sleep. Bedtime is important. Endless studies have shown that American schoolchildren get far too little sleep on the average night. You may be surprised to know that elementary and middle school children do the best on 10 hours of sleep. Kids who are not thoroughly rested do more poorly on tests, so get them in bed early (mak- ing sure they are not watching TV, if you allow it in their rooms). Give them the fuel they need. Many families are so rushed in the mornings that breakfast is an afterthought. A toaster pastry and a bottle of water just do not pro- vide the energy your kids need to keep their minds and b bodies functioning strongly until lunchtime. They need to have a complete breakfast every day of testing. Cut back the high-sugar cereals and pastries and make the time to have a healthier, more substantial breakfast. Help them relax. People who are anxious about their performance on a test do worse than those who are re- laxed-the anxiety actually hurts your children. Teach them a few tricks to use during the test. If they get stuck on a question, instead of frowning and concentrating, teach them to smile for a few seconds. Their bodies will automatically get less tense. (Try it!) And help them learn how to take a nice, slow, relaxing breath in and out. Practice makes perfect. Ask the teacher or principal if there are practice tests or worksheets your child can work on at home before the big day. These tests can help your children get used to how the questions are worded and how to make sure to fill in the test sheet bubble the right way before test day anxiety takes hold. Let them know you believe in them. While it is re- ally important to let your children know that you be- lieve in them and know that they will do well, it is also key to make sure they understand you are not judging them on what their test scores report. Certainly, they need to realize that it's important to try their hardest and do their best, but they also need to know your love for them and respect for their abilities has nothing to do with what some computerized report says about their scores. It is said that Picasso could draw before he could walk and his first word was the Spanish word for pencil. Norwalk Boys Golf Friday, March 30, the Norwalk boys golf team opened the 20!2 golf sea- son by winning its own invitational played at Wil- low Creek Golf Course. Norwalk shot a team score of 339 to tie with Clarke of Osceola, but Norwalk's fifth best score of 88 shot by Ben Elliott bested Clarke's score of 97. The other team results were Winterset 341, Pella Chris- tian 343, Norwalk Team II 354, Eddyville 368 and Norwalk Team III 398. Sophomore Cannon Ridgeway of Norwalk tied for first place with a 78. Ridgeway lost a three-way playoff to Winterset's Rob Clifton. Clifton parred the first playoff hole and Ridgeway bogeyed. Pella Christian's Mason Hower- zyl also shot 78, but double bogeyed the first playoff hole to finish third. Other Norwalk scores were Junior Brandon Mahlstedt 81, Freshman Mike Guessford and Carter Maliett both shot 86, along with Senior Brad Chase. Ben Elliott 88, Zach Kelley 88, Sam Weis 90, Nick Rosonke 93, Trey Castle 93, Zach Moore 94, Logan Cooper 95, Nate Myers 95, Ryan Owens 100, Cameron Jensen 100, Zach Dinnen 103, Jason Meihost 104 and Erich Voitel 109. The first flight of the Wright Brothers' flying machine covered a distance that was less than the wingspan of a |umbo jet. Provost Guard STEAK ]FRY May 2, 2012 Za-Ga-Zig Sl00ine Temple 1100 Shriner's Parkway Altoona, Iowa PUBLIC Serving 5:00 to 7:00 p.m. WELCOME $12.00 Proceeds benefit the Za-Ga-Z/g Provost Guard and are not tax deductitde