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Norwalk Warriors I Official Publication for the Norwalk Community School District I Page Eight N/Warren Town and County News Thursday, December 12, 2013 Norwalk Basketball Preview By Tyler French Winter time has once again come upon us and with it comes Warrior basketball season. With this season comes some very high expectations for this year's Norwalk basketball team. Norwalk comes into this sea- son after a year in which it finished 18-6 and finished just short of an appearance in the State Tournament fol- lowing a loss to the DCG Mustangs. This year's edition of the Norwalk Warriors will ex- pect to build upon the success of last season as they re- tum 13 players from last year's squad. Those players include seniors Grant Wright, Nick Rosonke, Austin Lavelle, Josh Lippert, Jacob Newman, Austin Grant, Tyler Schilling, Chris Higgins, Justin Pappan and Tyler French, junior Carter Albrecht and sophomore Sonny Onken. They also add to this collection of players, jun- iors Baylee Steele, Karson Olerich and Bryce Origer, as well as sophomore Michael Geisfler. This team brings a lot of talent and experience to every single game they play. When asked about expectations for this season, head coach Chris Larson stated, "The expectations for this season are to use our talent and experience to play well in the regular season and secure the number one seed and then make a deep run into the State tournament." The biggest criticism this team faces is who will step up to replace departed graduates Kolby Greenslade and Carson Miller. Last season, Miller, who was voted as a Second Team All-State Player, led the Warriors in both scoring and rebounding while Greenslade was their best lockdown defender. For the Warriors to have another successful season, players will have to rise to the occa- sion and not only replace their production, but their leadership as well. Miller was the vocal leader of the team and the team captain and someone has to be will- ing to take charge and be this team's leader. Norwalk was chosen to finish fifth in the conference during the pre-season, but this is not the expectations that the team holds. They will add this to the list of the doubters that feel that Norwalk is not good enough to be competitive in the Little Hawkeye Conference this season. With this also being the Warriors' first season playing in the 4A playoffs, many people feel they will be overmatched and be bounced in the first round. The team, however, is not allowing the opinions of others to affect their preparations for the season. Norwalk has a talented roster filled with many tough players who are willing to do what it takes to win games for their team and teammates. Norwalk opened its season Tuesda Dec. 3, with a home game against the Ballard Bombers. (NAPS)--Accurate charts, when used correctly, help keep boaters in the channel and away from dangers. That's the word from the Alliance for Safe Navigation. It says up-to-date navigation charts should be an essen- tial item on every boater's To learn more, visit www.allianceforsafenaviga tion.org. Students and schools in Texas are posting significant gains. For starters, gradua- tion rates are at historic highs in the state and among the very best in the nation. Clearly, students in Texas are succeeding and Texas public schools are better than ever before. The obligation for young men to register with the Selective Service upon turn- ing 18 also applies to illegal aliens, legal immigrant res- idents and refugees. Failing to register can carry signifi- cant penaltie~ To learn more, call tell free (888) 655-1825 or visit www.sss.gov. GOLDEN ATTITUDE AWARD AT EASTVIEW The staff at Eastview recognized 8th and 9th grade students exhibiting Golden Attitudes. The Golden Attitude Award is presented to students who contribute to our school in a positive manner through the attitude they display and their interactions with others. Help us congratulate our students! 8th graders, left to right: Drake Leek, Shane Hochstetler, Olivia Campbell, Emme Stockwell and Brook Cooper. 9th graders, left to right: Cindi Thronson, Rachel Crady, Cullen Donlin, Abby Swisher and Doug Jones. Photos submitted. Iowa Secretary of State Website Promotes Youth Programs Iowa Secretary of State Matt Schultz has announced that an update to the Iowa Secretary of State website will highlight and promote the office's youth program initiatives. Schultz works to promote an interest in citizenship and voting among young Io- wans through his office's youth programs including Rock Iowa, Capitol Youth Day, Capitol Project and Student Mock Election. Rock Iowa is a partnershipbetween the Iowa Secretary of State's office and the nationally-recognized Rock the Vote program. It's an interactive educational oppor- tunity for high school seniors to learn about Iowa's voting process. These seniorsare freshman voters and many will be casting a ballot for the first time this year. The goal is to educate the students about Iowa's election process and the importance of voting and exercising that right. Capitol Youth Day brings together high school students from across Iowa to cel- ebrate the 26th Amendment, which gives 18-year-olds the right to vote and the na- tional effort to promote civic education in high schools. Capitol Project allows students to experience government in action and provides lessons in goal setting, teamwork and leadership. The students spend four days at the Capitol meeting with statewide elected officials, legislators, pages and lobbyists and working in small groups with bill drafters and policy analysts as they imitate the legislative process from brainstorming their legislative ideas to the passage or veto of their bills. Student Mock Election provides an opportunity to K-12 students across the state to participate in the electoral process, much like adults do, in order to create an inter- est in the election process, awareness of issues and inspire the desire to vote in the future. It's important to start voter education early since young Americans under the age of 18 constitute the largest population group in our nation's history. Capitol Youth Da36 Capitol Project and Student Mock Election are sponsored by the Iowa Secretary of State's office and the Iowa Developmental Disabilities Council. Teachers or students interested in further information regarding these programs should contact Programs Director, Jen Fagan at jen.fagan@sos.iowa.gov. Iowa All Academy Ball The Iowa All Academy Ball, to be held Saturday, Dec. 28, is an evening that will celebrate iowans who are attending or have graduated from one of the five United States Service Academies. This 7th an- nual ball is becoming an Iowa holiday tradition honoring these men and women who serve their communities in Iowa and their nation through their military service. This year's ball will be held at The Meadows Events & Conference Cen- ter at 1 Prairie Meadows Drive in Altoona and will begin at 5:30 p.m. with a cocktail reception and si- lent auction. The evening's formal program will begin at 6:30 p.m. and will in- clude a dinner banquet, keynote speaker and danc- ing. In attendance will be Lieutenant Colonel Ryan Worthan, United States Military Academy Class of 1997, who is a native of Storm Lake and the fea- tured speaker for this spe- cial evening. Among his numerous awards and decorations, he has re- ceived the Silver Star for conspicuous valor and gal- lantry in action against al- Qaeda and Taliban gueril- las in Afghanistan. He is currently serving as an In- structor in Systems Engi- neering at West Point. Proceeds from this event will help support a number of Iowa military charities, including Opera- tion Support Our Troops and the Iowa Veterans Home. To buy tickets, become a sponsor, or donate to the event, contact event orga- nizers, Kathy ai d Brian George by phone at 515- 967-2150, by email (briang eorge@prairieinet.net), or visit the Iowa All-Acad- emy Ball website at www. iowaallacademyball.com. Call 911 for emergencies !