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Senior Spotlights: Anna Walker

Parents’ Name: John and Wendy Walker
Hometown: La Porte City
Birthday: July 20, 1998
Favorite color: Purple
Favorite TV show: Heartland
Favorite Movie: Flicka
Favorite restaurant: Texas Roadhouse
Favorite class: Does lunch count?
Hobbies/Activities: Riding my horses and being with family and friends
What is your most embarrassing moment at Union High School? I don’t really remember any that were embarrassing.
What is your favorite memory from high school? Powder Puff 2014
My biggest pet peeve is: It’s silly, but the noise of dogs
licking.
Who are the most influential people in your life? I am truly blessed to have my whole family, because they all are very influential, to pick one would not be fair.
What will you miss most about high school? I’m going to be honest, I’m one of those people who can’t wait to start their life but I am grateful for the experiences high school has brought me.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? In Wyoming, hopefully with a family, a couple of horses, and living life to the fullest.
What is the best thing about being a senior? Early-outs and late-ins
What are your post-high school plans? Go to Ellsworth for the equine program for two years, then out to Wyoming to work on a dude ranch.
Your best advice to underclassmen? Be yourself, high school can be tough on some people, but stick with it, and make the best of every day. Don’t get stuck in the drama, life is too short!

Senior Spotlights: Trevor Krug

Parents’ Name: Rick and Janene Krug
Hometown: Dysart
Birthday: January 12, 1998
Favorite color: None because I’m not that basic
Favorite TV shows How I Met Your Mother and The Office
Favorite Movies: Lord of the Rings Trilogy and Mulan
Favorite restaurant: Pepper’s
Favorite class: Band
Hobbies/Activities: Playing saxophone
What is your most embarrassing moment at Union High School? Forgetting a bit of my feature solo at Jazz contest.
What is your favorite memory from high school? Playing in band with all of my good friends, making friends at band camp, and honor bands at Wartburg.
My biggest pet peeve is: Basic, clichéd questions asked of people.
Who are the most influential people in your life? My parents, my church family, and my pals.
What will you miss most about high school? Jazz band and my little saxophone section children.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Pursuing dreams and making new ones.
What is the best thing about being a senior? Being almost finished with public education
What are your post-high school plans? Attend Wartburg College for history or English.
Your best advice to underclassmen? Involve yourself; being “too busy” is just lying to yourself. In addition, put effort into your education; you get out what you put in.

Senior Spotlights: Kaitlyn Helgeson

Parents’ Name: Bruce and Cindi Helgeson
Hometown: Dysart
Birthday: November 6, 1997
Favorite color: Yellow
Favorite TV show: New Girl
Favorite Movie: Newsies
Favorite restaurant: Soho
Favorite class: AP Literature
Hobbies/Activities: Cross country, All State Choir, Show Choir, musical, track, and large group speech
What is your most embarrassing moment at Union High School? I am not one to get embarrassed easily.
What is your favorite memory from high school? Experiencing Iowa All-State Choir my junior year with my quartet.
My biggest pet peeve is: Disrespectful underclassmen
Who are the most influential people in your life? My friends and family
What will you miss most about high school? Seeing the friends I grew up with everyday and being a part of all the Fine Arts activities.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Working as a music therapist and having a family of my own.
What is the best thing about being a senior? The excitement of knowing you will be experiencing all new things the next year.
What are your post-high school plans? Attend Iowa and major in music therapy
Your best advice to underclassmen? Give your best effort in everything you do.

Healthy Conversations: Why You Should Try Your Doctor’s Patient Portal

It’s likely your doctor has traded in a clipboard for a laptop. It’s also possible your doctor’s office and insurer have asked you to sign up for a patient portal, perhaps to pay your bills or make appointments online. Patient portals are ultimately a way to allow patients to interact and communicate with their health care providers online.
Some of the things you can do on a physician patient portal include: Book and keep track of appointments; Access and view lab results; Request prescription refills; View your personal health record; Receive health reminders from your physician; and view and pay billing statements. Insurer patient portals allow you to: Check claims and know if they’ve been paid; see if a procedure is covered; check the prices of your prescriptions and access member discounts for products or services.
Still not convinced? If your doctor’s office or insurer has a patient portal, here are a few more reasons you should give it a try:
BE MORE INFORMED. Having access to your health data whenever you want can help you make sure you’re getting the right care at the right time. Particularly if you have a chronic disease, such as diabetes, asthma or heart disease, it may be easier when doctors and patients have access to the same information. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine showed that people with diabetes seen by doctors who used electronic health records (as opposed to paper records) were 35 percent more likely to get all the recommended screening measures, such as eye exams and blood sugar tests. What’s more, they were 15 percent more likely to have favorable outcomes on those measures.
CONVENIENCE. A patient portal can provide you with the information you need when it’s convenient for you. For example, you can look up your lab results or check your coverage at any time. Patient portals allow you to stay in touch more frequently and with greater ease.
ACCURACY. Studies show patients remember less than half of what they’re told in the office or on the phone. Electronic health records document your office visits, diagnoses and more, so everyone is on the same page.
FASTER FEEDBACK. Government guidelines require lab results to be posted on the patient portal within 96 hours of the doctor’s office receiving them. This means no more waiting for a phone call or a letter.
ENHANCES TRUST. Having open records and doctors’ notes can enhance trust between patients and doctors. While it may seem impersonal, online communication can actually improve your relationship with your doctor.
Ask your physician for information about if they have a patient portal and how you can access your information. Wellmark Blue Cross and Blue Shield members have access to their patient portal once they register at Wellmark.com.

McElroy Trust Accepting Gold Star Nominations

A gold star at the top of a school paper is a powerful symbol to a student. But students are not the only people who can receive a star for a job well done. This year the R. J. McElroy Trust and KWWL Television will celebrate their twenty-seventh award ceremony which recognizes ten area teachers with the “Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching.” They will each receive a $1,000 cash award.
“Our goal is to affirm the importance of the teaching profession in our communities,” said Dr. Stacy Van Gorp, McElroy Trust Executive Director.
“We achieve this by selecting and recognizing ten outstanding teachers in Black Hawk County.”
Nomination forms can be found online at www.GoldStarTeacher.com. Nominations must be postmarked by March 1, 2016. Nominated teachers will be notified and will have until March 28, 2016, to submit an application.
Eligible nominees must be employed as non-administrative staff, hold a current teaching certificate, and be teaching at a state certified pre-school, or an elementary, intermediate, or secondary school approved by the Iowa Department of Education and located in Black Hawk County, Iowa. Both full and part-time teachers are eligible and encouraged to apply.
“We wish to honor teachers who truly make a difference in the lives of their students,” said James B. Waterbury, trustee, R. J. McElroy Trust, “teachers who instill in their students a love of learning.”

The R.J. McElroy Trust was founded in 1965 and is located in Waterloo, Iowa. The Trust’s benefactor was R.J. “Mac” McElroy, a pioneer Iowa broadcaster. Today, his legacy continues through the McElroy Trust.
More than 350 teachers have received the Gold Star Award for Outstanding Teaching since the program was developed by the R.J. McElroy Trust and KWWL-TV in 1989.
Each year, 10 exceptional teachers are selected from hundreds of nominations submitted. This year’s recipients will be recognized at an awards ceremony on May 24, 2016.
Anyone familiar with the teacher’s classroom work can nominate a teacher for an award.

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