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2016 Senior Spotlight: Carter Hennessy

Parents’ Name: Kim and Bret Hennessy
Hometown: Dysart
Birthday: December 24, 1997
Favorite TV show: Parks and Rec
Favorite Movie: Jurassic Park
Favorite restaurant: Newman’s Cafe
Favorite class: Psychology
Hobbies/Activities: Sports, video games, music
What is your most embarrassing moment at Union High School? Tripping in the halls all the time
What is your favorite memory from high school? All the friends I made
My biggest pet peeve is: People that don’t listen
Who are the most influential people in your life? My family
What will you miss most about high school?The people
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Hopefully in a successful career
What is the best thing about being a senior? Seniority
What are your post-high school plans? Attend a four year college and play football
Your best advice to underclassmen? Maximize effort

2016 Senior Spotlight: Kaila Brustkern

Parents’ Name: Curt and Jennifer Brustkern
Hometown: La Porte City
Birthday: September 10, 1998
Favorite color: Blue
Favorite TV show: Pretty Little Liars
Favorite restaurant: House of Blues
Favorite class: Art and psychology
Hobbies/Activities: Watching Netflix
What is your most embarrassing moment at Union High School? Don’t have one
What is your favorite memory from high school? Leaving Homecoming and going to Taco Bell
Who are the most influential people in your life? My family and friends
What will you miss most about high school? Less responsibility
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Working and traveling
What is the best thing about being a senior? Early outs and late-ins
What are your post-high school plans? College
Your best advice to underclassmen? Don’t procrastinate

Farmers Asked to Complete Horticulture Survey

Iowa Secretary of Agriculture Bill Northey today announced that the Iowa Commercial Horticulture Survey for Food Crops is being mailed statewide to farmers that raise horticulture food crops. Farmers are asked to complete the survey and return to the Department by March 15, 2016.
“It has been 15 years since a similar survey was created and sent to producers, and much has changed in that time. This is a rapidly growing and very diverse sector of Iowa’s agricultural economy, and it is vital that we capture reliable and current statistics. The data gathered will provide insights and guidance to producers, researchers, policy makers, agricultural-related businesses, and the public at large,” Northey said.
Iowa commercial horticulture producers that have not received a survey by February 10th can request one by calling 515-242-6239 or by going online to request one at http://www.iowaagriculture.gov/agDiversification.asp.
The survey hopes to capture the 2015 data of commercial production of the state’s fruit and vegetable crops as well as that of nuts, honey, maple syrup, and herbs. Data collected will also include information on acres under production, high tunnel and greenhouse usage, information on processed and value-added products, and marketing outlets. The results of the survey will available in December.
The survey was the result of a cooperative effort by many organizations including the Iowa Department of Agriculture and Land Stewardship, Iowa State University Extension & Outreach, the Leopold Center for Sustainable Agriculture, the Iowa Farm Bureau, the Iowa Field Office of the National Agricultural Statistics Service, Practical Farmers of Iowa, the Iowa Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association, the Iowa Farmers Market Association, and Eat Greater Des Moines.

Meditations – February 10, 2016

By Rev. Rose M. Blank   St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City
“Have mercy on me, O God, according to your steadfast love; according to your abundant mercy blot out my transgressions… Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me.” (Psalm 51: 1, 10)
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud, be gracious to me and answer me!… I believe that I shall see the goodness of the Lord in the land of the living. Wait for the Lord; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the Lord! ” (Psalm 27: 7, 13-14)
“O God, you are my God, I seek you, my soul thirsts for you; my flesh faints for you, as in a dry and weary land.” (Psalm 63:1)
These are some of the psalms for the Lenten season – prayers filled with images of God’s abundant mercy and abiding presence. These ancient words of prayer are as relevant in our day as when they were penned centuries ago. They are filled with the range of human emotion that remind us of our longing and yearning for God, of our need to be made clean and forgiven, of our need to give thanks to God for the precious gift of life itself. The psalmist so aptly describes the feelings of anger, frustration and emptiness that helps us to name what is in our own heart and soul. As a wise professor once told me, these prayers are what we need when we don’t know what to say to God. They are also what we need when we have many things to say to God.
This Lenten season is a time for listening to God and praying with the words of Scripture. So spend some time in The Psalms and let the richness of their words speak to your heart. Let them fill your life with reminders of God’s never-ending love and let the words of forgiveness wash your heart anew. All this is not only for our own well-being, but it shapes who we are and how we live in the world around us so that we might embody God’s grace and mercy in a world that yearns for Christ’s love.

2016 Senior Spotlight: Jacob Condon

Parents’ Name: Lorie and Josh Condon
Hometown: Dysart
Birthday: October 2, 1997
Favorite color: Green
Favorite TV show: Dexter
Favorite Movie: Fast 7
Favorite restaurant: TJ’s
Favorite class: Lunch
Hobbies/Activities: Work
What is your most embarrassing moment at Union High School? September 28, 2014 at 3:30 PM
What is your favorite memory from high school? Construction class
My biggest pet peeve is: When I call someone and they text back “you called?”
Who is the most influential person in your life? Bruce J. Wigg
What will you miss most about high school? Free Wi-Fi
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Being 38 years old
What is the best thing about being a senior? Having seniority
What are your post-high school plans? Working for Pipestone
Your best advice to underclassmen? Take as many classes with Wigg as possible!

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