Tag: 051116

2016 Senior Spotlight: Morgan West

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Parents’ Name: Lonnie and Kelly West
Hometown: La Porte City
Birthday: October 10, 1997
Favorite color: Black
Favorite TV show: Criminal Minds
Favorite movie: The Book of Life
Favorite restaurant: Olive Garden
Favorite class: Psychology or Spanish
Hobbies/Activities: Scrapbooking & doing crafts
What is your most embarrassing moment at Union High School? Trying to talk in front of the school at the Homecoming pep assembly but no one could hear me because I was sick and didn’t have a voice.
What is your favorite memory from high school? Cheering on the football and wrestling boys and performing dance team routines in front of the fans.
My biggest pet peeve is: Being called “Morgan W.”
Who are the most influential people in your life? My parents, brother, Grandma Hook, my uncles Jim & Scott, my aunts Tammy, Laurie & Lisa, and my many cousins. I am blessed with a large, loving family.
What will you miss most about high school? Seeing all my friends on a daily basis along with Homecoming and Prom.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? Employed as a TESOL teacher, married to the love of my life, with little mini-me’s running around our house in the country.
What is the best thing about being a senior? Having an early release.
What are your post-high school plans? Attend the University of Northern Iowa to double major in Teaching English to Speakers of other Languages (TESOL) & Spanish.
Your best advice to underclassmen? Take college classes as a junior & senior. It isn’t easy, but it’s worth it.

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Union Commencement Set for May 22

Commencement for the Union High School Class of 2016 will take place at 2 PM on May 22. In recognition of the event, The Progress Review will publish a commemorative special section featuring photos of the graduates, a listing of the awards and honors bestowed on this year’s senior class, in addition to a copy of the program that will be presented at the high school on May 22.
This year, The Progress Review invites family members and friends to be a part of the commemorative program by submitting a brief note of congratulations to their favorite graduate(s). Simply logon to theprogressreview.co and click on the Congrats to the Grad link. Enter the graduate’s name, a message of congratulations (20 words or less) and a signature. The cost for these special greetings published as part of the 2016 commemorative program is just $5 each. Payment can be submitted online, via phone or at the office of The Progress Review (213 Main Street). The deadline to submit a special greeting is Friday, May 13. Questions? Call 342-2429.

2016 Senior Spotlight: Aubri Mossman

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Parents’ Name: David Mossman & Keith and Suzette Miller
Hometown: Dysart
Birthday: April 20, 1998
Favorite color: Gray
Favorite TV shows: Doctor Who, Death Note, Mysteries of Laura
Favorite movie: Disney movies
Favorite restaurant: Peppers
Favorite class: AP Lit
Hobbies/Activities: Playing piano, reading, sewing, swinging
What is your favorite memory from high school? Going to Disney World on spring break.
My biggest pet peeve is: Rudeness
Who is the most influential person in your life? My mom
What will you miss most about high school? Not having student loans.
Where do you see yourself in 20 years? I hope to have a doctorate degree and a career as a child psychologist, and to have a family with three kids and two cats.
What is the best thing about being a senior? People who look up to me, so I have the opportunity every day to influence others.
What are your post-high school plans? Attend Cedarville University in Ohio to major in Psychology with a Bible minor.
Your best advice to underclassmen? Keep organized! Papers, due dates, appointments, projects – keep track of everything and they won’t overwhelm you as easily.

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Freckles’ Adopt-A-Pet – May 11, 2016

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Freckles and The Progress Review encourage potential pet owners who are loving and responsible to consider adopting a pet from the Cedar Bend Humane Society.
My name is Cy and I’ve got one of the most beautiful tails around! I’m a domestic medium haired kitty with a big personality! I love to play, I’m very active, and I’ve got some special characteristics about me! I was born with a deformity of my eyes. I had to have surgery to correct this issue, however, I’m now fully healed! The deformity causes me to have poor vision, but that doesn’t slow me down any. I get along well with other cats, I haven’t had any problems with dogs, and I’m a very sweet, loving cat, about 9 months old, currently in a foster home, so if you are interested in me, please submit an application.
For more information about adopting a pet, contact:
Cedar Bend Humane Society
1166 W. Airline Highway • Waterloo, Iowa 319-232-6887
cbhsadoption@mchsi.com
www.cedarbendhumanesociety.com

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Meditations – May 11, 2016

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By Pastor Rose M. Blank St. Paul United Methodist Church, La Porte City
Spring planting and gardening are in full swing these days. Fields are being prepared and planted. Last winter’s debris on the flower beds is being removed to make way for the new growth that has already started to come up. As I write this we are still a few days away from the last average frost for the year, so I am patiently waiting to plant my flower seeds. Many of us, myself included, delight in this time of the year. Signs of God’s creative nature are all around us – baby calves skipping out in the fields, tulips, other spring flowers and shrubs adding their brilliant color to the landscape, trees leafing out in various shades of lovely greens, and lilacs perfuming the air. It is indeed a wonder to behold.
While this beauty reminds us of the new life God gives us and the responsibility we have been given to care for the earth, we are also cognizant of the reality that we haven’t always been good stewards of creation – water, soil, air and all the resources of this earth. We read about the ways in which tainted water is finding its way into drinking water. We experience the changes in the land around us through erosion and mismanagement.
I have been reading a book entitled Grounded: Finding God in the World by Diana Butler Bass. She addresses the rate of soil erosion and how our perspective on soil or dirt has gone from that which was created by God, blessed and called good, to being treated as an object to be managed and misused. Bass suggests that we reconnect with the soil in a healthy, sacred way (and other elements of this creation) so we might experience God there. She writes that for generations, humankind has looked to the night skies to see the wonder of God. Yet we are standing on something just as grand and mysterious, and just as awesome, when we put our feet on the soil. It teems with life – grand, mysterious, and awesome life. We are encouraged to be more responsible in our care for this gift from God, not only as good stewards, but to help us be more in tune with and aware of the presence of the Holy God in our midst. (p. 51)
These spring days invite us to spend some time in the dirt – give thanks for the soil and all the other elements of creation that God has given to us – treasure the wonder of all that lies within – be blessed by the fruitfulness of the earth – and renew our commitment to be faithful caretakers of this Earth we call home.

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