•Drew Wilken of Huxley, who attends Ankeny Christian Academy, has been named to the Academic All-State Basketball Team, selected by the Iowa Basketball Coaches Association. Wilken will receive a certificate of recognition of this award just prior to the start of the 2A Championship game on Friday, March 9, in Des Moines.

•Emily Larson, a student at North Polk High School, has been chosen as a finalist in the National Merit Scholarship Program. She is the daughter of Aaron and Jody Larson of Ankeny.

•Buena Vista University’s student media organizations took home several awards and other honors at the 2018 Iowa College Media Association (ICMA) conference held earlier this month in Des Moines.

Madeleine McCormick, a senior digital media major from Huxley, was awarded Best Online Edition: Third place for The Tack Online, a campus media organization.