• Francis Kelly, a aerospace engineering major from Polk City and Breanna Taylor, a kinesiology and health major from Slater were honored at the annual Army ROTC Military Ball, held on March 25. Kelly received a DA Superior Cadet Award and Taylor won the National Defense Transportation Association Award.


• Mikayla Jones of Huxley received the President’s Volunteer Service Award for 2017 at the University of Minnesota Crookston’s annual student awards celebration on Thursday, April 20. The President’s Volunteer Service Award is the premier volunteer awards program, encouraging citizens to live a life of service through presidential gratitude and national recognition.


• Katlyn Kahler of Cambridge, graduating with a degree in animal science from Iowa State University, was named Agricultural Woman of the Year at the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Spring Convocation. This award recognizes the work of an individual male and female as champions for agriculture.


Katlyn has studied abroad on three continents, participated in conferences both domestically and abroad, held leadership positions in Block & Bridle and Baron Expo and volunteers with 4-H.


“Katlyn’s greatest achievement is in the miles she has put in learning about agriculture around the world,” shared CALS Council President Edan Lambert. “As a result, she has a breadth of knowledge to be able to share the importance of agriculture.”


• Buena Vista University’s 13th annual Scholars Day was held Saturday, April 29. The event provided students from all disciplines an opportunity to present their best original research, academic posters, artistic creations and performances to their peers, professors and the public.


Local area Scholars Day participants included:


Skylar Finch, a sophomore arts management major from Polk City, “Designing and implementing activities for national Brain Awareness Week”


Jacob Hadaway, a senior environmental science major from Sheldahl, “Invasive Species: How much do you know?”


Madeleine McCormick, a junior digital media major from Huxley, “Rigged or Righteous: Freedom of the Press.”