Career Academy of Pella’s welding instructor Sheila Graham was recently named the “Iowa Welding Instructor of the Year” for her efforts in education. Graham received both the American Welding Society Iowa Section 066 Howard Adkins Instructor of the Year Award and the District 16 regional honors. She says she’s thankful for the recognition, and that her main goal in the classroom is to enrich the lives of every student who wants to learn welding.
Four south-central Iowa high school football teams are moving one step closer to the UNI dome, while two teams post-season dreams ended this past Friday night. The PC Eagles tallied an impressive win against Sigourney-Keota, with Junior Noah Treimer racking up 301 yards and 5 touchdowns. Over at Pella High, the Dutch defense brought Webster City’s offense to a screeching halt, coming up with a dominant 27-7 home victory. Lynville-Sully prevailed on Friday night as well, blanking New London at home 28-0, and the Plesantville Trojans came away with a 32-13 win over West Branch. Sadly the cold weather had no effect on the Cedar Rapids Xavier Saints, who brought the Oskaloosa Indians post-season hopes to an end with a 43-10 win, while the Williamsburg Raiders stunned the PCM Mustangs with a heart-breaking upset win of 18-17. Up next, Pleasantville faces Pella Christian in the quarterfinals, Pella heads to their 5th straight quarterfinal game vs. DCG, and Lynville-Sully Hawks square off against the Hudson Pirates.