The Newton Christian School First Lego League (FLL) team will be advancing to the State competition at Iowa State University in January 2018. The team competed Saturday at the Regional FLL Competition in Ottumwa, and received the Well-Rounded Team award. The team of 10 students in fifth through eighth grade are coached by Jeff Pence, Brandon McBride and Lynne Garton. First Lego League challenges students to think like scientists and engineers by studying real world problems; the students build and program an autonomous robot and present their research project at the competition.
Despite efforts to the contrary it appears North Mahaska will continue to play the 11-man game of football for the next two seasons. On Nov. 20 the district’s board of directors voted 3-2 to remain in 11-man football. Administrators, athletic director Steve Ehret and football coaches had recommended a move to 8-man football due to a significant drop in enrollment and changes in the proposed alignment of the lowest class in which North Mahaska is a member. Several teams North Mahaska plays or have played in recent years have made the decision to go to the smaller game.