Former Iowa State Cyclone basketball star Marcus Fizer was back in Iowa on Sunday. He spoke at a youth event in Pella called “Never Alone”, focusing on topics like depression, mental health, and suicide. Fizer said even though these issues are difficult to talk about, it’s important to let the younger generation know they’re not alone, adding that young kids are very impressionable and peer pressure is tough. Grace Fellowship youth leader Colby De Vries acknowledged how hard it can be for young people to open up about issues like depression and suicide, and hopes the event was a gateway for his peers to open up.
Newton may not be large enough to have its own television news station, but that isn’t stopping students at Berg Middle School. Students in technology teacher Chas Beeler’s classroom have been producing their own news segments for the past two years, covering everything from school events to profiles on the student of the month. Students can sign up for the class, which runs in one-week sections and was made possible by a grant from the Newton Community Education Foundation. Beeler said he’s been offering the class to give students a chance to be creative, while also learning the technical skills behind producing a news broadcast.