COOL RING — Nathan Pruttis shows off his senior ring he received during the intermission of Chickenheart, a play presented by CHS students over the weekend. Photo courtesy of Debbie Ostertag-CHS
Special for the I-O by Amber Stenson, CHS Student Body President
A little over a year ago, a young boy in our community went through an ordeal that would change his life forever. A large tumor in this young man’s spine was discovered and removed.
However, after surgery there was swelling that caused damage to the spine. This injury left him partially paralyzed. Since returning home, he and his family have made many adjustments and sacrifices. But in the midst of all of this tragedy, this young man has never lost hope.
Determined to regain his mobility, he has pushed through unimaginable challenges. This remarkable young man is Nathan Pruttis, a sophomore at Conrad High School.
HARD CHARGING — Cowgirl outfielder Ciara Bender runs in to pick off a fly hit by assistant coach Sam Vidal earlier this week. The softball team got out on the field for some real-time practice. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
After tossing the ball around in the gym, the Cowgirl fast pitch softball team finally had a chance to get outside for some real practice.
Coach Sandy Syvertson commented, “Practice has been going slow, some of the girls are also attending other functions.”
As the team begins to take shape, this could be the year of the Cowgirl.
In all, there are 18 players out for the varsity and JV teams. Included are six seniors, seven juniors, two sophomores and three freshmen.
The backbone of any team is their strength up the middle and Conrad has some very good talent from catcher to center field.
Starting with the toughest position on the field, catcher, the Cowgirls’ cup “runneth over.”
ROAD SHUT DOWN — A low laying section of the Iowa Loop was closed down due to the Pondera Creek spilling over its banks and racing across the road over the weekend. This photo was taken near the residence of Sam and Howard Zuidema. If you happen to need sand bags, the PCSO (271-4060) has a lot and there is no charge for them. I-O Photo by Buck Traxler
By Deanna Wakkinen, I-O Reporter
With Craig Barringer taking on the position as Superintendent of Schools, a slot has been opened for principal at both Meadowlark and Utterback Middle School.
After deliberation, the school board will vote at next month’s meeting to collaborate Meadowlark with Prairie View under Principal Greg Jensen. With this approved, UMS will open a part-time principal, part-time title one position to in-house candidates.
Lynn Utterback, current Superintendent of Schools, commented that there are currently three candidates qualified for the position, one of which has decided to stay in their current position for now. More will be decided upon at the next meeting on April 12.
Julie Orcutt has submitted her written resignation as assistant golf coach. The newly hired coach, Todd Truscott, will fill in both positions until a replacement is hired.