Ad-Express and Daily Iowegian, Centerville, IA


June 7, 2011

Moravia correspondent says goodbye

MORAVIA — The Moravia Class of 2011 graduated from Moravia High School on May 22 at 2 p.m. The graduating class had 26 members and several awards was given out with scholarships. The Silver Cord program that was started at the school was awarded to Bracken Smith, the Valedictorian was Danielle Egbert and Salutatorian was Jack Clouse. As a parent of a graduating senior I have to say it was a very nice ceremony and a proud one also.

Moravia Elementary School collected loose change for the Walk Now for Autism, for student Colton Dommer. This was part of the Character Counts curriculum and a little over $290 was collected. The school then held their own Walk for Team Colton. If you would like to participate in the Walk Now for Autism, it is June 11 at the Valley Stadium in West Des Moines. A huge thanks from Colton and his family to all who helped support the walk.

The Moravia preschool class of 2011 recently graduated 34 students. They will be starting kindergarten in the fall and are every excited to do so.

The Elementary Moravia Lady Mohawk Basketball Camp will be held June 20-24. Grades 1-3 will work from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m and grades 4-6 will work on their skills from 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. This will be before and after the summer lunch program and if you have a student interested, please contact Mr. Breon at (641) 724-3311. The cost of camp is $25 and includes practice, a camp T-shirt and a Mohawk basketball.

The Moravia School is once again holding their free meal program. It  began May 26  and will run until Aug. 19. Breakfeast will be from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. and lunch from noon to 1 p.m.

The Mohawk Golf Classic will be held at the Honey Creek Golf Course on July 16. All proceeds will go towards updating the student computers in grades 7-12.

When I mentioned being the proud parent a Moravia High School graduate, my son Christopher was a graduating student of the 2011 Class. His plans are to attend IHCC in Ottumwa for the welding program and he has a summer job working for M & W Welding in Moravia. This past weekend we hosted his graduation party here at our home. We had a great turn out of family and friends to help him celebrate his graduation. He also had a bit of a suprise as I had signed up to win a KIIC graduation party and Chris was one of 22 parties chosen to "be crashed" by the radio staion from Albia.

Joe and his crew showed up at our party around 6 p.m. to crash the party and broadcast live on the air from our home. They also had a web cam going and video of the broadcast can been seen on YouTube. Check KIIC graduation parties. Chris received a $50 visa card from Community First Bank (which has bought him a new fishing pole), a $20 beef certificate from the Monroe County Cattleman Association and a  gift certificate from Cindy's Beauty Hut in Albia, and also a party crashers T-shirt from KIIC Radio in Albia. I must say that Chris was pretty surprised by their appearance. We found out on Friday and passed the word around to family and friends to try to have an many people here as possible and everyone did a great job of keeping their surprise a secret. We want to send a big thank you to KIIC radio and everyone involved with making it a very fun night for Chris and the rest of the party goers.

So with the end of a era begins a new one. I have been writing this column since before my son was born and it is with deep regret that I am telling everyone that this will be my last column that I will be writing for both the Centerville and Albia newspapers. I feel that I will no longer have someone in school to help keep up with the going ons there and I hope that someone from the Moravia area will volunteer to take on this new venture for themselves and help keep up with the Moravia News. So I want to say Thank You to all my loyal readers and hope that they will continue to follow whoever takes on this column. Again thank you and it has been a joy to write for both the newspapers.

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