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Universities In Kansas Honor MHS’s Robb

Posted 4/8/2016

By Randy

MOUNDRIDGE – Adam Robb, a teacher at Moundridge High School, received recognition last week from two universities in the state.

Robb teaches classes in chemistry, physics, calculus and algebra II.

First, Robb was selected the Outstanding Science Secondary Educator through the Kansas State University of Sigma Xi. He received the award during a ceremony Tuesday, March 29. MHS Principal Hilarie Hecox nominated Robb for the award.

Also March 29, Robb was informed he received the Wolfe Foundation Teacher Excellence through the University of Kansas. MHS graduate Tiffany Fisher, now a senior at KU, nominated Robb for the award.

“It’s very humbling for me to have my administrator and a former student to feel I’ve made an impact to be recognized with these awards,” Robb said. “It’s overwhelming.”

Robb is in his 10th year of teaching at MHS. He also did his student teaching at Moundridge.

Sigma Xi is a scientific research society and it publishes “American Scientist.” One of the chapter’s mission is supporting education and the award “is an important expression of this mission,” Keith Miller, chair for Sigma Xi’s award committee, said.

Robb said research is an important part of any science-related classes. He added that asking, “Why,” is at the heart of any science class.

“I want the kids to figure out how the world works around them after I’ve primed the pump for them to do experiments,” Robb said.

Prior to receiving the award, Robb was able to attend a lecture with the chapter’s distinguished speaker, Dr. Omowumi Sadik, a professor of chemistry at the State University of New York at Binghamton. Robb said Sadik was developing a sensor that could detect bacteria.

“I’m sure I can go back to my kids and talk to them about research they can do,” Robb said. “They need to find something that needs to be solved and then go about and do it.”

In addition, Robb said he was able to meet up with a few MHS graduates who are now attending K-State.

“I was happy to represent our school district and community,” Robb said.

He said he was “totally surprised” with the recognition.

“I know I work with a lot of teachers who deserve recognition,” he added.

Hecox said Robb was deserving of the recognition he was receiving.

“Mr. Robb’s teaching goal is to create independent thinkers who are able to adapt to the constantly changing technological world,” Hecox wrote in her letter of recommendation. “He does this by making connection between himself and his students and the material they are learning. He is constantly going the extra mile for his students and school.”

Besides teaching, Robb also serves as coach for the high school’s Scholar Bowl team.

He has also coached the junior high boys’ basketball team. After nine years in the role, Robb said he decided to step down at the end of this season.

He said he enjoyed the opportunity to get to know some of the boys as seventh graders before they take one of his classes.

“It will be one of the things I will miss as a coach,” Robb added.

For the Wolfe award, Robb said every KU senior has the opportunity to nominate a high school teacher who made an impact on him or her for the award.

Fisher is majoring in engineering at KU and has been involved in international internships.

“She’s been an amazing representative of the Moundridge community,” Robb said.

He noted he invited Fisher to come back to the high school last year to encourage current students to get involved in engineering.

“I always appreciated Tiffany as a student,” Robb said.

When Fisher was a high school junior, Robb had nominated her to spend a few weeks during the summer as part of the International Summer Science School in Heidelberg, Germany. Robb is the program coordinator and high school liaison to the John Ernest Foundation Board, which heads up the summer program.

A native of Newton, Robb graduated from Bethel College where he received a bachelor of science in chemistry with a minor in physics. Four years ago, he earned a master of arts in education from Baker University.

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Voters Say No To USD 423 Bond Issue

Posted 4/7/2016

By Randy

McPHERSON – Voters in USD 423 decided against a proposed $23.8 million bond issue in a mail-in election counted Tuesday.

According to the McPherson County Election Office, there were 475 “no” votes and 439 “yes” votes. The votes were counted Tuesday, April 5, at the McPherson County Courthouse.

Superintendent George Leary said members of the USD 423 Board of Education will discuss the next steps for the Moundridge district when they meet at 7 p.m., Monday, April 11, at the board room. Leary did not want to elaborate on specifics until he visited with board members.

“On behalf of the USD 423 Board of Education, I want to thank everyone involved in this process,” Leary said.

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Schierling Serves As Chief For County Fire District No. 5

Posted 4/7/2016

By Randy

INMAN – Neal Schierling, of Inman, was asked to move into the role of fire chief for McPherson County Fire District No. 5, which includes the City of Inman.

The other volunteer firefighters voted Schierling as chief, effective at the start of this year. The first district board then offered Schierling the appointment.

“I prefer it that way,” Schierling said. “It’s for the best to be elected by the people who you are going to lead.

“It’s a good way to start building a good working relationship with them,” he added.

Schierling follows Dennis Schroeder as chief. Schroeder spent 42-years as chief.

The fire department board is hosting a reception to recognize Schroeder from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, April 10, at the Inman Community Building, at Lambert Park.

Schierling started with the department as volunteer firefighter in May of 1996.

“My dad was a member of the fire department,” Schierling said. “At the time, it seemed like something exciting to do.

“It is a good way to serve the community, to give back to the community,” he continued. “I’ve had a lot of people do things for me. This is something I can do in return.”

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