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Saint Mary’s announces new Dean of Faculty

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first_imgVickie Lynne Hess, a native of New York and previous academic dean of the American International College in Massachusetts, has been named Saint Mary’s new dean of faculty, the College announced in a press release Aug. 20. According to the release, Hess received her bachelor’s degree in physics and chemistry from Mount Holyoke College and then pursued a doctorate in chemistry at Indiana University. “I am delighted that our search process brought us Dean Hess,” Senior Vice President and Provost Patricia Fleming said in a press release. “At this juncture in higher education, her prior experience as dean, as well as her background in science, will stand us in good stead. Increasingly more women are coming to us wishing to major in one of the sciences, math or nursing. Vickie understands the complexity of those curriculums. I am grateful to the faculty search committee for urging me to include her as a finalist in our search.” Under the general supervision of Fleming, the dean of faculty oversees curriculum and personnel dealings for all of the current undergraduate departments, interdisciplinary programs and special programs, Hess said. “Different programs around campus will be reporting to me,” Hess said. “I am really going to be looking at questions of faculty load. How much teaching are our faculty members expected to do, and what exactly does this teaching look like? Different disciplines have different ways of teaching, and I believe it is important to know and communicate these differences.” Hess said library faculty, the College’s Writing Center, the Center for Academic Initiatives and the section of the Academic Affairs Office that deals with advising will also report to her. With the College implementing a pilot honors program and a learning outcomes-based curriculum called the Sophia Program, Hess said she looks forward to working with the faculty to continue pushing forward College President Carol Mooney’s initiatives. Hess said in recent years, the public has asked higher education institutions for more accountability. In response, Hess plans to work with faculty to create more academic assessments. “The public wants to know what we are doing,” Hess said. “Academic assessments on departments and curriculum are faculty-led efforts, but someone needs to provide the structure to let it happen.” As a product of a single-sex institution, President Mooney said Dean Hess knows what Saint Mary’s is about and will be a great asset to the community. “Today, we are a pretty unique place,” Mooney said. “She has had similar experiences, so she appreciates what we are about here at Saint Mary’s.” Hess said studying science at Mount Holyoke made her realize how important and necessary institutions are that aim to empower women. “I remember being at the American Chemical Society national meeting with my adviser my senior year at Mount Holyoke, and there were times I looked around the room and I was the only woman and I didn’t even have a bachelor’s degree yet,” Hess said. “That is when I realized for the first time I was going into a ‘man’s field.’” Because she studied at a liberal arts institution, Hess said she can easily connect with Saint Mary’s and will continue to promote the importance of teaching Saint Mary’s women not only what they can do, but what they can become. “We are not just functions, we are human beings,” Hess said. “We have to prepare our students not for what is out there today, but for things they are going to have to learn down the road.” Yesterday marked the first day of the academic calendar, and Hess said she is excited for the campus to continue to buzz with students. “I am thrilled to be here,” Hess said. “I am excited about the warmth of the community. From the very first day, the community has reached out to me, and I feel very much at home.” Contact Kaitlyn Rabach at krabac01@saintmarys.edulast_img read more

4-H Future.

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first_img New 4-H Focus Today’s 4-H’ers focus on leadership, community service and technology. While still grounded in its rural roots, 4-H has grown to meet the needs of all of America’s youth – rural, urban and suburban alike. “Character education is a big issue for us in the coming years,” Ryles said. “Ethical issues are a major concern for young people today, as well as their parents.” According to Public School Teachers in the U.S., the greatest issues facing youth during the 1940s were: talking out of turn, chewing gum, running in the halls, making noise, dress code infractions, littering and cutting in line. That list today includes: alcohol abuse, drug abuse, pregnancy, rape suicide, robbery and assault. A national survey of youth ethics conducted by the National 4-H Congress this summer showed that the four major concerns of America’s young people are peer pressure, lack of parental involvement, substance abuse and sexual activity. “In Georgia 4-H, we will also be focusing on urban agricultural issues, and will continue emphasis on environmental education,” Ryles said. A recent survey from the U.S. Department of Agriculture shows that of the more than 6.5 million 4-H Club members nationwide, most are enrolled in projects that are centered on plants and animals, healthy lifestyle education, science and technology or communication and expressive arts. Georgia has more than 138,000 4-H members enrolled in clubs. More of Georgia’s 4-H’ers live in central cities than live on farms. The largest number of 4-H’ers, 41.3 percent, live in rural, non-farm areas. Thirty-two percent live in small towns and cities of 10,000 to 50,000. Changing Face of 4-H Regardless of when the club actually began, be assured the 4-H Club of the next millennium isn’t your grandparents’ 4-H Club. “It’s not just agriculture any more,” said John Williams, a 4-H’er from Doughtery County, and a member of the 1999 National 4-H Congress leadership committee. “It’s a whole new experience.” As the world changed over the last century, so did 4-H. When man was headed to the moon, 4-H introduced new programs and projects like rocketry, electronics and frozen foods. “4-H has always been evolving,” said Bo Ryles, Georgia’s state 4-H program leader. “That’s how we have remained relevant to the lives of children in this state and across the county.” When 4-H began, almost 100 years ago, children were focused on helping on the family farm, learning homemaking skills and trying to get to school. The 4-H Club was established to help rural youth learn by doing. Who had the very first 4-H Club is hotly debated. Georgia claims the first club was the Boys Corn Club established in Covington, Ga., in 1904. A girls canning club quickly followed in Hancock County. However, Springfield, Ohio, has the earliest claim in 1902. In 1914, when Congress established the Cooperative Extension Service, 4-H Clubs were made a part of the organization and have been administered through the land-grant institutions in each state ever since. “We are recognizing the Centennial of the 4-H Club in 2002,” said Susan Stewart, director of the National 4-H Congress. “The National 4-H Congress will be held in Atlanta over Thanksgiving weekend through the Centennial celebration.” center_img This story is another in a weekly series called “Planting the Seed: Science for the New Millennium.” These stories feature ideas and advances in agricultural and environmental sciences with implications for the future.last_img read more

Rebuild, repair, recover: Affinity Plus helps the Twin Cities heal

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first_img continue reading » On May 25, 2020, a 46-year-old Black man named George Floyd was killed during an arrest in Minneapolis. The next day, protests against police violence began in the Twin Cities of Minneapolis and Saint Paul and have since spread to hundreds of cities across the United States and around the globe.In some instances, peaceful protests turned into rioting and looting. According to a Star Tribune article published on June 6, more than 500 shops and restaurants in Minneapolis and Saint Paul have reported protest-related damages. Owners and insurance experts estimate those damages could exceed $500 million.The protests occurred in the backyard of Affinity Plus Federal Credit Union ($2.6B, Saint Paul, MN). For the Twin Cities-based cooperative, the demonstrations underscored two truths. First, it could and should do better on matters of race and equality, inside its walls and out. And, second, it needed to help those affected by the protests. In addition to taking a corporate stand against racial injustice and discrimination, the credit union launched Twin Cities Healing, a fund that coordinates contributions to 10 certified 501(c)3 nonprofits working to address racial injustice, rebuilding efforts, and basic needs. The credit union is distributing $136,000, and members are voting on how to distribute the funds among the approved organizations. To further address these issues, Affinity Plus also created an employee directed fund called Affinity Plus Gives, which made available an additional $200,000 in funding for organizations dedicated to making an impact.In this Q&A, Affinity Plus CEO Dave Larson discusses the current atmosphere in the Twin Cities, his credit union’s response in the weeks that followed George Floyd’s death, lessons learned in leadership, and more. Minneapolis, MNcenter_img ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

Marriage ‘Equality’ – Really?

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first_imgQuote of the day“Every marriage policy draws lines, leaving out some types of relationships. Equality forbids arbitrary line-drawing.”The Wisdom of Upholding Tradition – The Wall Street Journal SHERIF GIRGIS, RYAN T. ANDERSON and ROBERT P. GEORGElast_img

Chad bans Islamic face veil after suicide bombings

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first_imgAnyone found wearing a burqa would be “arrested, tried and sentenced in summary proceedings”, he added.Chad’s government on Tuesday declared three days of national mourning for the 33 people killed and more than 100 others wounded in the blasts.Monday’s bombings, the first such attacks in the capital of Muslim-majority Chad, have been blamed on Boko Haram jihadists who have previously carried out bloody assaults on villages along the border with Nigeria.The Islamist militants have used female suicide bombers to launch attacks in the past by hiding explosive devices under their clothes.The attackers were on motorcycles when they blew themselves up outside two police buildings in the capital, N’Djamena.Chad President Idriss Deby said he was “not surprised” the country has been targeted because of the leading role its army is playing in a regional offensive against Boko Haram fighters operating out of northeastern Nigeria. Security officers stand at the site of a suicide bombing in Ndjamena, Chad, on MondayMuslim women in Chad will no longer wear their full face veil.This comes after the government banned the full face veil following suicide bomb attacks in the country on Monday.The government has blamed Nigeria’s militant group Boko Haram for the attacks which killed more than 20 people.“Wearing the full face veil which is also called ‘Burqa’ must stop immediately from today, not only in public places and schools but throughout the whole of the country,” Prime Minister Kalzeube Pahimi Deubet said in a speech to religious leaders the day before the start of the holy Muslim festival of Ramadaan.Any type of clothing that leaves only the eyes visible is a form of “camouflage” and is now banned, he added, asking the religious leaders to spread the message in their mosques, churches and holy places.Prime Minister Deubet said instructions had been given to security forces to “go into the markets and to seize all the burqas on sale and burn them”.Chad says the full face Veil is a camouflage for attackers from the Boko Haram grouplast_img read more

Dessers ready for Eagles’challenge, gets Nigerian Passport

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first_img Loading… Promoted Content10 Hyper-Realistic 3D Street Art By OdeithBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever MadeUnderappreciated Movies You Missed In 20198 Things To Expect If An Asteroid Hits Our Planet20 Historical Things You Won’t Believe Actually HappenedTop 10 TV Friends Who Used To Be Enemies2020 Tattoo Trends: Here’s What You’ll See This Year9 Movie Scenes That Got Re-Shot And Saved The Whole Movie8 Best 1980s High Tech Gadgets5 Reasons To Wait For The Solo Black Widow MovieHere Are The Top 10 Tiniest Mobile Phones On The Planet!7 Train Stations In The World You Wish To Stay At Longer Dessers had been snubbed by the Belgium national team Manager, Roberto Martinez, in recent games in spite of the Striker’s form. But, his desire to play for Nigeria was something Dessers had expressed in his days with Utrecht; when he first addressed his eligibility to play for the three-time African Champions. He is currently the top goalscorer in the Dutch Eredivisie with 15 goals and 5 assists. Read Also:Super Eagles Chance: Hard work will do the magic for me -Dessers Next month Nigeria will face Sierra Leone in a double header 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying tie and the Eagles head Coach Gernot Rohr could name the player. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Cyriel Dessers is set for Super Eagles outing by securing Nigerian international passport. Cyriel Dessers Recently, NFF President, Amaju Pinnick, revealed that the Belgium-born striker was close to completing his switch at FIFA level and will be eligible for selection in Nigeria’s upcoming games. Per Bob Faesen [hbvl], the 25-year-old Heracles Almelo Striker was issued his Nigerian passport on Tuesday and can now play for the Super Eagles.Advertisementlast_img read more

QPR director tips Eberechi Eze for England call-up

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first_img Promoted Content10 Most Praised Historical Movies40 Child Stars Who Look Incredibly Gorgeous As Adults7 Truly Incredible Facts About Black Holes18 Beautiful Cities That Are Tourist MagnetsPlaying Games For Hours Can Do This To Your BodyThe Network’s Greatest Shows On HBOBest & Worst Celebrity Endorsed Games Ever Made5 Reasons Why The Black Widow Solo Movie Will Be Awesome10 Phones That Can Easily Fit In The Smallest PocketThis Guy Photoshopped Himself Into Celeb Pics And It’s Hysterical8 Superfoods For Growing Hair Back And Stimulating Its GrowthPortuguese Street Artist Creates Hyper-Realistic 3D Graffiti The 21-year-old midfielder has played 34 times this season, attracting both Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur. And Ferdinand is confident Eze is good enough to play for the Three Lions. “A lot of the time you need to be in the Premier League to be recognised but he has shown the kind of form and, if he continues to develop in the way he is developing and keeps showing the type of football he has been playing, he is certainly going to put himself in the frame,” the former QPR and Tottenham striker told Sky Sports. “People are going to start talking about him playing for England. “He came through and we have got a few others at the club too. Bright Osayi-Samuel is doing extremely well, as is Ryan Manning at left-back. He is not English but he is in the Ireland set-up. “We have got a few young players coming through the system now who we are really excited about. Read Also:Mourinho intensifies bid for QPR midfielder Eberechi Eze “They are helping us in our campaign this season to finish as high up the league as we possibly can.” The player last year turned down the opportunity to play for Nigeria. Eze has been one of the QPR’s best performers this season, scoring six goals from a midfield position to attract interest from Nigeria’s Franco-German manager. Reports revealed that Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr, had approached Eze to switch allegiance to Nigeria from England, the country he represented at U19 level last year but the midfielder reportedly told the Super Eagles handler to give him more time to think about it, as he’s been assured a place in England U-21 Euro 2021 qualifiers squad. Ebere Eze had previously trained with Super Eagles in 2017 during their training camp in London, with Nigeria confident he commits his future to the country, but everything went cold following a suspected pressure from the English FA. FacebookTwitterWhatsAppEmail分享 center_img Queens Park Rangers director of football, Les Ferdinand, believes Eberechi Eze could win a spot in the England squad. Loading… last_img read more

‘Avoid high electricity bills, conserve energy’

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first_imgHe reminded consumers to be conscientious electricity usersfollowing the increase in Ceneco rate beginning this month – by P1.0659 perkilowatt hour (kWh). He attributed the increase to the hike in generation, transmissionand system loss charges, subsidies, and value added tax. Conserve energy, said Jose Taniongon, officer-in-charge of theCentral Negros Electric Cooperative (Ceneco). Norman Pollentes, department manager of Ceneco Corporate Planning,clarified that all power contracts of Ceneco could not be implemented withoutthe approval of the ERC. BACOLOD City – Want to avoid paying high electricity bills? Taniongon said, “The rate for the billing month of December 2019is P10.4678/kWh, an increase of P1.0659/kWh from last month’s rate ofP9.4019/kWh.” In a related development, Ceneco held a press conference onWednesday with Wennie Sancho, secretary general of Power Watch-Negros (PowerWatch) in relation to Sancho’s letter to Ceneco board of directors dated Dec. 9seeking clarification on the alleged “power overcontracting” by Cenecowith some power generators. Hence, according to Sancho, the Energy Regulatory Commission (ERC)opined that Kepco Salcon Power Corp. (KSPC) must be compensated by allowing therecovery of P232-million cost to maintain its financial viability. It added that for the interim period of 18 months, from Dec. 26,2014 to June 25, 2016, out of 262,800,000 kWh contracted energy, only139,284,000 kWh or 53 percent was utilized by the cooperative. He further stated that the adverse financial effect ofovercontracted power deals passed on to consumers reached to P547 million. “The ERC has the final say if there is overcontracting or not,”stressed Pollentes./PN He added that when the Electric Power Industry Reform Act of 2001was implemented in 2010, Ceneco’s method of procurement was made through powersupply negotiation and through solicitation of competitive offers fromdifferent generators. Today, the process is competitive selection process, hestressed. Part of Sancho’s letter stated that from July 29, 2011 to Nov. 25,2013 Ceneco contracted 59,710,493 kWh of power equivalent to about P232 millionin excess of its actual requirement.last_img read more

Campaign finance deadline looms

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first_imgBrookville, In. — Friday, October 19, 2018, by noon, is the deadline for a candidate’s committee with a candidate on the 2018 General Election ballot and all regular party committees to file a pre-election campaign finance report with the Franklin County Clerk’s Office.If you have any questions, please call the Clerk’s Office at 765-647-5111 ext. 3.last_img

IMCA Speedway Motors Weekly Racing National Point Standings Through March 30

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first_imgIMCA Modifieds – 1. Brian Schultz, Casa Grande, Ariz., 483; 2. William Gould, Calera, Okla., Chaz Baca, Mesa, Ariz., and Cody Laney, Torrance, Calif., each 424; 5. Spencer Wilson, Queen Creek, Ariz., 411; 6. Kelsie Foley, Tucson, Ariz., 370; 7. John Parmeley, Phoenix, Ariz., 368; 8. Matt Guillaume, Haslet, Texas, 359; 9. Dean Abbey, Roanoke, Texas, 345; 10. Scott Sluka, Casa Grande, Ariz., 334; 11. Ethan Dotson, Bakersfield, Calif., 332; 12. Josh McGaha, Abilene, Texas, 310; 13. Austin Kuehl, Cave Creek, Ariz., 308; 14. Hunter Marriott, Brookfield, Mo., 301; 15. Jeremy Thornton, Tucson, Ariz., 300; 16. Marlyn Seidler, Underwood, N.D., 285; 17. Tim Ward, Chandler, Ariz., 275; 18. Bryson Curry, Laveen, Ariz., 272; 19. Chad Melton, Mineral Wells, Texas, 262; 20. Brent Schlafmann, Bismarck, N.D., 260. IMCA RaceSaver Sprint Cars – 1. Marcus Thomas, Corsicana, Texas, 195; 2. Dale Wester, Ovilla, Texas, 155; 3. Robert Vetter, Wolfe City, Texas, 154; 4. John Ricketts, Burleson, Texas, 150; 5. Chip Graham, Lewisville, Texas, 119; 6. Kyle Jones, Kennedale, Texas, 114; 7. Jeb Sessums, Burleson, Texas, 111; 8. Tyler Russell, Abbott, Texas, 110; 9. Austin Mundie, Dallas, Texas, 104; 10. Josh Hawkins, Whitehouse, Texas, and Michelle Melton, Flower Mound, Texas, both 100; 12. Michael Day, Greenville, Texas, 98; 13. Logan Scherb, Decatur, Texas, 96; 14. Colby Estes, Mansfield, Texas, 91; 15. Brandon Long, Iowa Park, Texas, 90; 16. D.J. Estes Jr., Mansfield, Texas, 87; 17. Bryan Debrick, Irving, Texas, 86; 18. Johnny Brown, Orange, Texas, and Josh Toho, Hinton, Okla., both 82; 20. Andy Shouse, Mustang, Okla., 80. IMCA Sunoco Stock Cars – 1. George Fronsman, Surprise, Ariz., 564; 2. Kirk Martin, Weatherford, Texas, 426; 3. Steve Kihle, Williston, N.D., 420; 4. Cody Center, Mesa, Ariz., 390; 5. Race Fisher, Dove Creek, Colo., 384; 6. Manny Baldiviez, Yuma, Ariz., 366; 7. Aaron Spangler, Dove Creek, Colo., 353; 8. Tony Hill, Cortez, Colo., 336; 9. Westin Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 298; 10. Elijah Zevenbergen, Ocheyedan, Iowa, 285; 11. Damon Hammond, Burleson, Texas, 284; 12. April Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 279; 13. Tommy Phillips, Abilene, Texas, 268; 14. Brandon Taylor, Granbury, Texas, 255; 15. Troy Jerovetz, Green Bay, Wis., 246; 16. Joe Haines, Yuma, Ariz., 243; 17. Thomas Daffern, Brawley, Calif., 237; 18. Jason Rogers, Selden, Kan., 232; 19. Jody York, Lubbock, Texas, 225; 20. Jerrett Bransom, Burleson, Texas, 219. IMCA Sunoco Hobby Stocks – 1. Merle Zachrison, Surprise, Ariz., 340; 2. Dean Zachrison, Surprise, Ariz., 329; 3. Jim Robinson, Yuma, Ariz., 290; 4. Jason Beshears, Somerton, Ariz., 286; 5. Jay Crowe, Surprise, Ariz., 253; 6. Joe Vlasity, Glendale, Ariz., 219; 7. John Barron, Phoenix, Ariz., 195; 8. Gerald Spalding Jr., Abilene, Texas, 194; 9. Joseph Peterson, Mesa, Ariz., 187; 10. Scott Shaw, Red Deer, Alb., 185; 11. Brent Wofford, Yuma, Ariz., 180; 12. Craig Ebers, Yuma, Ariz., 178; 13. Damian Snyder, Copperas Cove, Texas, 177; 14. Shawn Miles, Midland, Texas, 172; 15. Ryan Wilkerson, Midland, Texas, and David Kendall, Peoria, Ariz., both 169; 17. Wesley Warren, Fairfield, Texas, 168; 18. Mike Erwin, Yuma, Ariz., 166; 19. Zach Olmstead, Overton, Neb., 153; 20. Scott Jeffery, Yuma, Ariz., 152. Scoggin-Dickey Parts Center Southern SportMods – 1. Jeffrey Abbey, Comanche, Texas, 457; 2. James Hanusch, Belton, Texas, 412; 3. James Skinner, Burleson, Texas, 382; 4. Gabe Tucker, Carbon, Texas, 321; 5. Allen Montgomery, White Settlement, Texas, 319; 6. Jake Upchurch, Grand Prairie, Texas, 262; 7. Ronnie Bell, Lorena, Texas, 237; 8. Dustin Robinson, Post, Texas, 230; 9. James Guyton, Moody, Texas, 206; 10. Cory Williams, Slaton, Texas, 204; 11. Jeff Toler, Decatur, Texas, 191; 12. Taylor Florio, Copperas Cove, Texas, and Nathan Buchanan, Kemp, Texas, both 188; 14. Justin Nabors, Kemp, Texas, 185; 15. Don Painter, Austin, Texas, 171; 16. Sid Kiphen, Gatesville, Texas, 170; 17. Justin Shaw, Sweetwater, Texas, 165; 18. Ronnie Allison, Dallas, Texas, 163; 19. Brandon Kenny, Woodward, Okla., 161; 20. Justin Long, Haslet, Texas, 157.Karl Chevrolet Northern SportMods – 1. Jason George, Laveen, Ariz., 643; 2. Dennis Gates, Claypool, Ariz., 454; 3. Dale Kunz, Buckeye, Ariz., 363; 4. Miles Morris, Yuma, Ariz., 353; 5. Austin Kiefer, Pahrump, Nev., 332; 6. Kenny Wyman Jr., Avondale, Ariz., 331; 7. Kyle Smith, Yuma, Ariz., 329; 8. Chris Toth, Holtville, Calif., 311; 9. Mark Madrid, Phoenix, Ariz., 303; 10. Dale Irby, Buckeye, Ariz., 293; 11. Adolfo Noriega, Yuma, Ariz., 267; 12. Ron Poe, Phoenix, Ariz., 264; 13. David Harrington, Peoria, Ariz., 245; 14. Tom Wyman, Laveen, Ariz., 239; 15. Mike Tanner, Smithville, Mo., 236; 16. Nick Spainhoward, Bakersfield, Calif., 234; 17. James Dupre, Yuma, Ariz., 224; 18. Chris Caldwell, Avondale, Ariz., 211; 19. Corey Clayton, El Centro, Calif., 195; 20. Joe Webb, Yuma, Ariz., 194. Mach-1 Sport Compacts – 1. Julia Childs, Weatherford, Texas, 190; 2. Danny Baggerly, Rio Vista, Texas, 177; 3. Dakota Dees, Weatherford, Texas, 169; 4. Dillon Richards, Beatrice, Neb., 157; 5. Mike Jacobs, Weatherford, Texas, 144; 6. Robert Rutledge, Azle, Texas, 138; 7. David Norquest, York, Neb., 123; 8. Zach Bohlmeyer, Beatrice, Neb., 111; 9. Matthew Barnard, Weatherford, Texas, 110; 10. Richard Crow, Grand Island, Neb., 105; 11. James T. Morehead, Cleburne, Texas, 100; 12. Carl Boatright, Azle, Texas, 91; 13. Denny Berghahn Jr., Bellevue, Neb., 79; 14. Steve Holloway, Azle, Texas, and Jake Newsom, Sioux City, Iowa, both 75; 16. John Martinez, Beatrice, Neb., 72; 17. Shawn Hein, Beatrice, Neb., 71; 18. Matthew Covey, Midlothian, Texas, and Drake Bohlmeyer, Beatrice, Neb., both 69; 20. Brandon Wise, Hays, Kan., 65.last_img read more