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Education Briefs

Tuesday, February 14, 2006

Students named to ICCC honors lists

Iowa Central Community College has released its academic honors lists for the fall semester. Students with 12 or more credit hours who achieved a perfect 4.0 grade point average were named to the President's List. Students with 12 or more credit hours who achieved a GPA of 3.5-3.99 were named to the Dean's List.

President's List - Albert City: Alicia Lovin, Travis Struss; Alta: Nicole Haberl; Laurens: Josh Meier, Casey Painter, Nicole Umbreit; Marathon: Kirk Bright; Newell: Nicole Seaver; Storm Lake: Emily Holliday, Margaret Martinez, Kara Parson, Ryne Paterson, Brittanya Small.

Dean's List - Albert City: Isaac Skog, Melinda Struss; Alta: Cynthia Larson, Katelyn Nehring, Ryan Piercy, Tyler Van Houten; Aurelia: Angie Paltz, Rhonda Westeen; Fonda: David Miller, Maureen Murphy; Laurens: Jade Schramm; Marathon: Desiree Schulz; Sac City: Carole Willett; Schaller: Adam Barlow, Brianne Blanchard, Kyle Miller, Ryan Turnquist; Sioux Rapids: Chad Dowdy; Storm Lake: Susyn Chanchom, Gloria Crespin, Sara Fitzpatrick, Amber Moore, Stephanie Reeser.

N-F's Megan Sievers stars in ICCC musical

The Fine Arts students of Iowa Central Community College will present 'The Secret Garden' Feb. 23-25 at 7:30 each night in the Iowa Central Auditorium on the Fort Dodge campus. Newell-Fonda's Megan Sievers will star in this musical production.

Written by Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Marsha Norman, and based on the novel by Frances Hodgson Burnett, with music by Lucy Simon, this splendid musical is a three-time Tony Award winner. It ran for more than 700 performances on Broadway following its 1991 debut.

The story revolves around a young, orphaned girl, Mary Lennox (played by Megan Sievers of Newell) living in Yorkshire with an embittered, reclusive uncle, Archibald Craven (Caleb Shaeffer). Her only possession is a cameo picture of her Aunt Lily (Brittanie Chafe) who has been deceased for 10 years. Distraught over a bedridden son and the death of his wife, Archibald casts a dark shadow over the house. Mary befriends a servant girl, Martha (Heather Kreitlow), Martha's brother Dickon (Kevin Kelleher) and the estate's head gardener, Ben Weatherstaff (Mike Loots). But none of them will tell her the truth about the mysterious locked garden behind the estate, nor will any of them shed any light on Mary's persistent claim that every night she hears someone crying in the house. By nursing the garden back to life, Mary somehow restores life to the brooding Archibald and his sick son. She both learns and teaches profound lessons about the power of family, friendship and love.

Flashbacks, dream sequences, a strolling chorus of ghosts, and some of the most beautiful music ever written for Broadway dramatize The Secret Garden's compelling tale. The Secret Garden is a delight for audiences of all ages. Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for students (K-12) and are available through the Iowa Central Bookstore (1-800-362-2793 or 515-576-0099, ext. 2040).

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