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Players, coaches on '94 team to attend Hall of Fame banquet
At least 16 members and four coaches of the Odessa High School state championship team of 1994 will be in attendance Saturday night at the annual Odessa R-7 Public School Foundation Hall of Fame gala. Event will begin with a social hour at 5 p.m. and a prime rib dinner served at 6 p.m. at the Odessa Middle School gymnasium.
The team, which ended a perfect season in 1994 with a state title and a 14-0 record, will be inducted into the Hall of Fame during the gala with a theme of "One Team, One Odessa."
Roger John, head coach, will travel from his home in Lenox, Ia., to accept the award with two of the team members, Matt Adams, quarterback, and Justin Carter, running back and linebacker. Read more in The Odessan.
Swearing in... Sworn in for three-year terms on the Odessa R-7 Board of Education were, from left, Brian Young, Ronnie Steelman and Tim Wulfekotter. An election was not held as the three, all incumbents, were unopposed. Janet Tirschel, right, administers the oath.  photos by Hannah Spaar
R-7 Board members see revised district handbooks
The Odessa R-7 Board of Education remained unchanged after reorganizing at an April 15 meeting.
No election was held for the board this year as the three incumbents whose terms ended, Brian Young, Ronnie Steelman and Tim Wulfekotter, had no opposition.
After the three were sworn in Aaron Dillon was reelected president of the board and Young was reelected vice president.
Board heard a presentation by four fifth-graders who earned the Mark Twain award for reading four books on a list curated by teachers and librarians around the state. Nineteen Odessa students achieved the award this year. The students also attended the state children's literature festival.
Karissa Stark, Shelby Brown, Olivia Munsterman and Konnar Lundquist told the board about some of the books they read.
Dillon asked Stark if her book counted as more than one because it was longer than the ones the other students brought. Lundquist said Stark's book was mostly pictures. Read more in The Odessan.
Award winners... Fifth grade Mark Twain readers who described books they read to the Odessa R-7 Board of Education Tuesday night were, from left, Konnar Lundquist, Olivia Munsterman, Shelby Brown and Karissa Stark.

Kolkmeyer to be sentenced June 23
A sentencing date of 9 a.m. June 23 in District Court in Kansas City has been set for Leland Kolkmeyer, Wellington funeral director, and former secretary/treasurer of the Wellington-Napoleon Special Road District and the Wellington-Napoleon Fire Protection District.
More than $1,500,000 was found missing from both entities over a 16-year period according to court records. Read more in The Odessan.
Middle school students design advertisements
Students in seventh and eighth grade classes at Odessa Middle School have designed advertisements which appear in this issue of The Odessan.
John Spaar, advertising manager of The Odessan, taught six art classes of seventh- and eighth-graders in the classroom of Matt Bridges.
Staff members chose the advertisement of Odessa bp designed by Lacey Hines, seventh grade, as the first place winner.
Second place went to an advertisement for Pizza Hut, designed by Lauryn Adams, eighth grade. Read more in The Odessan.
Time to clean up!
Odessa's annual Community Cleanup Day will begin at 8 a.m. Saturday and will continue until 2 p.m.
Volunteers are needed to assist eight elderly or disabled residents who have asked for help to clean up property. Volunteers also are needed to pick up trash in designated areas.
Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts will volunteer at Dyer Park. Read more in The Odessan.
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