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SENTINEL TRIBUNE EDUC;ATION Wednesday, December 21, 2011 Page 8 High School Principal The Taste You Love To Hate It was winter, like now, but with more snow! In 4th grade, I was chosen to sing the third verse of "We Three Kings..." for the Christmas program at Lowell Elementary. I woke up on the morning of the program with a terrible sore throat. Mom made me swallow a home remedy of lemon, honey and other stuff. I couldn't croak out a note. Instead of the normal chilly walk to school, my father gave me a ride in the old '56 two tone Pontiac. Half way to school we stopped at Tommy's Grocery, a little corner store no larger than a two car garage. My throat was scratchy and I worried that I would mess up my verse in front of everybody. My father bought me a little bottle of Listerine. It tasted horrible and stung but I gargled right there in the car and spit out the window. As he dropped me at school, dad reminded me to use it three or four times, even though it tasted terrible. "Use it and your voice will be ok by evening", he said with a quiet smile. I made an icky face but followed his advice. Mom and dad said I sang well. I don't remember the verse, but I do remember the nasty taste of Listerine. One of Listerine's slogans was q'he taste you love to hate". How bad was it? It was also used to sterilize surgical instruments and clean floors! Sometimes to get good things done you have to do things you would rather avoid. Being on time, eating the right foods, faithfully exercising, doing home work or reading a required book all take extra effort. We may procrastinate, lie, find excuses, get busy with anything else to avoid the task. I used to get hungry right before I had to study. I would make a sandwich and sit in front of the TV for 20 minutes to avoid getting to work. We all have our ways to avoid doing things we know we should do. Like gargling with Listerine, it is often better to just take our medicine and get on with it than to drag out the task and eventually do it poorly because we are too tired or grumpy or agitated. Few things come without a price or effort on our part. Keeping New Years resolutions, find- ing a new job or earning a high school diploma all require the price of commitment. This is a season of clean starts, fresh beginnings and new adventures. If you choose to take on a new chal- lenge or renew an old one, don't just leave it to chance. Have a plan. Set goals (start small). Get a goal buddy (some one to encourage and remind you). Expect set- backs. Dig in and do the difficult stuff. In the end, you just might be able to sing ... just like you were in 4th grade. Second Quarter ends this Friday. School starts again on Wednesday, January 4. Christmas Light Recycling The WWG High School Earth YES class will be col- lecting Christmas lights to recycle. The drop offareas are in Maynard's of Westbrook, the Westbrook School office, Bubais, and the Walnut Grove School office. They accept electric cords, holiday lights, tele- phone cords, and appliance cords. They do not accept cord adaptors, or battery packs. Start date is now through January 2. COLLEGE NEWS Amy Nelson receives scholarship Southwest Minnesota State University in Marshall, MN, announced that Amy Nelson, daughter of Steve and Jan Nelson of Westbrook, has been select- ed to receive a Leadership Award Scholarship for the 2012-2013 academic year. Recipients of these scholar- ships are recognized for their academic accomplish- ments and outstanding lead- ership abilities. Her planned major field of study is elementary edu- cation. DNR TROOPER KATHY QUESTION Q: With snow on the ground, folks are getting ready to ride their snowmo- biles. What are the educa- tional requirements for the legal operation of a snow- mobile? A: Current statute requires anyone born after Dec. 31, 1976, to take a safety-training course before operating a snowmobile on public lands or waters. Two types of courses are available. First, for those 11 years old and older, there is an eleven-hour introductory course designed for youth or riders with little or no experience. This course includes hands-on training. Second, for those 16 years old and older, there is an independent study CD-based course where students learn at home. Once they have success- fully completed their courses, students follow a path by age to receive a certificate of completion from the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). Both of these courses show students the most common causes of snowmobile acci- dents in Minnesota, and how to avoid them. Volunteers teach classes across the state. Information regarding snow- mobile certification classes can be found on the DNR's website at www.mndnr.gov. - Capt. Mike Hammer, DNR Division of Enforcement recreational vehicle coordinator Dear Trooper Kathy: Do you really enforce the tex- ting laws? How can you see if I am texting? Trooper Kathy Says: I have received several emails on this one. According to a recent new release Minnesota police officers ARE enforc- ing the NO TEXTING LAW as best they can. I provided enforcement statistics (included below) as well as some information to put the findings in proper perspec- tive. 1) The increased citation and warning numbers are likely due to both an increase in the number of people tex- ting and driving and law enforcement developing strategies and tactics to enforce the law since it went into effect in 2008. 2) Texting has become a mainstream in our society, not very long ago (especially leading up to the texting and driving ban in MN) it was a "young person's" activity. 3) Texting is just one aspect of distracted driving. We urge all drivers to limit distractions behind the wheel; they can all be equally as dangerous. MSP enforcement statistics:This includes ALL police agencies. BY KATHY PEDERSON Texting citations and warn- ings since enactment date of 8/1/2008. 8/1/2008-12/31/2008:18 citations, 25 warnings 1/1/2009-12/31/2009:137 citations, 168 warnings 1/1/2010-12/31/2010:354 citations, 285 warnings 1/1/2011-10/31/2011:432 citations, 368 warnings From the courts statewide: 2011 data on 169.475 2010 data on 169.475 Citations issued- 945 Citations issued- 518 From The Office of Traffic Safety-OTS: Our crash facts book has driver inattention/distraction as a cause for 12.5% of single vehicle crashes in 2010. The information below is over a three year period from 2006- 2008 Over 3 years, the 59,596 driver inattention crashes resulted in: 216 fatalities 1,037 Severe Injuries 50% of them occurred between 12:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m. 45% of them occurred on CSAH (county state aid high- ways) and MN-Tnmk road- ways GOOD SAMARITAN STAR EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH December Jamie Jordan Assistant Registered Buy, Sell, or Rent in the Classified ads Sentinel Tribune Ph. 274-6136 or 1-800-410-1859 WWG FFA Fish and Wildlife team competed in Mankato From left: Chitayen Vue, Tong Vang, Steven Yang, Kao Xiong and Bee Xiong. Submitted photo On December 16, 2011 the WWG FFA Fish and Wildlife team competed at Mankato State University with an excellent overall 5th place. Leading the Wildlife team to advancement was Steven Yang with an overall score of 590, placing him at llth out of 70 others. Next in the team was Chitayen Vue with an overall score of 550, placing him at 15th. Placing 3rd in the team was Tong Vang with an overall score of 535, mak- ing him 18th. Finally, the team was rounded out by: Kao Xiong and Bee Xiong. Overall it was an exceptional day and the team was very excited to have advanced to state. Weekly Science Quiz by Douglas Clark The Jets of Enceladus I've always been intrigued by the moons in our solar system. Each has a unique personality. Take Enceladus for example. In 2005, while orbiting Saturn, the space- craft Cassini observed this unique moon up close for the first time. It seems peaceful enough with an icy surface on its south pole. But without warning, geysers of water and ice are ejected, blasting hundreds of kilometers into space at over 2,000 kph, making it the largest snow- making machine in the solar system. The spray of icy par- ticles coat the small moon, giving it a clean, white sur- face. It is the most-reflective body in our solar system. Enceladus has a frigid atmosphere, but it must have a liquid ocean beneath its icy surface. We know this because Cassini was able to capture and analyze the ice particles on several of its fly- bys, and it discovered that the ice was salty. So the ice AgStar's Fu seeks schol High school students are encouraged to apply for $1,000 scholarships The AgStar Fund for Rural America, a corporate giving program of AgStar Financial Services, is offering $20,000 in scholarships to help stu- dents in rural areas continue their education. High school seniors throughout AgStar's 69 county service area in Minnesota and northwest Wisconsin are encouraged to apply. Seniors who plan to con- tinue their education and pur- sue careers in agricultural fields are encouraged to apply for one of the 15 - $1,000 scholarships avail- able. In addition, the fund is awarding five - $1,000 schol- arships to high school seniors who have an agricultural background and plan to con- tinue their education in any must have come from salty ocean water since if it were surface ice there would be very little salt in it. Ocean water is ejected and freezes to form ice particles when it hits the frosty atmosphere. The subsurface water is heat- ed enough to remain liquid through a combination of tidal heating and radioactive decay. Enceladus has a slightly elliptical obit of Saturn which causes gravita- tional flexing, generating heat. And where there is liq- uid water, you have environ- mental conditions favorable to the emergence of life. It is also thought that Saturn's outermost ring, known as its E ring, is sup- plied by the material from the jets of Enceladus. Enceladus orbits in the densest part of the E ring. In 2009, Cassini found salty ice grains in Saturn's E ring. About 200 kilograms of water vapor is ejected every second in these plumes. Smaller amounts of ice grains are also ejected. Without the Cassini mis- sion which can sense these compounds in its close fly- bys, we would never know just how fascinating this moon is. You can learn more about Enceladus by watching a short BBC video clip which I have linked to on my Facebook page, keyword search Weekly Science Q/fiz.' 1) True or false: Enceladus is an icy moon of Jupiter. 2) Enceladus is the body in our solar system, a) most reflective b) most distant c) coldest d) darkest 3) True or false: Enceladus gets most of its heat from the Sun. 4) We know that Enceladus has liquid water because analysis of ice crystals from its plumes reveals the ice is a) grainy b) salty c) pure d) radioactive 5) Enceladus lies within the densest part of Saturn's Answers page 2 Copyright (C) 2011 Weekly Science Quiz All rights reserved. nd for Rural Am.erica arshtp appltcatlons field of study. 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