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Ava Middle School Recognizes Students of the Month

Several Ava Middle School students were recently recognized for their responsibility. Read on to see what their teachers have to say about them. 5th Grade Sarah Lewis-Sarah is a responsible student always ready for class and helps to keep the classroom in an organized manner. Colton Premer-Colton always comes to class very organized and prepared…

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Long Haul

Jason Hoekema Freelance Journalist Lady Bears endure busy schedule The Lady Bears had it going good last week with sweeps of Sparta, Hollister and Plato putting them at 4-1 this season. “Plato was a little slow for us,” said coach Bailey Loge. “We, at times, seemed to not be playing at our best potential. A…

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Da’ Fence Bears hold Panthers for SCA win

Jason Hoekema Freelance Journalist MOUNTAIN GROVE – One word to describe the 35-19 win on Friday. Fence: /fens/ A barrier or other upright structure enclosing an area of ground to mark a boundary, control access, or prevent escape. Fence, wall, barrier, blockade. You can choose your own verb. However, in football, the chant is “Let’s…

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Aced by the Irish Ava drops season opener to Springfield Catholic

By Jason Hoekema Freelance Journalist SPRINGFIELD – At the end of three sets the Ava Lady Bears were left with a goose egg following a 3-0 loss to the Lady Fighting Irish of Springfield Catholic High. Outgunned by arms killing play the Lady Bears fell 9-25 in the first set. It started with a red…

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Another for the Count – Jr. High runner medals in Willow Springs

Melissa Dalton XC Coach The Ava High School Bears and Lady Bears and Junior High runners competed at the Steve Waggoner Invitational in Willow Springs on September 9, 2021.  All runners competed in 1.5 mile races.  Ava had one runner medal at the meet, Junior High runner, Jessie Shrable.  To medal in the Junior High…

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Ava Cross-Country adds to medal count

Melissa Dalton XC Coach The Ava Bears and Lady Bears competed in the Fellows Lake 5000 Strafford XC Invitational this past Saturday, September 4th.  Ava had 6 athletes compete in the High School races.  For the Bears, Maddox Wade and Zach Scrivner competed in the Junior Varsity race, which was a 5K (3.1 mile) race. …

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Playing it by ear Ava makes trek the win

Jason Hoekema Freelance Journalist HUMBOLDT, KANSAS – If you drove up to the stadium last Friday looking for a football game you probably found an empty field at CE Harlan Stadium. The Ava Bears had to make a quick swap of opponents as the Strafford team was unable to compete because of COVID-19 quarantines and…

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New Faces to Greet Students

The 2021 School Year at Ava will begin Monday. Many new faces will greet students. This is week two of spotlights on new teachers. Sean McAnulty Sean McAnulty will be one of the 4th Grade teachers. He’s entering his seventh year in education. He loves teaching and creating a positive and active learning environment for…

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Football Preview: Do Your Job

Approaching the practice field Tuesday, from a distance one could hear Head Coach Dan Swofford yell, “What is your job!?” The statement is a staple in many coaches’ book of hard-hitting questions and challenges for their players, but in Ava it means more than just what the players leave on the turf. “We aren’t just…

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Ava R-1 Board Approves COVID Plan

By Jason Hoekema Freelance Journalist The Ava R-1 Board of Education unanimously approved plans to address the mitigation of COVID and a school reopening policy during a special board meeting held Monday, August 9. With COVID remaining a concern as the nation enters its second school year facing the virus, Superintendent Aaron Dalton sat with…

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