State Roundup


• Lynnville-Sully head girls basketball coach Jerry Hulsing is the 2018 recipient of the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union’s Golden Plaque of Distinction Award in basketball. Hulsing received his award last night at halftime of the girls Class 4A state championship game held at Wells Fargo Arena in Des Moines. The Golden Plaque of Distinction honors the Iowa coach who has demonstrated a successful career while making notable contributions toward school, community and the coaching profession. — Hometown Press

Mount Vernon

• The Mount Vernon School District has proposed a $12.8 million bond project to be approved or denied by voters on April 3. The bond needs approval of 60 percent of the voting electorate to pass. The bond question has an upper limit of $12.8 million which can be repaid without raising property taxes. Plans include improvements to the high school, the middle school and the elementary school. More than half the total project, about $7.2 million, will be used to build a performing arts center on the east side of the high school. — Sun Mount Vernon-Lisbon


• The Clear Creek Amana cast of “Beauty and the Beast” had a special Pancake Breakfast today. Residents were invited to “Be Our Guest” from 7-11 a.m. at the Clear Creek Amana High School commons in Tiffin were they were asked to “put our service to the test” when the breakfast was enthusiastically served by the cast as they entertained the group with spontaneous songs from the upcoming production. The menu consisted of pancakes, eggs, sausage, ham and more. The free will offering donation went to support the upcoming production of “Beauty and the Beast” in April. — North Liberty News


• The Iowa High School Speech Association Individual Events District Speech Contest was held on Feb. 24 at Clarke High School in Osceola, as well as numerous locations across the state. This year, Husky Speech brought 26 students performing a combined total of 43 pieces. At the state level, students receiving a rating of 1 will perform the pieces again in front of three judges. Of the 26 students, 22 qualified to take 32 pieces to the state competition at Nevada High School on March 10. — Winterset Madisonian