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Pigskin Picks Winner Raffling Grand Prize For A Good Cause

Posted 12/8/2016

By Jacki Nelson

TICKET ENTRY INFO

Cost: $1 each

Deadline: Noon, Dec. 12

Locations: Hesston Record & Hesston True Value

Benefits: The Hesston Resource Center

Game: Chiefs V. Titans

Seats: Section 128, Row 25, Seats 20-21

Date: Dec. 18

This year’s Pigskin Picks Grand Prize Winner, Kurt Horst, is giving away his Chiefs tickets to one lucky winner. Horst is raffling off the tickets to benefit the Hesston Resource Center.

Horst, the lead pastor at Whitestone Mennonite Church, said he simply could not leave his congregation during Advent for the Sunday game against the Tennessee Titans.

Furthermore, in a family full of members in the ministry, handing them off as a Christmas gift posed the same timing problem. 

“I couldn’t decide who to give them to and thought, ‘Well, it can benefit the Hesston Resource Center.’ I like what they do in Hesston,” he said.

Horst said he is excited about getting more residents involved with helping the resource center.

“I think everyone can support it. But, finding out who wins will be the fun part,” he said.

Throughout the competition, Horst has eeked out win after win. Even though the last two weeks the scoring came down to the wire.

“When you’re in the lead with two weeks to go, that’s a lot of pressure,” he said.

In addition, Horst was new to the competition. 

“I remembered to play the first week. That’s why I decided to play. Other years the first week was already past and you’re behind already,” he said.

A football fan, Horst said, “I can’t give away my secrets for picking.”

As a pastor, Horst’s schedule is not conducive to watching many of the games.

“I’m doing a lot of work on Saturdays, so I don’t see many. And I don’t watch much on Sunday either,” he said.

When he does manage to catch a ballgame, with winning on the line, his perspective changes.

“You don’t watch games the same.  I picked against Kansas City. When it went into overtime and that field goal bounced off the goalpost - I wanted them to win, but at the same time...” 

Without catching many games, Horst ruefully added, “There were a few times I forgot who I picked, so I had to wait until Thursday.”

Once again, Horst will have to wait to see the results of his work. The drawing for the tickets will take place on Monday, Dec. 12 and be announced in the Dec. 15 edition of The Record. 

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Robots Battle In Hesston High Arena

Posted 12/8/2016

By Jacki Nelson

Throughout the day Saturday, two-dozen bots battled for dominance in the Hesston High gymnasium.  The first home meet for the Swather robotics program was a success for many of the builder, and for the program as a whole.

Instructor Trevor Foreman said the addition of Lyons, Junction City and St. John’s brought new elements to the competition.

“They had a blast.  One of my biggest priorities was to get new blood.  I think schools are starting to see the value of STEM programs and the skills these kids are learning,” he said.

At the home opener, tournament champions were Swathers Aaron Fuqua and Kyle Krittenden’s team Controlled Anarchy, along with their alliance partners from Hillsboro Jacob Denholm and Collin Brown.

Each team brings one robot to the competition and bots compete in pairs, the pairing is an alliance. 

Unlike a traditional competition involving multiple schools, teams of two are independent  from their schools and may form alliances with any other team.

“It was a huge emotional roller coaster. After the first rounds and going into the finals, our motors were overheating,” said Denholm.

In addition to being part of the tournament champion alliance, Hesston students Ben Hunsberger and Cedon Yoder, a pair of rookies, took home the coveted Excellence Award. Yoder and Hunsberger were allied with Ally Weaver and Laura Van Bergeijk, who came in second at the tournament by only one point in a three-round face-off. 

“It’s a good start to my first competition,” said Hunsberger, “With the Excellence award, I think I will still keep editing the bot.” 

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HC Names 9th President: Dr. Joseph Manickam

Posted 12/8/2016

By Rachel McMaster

Special To The Record

Dr. Joseph Manickam has been appointed as the ninth president of Hesston College following a unanimous vote from the Hesston College Board of Directors and the Mennonite Education Agency (MEA) board. He will assume office on July 1, 2017. 

Manickam is currently director of the Institute of Religion, Culture and Peace and faculty member for peace studies at Payap University in Chiang Mai, Thailand.  

Previously, he served in Thailand for three years with Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) Canada as director of the Central-Southern and Northeast Asia Program. Earlier in his career, he was director of the MCC Asia Program and associate director of the Center for Anabaptist Leadership in California.

His selection culminates a year-long process led by a 12-member presidential search committee composed of board members, faculty, staff, alumni and others, and chaired by Hesston College Board of Directors vice chair Ken G. Kabira. 

“The search committee is delighted that Dr. Manickam received a very strong affirmation from Hesston College’s campus community,” Kabira said. “He received a 98 percent ‘yes’ vote on the question about his candidacy.

“Since its formation in Nov. 2015, and the kickoff meeting in Jan. 2016, the search committee has spent many hours prayerfully vetting candidates’ strengths, fit and motivation to serve as Hesston College’s next president.

“As his predecessors have done, we are convinced that Dr. Manickam will strengthen Hesston College’s Christ-centered Anabaptist education. We are thankful for the Lord who has led us to this outcome.”

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Villa Staff Turns Up The Heat For Good Samaritan Fund

Posted 12/8/2016

For The Record

Schowalter Villa staff members turned up the heat at the sixth annual Staff Chili Cookoff on Friday afternoon.  A dozen crock pots were lined up in the Schowalter Villa Chapel for staff members to dip a ladle and sample.

Schowalter Villa Director Treva Greaser came out on top with the distinction of best chili. 

As tasters sampled and voted, a donation was taken for the Good Samaritan Caring Fund.  Just over $565 was raised for the fund during the lunch.

Chiann Silks, one of the history-keepers of the event, said it began as a benefit for Wilma Matthews, a long-time CNA at Schowalter Villa after she had been diagnosed with cancer.

“The first cookoff was to help with Christmas for her family as a way to bless her and her family,” said Silks.  

The tradition continued, even after Matthews succumbed to her diagnosis.

“It was fun, and it’s one of our core values.  It is a staff-driven event,” she said.

Shawna McGee a fellow coordinator of the cook-off, said the event is “way to honor [Matthew’s] memory. For those who didn’t know here, its a good way for everyone to come together to enjoy a meal and visit.” 

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