On the Street: Long speeches, worthy finishes and amazing snowmen

Posted: Mar. 23, 2013 4:27 pm Updated: Apr. 20, 2013 10:15 pm

CONVERSATIONAL NUDGE: John Wood Community College trustee Jeanetta Green drew a round of chuckles from fellow board members and those in the audience at last Wednesday's board meeting. Fellow board member Reggie Coleman was in the midst of making a point that was taking a rather long period of time -- or so Green felt. When Coleman paused, Green turned to him and said, "Are you about finished?" She and the rest of the room then had a good laugh at Coleman's expense.


ROBOTICS RESULTS: The Quincy Area Vocational-Technical Center's frisbee-flinging robot didn't fare so well in the First Robotics regional competition earlier this month at Saint Louis University. At the end of the first day of competition, the team was in 18th place out of 42 teams from five states. However, QAVTC Director Mark Pfleiger told the Quincy School Board Wednesday night that a last-minute modification at the start of Day Two created a malfunction, resulting in the robot losing most of its ability to communicate with the driver. The team corrected the problem and ended in 29th place. "They were very disappointed in their performance, but they had very much to be proud of in the work they did in engineering that robot and trouble-shooting the problems that they had," Pfleiger said.


TOP FINISHERS: The All-Stars from Quincy took first place in the Special Olympics state basketball tournament in Bloomington/Normal on March 15-17. Team members were Jared and Seth Coons, Brian and Keith Flesner Jason Kladstrup, Phil Peters, Brett Rosa and Chuck Strieker. Ted Haxel was the coach. The Rising Stars placed third. Team members were D'Aurolyn Bickhaus, Daisey Chambers, Kaden Conners, Brandy Neisen, Mary Florea, Aaron Lowe, Summer Saathoff and Josh Znosko. Mary Florea was the coach. The Angels placed fourth. Team members were Brigitte Butler, Jenny Goodapple, Alice and Anna Haxel, Nicole Landis, Emily Larson, Courtney Randall and Jessica Steinkamp. Michael Nolinwinkler and Arienne Arment were the coaches. Richard Birdsell took second place in the individual skills competition, and Donna Drieselman placed third.


SNOWMAN SUCCESS: The first snowman contest in Hannibal was successful, with 52 entries thanks to a few big snowstorms. The Hannibal Park Board voted on the winners at its Thursday meeting. Hannah Wathen and Adrianna Dunn won the Most Hannibal Spirit award with their Hannibal Pirate snowman. Hannah Gentry won the Most Original award with her two snow dogs. Austin and Brennon Otto won the Biggest Snowman award. "We had so many creative entries," Mary Lynne Richards, assistant supervisor for promotions and planning, said. "You could tell a lot of these entries took some teamwork."


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