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Published May 26, 2016 4:28 pm

Clay, Maag, and Trygstad sign with the Spartans

Nick Ekel, Southwestern Community College head cross country/track and field coach, recently signed three student-athletes to run for the Spartans during their 2016-17 campaign. Spartan signees included Briar Clay of Stuart, Collin Maag of Scottsbluff, NE, and Caden Trygstad of Nevada.

Clay Briar

Briar Clay is a May 2016 graduate of West Central Valley High School in Stuart. He qualified for state in the 100m dash in 2015 with a time of 11.2 seconds. He is an honor roll student. Clay is the son of Darren Clay and Marykay Smith.

Pictured (L to R) Sitting – Marykay Smith, Briar’s mother; Briar Clay; and Darren Clay, Briar’s father. Standing – Nick Ekel, SWCC cross country/track and field coach, and Tony Hooper, West Central Valley High School coach

Maag Collin

Collin Maag is a May 2016 graduate of Scottsbluff High School in Scottsbluff, NE. He was a member of the Nebraska state champion team in 2013 and 2014. In track and field, Maag ran on the 2015 state champion 4x800 team and he was a state qualifier in the open 800 in 2016. He is the son of Patrick and Kristin Maag of Scottsbluff, NE.

Pictured (L to R) Patrick Maag, Collin’s father; Kristin Maag, Collin’s mother; Collin Maag; Nick Ekel, SWCC cross country/track and field coach; and Jim Barker, Scottsbluff High School coach

Trygstad Caden

Caden Trygstad is a May 2016 graduate of Nevada High School in Nevada. He is the son of Rick and Lori Trygstad. During high school, he received varsity letters in baseball, cross country, and track and field. He was captain of the cross country team. He was a member of the National Honor Society and was awarded academic all-conference honors.

Pictured (L to R) Sitting - Lori Trygstad, Caden’s mother; Caden Trygstad; Rick Trygstad, Caden’s father. Standing – John Pelzer, Nevada High School track coach; Nick Ekel, SWCC cross country/track and field coach; and Mike Christiansen, Nevada High School cross country coach

Published May 26, 2016 3:00 pm

2016 Administrative Specialist Certificate class with instructor

Southwestern Community College's adult and continuing education department held a reception on Wed., May 25, 2016, from 5-6 p.m., to honor the first three individuals to complete the college's new administrative specialist certificate training, which ran from January 25-May 25, 2016.  Individuals earning certificates for the program included Elisa Cole of Creston, Terri Juhl of Fontanelle, and Ashlie Robb of Creston.

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Published May 26, 2016 9:43 am

2016 HS Carpentry Class (Creston)

Southwestern Community College's high school carpentry and building trades Career Academy and Union County Habitat for Humanity hosted an Open House at their student-constructed home on Tues., May 24, from 6-7 p.m.  The house is located at 310 S. Walnut Street in Creston.

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Published May 25, 2016 2:51 pm

Wes David signs with Spartan Golf

Nodaway Valley High School golfer Wes Davis has committed to Southwestern Community College’s golf program for the 2016-17 season.

Davis is a four-year golf letter winner for the Nodaway Valley Wolverines. He graduates from Nodaway Valley in May 2016. He has been on the honor roll throughout high school.

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Published May 24, 2016 3:06 pm

The Southwestern track & field team sent three student-athletes to Levelland, TX this past week to compete at the NJCAA Outdoor Track & Field National Championships hosted by South Plains College. 

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Published May 24, 2016 2:23 pm

SWCC Drill Team Adds Six

Kaeleigh Ballentine, head coach for the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) Dazzlers dance team, had a big week adding six student-athletes to her team for the 2016-17 dance season.

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Published May 24, 2016 10:22 am

Shelby Woods article in Tomorrow's Technician

Following a recent field trip to the Speedway Motors Museum of American Speed in Lincoln, NE, the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) automotive programs were featured in the May 2016 issue of Tomorrow's Technician magazine. 

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Published May 20, 2016 4:32 pm

Samuel Vega

The Iowa Community College Athletic Conference (ICCAC) recently released the 2016 Division II All-Region awards for baseball. Three Spartans earned the post-season honor. Spartan infielder Samuel Vega (pictured above), Sophomore from Vega Baja, PR, was named Second Team All Region. Infielders Victor Perez, freshman from Tavernier, FL, and Bradly Lopez, sophomore from Cayey, PR, earned honorable mention.

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Published May 20, 2016 9:14 am

Daniel Leonard and Shelby Woods

CRESTON — Southwestern Community College auto collision repair/refinish student Shelby Woods and electrical technology student Daniel Leonard took home first place honors at the Iowa SkillsUSA 2016 competition in Ankeny on Fri., April 29, 2016.  They will now represent Iowa at the national competition, which will be held during SkillsUSA’s National Leadership and Skills Conference, June 20-24, 2016, in Louisville, KY.

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Published May 20, 2016 9:06 am

Kade Means signs with Spartan Sports Shooting

Kade Means, a 2016 graduate of Diagonal High School, has committed to the Southwestern Community College (SWCC) sports shooting team for their 2016-17 run.

Means, son of Jennifer Mackey of Diagonal, was a four-year national archery qualifier for the Diagonal Maroons.

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