Eagle Scout Award

John E. Dickey of Sioux City, has earned the highest advancement award the Boy Scouts of America offers to scouts, the Eagle Scout Award. Dickey will be recognized in ceremonies at 3:30 p.m. July 15 at the First United Methodist Church in Sioux City.

Dickey is  a member of Knights of Columbus, Troop #100. To attain the Eagle rank, each candidate must earn 21 merit badges and successfully complete a community, church, or synagogue-related service project; Dickey chose to design and build shelving units for the Personal Care Cupboard ministry at First United Methodist Church.

Dickey has served as Senior Patrol Leader, Asst. Senior Patrol Leader, Patrol Leader and Troop Bugler and received the Order of the Arrow, World Conservation, 50-Miler and Paul Bunyan Woodsman Awards.

Dickey is a graduate of North High School and currently attends Seattle University. He is the son of Mark and Ellen Dickey of Sioux City.

Girl Scout Gold Award

Bonnie Keller, Ambassador Girl Scout with Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa was awarded the Girl Scout Gold Award Saturday at the Girl Scout Office, 1515 Zenith Drive.

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award that a Senior or Ambassador Girl Scout can earn. Fulfilling the requirements for the Girl Scout Gold Award starts with completing two Girl Scout Senior or Ambassador journeys or having earned the Silver Award and completing one Senior or Ambassador journey.

The Girl Scout Gold Award requires, at a minimum, 80 hours. Keller chose an issue that was close to her heart and identified a need in her community. She proceeded to investigate the issue, asked for help and chose a mentor. Besides creating a plan that included sustainability and measurability, Keller had to present her plan to a committee with Girl Scouts of Greater Iowa prior to the start of her award. Upon approval, she gathered resources, friends and community partners to help her achieve her Gold Award. Lastly, one component of the Gold Award and possibly the final step is to educate and inspire other girls to “go for the gold” and share what she has experienced while earning the Gold Award.

Keller’s Gold Award focused on ensuring people were trained in CPR. When she says people, she meant all her classmates at Bishop Heelan High School during her junior and senior years. She also secured an AED (automatic external defibrillator) and five CPR manikins/dummies for the school so they can continue her cause to ensure that each graduating senior is CPR certified. Along the way, Keller herself, became a volunteer with the American Red Cross where she became a certified trainer in CPR and advocated for their high school volunteer group, Club Red.

Campus news

FREMONT, Neb. | Jennifer Hansen, Alton, Iowa, received a 4.0 grade point average from Midland University for the spring semester.


The Sioux City Medical Laboratory Science Program conducted its graduation ceremony July 13 at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center.

St. Luke’s College and Mercy Medical Center sponsor the cooperative medical laboratory science clinical education program. Students are accepted into the program after completing at least 90 hours of course work at an affiliated college or university.

Ten graduates have successfully completed a 12-month program of classroom and medical laboratory experience. Six graduates received their clinical experience at St. Luke’s Regional Medical Center and four at Mercy Medical Center.

The six St. Luke’s College graduates are: Ryan Hanks of Sioux City, Maren Jensen of Sioux City, Kristopher Kinyon of Sergeant Bluff, Iowa, Kevin Pham of Fargo, N.D., Jana Schieffer of Crofton, Neb., Morgan White of Webster City, Iowa.

The four Mercy Medical Center graduates are: Aklil Abebe of Nazreth, Ethiopia, Seth Martin of Owatonna, Minn., Jennifer Nguyen of Fargo, N.D., Megan Shaffer of Wahpeton, N.D.


The following students received a 4.0 grade point average from Briar Cliff University for the spring semester:


Pueblo -- Kindra Sanchez


Algona – Karina Haas, Brooke Myers; Alton – Lori Stoll; Anthon – Jamie Rusch; Cherokee – Kylie Dilla; Dakota City – Jennifer Vought; Emmetsburg – Michael Fakler; Fort Dodge – John Engler, Natalia Harrington; Hinton – Yvonne Pridie; Kanawha – Tiffany Kitley; Le Mars – Briana Engebretson, Jessica Heeren, Eric Rohe; Lisbon – Abigail Chihak; Mapleton – Alexander Wimmer; Odebolt – Brittany Walsh; Onawa – Rachel Pinkelman; Remsen – Stephanie Begnoche; Sergeant Bluff – David Brophy, Elizabeth Brown; Sheldon – Melissa Kuiper, Chase Lottman; Sibley – Ryan Soat; Sioux City – Jessica Bowman, Karen Brown, Amanda Elbert, Jessica Jacobsen, Lynett Kayl, Charles Knight, Melissa Konken, Elizabeth Krog, April Leigh, Judy Limoges, Erica LoVan, Valerie Martin, Heather Parkhill, Kendra Samuelson, Jennifer Swanger, Kristin Treinen; Washta – Ashley Henke; Whiting – Elizabeth Benjamin


Chatham – Brittany Osborn


Wichita – Marissa O'Bryan


Cottage Grove –Hana Verhoeven; Forest Lake – Travis Evgen; Watertown – Emily Vouk; Woodbury – Grant Moris


Atkinson – Madison Borer; Bennet – Kayla Nisley; Colon – Mattie Murren; Creighton – Courtney Becker; Humphrey –Alyssa Keller; Jackson – Korah Kramper; Juniata – Charlotte Schumacher; Norfolk – Courtney Kayton; Omaha – Sarah Clayton, Megan Salcedo, South Sioux City – Theresa Lederer, Alexa Phipps

North Dakota

Dickinson – Taylor Braunberger

South Dakota

Dell Rapids – Caitlin Bunkers; Kimball – Rachel Mairose; Sioux Falls – Steven Davis.


IOWA CITY, Iowa -- The following Siouxland students graduated in the spring from the University of Iowa:

Beresford, S.D.: Hannah Irene Dewald, MD;

Dakota Dunes, S.D.: Brigitte L. Weil, BS, Biology; Brigitte L. Weil, BA, Cinema;

Vermillion, S.D.: Molly Beth Chickering, BSN, Nursing; Ashley Elizabeth Gorden, BSN, Nursing;

Wayne, Neb.: Brandon Patrick Garvin, BSN, Nursing.