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I Now That's Rural Teacher's Influence NeverStops I T-Wolf Golfers Compete In Big State Tournament by Ron Wilson, Director, Huck Boyd National Institute on Rural Development at KSU "Teachers affect eternity; no one can tell where their influence stops." -- Henry Brooks Adams Let's go to the Great Lakes Floral Expo in Grand Rapids, Mich. The top winner has been named in the professional divi- sion of the floral arrangement competition. This winner not only has ties to rural Kansas, she is an example of the deep posi- tive influence of a good teacher. Kaitlyn Harlow is a young woman from rural Illinois. Her family farms in the north central region of the state. Kaitlyn was active in 4-H and FFA. She en- rolled in 4-H every year that she could. She decided that she would like a career working with youth through extension. As a high school student, Kaitlyn took various kinds of projects and ag classes including horticulture, although she wasn't especially interested in horticulture at the time. Kaitlyn went on to Joliet Jun- ior College. She decided to take an Introduction to Horticulture class which would count as a basic science credit. "Since the first day that I walked in that classroom, I knew this was where I was meant to be," Kaitlyn said. Professor Donna Theimer was the instructor, and she be- came Kaitlyn's mentor. Kaitlyn received her associate's degree in Floral Design and Interior Plantscape. Meanwhile, Kaitlyn's best childhood friend chose to attend K-State in Manhattan. "I came out for a visit and fell in love with the (Manhattan) community," Kaitlyn said. "It was just the right size, and the people were so welcoming." Kaitlyn decided to continue her education at K-State. "A big influence was my ad- visors: Brandie Disberger, Steve Harbstreit, and Shannon Washburn," Kaitlyn said. She earned her degree in Agricultural Education and Communications. One requirement of that de- gree is a student teaching expe- rience. "I went into Ag Ed (as a ma- jor) thinking I would go the ex- tension route," Kaitlyn said. Ex- tension youth development po- sitions typically do not involve formal teaching in the public school classroom. Kaitlyn was not looking for- ward to classroom teaching. "I'm going to hate this," Kaitlyn said to herself as she considered student teaching. For her student teaching assign- ment, she was placed with ag teacher David Holliday at Rock Creek High School. Rock Creek is a regional school which draws from the ru- ral communities of Westmore- land, population 628; St. George, population 442; and Olsburg, population 189. Now, that's rural. "I had the best experience of my life," Kaltlyn said. She found it highly rewarding. She has high praise for Mr. Holliday. "He is the best," Kaitlyn said. was over, two of Kaitlyn's stu- by Richard Thompson, After completing her degree, dents had placed first and third SCHS Golf Coach she returned to her hometown in the student division. In the The Class 2A State Golf in Illinois. Until budget cuts hit, professional division, Kaitlyn Tournament was at Salina Coun- Kaitlyn worked in her dream job won first place, try Club in Salina, Monday, May as an extension 4-H coordinator. "I'm still shocked," Kaitlyn 23. Meanwhile, her mentor Donna said. "Six years ago, I wouldn't South Central High School Theimer retired from Joliet Jun- have tried to make a centerpiece, was one of the 12 schools repre- ior College and Kaitlyn took but now I jump at the chance." sented in the tournament, with big trees and most holes over the teaching assignment for The influence of a teacherSalina-Sacred Heart placedhad sand bunkers which made it Donna's floral design class, never stops, first with a team total of 310 the toughest course the South When it was time for the an- In this case, professor Donna strokes. Second place went to Central golfers had played on all nual Great Lakes Floral Expo, Theimer was a mentor who en- Belleville-Republic County, with year. four of Kaitlyn's students had couraged Kaitlyn's interest in 338, and third place to Pittsburg- One of the highlights of the the opportunity to enter the flo- floral design. Kaitlyn's profes- St. Marys Colgan, 340 strokes, day for Dunn was on hole #17, a ral design student competition, sors at K-State and her super- SCHS did not have a team 150-yard par three. He teed off Kaitlyn decided to enter in the vising teacher for her student qualify but did have two indi- and his ball stopped about a foot professional category, teaching experience also had a viduals who qualified. Grant from the hole (almost a hole-in- In these contests, contes-profound impact on her. Dunn and Dalton Morehead one!). The tournament was de- tants are presented with a sce- Now she is helping influence each competed in the state tour- layed 2 hours because of the nario and a price list, and chal- the next generation of students, ney. weather. lenged to design and produce WecommendKaitlynHarlow Dunn finished 45th with a As a senior, the tournament the best possible floral arrange- for making adifference withher score of 50-49--99. Morehead was Dunn's last high school ment. Winners are selected by a interest in floral design and in finished 74th with a score of 59- tournament. panel of judges, educating youth. 51--110 strokes. It was good learning experi- Kaitlyn traveled to the com- What are the influences of a First-place golfer was Grant ence for Morehead, since he was petition with her students and teacher? Herrenbruckfrom Salina-Sacred a sophomore. retired professor Donna Just like the flowers them- Heart with a score of 36-38--74. It will be exciting to see how Theimer. When the competition selves -- they are growing. The fairways were all lined Dalton competes the next two Chadwick 'Kids' Sponsor Movie years. in erica: Playing at the Chief Theatre leashed by U.N. restrictions. this Saturday and Sunday nights, A weary Tony Stark -- the June 4 and 5 will be Captain vincible meat inside the shell of America: Civil War. Shown in the Invincible Iron Man--urges 3D,themovieisratedPG-13 and his fellow heroes to sign. 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