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Santa Lucia

  Our annual Santa Lucia Festival of Lights will be Saturday, December 10th, at the Stanton High School Gym, beginning at 7:00 PM. Grades 1st-6th will take part in the Festival. Ms. Schmidt would like the children to be at the gym between 6:45–6:50 PM, SEATED QUIETLY, on the stage bleachers on the north end of the stage. The 4th, 5th, and 6th grade students should go to the weight room no later than 6:50 PM. It is very important for every student to participate as it is part of the music curriculum and their music grade.

  The students should wear the following: Boys: White shirts, dark pants, red vest, or bow tie or ribbon tie (if you have one) or red suspenders. Girls: White blouse, red, blue or yellow skirt, striped apron (if you have one), red tights or knee socks and floral rings for your hair (if you have one). Extra clothing items is available in the elementary office for students to borrow and then return after the program.

Give the Gift of Memories

  The yearbook staff is offering gift certificates for the 2017 yearbook.  The cost of the book is $60.00, icons are $3.50, and personalization is $5.50.

  Give the perfect gift – a colorful memory album of “IT HAPPENS NOW” school activities! Contact Tammy Boyer or Christi Elwood at 829-2162 to get your yearbook gift certificate.

Junior Class Fundraiser

  The Junior Class will be having a fundraiser at all home varsity basketball games to raise money for the Junior/Senior Prom. During halftime of the varsity games you can have a chance to win a prize by making a three point basket for the cost of a $1.00 for 3 balls.

Holiday Food Drive

  The Student Council would like to join the Elementary classes and have a Holiday Food Drive to help area families. We want to have a contest for all K-12th classes, to see who can “rack up” the most points from December 12th-December 21st. The following point system will allow us to see which class can earn the most points. The class with the most points will earn a movie and pizza party in January! 


5 POINTS-Cereal, Peanut Butter, Toilet Paper, Laundry Detergent

4 POINTS-Flour, Sugar, Canned Meat, Spaghetti Sauce, Canned Meals (spaghettios, ravioli, stew, or chili) Soups, Canned Meats (chicken or tuna)                                                        

3 POINTS-Hamburger/Tuna Helper, Macaroni and Cheese, Cake/Brownie/Muffin Mixes, Instant Mashed Potatoes, Beans, Oatmeal, Crackers, Rice, Paper Towels, Kleenex, Juice

2 POINTS-Dish Soap, Hand Soap, Body Soap, Shampoo, Toothpaste, Toothbrushes, Mouthwash, Pizza Sauce, Pasta, Pie Filling

1 POINT-Any other Canned Good (fruits and vegetables), boxed

Jell-O, boxed Pudding

  We look forward to helping the people in our community and having a fun contest while doing it!  Thank you very much!




AXA Achievement Scholarship –December 15, 2016 Apply Early

This program provides $670,000 in annual scholarships to graduating high school seniors throughout the nation.  Fifty-two (52) scholarship recipients are selected; one from each state, Washington, D.C. and Puerto Rico.  These students receive one-time scholarship awards of $10,000 each.  From this pool of 52 state winners, ten (10) scholarship recipients are selected as national winners, earning an additional one-time scholarship of $15,000 and the opportunity for an internship with AXA.  You can learn more about the program and download an application at www.axa-achievement.com.

Burger King Scholars Program – December 15, 2016

-$1,000, $5,000 and $25,000 scholarships available to high school seniors

-www.scholarshipamerica.org/burgerkingscholars/The University of Iowa’s

National Wild Turkey Federation - due January 1

-must be a senior with a 3.0 grade point average

-must be pursuing a degree at an accredited institution of higher education

-must support the preservation of the hunting tradition and actively participate in hunting sports—a copy of a current hunting license is required

-must be willing to become a member of the National Wild Turkey Federation (Xtreme JAKES, student or regular membership)

-must be involved in school activities

-must demonstrate ability as a leader among his or her peers

-must demonstrate community involvement

-must submit an essay and autobiography exhibiting dedication to conservation

-must submit three letters of recommendation

-Local Scholarship Winner will receive a minimum of $250

-State/Provincial Scholarship Winner will receive a minimum of $1,000

-National Scholarship Winner will receive $10,000

-Forms available at http://www.nwtf.org/jakes/xtreme/scholarships.htmlIowa

Robert E. Byers Scholarship Trust – January 6, 2017

-Four $500 scholarships

-must be enrolling in an Iowa college or university

-must be majoring in community enhancement or environmental areas of study

-applications are available on-line at www.keepiowabeautiful.com

-applications will only be accepted by e-mail




Viking Basketball

   We were able to get a good start to the season's first conference game vs Heartland Christian getting out to a 38-0 lead and finishing with an 80-20 win. We were able to use our defensive pressure to transition to the offensive end for some easy baskets. Overall the intensity was good for the entire game. We are 2-0 overall and 1-0 in the conference while traveling to East Mills tonight for more conference action.  

Viqueen Basketball

  The Viqueens pulled off a victory over Riverside on December 1st with a score of 46-34. After a close first half Stanton was able to step up the defense which created turnovers and easy baskets for the Queens. ”We came out a little stagnant defensively to start the game. A more disciplined defensive approach in the second half made the difference" said Coach Snyder. Stanton was led by Chelsea Weis with 16 points and 10 rebounds followed by Ally Focht with 12 points, Savanna Moffett chipped in 9 points.

  The game with South Page on December 2nd was the tale of two halves. Queen's sluggish play in the first half left them down 14-11 at the break. In the second frame a much more focused Viqueen team out scored South Page 48-12 to win the game 59-26. Coach Snyder said, "As a coach I can say I have never seen a team turn things around as we did in this game. The girls response to half time adjustments was outstanding".  Stats leaders were Chelsea Weis with 22 points, 7 rebounds and 7 steals, Ally Focht with 15 points, and Jody Vanderholm with 11 points.

  The Viqueens got off to a quick start against Heartland Christian on Tuesday night racing out to a 28-2 first quarter lead. Then went to cruise control the rest of the game.  "We reached all our game goals and maintained a level of intensity that I was looking for throughout the game", said Coach Snyder.  The Queens were led by Jody Vanderholm with 19 points and Chelsea Weis with 10 points and 8 steals.  Final score: Stanton 58 Heartland 18.

  Tonight the Viqueens will play at East Mills in Malvern.



Santa Lucia Festival

  For the 65th year, Stanton will begin its holiday season with the traditional Swedish Santa Lucia Festival of Lights to be held on Saturday, December 10th at 7:00 PM in the Stanton High School gym.

  The Santa Lucia story begins in Italy when Christians were being by the Romans because of their faith. Lucia, a Christian maiden, brought food and medicine to the Christians hiding in the secret underground passages known as the catacombs. She wore candles on her head to light her way in the darkness. Lucia’s parents arranged for her to marry a pagen nobleman. She refused and thus was tortured. The story of Lucia’s martyrdome and sainthood spread north to Scandinavia by the missionaries. She became the patron saint of all maidens.

  This is an all-community project that has been growing each year to give town people and children of the community an understanding and appreciation of their Swedish heritage. Newcomers of the community, with no Swedish background, are encouraged to join in on the fun. Newcomers enter wholeheartedly into the project, which begins early in the morning and lasts throughout the day until after the coronation of the queen in the evening.

  The festival includes Swedish dances and songs by the elementary students, the Skona Maj singers, and the recognition of native Swedes and past Santa Lucia Queens. Highlighting the festival is the crowning of the 2016 Santa Lucia Queen by last year’s queen, Marcel Confer.

  A bake sale in the concourse will be held prior to and immediately following the program. Free coffee and cookies will be served in the concourse following the coronation. Monetary donations are appreciated to help defray the cost of the Lucia Festival. Donation cans will be by the gym doors.

  Queen candidates must be a junior or senior girl, who attends Stanton Community Schools. She must also be the oldest unmarried daughter living at home. On the morning of December 10th, she must rise early and serve breakfast in bed to her parents or guardian.  A parent or guardian will call Janean Hart at 829-2441 between 6:00-8:00 AM to confirm her daughter’s eligibility. The candidates will sing for residents at nursing homes in Red Oak, Stanton, and Villisca, and also visit shut-ins.

  Voting will take place at the Stanton Senior Center between the hours of 9:00 AM and 3:30 PM. Residents of the Stanton School district who are school age and above are eligible to vote. Families of open enrolled students may also vote.The candidate receiving the most votes will be crowned Santa Lucia Queen that evening.

  Former Queens are Mary Palmquist Haubold, 1952; Roberta Nord Summers, 1953; Mary Schield DeBolt, 1954; Kathleen Ossian Means, 1955; Joann Peterson English, 1956; Harriet Ossian Olson, 1957; Rosanne Johnson Williams, 1958; Betty Platt Lantz, 1959; Faith Nimrod Sherman, 1960; Marlene Johnson Peterson, 1961; Bonnie Johnson Pershin, 1962; Annette Sellergren Billings, 1963; Robin Swanson Caesaretti, 1964; Frances Benedict Olson, 1965; Barbara Johnson Frank, 1966; Marilyn Sunberg Andriga, 1967;  Mary Schenk Coulman, 1968; Ruth Hallquist Williams, 1969; Suzanne Vennerberg Caquelin, 1970; Renee Hanson Rhamy, 1971; Denise Peterson Hallquist, 1972; Annis Jane Nelson Williams, 1973; Denise Isaacson Goddard, 1974; Kim Stone Sieck, 1975; Sheila Johnson Mainquist, 1976; Julie Lundgren Kixmiller, 1977; Lori Requist, 1978; Linda Peterson Snyder, 1979; Diane Isaacson Peterson, 1980; Kathy Schultz Johnson, 1981; Kris Honette Lindgren, 1982; Darla Isaacson Baudler, 1983; Sara Peterson McAlexander, 1984; Sherri Burke Bradly, 1985; Marta Clark-Moffett, 1986; Kim Mead Thomas, 1987; Carrie Larson Keolker, 1988; Traci Gilliland Yeager, 1989; Angie Larson Babe, 1990; Diana Peterson Mandernach, 1991; Ingrid Newman Perkins, 1992; Jill Lundgren Sanchez, 1993; Lindsay Bruning Paulson, 1994; Amy Bruning Sallach, 1995; Allison Hallquist Newman, 1996; Jennifer Boyer Schlomer, 1997; Sheila Allen Williams, 1998; Michelle Boyer Doyle, 1999; Jodi Bruning Allen, 2000; Nichole Hallquist, 2001; Jenna Hart Ramsey, 2002; Carrie Hallquist Moline, 2003;  Cassie Gilliland Williams,  2004; Emily Peterson, 2005, Cyndi Johnson O’Rourke, 2006; Christine Lundgren-Williams, 2007; Taylor Wagg, 2008; Lauren Burke, 2009; Alexa Anderson 2010; Paige Peterson, 201l, Rochelle Sink, 2012; Madison Wookey, 2013; Heidi Vanderholm, 2014; Marcel Confer, 2015.

Santa Lucia Caroling
  All junior and senior girls who are participating in caroling for Santa Lucia should meet in the Halland Village Community Room immediately after school tonight to package cookies. The girls will then meet at the Halland Village Community Room at 8:00 AM on Saturday, December 10th to carol and deliver cookie plates. All girls should be dressed in their Swedish outfit. If you have any questions, please contact Dawn Weis or Jana McCunn.

Santa Lucia Bake Sale

  The Santa Lucia Bake Sale Committee would greatly appreciate community members to donate baked goods for the bake sale. Please bring items to the school concourse on Saturday, December 10th, before 6:00 PM.

Santa Lucia Practice

  The coronation committee will have a practice for Santa Lucia on Saturday at 5:00 PM at the high school gym. We would like 7th- 12th grade girls participating in the coronation, high school boys helping, tomptes, and jul docker dolls to be there. 


  JHUG and CYO members and families will meet at Mamrelund Sunday, December 11th, at 5:00 PM to go Christmas caroling and then return to the church basement for a pizza party!

Legion’s Santa Claus

  Stanton children up to and including second grade are to have a visit from Santa Claus the evening of Saturday, December 17th. Santa will not have time to leave the city limits, so country children are asked to arrange to be at the home of a friend or relative in town. If the children don’t have a place in town to go, please bring them to the Legion Hall at 7:30 PM where Santa will visit them. Santa’s helpers will be waiting to talk on the telephone (829-2510) to the children on Wednesday, December 14th and Thursday, December 15th, from 5:30-7:30 PM. Be sure to tell Santa each child’s name and the home at which they will be on December 17th. Give this information clearly in order that Santa will not forget anyone.

Stanton Clothing

  The Stanton Booster Club has ordered more Stanton clothing just in time for Christmas. Please stop by the elementary school office and take a look!! The Stanton Booster Club would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. Thank you so much for all the support throughout the year!!

East Mills Boosters Tailgate Supper

  East Mills Boosters will have a tailgate supper tonight from 5:15-7:30 PM at the basketball game with Stanton. The meal will consist of Fazoli’s pasta with Alfredo or meat sauce, salad, breadstick, dessert, and a drink for $6.00.


Friday, 9th               3:30-Junior High Girls Basketball with East Mills at the Viking Center, Here

      4:00-Junior High Boys Basketball at East Mills, (Nishna Valley), There

      6:00-Varsity Basketball at East Mills (Malvern), There

Saturday, 10th        7:00-Santa Lucia

Tuesday, 13th        4:00-Junior High Basketball at Essex, There

                              4:00-Junior Varsity Basketball with Essex, Here

                  6:00-Varsity Basketball with Essex, Here

Wednesday 14th    1:05/1:15-Early Dismissal

Thursday, 15th       7:00-Christmas Concert

Friday, 16th            3:30-Junior High Boys Basketball with Fremont-Mills, Here

                 3:45-Junior High Girls Basketball at Fremont-Mills, There

                5:00-Benefit Supper for Denton Roberts

                6:00-Varsity Basketball with Fremont-Mills, Here





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Stuffed Crust Pizza







Salisbury Steak

Mashed Potatoes

Green Beans

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Chicken Wrap


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Cooked Carrots/Mixed Fruit

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