• Dear Teacher - Aug. 28, 2016

    By Marge Eberts and Peggy Gisler
    Question: My son has been absolutely addicted to Minecraft this summer — playing it for hours at a time. Most of his friends share this addiction. Why is this game so popular? What are the positives and negatives of playing this game? — Gamer’s Parent

    Answer: There is no question that Minecraft is extremely popular with children. It may be because it is an extension of things that children like to do: watch television and play computer games and play with LEGOs.

  • Now ‘cancer free,’ Indiana teen wins battle, returning to school

    By Olivia Covington
    The (Columbus) Republic

    COLUMBUS, Ind. — Cancer free.

    Just two words strung together, the term has the power to change lives. Just ask 13-year-old Alana Cook of Columbus.
    After Alana went through six months of radiation and chemotherapy to treat a papillary tumor, a rare and malignant form of brain cancer, a magnetic resonance imagine (MRI) test on July 7 came back showing no evidence of disease, or NED. It’s the medical term commonly used to describe a cancer that is in remission.

  • Dear Teacher - Aug. 21, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler
    Question: Will my daughter get a leg up on completing college earlier by taking dual enrollment classes next year in high school? —Wondering

  • HU receives major gift from former prof

    By Sean Weaver
    Highlands University

    The sheet music library in Highlands University’s music program has doubled, thanks to a donation from a former HU professor.

    Ron Thielman, who was the university’s director of bands during the late 1960s, collected approximately $150,000 worth of sheet music during his career as a professor and professional musician. More than 3,000 scores comprise the collection Thielman donated to Highlands.

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  • Camp works with people with autism

    By Lily Oppenheimer
    Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

    PITTSBURGH — When he was 3 years old, Tristan Wainwright stopped speaking to his parents. His father, Jeff Wainwright, 44, said Tristan would only repeat movie lines and had severe communication issues.

    Tristan, who now is 14 and lives in Louisiana, was eventually diagnosed with autism.

  • Dear Teacher

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My daughter got her new SAT scores back in May. She will be applying to college this year. How can she tell if her scores are good enough to get her admitted to the colleges she is considering attending? The colleges only give the range of the old SAT scores for those who were admitted. — Dilemma

  • Highlands student gets organic farming experience

    By Margaret McKinney
    Highlands University

    A Highlands University conservation management student enjoyed getting her  hands dirty this summer learning about horticulture through an organic farming internship.

    Karlee Rogers worked at V’s Organic Farm in Buena Vista, N.M., doing everything from sampling and testing soil to harvesting crops and helping build a new greenhouse.

  • Ortiz tapped for NRCS Pathways program

    Submitted to the Optic

    Diego Ortiz, son of Moises and Edwina Ortiz of Las Vegas, has been accepted into the Pathways Program and is currently working in Grants.

    Ortiz started his college internship in early June with the Natural Resources Conservation Service as a Rangeland Management Specialist with the NRCS Grants Field Office.

  • Dear Teacher - June 17, 2016

    By Marge Eberts
    and Peggy Gisler

    Question: My son who will be a senior in high school next year only has a part-time job. Since he has a lot of free time, I have been urging him to start applying to colleges now. He says that he still has plenty of time, as deadlines are quite far away. What can I say to convince him to get busy on his applications? — Need a Message