On Thursday, March 22 New York Times Best-Selling author April Henry spent time with the students of Le Mars Com- munity Middle School. Henry is best known for her young adult mysteries such as; Girl Stolen, The Girl I Used to Be, The Girl Who was Supposed to Die, Shock Point, and The Night She Disappeared. While Henry did not come to LCMS until March, planning for her visit started back in the fall with Ms. Campbell so- liciting donations from businesses and planning an event in which a member of the middle school staff would be duct taped to the wall. Students in Ms. Campbell’s Literacy Academy classes also helped to recreate Henry’s book cov- ers to advertise Henry’s visit. During her visit, Henry spent an hour speaking to each grade level. During her talk, she discussed her families scandalous past, the process and struggle of becoming a writer, the research she does for her books, and told the students to follow their dreams. During the hour Henry also answered the students’ questions and spent time sign- ing books the students were given as a part of the dona- tions. Additionally, Henry had lunch with 20 students who wrote a short essay as to why they would like to have lunch with April Henry. Throughout the day, students had a great time and represented LCMS very well. Athletic Booster Stuff Hopefully by the time you read this Spring will have arrived! We wish the best to our spring sport athletes as they brave these adverse conditions. All the best to you as you wind down the last few weeks of your season. This is an exciting time of year for the Booster Club. We will award a $300 scholarship to two male and two female senior athletes at the May Senior Awards Night. At our May meeting, we will discuss our summer golf tourna- ment and membership drive as well as committee sign-ups and officers for next year. Congratulations to Amanda Martin – flute player from Le Mars Community Schools – for being chosen to be part of the 2018 All-Iowa 8 th Grade State Honor Band. The stu- dents from Northwest Iowa auditioned back in October for placement in the NWIBA honor band, then from that audition, 19 were chosen for the State group. Students had to prepare 2 selections and memorize scales, and go through recalls. One hundred thirty 8 th grade students from across Iowa are chosen for this honor. On Thursday, April 12, several LCMS band students trav- elled to Sheldon for the Sine Nomine Band Festival. This festival began in 1977 and is rotated among the 5 partici- pating schools for hosting the event – Sheldon, Spencer, Storm Lake, Cherokee and Le Mars. Students prepare their music in advance, then come together to rehearse, perform and experience different styles of music with oth- er MS students and with a guest conductor. The students had a great day and had a great concert!!! Their guest con- ductor was Lynette Wedeking of the West Lyon School District. Those who participated from LeMars were: Katie Cun- ningham, Danielle Hurt-flute; Payton Wright, Grace Gerdes, Madison Gonzalez, Taylor Rolling, Ireland Sitz- mann, Maria Rosener-clarinet; Tyler Iverson-alto sax; Josh Castro-tenor sax; Reece Spieler, Daniel Vacura, Payton McShane-trumpet; Kylee Britt-horn; Spencer Schnetzer, Anna Marxen, Sam Johnson-trombone; Kade Calhoun, Mason Schilmoeller-tuba; Hannah Albrecht, Libby Leraas- percussion.