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FC Club isn’t “camera shy”


Fri, Nov 23rd, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

Row 1: Katie Hanson, Katelyn Gatzke, Liberty Onsager, Bailey Soma, Brandon Hershberger, Elizabeth Gusa, Tara McGinley, and Helen DeLano. Row 2: Taylor Willford, Riana Smith, and Tatum Whalen. Row 3: Annalise Shupe, Nargiza Kanybek kyzy, Lindsey Weiss, Nacrissa Hughes, Sara Schultz, Theresa Doerr, Paige Bennett, Samantha Grabau, Gabrielle Shupe, and Lexie Dols. Row 4: Kendyl Bennett and Kenzie Broadwater. Row 5: Michaela Lund, Abby Gastfield, Skyelar Veiseth, Kaelyn Marzolf, Dorothy Jorgenson, Brandon Breitsprecher, Mitch Ristau, Mac Stone, Andy Coyle, Matt Guttormson, Kaitlynn Aug, Nicole Sebastian, and Kerri Dornink. Photo by Joni Mehus

Students at Fillmore Central High School have an opportunity that most kids in the area do not, and that is the opportunity to learn more about photography, share their pictures with others, and explore their interest by joining the Photography Club. Joni Mehus, English teacher at Fillmore Central, started the club in 2007.

“I wanted to get kids interested in photography,” said Mehus.

Right now there are at least 39 students signed up for the photography club, and they meet once a month. They can use whatever camera they want to use, and they are encouraged to participate in photography contests.

Nargiza Kanybek kyzy, a seventeen-year-old exchange student from Kyrgyzstan, is one of the students in the club, and she was interested in photography even before she came to the United States. She recently won 2nd place in the Accelerated Genetics Contest, and a $75 gift card, for a photo she took of cows and a little boy.

“I love taking pictures,” shared Kanybek kyzy. “I’m glad I’m in it because I think photography is very important. I can take pictures that are unique and say something to the people. It’s one of my hobbies.”

Kanybek kyzy noted that her country needs some really good photographers, but it’s a profession that is not very popular there. She would love to take pictures of her country for tourism or social media to promote the area.

“I like doing black and white, and dark photos,” she said, adding that she likes using different camera angles, as well as different colors and saturation.

Kanybek kyzy is living in Preston with her host family, Josh and Cheryl Krage.

Sadie LaBonne is in eighth grade at Fillmore Central, and she takes pictures with her cell phone. This is her first year in the Photography Club. She decided to join the club after taking a picture of her cat that turned out perfectly.

“I have always liked taking pictures of animals, and nature,” shared LaBonne. She has taken many photos of animals, farms, and sunsets, and has found her niche in those subjects.

In the Photography Club, Mehus encourages the students to enter contests, but never ones that cost money to enter. In the world of digital photography, it is much easier to find contests online and send photographs through email without ever having to print them out.

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Fillmore Central High School Scholar Club

Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The Falcon Scholar Club was formed to recognize academic excellence. The criteria to become a club member are to maintain a 3.5 grade point average or higher with an all grades being a “C” or better for the previous school year. Therefore, only ..... 
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Fillmore Central passes on Special Ed. consortium

Fri, Nov 2nd, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

At the regular Fillmore Central School Board meeting, Superintendent Richard Keith informed the board about a request from a southern Minnesota special education consortium to join with the district. According to Keith, it is sometimes difficult ..... 
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The Fillmore Central High School Band

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The Fillmore Central High School Band Department will have 8 students proudly represent its school at the 2012 Three Rivers Honor Music Festival. The event will be held at St. Charles High School on Monday, November 5th, 2012. Students are selected ..... 
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Fillmore Central Dollars for Scholars changes its name

Fri, Oct 12th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

As of October 1, 2012, Fillmore Central Dollars for Scholars has a new name - Fillmore Central Scholarship Foundation. The local scholarship committee was recently informed that the annual fee to be affiliated with Scholarship America would be ra ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board approves winter coaches

Fri, Sep 28th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

Coaches for winter sports were approved at the Fillmore Central School Board meeting on September 25, 2012. Athletic Director Chris Mensink informed the board of the choices and the numbers for each sport. According to Mensink, there are 53 boys ..... 
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2012 Summer Reading at Preston Public Library

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

We had a fantastic Summer Reading Program this year, and we extend Congratulations to all of our successful summer readers! A total of 85 participated in Preston Public Library’s “Dream Big, Read!” reading program. Little ones in the Cuddle Me ..... 
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Fillmore Central School Board approves staffing changes

Fri, Aug 31st, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

The new school year is off to a great start for Fillmore Central students, who started school early this year due to a project being done at the high school next summer. Principal Heath Olstad said everything is running smoothly. At their regular ..... 
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Fillmore Central ready for new school year

Fri, Jul 27th, 2012
Posted in Preston Education

By Jade Sexton The Fillmore Central School Board met on July 24, 2012. Dean of Students Chris Mensink said the asbestos removal is done at the elementary school and they are ready to start the new year. They have moved a few classrooms around, and ..... 
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