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While it has become almost commonplace in the past 20 years for the Seward County Saints to be on top of the Jayhawk West standings at years end, when the 2013 version of the Saints found out that they had brought home the title once again this season, the celebration was no less intense. After splitting 5-4 and 6-0 games on day one of the series, the Saints actually went into the final day of the regular season one game behind rival Garden City. After taking care of their part and blanking Cloud County in 7-0 and 10-0 wins, Seward had their eyes glued on the action in Dodge City where they needed help from their friends on Boot Hill against the Busters. About an hour into their trip back from Concordia there were a few claps and cheers as Seward found out that Dodge won game three against Garden City to give the Saints at least a share of the conference title, but after the Conqs came back from down 5-0 in the bottom of the 9th inning to win game four of the series to give the Saints the outright title, the bus erupted in celebration. The Jayhawk West title is Sewardís 10th in the past 13 years and their 14th in the past 19 years.

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As a junior in 2010 at Ogden, Utahís Bonneville High School, Stephanie Mark was the states home run queen with 14 long balls. Wednesday, in Colby, Kansas, the now Seward County CC sophomore became the Lady Saints RBI queen, driving in five runs in Sewardís 11-1 and 14-10 sweep of the Colby Trojans to run her career total to 118 to set the schoolís all-time record. In game one of the twinbill it was the top of the Seward order that did the damage against the Trojans. Marissa Chavez was a perfect 4 for 4 with 3 RBIís and 3 runs scored, accounting for 6 of the 11 Lady Saint runs in the 11-1 run rule victory. In the second game it was the Mark show, as the Lady Saints first baseman set a career high with 5 hits, including a pair of doubles and a home run, while driving in 4 runs to lead Seward to a 14-10 win.

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The Allied Health Division at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will hold an Allied Health Careers Camp from 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 3-4, at the Epworth Allied Health Education Center, 6th and Washington, Liberal, Kansas.
Students entering grades 9-12 will learn about Medial Assistant, Respiratory Therapy, Surgical Technology, Medical Laboratory Technician, Sports Medicine and Nursing.
The cost is $10 and students will receive a T-shirt and lunch.
Call 620-417-1401 to get signed up.


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Christine Downey-Schmidt, a member of the Kansas Board of Regents, will be the commencement speaker at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School at 10 a.m., Saturday, May 11 in the college gym.

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Seward County Community College journalism instructor and Crusader adviser Anita Reed, left, joins award-winning members of the Crusader student newspaper staff  following the Kansas Collegiate Media convention in Wichita April 14-15. From left, front, editor Jose Medrano, Liberal, with his Journalist of the Year award; sports editor Sandy Alfaro; editor Tonya Loewen, Meade, holding the All-Kansas Award; staff member Fabi PeŮa, Liberal; and ad manager Celestina Padilla, Tyrone, Okla.  Back, staff photographer Jakub Stepanovic, Czech Republic; staff member Julia Frey, Germany; entertainment editor Morgan Riley, Levelland, Texas; staff videographer Dawn Shouse, Liberal; staff member Giseelle Arredondo, Liberal; and news editor Matthew Adkins, Liberal. For more photos, see Facebook.com/CrusaderNews.

The Crusader received the coveted All-Kansas Award and a Gold Medalist Award in the two-year newspaper overall division at the Kansas Collegiate Media convention April 14-15 in Wichita. The Crusader is the student newspaper of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School.

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Crusader editor Jose Medrano, Liberal, was named the Kansas two-year newspaper Journalist of the Year at the Kansas Collegiate Press convention.

Phi Theta Kappa, the honor society at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, is taking prepaid orders for graduation floral bouquets. The bouquets would also be a wonderful Motherís Day gift.
The pre-paid rose bouquets are $20 for a half dozen and $25.00 for a full dozen and made be ordered in red, yellow, white or pink. Prepaid orders will be taken until May 6, 2013.
Some flowers will be available the day of graduation for $25.00 for a half dozen and $30.00 for a full dozen.
To place an advance order, call 620-417-1455.
Proceeds from this fundraiser will allow members in Phi Theta Kappa to continue to plan and implement service-learning projects on campus and within the community.
Elkhart High School students who won the Overall Award in the Xtreme Challenge at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School gather for a photo at the end of the day March 27. More than 500 students from 13 high schools competed for individual prizes and points for the overall high school competition. As winners of the overall competition, Elkhart High School students were awarded a plaque and took possession of the Xtreme Challenge traveling trophy.  For more photos of Xtreme Challenge, go to Facebook.com/CrusaderNews. Crusader photo/Jose Medrano

A record-breaking 507 students from 13 area high schools registered to participate in Xtreme Challenge contests on the campus of Seward County Community College/Area Technical School recently.
Even with the record number of competitors, Elkhart High School continued its dominance and once again won the Overall Award. That meant Elkhart earned first rights to a traveling trophy introduced this year to be displayed in the school earning the most contest ranking points.

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Marivell Mendoza, a nursing student at Seward County Community College/Area Technical School, has been named a 2013 Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Bronze Scholar. The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation sponsors the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team program by recognizing 50 Gold, 50 Silver and 50 Bronze Scholars, and providing nearly $200, 000 in scholarships annually. Each Bronze Scholar receives a $1, 000 scholarship and a special medallion. Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society administers the Coca-Cola Community College Academic Team Program and recognizes Coca-Cola Community College scholars during All-State Community College Academic Team Recognition ceremonies held in 38 states. Mendoza was first recognized as a Kansas Scholar in February. Selection as a Coca-Cola Bronze Scholar was based on scores earned in the All-USA Community College Academic Team competition, for which more than 1, 800 applications were received this year. SCCC/ATS has not had a national honor since Donna Shank, was recognize as member of the  first team in 1995 and Brandon Sutton, the second team in 1996.

 Fifth graders recently had the opportunity to tour the Epworth Allied Health Education Center. Above, Surgical Technology student Jason Ediger of Meade, visits with students about that program. Students also visited Medical Assistant, Nursing, Medical Laboratory Technician, and Respiratory Therapy.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School will offer a Concealed Carry class through Business & Industry from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Saturday, May 4 in SU214 E/W, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal.
The cost is $100 per class and is the mandatory training that is required to carry a concealed handgun. Students must bring a Kansas driverís license to class. Lunch is not included.
Enroll in advance only by calling 620-417-1170 or normajean.dodge@sccc.edu.
On opening day of the 2013 Spring signing period, four Seward County Saints put the eyes of anxious coaches and fans on Liberal, Kansas as Edson Avila, Leslee Smith, Jabari Peters, and Kaheem Ransom signed their National Letters of Intent to attend Division I Universities. Avila makes many Southwest Kansas folks happy as he has decided to attend the University of Oklahoma next season. Another heavily followed school in the Sunflower State was the choice for Smith as he will take his talents to the University of Nebraska next season. Peters and Ransom will team up for the next two years after the two signed to play in the Southland Conference at Sam Houston State next season.

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One cutline; three photos. Use what you want.   Over 50 former alumni and employees of Liberal Area Vocational-Technical School and Southwest Kansas Technical School attended an alumni and friends reunion sponsored by Seward County Community College/Area Technical School. LAVTS opened its doors 45 years ago. Later the technical school changed its name before merging with the college in 2008. The luncheon was followed by tours of updated facilities. Sharen Keating, former Health Occupations and High School CNA instructor, and Barb Smith, former Medical Assistant instructor, browsed a scrapbook of old photos from the technical school.

 Robert Gittinger of Kismet, former Automotive Machine Shop instructor at LAVTS, toured the Machine Tool Technology classroom. He answered questions along with Machine Tool Instructor Butch Garst.
With a 6-3 win Friday over Hesston, the Seward County Saints Menís Tennis team has made history, tying the schoolís all-time team wins mark at 6, a record that was set during the 2006 Spring season. Things started well for the #16 Seward County Saints this weekend in their final road trip of the 2013 regular season as they began things with a 6-3 win over region opponent Hesston, but things didnít finish so peachy for the guys in green as they were knocked off 9-0 by #10 Johnson County in a match that was much closer than the final count would indicate.

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The place to be Sunday, April 21 is the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal for the Spring Fiesta.
The Spring Fiesta, from 1-4 p.m., will include fun for the whole family, including games, music, food, face painting, art displays, and more.
Although the fiesta is free, student clubs and organizations will be selling food to raise money for their many activities and trips.
April is National Community College Month.





Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is inviting the public to a come-and-go brunch, 11:30 a.m.-1:15 p.m., Sunday, April 21, in the SCCC/ATS Student Union, 1801 N. Kansas, Liberal.
The cost is $7 per person and includes student entertainment.
Following the brunch, individuals and families can enjoy the spring fiesta in the center courtyard on the main campus.
Earlier in the season he was named KJCCC Player of the Week, then NJCAA Player of the Week, before becoming a member of the illustrious 1,000 point club, and being named to the All-Jayhawk and All-Region teams, but Monday, Seward County sophomore Kaheem Ransom received the pinnacle award from the NJCAA as he was named an All-American.

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Early April is about the time of year where the Seward County Saints baseball team starts to turn the corner and this weekend in Pratt they werenít going to let an extremely thin pitching staff change that this year. The Saints went into their four game series with the Beavers without the services of two of their normal weekend starters and began the weekend with a nearly bare bullpen that had just two members in it to go along with a pair of two way position players who could meet the challenge if called upon. The Saints certainly didnít need their bullpen in game one as Tyler Wiedenfeld tossed a 53 pitch complete game in a 12-1 win and in game two it didnít look like they would either as they carried a 13-5 lead into the 7th inning before crumbling and eventually falling 18-15 on a walkoff grand slam by the Beavers. Sunday Seward got another stellar outing from freshman lefty Hayden Howard to win game three 5-2 and in game four, three Saints pitchers including their game one starter Wiedenfeld, got the job done in a 6-5 win to take the series 3-1 and take over 1st place in the Jayhawk West.

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Seward County sophomore Stephanie Mark added to her impressive list of career accomplishments this weekend as the Lady Saints took on the Lamar Runniní Lopes on the road in Lamar. After a two hit game in game one of the double header to help lead the Lady Saints from behind in a 7-6 win, Mark was a perfect 4 for 4 in game two of the twinbill, cracking her 39th career double to break the schoolís all-time record and collecting her 98th, 99th, and 100th career RBIís to make her one of just five players to accomplish that feat.

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The Seward County Community College/Area Technical School Board of Trustees met Monday to hear a variety of reports and begin to prepare for the fall 2013 school year.
Jerri Lynn Lyddon, director of the Saints Bookstore, gave an overview of book sales versus book rentals. Between 2011 and 2012, sales of textbooks declined by $6,061, including sales and refunds. During that same time rentals increased, $11,465.
Lyddon said most college stores belong to the Mid States Association of College Stores, including the Saints Bookstore, which helps colleges determine how best to turn a profit. Lyddon serves as vice president of the association. For the past several semesters, the college has added more and more books to the rental list, which has increased the profits for the bookstore.

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Want to fulfill your dreams of becoming a truck driver?
Seward County Community College/Area Technical School begins is taking its truck-driving program on the road to Garden City and Dodge City as part of the Kansas Works program.
SCCC/ATS will be in Dodge City April 22-May 31 and Garden City, May 20-June 28. Classes will run 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and include three Saturdays for CDL, DDC and CPR training.
The original six-week course will return to Liberal July 8-Aug. 6; Sept. 3-Oct. 11, and Oct. 28-Dec. 11.
For information, call Michael McCarthy at 620-417-1696.

Seward County Community College/Area Technical School is celebrating 45 years of career and technical education in Liberal, at 11:30 a.m., Saturday, April 13 at 2215 N. Kansas, Liberal, Kansas.
In 1968, Liberal Area Vocational-Technical School began offering classes in 11 program areas. In 2008, the technical school merged with SCCC/ATS, which now offers classes in over 25 career and technical education areas. We welcome all alumni, friends and former employees from LAVTS, Seward County Community Junior College, Southwest Kansas Technical School, Seward County Community College or SCCC/ATS.
Cost o the alumni reunion is $5 per person and includes lunch and a tour of the technical school campus.
Please make reservations by calling 620-417-1130.

The place to be Sunday, April 21 is the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus, 1801 N. Kansas in Liberal for the Spring Fiesta.
The Spring Fiesta, from 1-4 p.m., will include fun for the whole family, including games, music, food, face painting, art displays, and more.
Although the fiesta is free, student clubs and organizations will be selling food to raise money for their many activities and trips.
April is National Community College Month.

The place to be Saturday, April 13 is the Seward County Community College/Area Technical School campus for the annual Car Show.
Individuals who would like to participate in the car show, which is $20 per vehicle in advance or $25 the day of the show, may call 620-417-1065 to register. Registration begins at 9 a.m., April 13. The Tek Styles sound off is $5.
The custom car show runs from 10-4 p.m. at the Area Technical School, 2215 N. Kansas in Liberal. This year the show will include a class for high school students, in addition to motorcycles, pickups, classic cars, muscle cars, street rods, imports and low riders.
People who attend the car show will have an opportunity to vote on their favorite vehicle.
SkillsUSA will sell food to raise money for their organization.