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Today is Friday, Nov. 22, the 326th day of 2019. There are 39 days left in the year.

At the first meeting of the year, the AAUW ( American Association of University Women) hosted the two young high school students whom it had sponsored to attend the Tech Trek summer program in Storm Lake. Kyla Muston and Eva Radel were among the 32 young women accepted into the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) classes. They described the programs which they worked on, such as creating code programs for various subjects such as games — shuffle board, and tic tac toe.

At the first meeting of the year, the AAUW ( American Association of University Women) hosted the two young high school students whom it had sponsored to attend the Tech Trek summer program in Storm Lake.

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Integrity. Encouragement. Confidence. Accountability. These are some of the words I’ve been hearing from millennials involved in a relatively new effort called GIVEN. It’s a leadership network for Catholic women, with the goal of helping them “Discover the gift that only you can give because of the gift that you are.” The idea is that God created people in love and has a specific mission for us in life that becomes clear with the right tools — chief among them prayer.

Over her many years in the classroom, Jeanne Ewers Hopkins Schultze taught hundreds of students and found that students inevitably asked her, “How old are you?” She always answered, “83,” and here’s the story behind that answer.

Jeanne Ewers Hopkins Schultze grew up in Keokuk and in 1950 was a freshmen at St. Peter’s Catholic High School. The following year she moved to St. Louis to attend The School Sisters of Notre Dame, a special high school for young women who were interested in entering the convent to become a nun. After completing all of her high school requirements plus four years of Latin, she graduated one year early in 1953 and became a Postulant of the School Sisters of Notre Dame. In December, and at only 17 years old, she made the 26-hour train ride to Liberty, Texas, where she had been sent to teach first and second graders in the Catholic school. She received little guidance and was simply told to “follow the manuals.” So, with no professional training, she found herself teaching 30 young children.