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March: Briefly in the News

The latest news featuring Columbia Independent School, Boone Hospital Center, Missouri Credit Union, Welcome Home, and more.

CIS Ranks No. 10 Among Missouri Private High Schools
Columbia Independent School, or CIS, was ranked tenth on the 2020 list of best private high schools in Missouri, according to Niche, a Pittsburgh-based provider of information on K-12 schools. The other top-ranking Missouri private schools are based in Kansas City and St. Louis. When compiling their annual list, Niche considers a variety of data, including composite ACT/SAT scores, college enrollment rates, student/teacher ratio, culture and diversity, and feedback from parents and students.

“100% of our students are accepted to four-year colleges. Our average ACT over the past five years is nearly 30. Last year’s graduates averaged $375,000 in scholarships. Those phenomenal outcomes are a result of years of hard work put forth by our teachers, parents, and students.”
– Jason Bricker, CIS middle and upper school director

Montminy Gallery’s Newest Exhibit Opens
Montminy Gallery is proud to present “Breaking Patterns,” a reflection of female artists related to MU School of Visual Studies. “Breaking Patterns” is the start of the gallery’s 2020 lineup of artists. The show was co-curated by Montminy’s newly appointed gallery director Joy Wilson and Catherine Armbrust, director of the George Caleb Bingham Gallery and adjunct faculty.

Missouri Credit Union to Award Scholarships
Applications are open until March 20 for Missouri Credit Union’s annual scholarship program. To help member families cope with the rising cost of higher education, MCU will award 16 $2,500 scholarships to graduating seniors who are current members of the credit union, or whose parents or guardians are members. Recipients are selected based on financial need, scholastic achievement, and extracurricular activities. To apply, go to their website: missouricu.org.

Welcome Home Inc. Receives Grant
Welcome Home Inc. is pleased to announce it has received a $10,000 grant from the Boone Electric Community Trust. These funds will assist with the sheltering and supportive needs of veterans for one year. The Boone Electric Community Trust provides grants through an application and review process. Eligible 501(c)(3) organizations and public entities may apply for funding six times per year.

Space Shark Studios Launch Kickstarter
Space Shark Studios has launched on Kickstarter for fund development and testing of its collaborative VR learning platform, CoLearn VR. CoLearn VR is a platform for teachers and schools where students can learn, play, and collaborate in virtual reality. The Kickstarter campaign will pay for the development of modules on middle school astronomy and high school cellular biology for use in in-class pilot tests, as well as updates to their existing elementary school Metamorphosis module and Farm Field Trip.

A Five-Star Honor for Boone Hospital Center
Boone Hospital Center was named a five-star hospital by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, or CMS. It is the only hospital in Mid-Missouri to receive this top ranking. CMS looked at more than 57 quality care measures, including patient experience and patient safety, to rank the hospitals. The overall hospital rating shows how well each hospital performed, on average, compared to other hospitals in the U.S. The most common overall hospital rating is three stars.

Columbia Metro Rotary Presents Funds
Four members from the Columbia Metro Rotary club attended a Hallsville School District Board of Education meeting to present their members a $5,000 Rotary District Simplified Grant. These types of grants fund small-scale, short-term activities that address needs in the communities locally. With assistance from Hallsville High School learning specialist Laura Kabrick, a need was identified to assist with technology for their special education students. With these funds, purchases were made for 12 student chromebooks, two desktop computers, and a secured cart to store the chromebooks.

New Book Release by Charity Goodwin
To be released this month, Pastor Charity Goodwin has written her first book called “Get Up: Unearthing Your Passion and Taking Brave Action in 50 Days.” The book is written for those desiring to discover their personal passion, take action to live on purpose, and stop playing small. The book also includes a short, seven-week, daily devotional reading.

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