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North Iowa area high school students, athletes recognized as Star Class 2019 recipients

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More than 190 students from 25 North Iowa high schools were recognized Sunday as the area's best and brightest during the 2019 Star Class awards.

Star Class 2019 - Certificate

Globe Gazette Editor Jaci Smith hands a certificate to one of the recipients of the 2019 Star Class award – the last Star class event to be held – celebrating North Iowa high schools' best and brightest. The event continues to be held at North Iowa Area Community College.

The annual event held at North Iowa Area Community College put the students in the spotlight in nine categories, including arts, female athletes, language, male athlete, math, music, science, social science and technical.

Two high school students – Kyle Armour from Newman Catholic and Megan Adams from St. Ansgar – received the 2019 Globe Gazette's Partnership in Education Money to Learn Scholarship from editor Jaci Smith. Each will be given $500 toward their education at NIACC.

Star Class 2019 - Scholarship winners

Kyle Armour from Newman Catholic High School and Megan Adams from St. Ansgar High School were the 2019 recipients of the Money to Learn scholarships during Sunday's Star Class event. Each will receive $500 toward their education at North Iowa Area Community College.

After hearing from NIACC president Dr. Steven Schulz, who said there has never been a better time to chose a community college, Tom Oswald was introduced as the featured speaker.

Oswald is a motivational speaker and lifelong educator with 55 years of teaching experience. He told the hundreds in attendance at the event a story from when he was a teacher in Mason City that resonated today.

Star Class 2019 - Tom Oswald

Tom Oswald was the featured speaker during the 2019 Star Class awards even held Sunday at North Iowa Area Community College.

"A goal without work ethic is nothing but a wish," he told the award winners. "Star students, you are special, but you can always learn. Go out into the world and do good things."