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Published: Thursday, April 17, 2014 12:58 a.m. CDT

Free camps

The Creston High School baseball and softball teams will host free camps on Saturday.

In both cases, the camp for grades 2-4 will be held 9 to 10:30 a.m. and the session for grades 5-7 will be 11 a.m to 12:30 p.m. at the high school fields. Participants are asked to listen to KSIB radio that morning for weather-related announcements in case of rain.

The plan for softball camp during inclement weather is the Creston Middle School gymnasium.

Skills to be covered include throwing, fielding, hitting and baserunning. Participants are asked to bring gloves and bats if they have them.

For more information contact softball coach Mike McCabe at 641-202-6007 or baseball coach Steve Birchard at 641-202-3450.

British camp

Southern Prairie YMCA is offering the Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp July 7-11.

Players will learn key techniques and skills for appropriate age groups. Areas covered include a variety of foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, freestyle soccer, small-sided games, coached scrimmages and a mini-tournament.

Players will also learn about the program’s core values of respect, responsibility, integrity, sportsmanship and leadership.

Sessions for “first kicks” ages 3-5 will be 5-6 p.m. for $76; “player development” ages 6-9 from 6-8 p.m. for $98 and “player development” for ages 10-14 from 6-8 p.m. for $98.

Contact Southern Prairie YMCA for information at 782-9622.

Governor’s Scholars

WEST DES MOINES — A total of 435 high school seniors from across Iowa will be honored at 1 p.m. Sunday, April 27, at the 12th Annual Governor’s Scholar Recognition Ceremony at Hy-Vee Hall in Des Moines.

The Governor’s Office, the Iowa High School Athletic Association, and its title sponsor, the Iowa Farm Bureau Federation, are presenting this recognition program.

Gov. Terry Branstad and Lt. Gov. Kim Reynolds will host the event and address the audience of 2,500-plus.

Iowa Farm Bureau President Craig Hill; Tom Keating, principal of Cedar Rapids Xavier High School, and chairperson of the Board of Control of the Iowa High School Athletic Association; and Jane Schmidt, 2014 Iowa Teacher of the Year from Maquoketa, will also welcome the students and their guests.

The seniors being honored were selected by their high schools as their highest academic achievers. Each student will receive a photo plaque of themselves with Governor Branstad and Lt. Governor Reynolds and a certificate to commemorate their achievement. Each student’s most influential teacher will also receive a certificate of appreciation.

A reception for the students, their parents, their most influential teachers, and other guests will follow the ceremony.

In addition to being recognized as the state’s brightest students, over 99 percent of the group participates in school activities, with approximately 80 percent participating in at least one interscholastic sport. More than 60 percent plan to pursue their post-secondary education in Iowa.

Area high schools and their students honored:

Bedford — Michaela Mogler.

Clarke, Osceola — Christopher Hanson.

Creston — Audrey Fyock.

Diagonal — Ryan Parrott.

East Union — Sabrina Moffitt.

Lenox — Todd Stoaks.

Mount Ayr — Allison Wallace.

Murray — Allison Peterson.

Orient-Macksburg — Kimberly Still.

Southwest Valley — Mikayla Dolch, Sydney Pontius.

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