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MHS volleyball team state champs
Hooray for the McPherson High School volleyball team.
The Bullpups won a tight match against Topeka Hayden Oct. 27 to bring home the State 4A title.
This is the first state volleyball championship in McPherson’s history. We congratulate the girls and their accomplishment, and thank all the parents, teachers and coaches who supported the girls on their way to the top.

Children         volunteer          on Make a       Difference Day
We would like to thank the children of Lincoln Elementary School who participated Monday in Make a Difference Day. The students joined thousands of others across the nation to recognize the service-themed day (which was Saturday) by visiting retirement homes in the area.
The children and the seniors benefited from the interaction and had fun playing games.
This activity offers an invaluable lesson, as children who learn the importance of service now, will be better citizens when they grow up.

Mac College   students       sponsor trunk   or treat
Halloween can be a scary time for parents. There is trick or treating at strangers’ homes and dark, busy streets to cross.
But the students at McPherson College’s Dotzour and Bittinger halls sponsored a safe alternative for the children Wednesday night — a trunk or treat in the parking lot of McPherson Stadium.
Thanks to the students who dressed up, decorated their vehicles, handed out candy, and manned caramel apple, popcorn, s’mores and games stations.

Makeover goes to deserving    recipient
We would like to thank all the businesses and individuals who participated in Oct. 27’s Ultimate Dream Makeover.
Beth Briggs, a long-time paraeducator from McPherson, was the recipient of the makeover.
Briggs said she has been through some difficult times in the last year, and the makeover was a great blessing.
A big thanks goes out to makeover founder Merle Leatherman, who gives freely of his time and heart to make deserving women in McPherson feel special.

First Main Street Snowball Drop a success
The Sentinel would like to awknowledge McPherson Main Street, the McPherson Chamber of Commerece and local businesses for their work on the snowball drop Thursday night in Main Street Plaza.
Local businesses graciously donated coupons, gift certificates and prizes, which were awarded based on numbered ping-pong balls that were dropped by Santa from a lift.
Thanks to all the participants who showed up for the event and kept the grab for the “snowballs” civil.
This reporter even saw a young boy hand a little girl, who didn’t get a snowball, one of his.
Check out participating businesses’ holiday open houses this weekend and use up your snowball loot.

Bethany begins first addiction      counseling    program
Bethany College’s addiction counseling program has become the first and only program to be approved by the Behavioral Sciences Regulatory Board.
The state has changed the education requirements for licensed addictions counselors from a two-year degree to a four-year degree.
The Bethany program will help transition students currently in community college addiction counseling tracts to the four-year program.
Not only will local students benefit from this new opportunity to continue their educations, but the program will have long-reaching affects as those who graduate from the program reach out into the community to assist those suffering from addictions.

— Cristina Janney on behalf of The McPherson Sentinel Editorial Board