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Building a House, One Scrap at a Time

Amy Andrews and Ethan Van Kooten had no money. How could they build a house?
With truckloads of reclaimed materials, the students created a tiny home for $489.

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Making a Difference through Government Policy

Greg Ellingson ’13, former student body president and British Parliament intern, wants to help shape public policy in the Midwest.

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Art Therapy Brings Healing

Sam Scheckel ’13 hopes to be an art therapist in a memory care facility. A Central graduate from Bettendorf, Iowa, Scheckel has been passionate about art since her professional journey began.

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Elementary education major Lauren Meyer ’16 teaches a group of girls in India, where she spent the summer learning about sex-trafficking and ministries that fight it.

Experiencing India

Lauren Meyer ’16 never wanted to visit India — until she was asked if she wanted to help save women from prostitution.

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Coming Home to a Foreign Culture

After returning from a semester in Granada, Spain, Kate Huisman ’16 didn’t expect to encounter a new culture just 20 minutes away from her hometown.

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Ricky Boyle ’14, a math and physics major from Perry, Iowa, accepted a job offer two months before graduation.

Keep Your Eyes Open

Job-seeking Central students find opportunities everywhere. These three ’14 grads turned possibilities in Wisconsin, Honduras and Thailand into job offers.

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A Field Trip to Peru

Eight Central students completed their spring semester with a field trip to Peru this summer.

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Don Koolmees ’78 hired four recent Central grads to help run his whitewater rafting company in Coloma, California, this summer.

Gateway to Adventure

Don Koolmees ’78 hired four recent Central grads to help run his whitewater rafting company in Coloma, California, this summer.

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James Skretta ’09 studied music education at Central and now plans to teach saxophone, music history and theory at the college level.

Q&A with Young Artist winner James Skretta

Saxophonist James Skretta ’09 shares about competition, self-criticism and the importance of music in this interview about his journey to musical success.

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While studying environmental literature, Central senior Emily Saville helped Jasper County Conservation Board naturalists lead activities for area kids to explore nature.

Service Learning in the Great Outdoors

Emily Saville ’15 learned to love nature as a child, and she has not forgotten this love as a young adult. In fact, Saville has been helping children discover the wonders of their environment as a Jasper County Conservation Board intern.

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