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2012-12-14T00:00:00Z 2012-12-14T00:16:34Z Schools news Helena Independent Record
December 14, 2012 12:00 am

Clancy students do well at Science Olympiad at MSU

Students from Clancy School earned several honors including second place in the class B category Nov. 20 at the annual Montana Science Olympiad at Montana State University in Bozeman.

The Clancy School Science Olympiad team won a first place award in the “mousetrap” vehicle competition.

College-bound students can fill out FAFSAs online

It’s almost time for Montana students and families to complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, and thanks to Student Assistance Foundation, they won’t need to travel any farther than their living rooms.

Students and families can access videos from SAF’s website that provide step-by-step instruction on how to get a FAFSA pin and complete the FAFSA, section by section.

The FAFSA for the 2012-13 academic year will be available at after Jan. 1. This form is the first step in applying for federal, state and campus-based aid like scholarships and grants, work-study opportunities and student loans.

FAFSA filers will be able to get detailed FAFSA completion instruction on, 24 hours a day, seven days a week. SAF staff is available to help students should they require free, one-on-one assistance via its College Goal Montana hotline (877-COLG4ME) or by emailing

SAF’s campus outreach managers are also available to provide FAFSA completion help.

In order to complete the FAFSA, have student’s FAFSA pin number — to get a pin, log on to For more information about College Goal Montana, send an email to or call 495-7750.

Lions International Peace Poster contest

Each year, Lions Clubs around the world sponsor the Lions International Peace Poster contest in local schools and youth groups.

This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace. For 25 years, more than 4 million children from nearly 100 countries have participated in the contest. The theme for this year is “Imagine Peace.” Students who are ages 11 to 13 are eligible to participate. Posters advance through several judging levels: local, district, multiple district and international. At the international level, judges from the art, peace, youth, education and media communities select one grand prize winner and 23 merit award winners.

Congratulations to this year’s local winners, Jamie Berry from C.R. Anderson Middle School and Hailey Henrikson from Helena Middle School. Berry and Henrikson will advance to the district level.

Youth Volleyball Club tryouts to be held Jan. 6 and 13

Tryouts for the Helena Youth Volleyball Club will be held on Sunday, Jan. 6 and 13, at East Valley Middle School. Students must tryout for current grade. Tryouts for fifth and sixth grade, U12, will be 10 to 11:30 a.m. Tryouts for seventh and eighth grade, U14, is noon to 2:30 p.m. Tryouts for ninth through 12th grade, U16 and U18, will be 3 to 5 p.m. Tryout times are the same for both days and players are encouraged to come to both tryouts. It is recommended that students arrive 30 minutes before scheduled tryout time on the first day to register for tryouts. Practices will be twice a week and will start in late January and run through May. There may be some two-day tournaments, but most are held on Saturday for U12 and U14 and Sunday for U16 and U18. For more information contact Sarah Urban. Email (preferred contact method) or call 443-0687.

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