February 25, 2021

Small-Town Pride Thrives in Iowa

North Union Warriors in Pink

Members of the North Union High School girls’ basketball team. Back row, left to right: Shelby Luke, Peyton Oleson, Madison Bollig, Aurora Oliver, Jasmine Clausen, Dena Looft, Madison Irmiter, Front row, left to right: Sarah Rolling, Hanna Gardner, Collete Haag, Morgan Rahm, Jaycie Eaton and Cheyanne Boland.

For generations, small towns and small school districts have shaped the character of rural Iowa. Not only are schools the hub of the community, but they’re often a prime source of hometown pride.

At North Union High School, this pride was reflected in the pink uniforms worn by the varsity girls’ basketball team for their Pink Out game against Clay Central-Everly. While the Warriors typically sport their school colors of green and black, the community pulled together to purchase pink uniforms for the girls’ efforts to raise awareness—and money—for breast cancer research.

This community support is a big plus for North Union, which includes nearly 750 students in the district, said Matt Berninghaus, superintendent. “Research shows that four factors affect student achievement levels: smaller school size, smaller class size, challenging curriculum, and highly qualified teachers,” noted Berninghaus, who added there are about 220 North Union High School students. “Iowa’s rural schools offer many advantages to students and our local communities, including a safe, nurturing environment, appropriate curriculum, and many extracurricular activities.”

These students represent the future of Iowa, and MaxYield Cooperative is proud to support our local schools and to provide funding to help make the annual Pink Out game happen.


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