Cougar Strong effort honors legacy of MNW teachers


Hundreds of Manson Northwest Webster Community School District students discovered their love of learning in the kindergarten classroom of Tricia Larson.

And hundreds of MNW high schoolers learned mathematics from Jason Englert.

But last year, COVID-19 stole those dedicated educators from their students and colleagues. Larson died in July. Englert, who at the time was teaching in the Belmond-Klemme Community School District, died in November.

Their losses were a heavy blow to their fellow teachers and their past and present students.

To honor the memory of their co-workers and friends, two MNW teachers, Jan Nelson and Stacy Origer, have established two new scholarships for students who want to go into teaching. One scholarship will be for students who want to go into elementary education; the other will be those seeking a career in secondary education.

These scholarships will be an outstanding tribute to Larson and Englert.

Area residents have a chance to help get this scholarship tribute started by purchasing a Cougar Strong T-shirt. Manson Northwest Webster is, of course, the home of the cougars. The shirts feature the cougar logo and the initials TL and JE. They can be purchased on the district’s web site, www. manson-nw.k12.ia.us.

Donations for the effort are also being accepted at the school district’s central office, 1030 Main St., Manson IA 50563.

We believe Jan Nelson and Stacy Origer have come up with an outstanding way to honor Tricia Larson and Jason Englert. We encourage everyone, even those without a direct connection to Manson Northwest Webster, to support this fine effort.

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