PHS Research and Design lands $5,600 from 100+ People for Perry

Perry High School's Research and Design Program has a successful track record, as seen in this 2015 photo of PHS competitors in the Southeast Polk Industrial Technology Exposition’s Ultimate Mileage Vehicle Race. PHS racers included, front row from left, Kaleb Ackerman, Sheldon Zinnel, Emily Pace, Zachary Barr and Ryley Anderson; back row from left, the late PHS Industrial Technology Instructor Darin Steva, Fernando Catalan, Sebastian Ramirez, Grant Whelchel, Austin Stuhldryer, Chandler Carrick, Jacob Murillo, Rudy Ramirez, Dalton Defenbaugh, Alexander Stammer and Timothy Twogood.

Last week’s quarterly meeting of the 100+ People for Perry donors club showered its benevolence on a Perry nonprofit with a long and successful track record: the Perry High School Industrial Technology Department’s Research and Design Program.

The 56 local residents and community supporters in 100+ People first heard three members each pitch a different project, and the membership as a whole then voted for one, with the PHS Research and Design program chosen to receive donations totaling $5,600.

The mission of 100+ People for Perry “is to invest in Perry’s future through supporting current charities/non-profits/worthy projects which advance the quality of life,” according to the group’s statement.

Since its formation in 2016, the group has contributed $46,000 to seven local projects. New members are always welcome. Contact Mark Powell at 515-465-4641 or, Tom Lipovac at or Linda Kaufman at

The next meeting of 100+ People for Perry will be Monday, Nov. 27 at 7 p.m. at La Poste, 1219 Warford St. in Perry, with socializing starting at 6:30 p.m.


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