Take a good look at the new North Union Warriors logo and you'll see a warrior - futuristic, perhaps - holding what appears to be a lightning bolt.
It's more than a symbol.
This fall, North Union High School students will all receive an iPad, something that will help them keep lock step with the latest changes in technology.
Three or four years ago, Armstrong-Ringsted was pursuing whole-grade sharing with North Kossuth and Sentral. And quite frankly, until maybe a coupe years ago, it didn't look very promising.
But when all three districts decided to put students first, something remarkable happened. That was probably best demonstrated when the students sat down together and came up with the new logo.
Just as the warrior holds a lightning bolt, North Union students will hold the key to the future with the latest in technology today. A world of information will be at their fingertips. There is virtually no limit to what they can learn.
What was a concern a couple years ago - the mutual survival of the three districts - has now become a new source of pride as they work together toward a common goal and purpose. They'll be able to share teachers and resources in a way that few thought possible, and it will all be toward that one goal: providing the best possible education for each and every student.
This is a remarkable success story. Perhaps it did require some soul-searching and even, at times, conflict, to find the answer. As we all know, the best steel is forged in the hottest fire.
But the three districts have found that answer. And the students are the ultimate beneficiaries.