Since his start in radio news, Trent has won awards from the Nebraska Broadcasters Association, the Nebraska Associated Press, and the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice also serves as the 2009-2010 President of the Iowa Broadcast News Association.
Rice is a native of Plattsmouth, Nebraska. He and his wife Solveig have been married since 2000. They live in Ames where he enjoys golf, reading, movies, music college football, and the heartbreak that comes from being a Minnesota Vikings fan. Trent and Solveig have twin daughters Annika and Kaija and a son, Erik, who shares the same birthday as his sisters, just five years later.
Here's the text of the e-mail Ames Community School District parents got via Infinite Campus on Wednesday:
Friday Night Events at the High School Stadium
Objective: All fans will have a safe and enjoyable time cheering on the
Expectations: All students (K-12) must be seated in the stadium by the kickoff of the game (7:00 p.m.). Students have the choice to sit with their parents or in the assigned section in the stadium.
-All students must bring their school ID with them to the game so they can be identified.
-If students choose to sit in the middle school/elementary area, they are expected to sit there until halftime. If any student needs to leave the area before halftime, the student will need to give one’s school ID to the supervisor and return within 15-minutes. If a student cannot produce a school ID, the student will not be allowed to leave the area until halftime. Supervisors will not be accepting any other forms of personal property.
-Once halftime is over, the students are expected to be back in their seats for the second half and the same rules will apply for the second half that were in place for the first half.
-Students K-12 will not be allowed to congregate anywhere in the stadium unless it is in their assigned sections.
-If students don’t follow these expectations, they will be asked to leave
Full disclosure: I've been to an Ames high football game once, and found the parents in the stands to be far more obnoxious than the kids. That being said, our PR-savvy school district isn't going to hand down an edict like this unless it thought it was warranted. Remember one of the "Your Turn" trusims: a top priority for school adminstrators everywhere is to keep the phone from ringing with calls from angry parents.
I asked the question on the show Wednesday, and I'll re-ask it here: what is going on at these football games that's drawn this kind of response? It has to be more than "I'm tired of these dang kids knocking over my popcorn and whatnot." There has to be some real-world safety issues at work--or, at the very least, some big time liability issues.
I also wonder if this speaks to a larger issue? When my wife and I send our three kids to school, we and the grown-ups in the building enter into a social contract that says they will act on our behalf in looking out for the kids' best interest. Where have we failed as parents, in large and small ways, that the district finds this necessary? Are we not doing our part in telling our kids "You will act appropriately in public, and if you don't there will be consequences."?
I get it--it's not your kids who are the problem, and you want to know why are they're being lumped in with the "problem kids" under this edict. You shake your fist of rage all the while proclaiming "WHY IS THE DISTRICT TRAMPLING ON MY KID'S RIGHTS" We know that your kid is a precious snowflake, different from all the others, who would never put a single toe over the line of bad behavior. Yeah...mine too.
Oh, wait...I think I may have just figured this out...