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Outstanding Accomplishments in the WDMCS – Nov. 2011

Senior Alli Hornbrook was named to the first-team all-CIML Iowa Conference volleyball team.

Periodically throughout the school year, we compile a list of special honors and awards received by our students and staff. These outstanding accomplishments are presented to the School Board as Board Recognition. Check out all the great things our students and staff have accomplished!

STUDENTS
Academics
The Indian Hills Junior High mock trial team of eighth graders Andrew Austin, Julian Castillo, Taylor Igram, Olympia Manning, Nicole Nucaro, Gabe Rumsey, Sarah Suh, Sammy Throm and Maggie Wildermuth advanced to the state competition. They competed Nov. 17-19.

Art
Artwork by Jordan Creek third grader Dorothy Junginger, Indian Hills eighth grader Emily Carr and Valley senior Rachel Purcell was selected to be displayed at Hy-Vee Hall during the Iowa Association of School Boards’ annual convention.

Indian Hills seventh grader Carla Lacey was honored by the Des Moines Art Center as an Outstanding Scholarship Student.

Debate
Valley debate closed out the final round of Lincoln-Douglas, with senior Moses Sloven placing first and junior Jon Langel placing second at the Iowa Caucus tournament at Cedar Rapids Washington. Sloven received his second bid to the Tournament of Champions and is now fully qualified to attend the event in the spring. Langel received his first bid to the Tournament of Champions at the event. The team of senior Sam Schulte and junior Lucy Korsakov won the public forum.

At Apple Valley, Minn., freshman Alissa Smith was first speaker and placed third overall at the tournament in novice Lincoln-Douglas. In varsity Lincoln-Douglas, senior Moses Sloven placed 17th out of more than 150 debaters from across the nation.

At Des Moines East, the team of freshmen Travis Smith and Brody Diehn placed second.

At the IFL Fall Conference meet in Marshalltown, sophomore Shaan Madhan advanced to semifinals and sophomore Jason Smith was the tournament champion in varsity Lincoln-Douglas. In novice Lincoln-Douglas, freshmen Erin Nubel and Gina Scorpiniti advanced to quarterfinals, freshman Satya Yaramati was in semifinals, and freshman Alissa Smith was the tournament champion.
Coaches: Dave McGinnis, Gracie Brandsgard, Steve Renzi, Alex Kramer, Sophie Ruff, Josh Miller, David Basler

Drama
The following Valley students performed at the Iowa Thespian Festival in Cedar Falls: Lucy Gee, Grace Harper, Abi Hudson, Alyssa Soto, Sammie Binns, Abby Goforth, Breanna Katcher, Jaclyn Warden, Emma Stier, Breanne Butters, Lara Plecas, Julia-Kaye Rohlf, Chelsea St. Clair, Megan Jensen, Caitlin Edwards, Mary Hudson, Sara Phillips, Erin Sheffield, Emma Schulte, Bryan Gamboa, Grant Minard, Nathan Smith, Dylan DeClerk, Alan Ridgway, Ben Weinberg, Sam Cacciatore, Sam Cohrs, Will Ward, Tommy Lau, Zach Lepperd, Connor Wang, Jocelyn Coffman, Becca ihnen, Madison Wepfer, Emily Kimpston, Kathryn Soorholtz, Carissa Best, Julia Killian and Shelby Reddig.
Coach: Stacy Hansen

Music
The VHS quartet of Chelsea Wang, Tricia Shi, Claudia Malchow and Regan Longtin was selected to perform at the Master Class with Philip Setzer at Drake University. Setzer is a member of the Emerson String Quartet.

VHS students name to all-state band are Amber Aeilts, Brooke Beatty, Alec Garringer, Keegan Hockett, Rebecca Ihnen, Scott Johnson, Matt Johnson, Meredith Marturello, David Nicholson, Sam Schulte, Colleen Seuren, Altemier Taylor, Saketh Undurthy, Sheanah Wright, Moriah Wright and Derek Yu.
Director: Tony Garmoe

VHS students named to all-state orchestra are Chelsea Wang, Tricia Shi, David Merriman, Claudia Malchow, Alex Zhou, Ben Wade, David Duvall, Leah Thompson, Phuong Tran, Alan Rongkavilit, Daniel Marcus and Hannah Willard. Daniel Miller was selected as a first alternate.
Director: Phil Peters and Michele Senger

VHS students named to all-state choir are Trevor Bridge, Sean Galligan, Nathan Smith,  Jocelyn Coffman, Madison Wepfer, Becca Finkelshteyn, Tommy Lau, Scott Newell, Emily Swallow, Broc Everett, Mary Hudson, Shelby Reddig and Kellen Schneider. Casey Johnson was selected as an alternate.
Director: Linda Vanderpool

The following Valley students were named to the North Central American Choral Directors Association High School Honor Choir: Kathryn Hoemann, Hanna Howard, Mary Hudson, Rebecca Ihnen, Zach Lepperd and Madison Wepfer. The will perform Feb. 9-11 in Madison, Wis., at the ACDA annual conference.
Director: Linda Vanderpool

Stilwell Junior High students Joe Brennan, Noah Tuttle, Evan Sandberg, Brittany Burklund, Salena Bantz and Siulley Vuong were selected for the South Central Iowa Bandmasters Association Honor Band Festival at Johnston.
Directors: Bobbi Garringer and Jon Lewis

Athletics
Ben Anderson won the individual cross country title with a record state meet time of 15:02 for the 5K.The boys cross country team finished eighth at the state cross country meet. It was the eighth consecutive year the team advanced to the state meet and the 24th time overall.
Coach: Tom Trygstad

The girls cross country team finished fourth at the state meet, led by Lydia Saggau, who was named to the all-state cross country team as well as the elite all-state team.
Coach: Bob Hardin

Seniors Austin Stephens, Trevor Hanson, Trey Lewis, Brandon Ellingson and Nolan Lodden along with junior Sam Raridon were named to the Elite all-CIML football team by the Des Moines Register. All of the elite team members along with seniors Ryan Knoff, Spencer Hellman, Tarin Phillips, and Jake Nitz and junior Jake Campos and were named to the first-team all-CIML Iowa Conference for football. Second team honors went to seniors Brody Baumann, Turner McGill and Nick Buchanan and junior Cameron Hansen. So far undefeated on the season, the team will face Bettendorf in the state championship Nov. 18 at the UNI Dome.
Coaches: Gary Swenson, Dave Cochran, Randy Ripperger, Ryan Cooley and Travis Young

Senior Alli Hornbrook was named to the first-team all-CIML Iowa Conference volleyball team. Junior Gabbi Borlabi was a second team selection, while honorable mention went to seniors Brooke McFarland and Molly Siebel and juniors Jenni Aldrich and Natalie Colosimo.
Coaches: Jeremy Mikesell and Kelli Moore

The Valley girls swimming team took home second place at the state swimming meet. The 200 medley relay team of Kaitlin Wistey, Sammy Zuckerman, Mackenzie DiBlasi and Allison Moore finished second and are in consideration for All-American Status. Julie Dickinson placed third in diving, Moria Moore placed second in the 200 freestyle and Kaitlin Wistey finished third in the 200 individual medley. The 200 freestyle relay team of DiBlasi, Lauren Conte, A. Moore and M. Moore also finished second.
Coaches: Shawn DeBoef, Hannah Quandt, Stephen Davis and Alexandra Lifka-Reselman

The Valley competition cheerleading squad won its fifth consecutive state championship in the 4A Large Division. A stunt group made up of Emily Fisher, Rachel Larson, Erica Lyons, Maddy Murillo and Courtney Warren also competed in the Large Stunt Group Division and placed third out of 35 teams.
Coach: Beth Ferguson

STAFF
Gary Swenson was named the CIML Iowa Conference Football Coach of the Year.

Mary Rork-Watson, IMC coordinator, had two of her box assemblages selected to be displayed at the Woman Made Gallery in Chicago from Nov. 4-Dec. 22.

Indian Hills band director Karla Killinger was selected to be a guest conductor for the SCIBA seventh grade honor band.

The WDMCS business department received recognition from the Association of School Business Officials International for participating in the Certificate of Excellence program for more than 25 years. The WDMCS was one of just 59 schools in the nation and two in the state to receive this recognition.

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