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Outstanding Accomplishments in the WDMCS

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

Junior Ben Wiese won the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLY) scholarship and studied in China for six weeks this summer. He is the fifth recipient of NSLY at Valley after senior Suryatej Akavaram (Tej) and 2012 graduates Jasmine Au, Jessica Au and Elaine Mou.

2014 graduate Kyra Cooper was selected to receive a NSLI Youth Scholarship to study Arabic abroad this summer. Her program took place in Muscat, Oman, through the America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. The program emphasizes rapid language acquisition in a language immersion environment by combining in-class language instruction, a comprehensive cultural program and homestays. The NSLI Youth Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Government through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.

Music

Please Note: The following musical honors are from the end of the 2013-14 school year and the students’ grade levels are reflected as such.

Valley’s varsity jazz choir, Vocalese, took home first place honors for the second year in a row at the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships, also known as Best of Iowa.  Valley’s prep jazz choir, Vocal Point, placed fifth. Iowa All-State Jazz Choir auditions were held the same day and the following Valley students were selected to perform in this prestigious 20-person vocal jazz choir:  Jared Freiburg, Abby Hudson, Lauren Pfeil and Caroline StumpNicole Miller and Linda Tong were chosen as first alternates.  Also, Stephanie Hansen was chosen for the All-State Jazz Choir for the third consecutive year and was chosen as the competition’s Best Female Vocalist. Vocalese is directed by Haley Gibbons and Vocal Point is directed by Ryan Deignan.  Pianist Julian Castillo, bassist Lauren Johnson and drummer Zane Gedler accompany both choirs and Brandon Devine and Melanie Taylor are the sound technicians.

The Valley and Valley Southwoods had 123 vocal music entries in the State Solo and Ensemble Music Festival. The students earned 56 Division I ratings, 54 Division II ratings and 13 Division III ratings.  In addition, the following Valley students were chosen as the best performers in their audition center: senior Sammie Binns for her soprano solo as well as a member of the madrigal group consisting of junior Jillian Belieu, junior Keaton Denker, senior Brandon Devine, senior Annie Howard, senior Michael Keay, senior Ben Klooster, junior Lauren Pfeil, sophomore Bridget Shoemaker, senior Emma Stier and senior Justin Umthun.

The Valley orchestra earned a gold rating and the Adjudicator’s Award at the Heritage Festival in Chicago. The orchestra has received an invitation to participate in a future Festival of Gold competitions. In addition, Bailey Cook was named Queen of Love and Beauty at Medieval Times.

The Valley symphony band, concert band and Southwoods band gave outstanding performances at the Adventureland/Drake University Festival of Bands.  Special recognition was given to the symphony band, which, in addition to receiving a Division I rating, was awarded the Don Marcouiller Best of Class Trophy.

Athletics

The boys and girls soccer teams each finished in the state tournament quarterfinals in the spring. The boys track team was a state meet qualifier, while girls tennis finished fifth at the state meet and boys tennis placed third in the state. The girls golf team was the runner-up at the state tournament.

Over the summer, the softball team finished in fourth place at the state tournament and the baseball team reached the state tournament quarterfinals.

Conference/District/State Honors

Name Sport Honor(s)
Mandi Roemmich Softball First-team all-state, all-district, first-team all-conference, first-team all-division
Mack Jones Softball Second-team all-state, all-district, second-team all-division
Anna Gernant Softball Second-team all-state, second-team all-conference, first-team all-division
Brooke O’Hollearn Softball Third-team all-state, honorable mention all-division
Lexi Merritt Softball Second-team all-conference, first-team all-division
Megan Rushing Softball Second-team all-division
Kasey Feldt Softball Second-team all-division
Rachel Bakey Softball Honorable mention all-division
Connor Sorge Baseball First-team all-state, first-team all-district, first-team all-conference, first-team all-division
Nick Nelsen Baseball Second-team all-state, first-team all-district, second-team all-conference, first-team all-division
Jay Hrdlicka Baseball First-team all-district, first-team all-conference, first-team all-division
Drew Denkiner Baseball Second-team all-district
Jacob Rojohn Baseball First-team all-division
Drew Denkinger Baseball First-team all-division
Jack Brandsgaard Baseball Second-team all-division
Keller Prien Baseball Second-team all-division
Chloe Jeffries Tennis Singles state champion, regional champion
Chloe Jeffries /
Andres Jensen
Tennis Co-ed doubles state champion
Lauren Hoffart /
Delaney Parman
Tennis State Qualifier, second place at regionals
Tommy Maigaard /Nicholas Fifield Tennis 8th-place at state meet
Mackenzie Main Girls Soccer First-team all-state, first-team all-state, first-team all-division
Haley Morris Girls Soccer Second-team all-state, first-team all-conference
Brooke Swain Girls Soccer Honorable mention all-state, honorable mention all-division
Morgan Schlee Girls Soccer Honorable mention all-state, first-team all-conference, first-team all-division
Anja Schepp Girls Soccer Honorable mention all-state, first-team all-division
Greta Hingl Girls Soccer Second-team all-division
Torey Brown Girls Soccer Second-team all-division
Kylee Metzger Girls Soccer Honorable mention all-division
Maddy Smithey Girls Soccer Honorable mention all-division
Kendall Bryant Girls Soccer Honorable mention all-division
Jordan Lucas Boys Soccer All-Star Team, First-team all-state, first-team all-conference, first-team all-division
Addison Parrish Boys Soccer Second-team all-state, first-team all-conference, first-team all-division
Zack Butters Boys Soccer Academic all-state, second-team all-division
Mark Broderick Boys Soccer First-team all-conference, first-team all-division
Jake Sprecher Boys Soccer Second-team all-conference, first-team all-division
Nic Gorham Boys Soccer Second-team all-division
Ramon Gonzalez Boys Soccer Second-team all-division
Almedin Plvulij Boys Soccer Second-team all-division
Britton Hiskey Boys Soccer Honorable mention all-division
Aaron Williams Boys Soccer Honorable mention all-division
Ryan Johnston Boys Soccer Honorable mention all-division

STAFF

WDMCS Chief Financial Officer Paul Bobek presented on Communicating School Finance to the Public at the July 16 Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) Fiscal Management Conference.

Valley social studies teacher Kevin Neal was selected as an NEH Summer Scholar and attended an NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop this summer. His workshop was held in Springfield, Ill., and explored Abraham Lincolns’ life in Springfield and New Salem Village, Ill., as well as the political challenges Lincoln faced as President.