Valley High School student-athlete Madi Kubik has been named the Gatorade Iowa Volleyball Player of the Year. She is the first Gatorade Iowa Volleyball Player of the Year to be chosen from Valley High School.
Kubik’s selection distinguishes her as Iowa’s best high school volleyball player. The award recognizes not only outstanding athletic excellence but also high standards of academic achievement and exemplary character demonstrated on and off the field.
The 6-foot-1-inch junior outside hitter recorded 544 kills, 247 digs, 34 service aces, and 33 blocks this past season, leading the Valley Tigers to the Class 5A state finals. A member of the U.S. Girls Youth National Team, Kubik was selected to the Elite All-State Team and was named the Class 5A Player of the Year. Kubik has also maintained a 3.68 GPA in the classroom and volunteered locally on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Meals From the Heartland, and youth volleyball camps.
“By the end of the season, Kubik was unstoppable, just lights out,” said Mary Beth Wiskus, head coach at Dowling Catholic High. “She’s a real six-rotation player who can play outside, middle, and back, and she was dominating at state. She was able to bring that team together.”
Now a finalist for the prestigious Gatorade National Volleyball Player of the Year award, Kubik joins an elite alumni association of state award-winners in 12 sports. She will be able to select a national or local youth sports organization to receive a grant as part of the Gatorade Play It Forward program. Every Gatorade Player of the Year state winner receives a $1,000 grant to donate and will have the opportunity to enter for an additional $10,000 spotlight grant by writing a brief essay explaining why their selected organization deserves additional support.
Because of severe winter weather conditions, all WDMCS schools will start two hours late Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018. This means the Valley High School/Valley Southwoods finals schedule for Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018, will be adjusted.
Valley High School seniors Marcus Chew and Aarushi Dervesh earned top composite scores of 36 on the ACT test, according to ACT, Inc. This is the highest score possible on the college readiness exam. The national number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, but only about one-tenth of 1 percent of students receive a top score. Chew and Dervesh join three other Valley students who have earned perfect composite scores on the ACT this year. In addition, junior Maya Shah earned a perfect score of 36 on the English section of the test, and seniors Emma Bohn and Craig Davis and junior Camryn Mears earned perfect scores on the reading section of the test. They join several students who have earned scores of 36 on individual sections of the ACT.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a composite score is the average of the four test scores. Based on 2017 data, Valley High School’s average composite score of 24.6 exceeds both state and national averages. With an average composite score of 21.9, Iowa has the second-highest average ACT composite score in the nation among states that test a majority of their graduating seniors. The national average is 21.
Congratulations to these accomplished students!
Valley High School senior Marcus Chew.
Valley High School junior Maya Shah.
Valley High School senior Craig Davis.
Valley High School junior Camryn Mears.
Read about other Valley students who earned top scores on the ACT this year:
Valley High School’s first-semester finals will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 10; Thursday, Jan. 11; and Friday, Jan. 12. The adjusted finalsschedule is below. Please be aware that if a class completes a final before the scheduled final date, students are not required to attend that class period. Please review this schedule as a family to make sure students know their schedules and are as prepared for finals as possible.
Day 1—Wednesday, Jan. 10
11:30 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
Buses arrive at 2:35 p.m.
Day 2—Friday, Jan. 12
11:30 a.m. to 12:05 p.m.
Buses arrive at 1:45 p.m.
Day 3—Tuesday, Jan. 16 (Times Updated for Two-Hour Delay)
Valley High School senior Varun Myneni earned a top composite score of 36 on the ACT test, according to ACT, Inc. This is the highest score possible on the college readiness exam. The national number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, but only about one-tenth of 1 percent of students receive a top score.
In addition, Valley junior Ryan Staub earned a perfect score of 36 on the English portion of the test, and seniors Zoe-Ella Anderson and Rebecca Stockham earned scores of 36 on the reading section.
The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading, and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a composite score is the average of the four test scores.