Forty-two West Des Moines Community Schools students were selected to participate in the 71st Annual Iowa All-State Music Festival Concert at 7:30 p.m.
on Saturday, Nov. 18, at Iowa State University’s Hilton Coliseum in Ames. The students were selected through a rigorous audition process that included students from throughout the state.
In addition, ninth-grader Marina Deyev (violin) and sophomore Min Hyuk Lee (cello) were selected as alternates.
Tickets to the Iowa All-State Music Festival Concert can be purchased at the Iowa State athletics ticket office or online at Ticketmaster.com. The concert will also be shown on Iowa Public Television at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 23, 2 a.m. on Friday, Nov. 24, and 5:30 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 3. For more information on the Iowa All-State Music Festival, visit the IHSMA All-State website, ihsma.org/all-state-music-festival.
Attire: No jeans, hats, chains, canes, athletic wear/jerseys, or costumes.
Homecoming Court Congratulations to the 2017 Homecoming Court! Homecoming Queen candidates are Emma Bohn, Bailey Burrell, Anna Correa, Caroline Smoldt, and Cassie Yardley. Homecoming King candidates are David Bone, Yuet Both, Kade Hatcher, JJ Kapur, and Habibu Moise.
Valley High School and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School students will watch candidate videos and vote during advisory on Tuesday, Sept. 12. Homecoming King and Queen will be crowned during halftime of the Valley vs. Johnston Homecoming football game on Friday.
The State of Iowa has passed a new law, requiring the meningococcal (specifically ACWY) vaccine for students entering grades seven and 12, beginning with the 2017-18 school year. All incoming seventh- and 12th-grade students will need to submit a completed Certificate of Immunization with the Meningococcal (ACWY) vaccination to avoid being excluded from school next year.
The Valley High School boys’ track team earned a fifth state title this past weekend, working together to be named the 2017 Class 4A State Champion on May 20. The team finished with 73 total points, defeating second-place Waukee by four points. Congratulations to Head Coach Tom Trygstad and the entire boys’ track team on their state title!
What a great weekend to cap off a great season of TEAM performances. Despite zero 1st place finishes at State, we brought home the title pic.twitter.com/lKfRxiFaCr
Four West Des Moines Community Schools ensembles and several students earned awards at state jazz competitions this April.
The Valley High School Jazz Orchestra earned its fifth consecutive first place victory in the 4A division at the Iowa Jazz Championships on Tuesday, April 4, at Iowa State University. Six students also earned solo awards: senior Braeden Trinder (alto saxophone) and junior Jakhari Durham (percussion) were named two of the four top soloists of the day. Seniors Cole Peterson (alto saxophone), Noah Welch (tenor saxophone), Jacob Bedia (trombone) and Matt Lowe (trumpet) also earned 4A Outstanding Soloist Awards in recognition of their performances.
The three Valley jazz choirs hosted the Best of Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships at Valley High School on Tuesday, March 28. Junior Emily Maller was named the Top Outstanding Performer in the 4A category. Seven other students also earned outstanding musicianship awards: ninth-grade student Avi Gedler; sophomores Austin Ellingson (piano), Haley Losh, Camille Mireault, and Claire Sattler; junior Grace Howard; and senior Piper Wood. Howard, Gedler, sophomores Riley Bartlett, David Bone, and Erik Skoog; juniors Ellen Erickson, Matt Lowe, and Maddy Swaim; and senior Noah Welch also earned placements in the Iowa All-State Jazz Choir. Losh, Wood, and sophomores Gunner Hawthorne and Cole Strelecki were named All-State Jazz Choir alternates. The Vocalese Jazz Choir earned second place in the group competition. Vox earned fourth place, and Vocal Point earned sixth place.
Congratulations to these talented and hardworking students!