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Valley Senior John Raridon to Play in US Army All-American Bowl

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Valley senior offensive lineman John Raridon has been honored as one of the top high school football players in the nation and will appear in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas. The game will air live on NBC at noon CT on Saturday, Jan. 9.

Raridon, a Nebraska recruit, will play for the West team. He is currently ranked as the No. 76 player in the country, according to 247Sports.com and was selected as one the Des Moines Register’s Iowa Eight members.

A total of 299 U.S. Army All-Americans have been selected in the NFL Draft.

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Valley Competition Squad Competes at Iowa Cheerleading Championships

The Valley Competition Cheerleading squad will compete at the Iowa Cheerleading Championships at 3:22 p.m. this Saturday, Nov. 7. The squad will perform its 2.5 minute routine in the Jacobson Exhibition Hall at the Iowa State Fairgrounds.

The competition cheerleading squad has won the 4A Large Division at state for the last eight years. This year, the 4A and 4A Large  divisions are combining, allowing Valley to compete against all other 4A schools for the first time.

Please come to support the cheerleaders on Saturday, or at the dress rehearsal at 6 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 5, in the North Gym at Valley. Go Tigers!

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Buy Tickets for Valley Semifinal Football Game!

Valley High School will be playing Dowling Catholic in the semifinals, Friday, Nov. 13 at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls. Game time is 7:06 p.m. Tickets are available to purchase in the Valley High School activities office from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12, and Friday, Nov. 13. All tickets are $10. Avoid long lines at the game, and buy your tickets early!

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Valley Students Recognized for Academic Excellence

Valley High School recognized 634 students for academic achievement at its annual Academic Awards Ceremony, on Oct. 19, 2015. Students can earn an academic letter for maintaining a 3.4 GPA or better for two consecutive semesters in the same year, while carrying at least 5.5 credits for letter grades. After earning the letter, they can earn first and second bars for the same criteria.

There were 228 sophomores, 39 juniors, and 23 seniors who earned their academic letter this year, for achievement in the 2014-15 school year. One hundred seventy-six juniors and 33 seniors earned their first bar, and 135 seniors earned their second bar.

Valley High School (VHS) is located in West Des Moines, a suburb of Des Moines with approximately 55,000 residents. VHS is a three-year comprehensive high school with approximately 1,900 students. It is accredited by the State of Iowa. Valley emphasizes the Four As of education: Academics, Activities, Arts, and Athletics. The faculty at Valley provides exciting opportunities and challenges to stretch students’ minds and abilities — preparing them for college and their careers.

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228 Sophomores Isabelle Acheson, Rachel Aksamit, Samantha Allbee, Lauren Anderson, Zoe-Ella Anderson, Jordyn Anglea, Laxmi Annapureddy, Samantha Auer, Isabella Avila, Grace, Axman, Maria Barbosa, Jackson Barr, Grace Basler, Maggie Baughman, Tyler Beveridge, Aubrey Bier, Trinity Bierl, Kelsey Boal, Emma Bohn, Tyler Bolton, David Bone, Austin Bray, Chase Brown, Lucy Brown, Mary Brown, Michael Brown, Michael Bryan, Joshua Buelow, Greta Carlson, Kailey Casper, Xavier Chasar, Marcus Chew, Ashley Christenson, Nicholas Cinnamon, Abigail Colby, Brianna Cole, Preston Collignon Doerrfeld, Hailey Collins, Robert Colosimo, Nathan Conte, Anna Correa, Dominic Cravero, Craig Davis, Elizabeth Day, Ronni DeCarlo, Alissa DeLisle, Kaitlyn Derouin, Aarushi Dervesh, Natalie Dirkx, Mason Drees, Chloe Dreyer, Ajla Dubinovic, Joshua Dvorak, Cooper Earle, Ellen Erickson, Zachary Essman, Bethany Evans, Sydney Fisher, Mary Fitzpatrick, Quinn Fox, Catherine France, Jarred Gaudineer, Taylor Gion, Audrey Glad, Suzanna Groves, Madelyn Hansen, Olivia Hansen, Zachary Harn, Preston Hayes, Evan Hellman, Chase Henderson, Dakota, Hensley, Roberto Hernandez, Faith Hingl, Hailey Hoffman, Grace Howard, Matthew Hsieh, Mastura Ibnat, Tatjana Jevremovic, Amy Johnson, Arin Johnson, Emily Johnson, Gus  Johnson, Hailey Johnson, Joseph Johnson, Nicholas Johnson, Shayna Johnson, Taylor Johnson, Clairissa Jones, Alex Joos, Christopher Jun, Stacy   Kabenda, Jeevanjot Kapur, Chinar Kaul, Ariz Keshwani, Kelly Kieu, Matthew Kigin, Crystal Kimama, Kayla Kinney, Jack Kinseth, Austin Kock, Kyle Kopf, Emma Ksiazak, Abigail Kuennen, Armaan Kumar, Sarah  Lagomarcino, Catherine Larson, Elizabeth Lau, Grayson Leaders, Elizabeth LeMar, Gregg Lichinsky, Josephine Lie, Grace Lincoln, Joseph Lovell, Matthew Lowe, Long Ly, Jillian Mack, Emily Maller, Aleia Manning, Brandi Marlett, Kyle Martens, Madison, Martin, Grace Matera, Samuel Maudsley, Harrison Maule, Alainna McAuliff, Erin McCoy, Miller McCoy, Molly McDermott, Cassandra McKinney, Josephine McNunn, Grant Meek, Brennen Michael, Jackson Miller, Jade Miller, Camille Mireault, Sidney Mitchell, Susanna Moore, Kolby Morrill, Varun Myneni, Elizabeth Napier, Britney Nguyen, Christina Nguyen, Danielle Nichols, Mitchell O’Meara, McKenzie Paulsen, Aidan, Pearl, Madeline Penick, Hannah Penniman, Alex Peterson, Robert Pike, Riley Plummer, Grace Pollack, Reagan Porter, Lillian Poulsen, Anvay Pradhan, LaKendra Punteney, Claire Quigle, Carson Rashid, Collin Reeves, Marisa Rethman, Brett Rieks, Ryan Roberts, Molly Rodgers, Sekerra Ross, Andrew Rottinghaus, Kathryn Rozanek, Nairah Saldana, Lauren Salloum, Andrew Sandor, Charles Schmalz, Amy Schmudlach, Emma Schmudlach, Madison Schulte, Henry Schwob, Natalie Segura, Joel Shapiro, Samuel Sheffield, Abigail Sinclair, Ashwin Sinha, Erik Skoog, Jane Smeins, Mitchell Smith, Caroline Smoldt, Kalista Socarras, Saylor Sonnenburg, Jennifer Sprecher, Claire Stalzer, Hailey Stark, Alexa Stein, Rebecca Stockham, Benjamin Studebaker, Luke Sueppel, Sean Suetsugu, Krih Nei Sung, Madelyn Swaim, Joseph Swanson, Naomi Tan, Shubham Tayal, Emily Taylor, Hannah Taylor, Kara Thai, Joseph Thiel, Ann Thomas, Jack Thompson, Elliot Thornton, Almir Tica, Linh Tran, Jordy Triana, Madeline Triplett, Addi Truhlsen, Nancy Truong, Stephany Twit, Jack Vander Weide, Julie VanKirk, Verona Victoria, Abigail Wahlig, Rebecca Webb, Riley Weissinger, Jocelyn Westerhold, Sara White, Oliver Willham, Ashlyn Williams, Ellie Willse, Riley Wood, Samuel Worlie, Zachary Wright, Manar Yaseen

39 Juniors Anthony Burgos, Benjamin Carlisle, Erin Claeys, Samuel Cole, Alec Freeman, Dylan Grable, Cheyenne Hemmer, Sarah Henry, John House, Emma Judge, Baylie Katcher, Malaika Kigen, Karlee Kilkenny, Austin Koch, Jonathan Koele, Janine Korell, Erica Lack, Tom Le, Meier Lipman, Makenna Lloyd, Travis Moore, Jacob Morris, Maddison Perdue, Zoe Rand, Blake Richards, Samuel Rogers, Samuel Rogers, Dillon Sampson, Chamakpal Sandhu, Amelia Scallon, Jared Shapert, Julie Sisler, Elizabeth Smith, Tluang Sung, Eleanor Thorne, Sarah Turri, Isabella Vettese, Cora Walker, Izabel Wilde, George Youngwirth

23 Seniors Angelina Abbott, Jacob Benson, Sarah Bohlender, Ariana Boock, Samantha Bullington, Katie Eastridge, Sarah Estes, Preston Hasting, Kasey Kincaid, Melanie Lemon, Olivia McDermott, Brianne O’Meara, Alexis Pautvein, Deanna Persons, John Piper, Joseph Reck, Gabriel Rumsey, Hunter Schmidt, Madison Scott, Sabrina Shearer, Pearl Tate, Devkeshan Thaker, Marguerite Wildermuth, Stephen Wonbenyakeh

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176 Juniors Jordan Aguirre, Jessica Allen, Emily Andrews, Rachel Anfinson, Elizabeth Ash, Zachary Bailey, Salena Bantz, Grace Barker, Cassidy Beamer, Jacob Bedia, Logan Benson, Allison Bentzen, Joseph Bernhard, Walter Beuse, Ella Bishop, Grace Blazevich, Madelyn Bodin, Luke Bonner, Grace Brady, Sarah Braverman, Riley Bright, Cameron Brueck, Evan Burnham, Benjamin Burright, Hanna Bush, Brooke Butters, Emily Carroll, Kyra Casper, Catherine Christian, Ryan Clemens, Cayden Codel, Connor Corbin, Anna Crawford, Quinton Curry, Grace Dahlen, Elizabeth Davidson, Collin  Day, Emma Degen, Shamicka Delerme, Cameron Denker, Anne Marie Derouin, Heli Desai, Jack Domek, Timothy Dorn, Rebecca Dorsett, Kali Douglass, Evan Eastin, Allison Edgar, Ethan Ellinger, Emily Ellingson, Grace Erickson, Angie Espinoza, Jamie Feldt, Austin Fest, Keaton Floss, Timothy Foley, Elizabeth Forney, Sarah Friesth, Hannah Fuller, Arjun Ganga, Daniela Gaytan, Trent Gilbert, Elizabeth Gillaspey, Noah Givant, Anders Glad, Thomas Gould, Rachel Greene, Ryan Greenough, Brian Gu, Leila Hagan, Elizabeth Hammond, Bryanna Hawthorne, Emma Hayes, Madison Heinen, Ryan Hill, Austin Hinkle, Bao Hua, Aaqib Issa, Kate Jaros, Parker Jensen, Collin Johnson, Haiden Johnson, Justin Jones, Tatum Jones, Taylor Jones, Abigail Kigin, Michael Krist, Katherine Krusenstjerna, Kade Kuehl, Sarah Kuhlman, Rajat Kumar, Hallie Lawyer, Olivia Lee, Katherine Lewis, Joceline Lie, Elizabeth Linskens, Jadyn Loecke, Elizabeth Lorts, Christopher Loyd, Madeleine Loyd, Van Ly, Emma Madden, John Mahoney, Shifali Malhotra, Nicole Marlett, Michael Marsh, Alanna Maxwell, Logan Maxwell, Abby McCullough, Evan McKinney, Jacob Mendoza, Meta Miller, Caitlin Mills, Gabriel Mintzer, Aidan Morrow, Amanda Murphy, Denny Nguyen, Vincent Njane, Brook Norwood, Alina Nowicki, Carson Oakley, Elizabeth Osborn, Teresa Otanez-Ortiz, Carlos Perez, Cole Peterson, Tin Pham, Guowei Qi, Brillian Qi-Bell, Nora Raine, Ellen Reed, Shannon Renken, Kynsee Roby, Brendan Roe, Brooke Roe, Callie Roush, Lara Sabri, Lizbeth Salinas-Reyes, Chelsea Sapp, Ellen Sattler, Sydney Schweitzer, Nathan Schwery, Lillianna Seltz, Mara Smith, Rachel  Snodgrass, Owen Snyder, Jack Standefer, Emily Steimel, Muhamed Stilic, Madison Stoaks, Jessica Studer, Katherine Sullivan, Andrew Thompson, Samuel Thompson, Kaycie Tilton, Grace Trane, Isabella Trane, Braeden Trinder, Madison VanSickel, Emily Veatch, Silvia Verhofste, Siulley Vuong, Haley Waseskuk, Charles Weible, Noah Welch, Evan Westman, Samantha Whitcomb, Whitney Wiese, Ryan Williams, Emily Wilson, Piper Wood, Grace Worlie, Brooke Wrage, Genevieve Wyckoff, Madison Yaeger, Nathan Yencer, Annie Zhang

33 Seniors Ruthie Anspach, Connor Bawek, India Berry, Andrew Bohn, Thomas Bonus, Ethan Bridge, Rayven Brooks, Amos Ceu, Jack DeJong, Taylor Denman, Madeline Dunbar, Peter Easler, Joseph Erickson, Taylor Igram, Abdul-Badi Issa, Christopher Jamieson, Tristan Jones, Alexis Kirk, Derek Kobolt, Clara Lyden, Paige Marshall, Nicolais Mulhern, Brett Neustrom, Thomas Nguyen, Lucas Niffenegger, Jasmine Oseguera, Jack Parker, Lauren Porter, Abigail Quigle, Jessa Rhea, Abigail Smith, Lily Tial, Noah Tuttle, Matthew Watson

Second Bar
135 Seniors Kaamil Abid, Noah Allbee, Briana Andrew, Haley Anglea, Keara Anonson, Naorin Ashrafi, Andrew Austin, Emma Avdic, Lejla Avdic, Jason Baldus, Samuel Berry, Abbey Bierma, Joseph Brennan, Sarah Brown, Robert Bruinekool, Hannah Burke, Brittany Burklund, Victoria Cassady, Julian Castillo, Colton Chambers, Jacquelyne Chu, Molly Cline, Andrew Couch, Emma Cox, Curtis Craven, Susannah Crichton, Megan Cushing, John Danos, Harmony Davis, Devan Defenbaugh, Nathan Dickerson, Phuc Do, Brett Donahe, Peter Economos, Hannah Eide, Ethan Eiler, Samantha Ellis, Grant Fidler, Julia Foust, Michael Gerot, Haley Gion, Ann Gould, Joseph Grasso, Zachary Graves, Melissa Grinvalds, Jakob Grittmann, Matthew Guske, Graham Hagan, John Haney, Jennavieve Hanson, Kaitlyn Harrington, Nicholas Hawkins, Eric Henning, Grant Hillenbrand, Sean Hilzendeger, Gretta Hingl, John Howard, Matthew Hrdlicka, Alina Husain, Leah Huston, Jack Jaros, Alexander Johnson, Carly Johnson, Mario Jordan Bartolo, Lanee Jung, Grant Karnes, Philip Kiely, Kevin Kieu, Tiana King, Robert Knudsen, Alexa Kort, Ian Ksiazak, Jared Lagomarcino, Maria Larson, Michael Libin, Brandon Luong, Olympia Manning, Nicholas Marshall, Connor McGinness, Hailey McKinney, Lexi Merritt, Mira Metelman, Nicholas Miller, Margaret Mungai, Lauren Nielsen, Quinn Nolin, Jason Nye, Jack Ohringer, Madelyn Overton, Abigail Patterson, Rachel Pender, Samantha Pick, Salman Quntar, John Rafferty, Katherine Rauch, Anthony Reno, Danielle Reyes, Noah Ridgway, Katherine Ringgenberg, Christian Roberts, Amanda Roemmich, Luke Rustin, Alexia Sanchez Garcia, Annie Schacht, Nathan Schmitt, Cory Schneider, Cole Schulte, Sydney Sheffield, Bridget Shoemaker, Ashlyn Shumaker, Anne Simmons, Logan Simon, Carl Skoog, Calvin Stalzer, Claudia Stewart, Caroline Stump, Gloria Tanui, Sarah Thompson, Samuel Throm, Sarah Timmerman, Maren Tuttle, Trevor Tyma, Alexis Van Blair, Ramya Vemulapalli, Liuchang Wang, Elizabeth Watson, Paige Weiand, Cody Welch, Michael Welch, Anna Wellman, Benjamin Wiese, Benjamin Willcockson, Nateshia Wilson, Tyler Wirta, Brittany Zink

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Valley Student Achieves Perfect ACT Score

GabrielMintzer-CampusGabriel L. Mintzer, the son of Michael Mintzer and Alla Mintzer-Zaprudsky of West Des Moines and a junior at Valley High School, 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.

Mintzer is one of only 14 students statewide to achieve this distinction during the 2014-15 academic year. The national number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, but roughly one-tenth of one percent receive a top score.

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student’s composite score is the average of the four test scores.

At 22.2, 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 21.0. Valley High School’s average composite score exceeds both state and national averages at 24.2. This is based on the scores of all graduating seniors in 2014-15, which is the most recent data.

Mintzer is the co-founder and co-director of the Des Moines Student-to-Student Speaker Series, which provides students with monthly lectures given by STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Math) professionals. Mintzer is a member of the Valley High School science and knowledge bowl teams, and the Central Academy mathematics team. He is also a member of Valley High School’s National Honor Society chapter.

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Valley High School Presents “The Crucible”

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Valley High School’s Theatre Department presents Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” a fictional retelling of the Salem Witch Trials, as its fall play.

Directed by Valley drama teacher Stacy Hansen, “The Crucible” features seniors Masha Smirnova as Betty Parris, Matthew Hrdlicka as Reverend Samuel Parris, Pearl Tate as Tituba, and Lily DeTaeye as Abigail Williams. Valley High School and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School students and staff make up the rest of the cast, crew and musicians, with seniors Kathryn Catellier as head stage manager, Grant Hillenbrand as head production assistant, Cody Thompson as master carpenter, and Sam Berry as master electrician. Senior Curtis Craven is featured as a drummer, and senior Olympia Manning will be performing as a violinist.

Performances are at 7 p.m. on Nov. 6 and Nov. 7, and at 3 p.m. on Nov. 8, in the Staplin Performing Arts Center, Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines. Tickets are $7 and $10, and can purchased through MIDWESTIX at www.midwestix.com or by calling 515-244-2771.

This play is presented through special arrangement with the Dramatists Play Service, Inc., in New York. Don’t miss out on your chance to see it!

Full Cast and Crew List

 

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Valley High School Community Forum Oct. 27

Valley High School will hold its fifth community forum on racism and acceptance at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 27. The forum will be held in the Media Center at Valley, 3650 Woodland Avenue, in West Des Moines.

Building administrators will provide information about the school’s ongoing efforts to increase acceptance of all individuals and combat racism in our community and schools. They will update attendees on an equity study Iowa State University is conducting with Valley and will gather input on this work.

For more information, please call Valley High School at 633-4000.

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2016-17 School Calendar Public Hearing Oct. 26

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Staplin Performing Arts Center Dedication Nov. 12

UPDATE, Nov. 17, 2015: The Staplin Performing Arts Center was dedicated on Thursday, Nov. 12, 2015. Below is a video of the full ceremony.

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From Oct. 14, 2015: Join the West Des Moines Community Schools for a celebration of the arts as our community dedicates the Staplin Performing Arts Center at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Nov. 12. This event is free and open to the public.

The dedication honors Dr. Phyllis Staplin, who served as a district curriculum director for 33 years and provided enduring support to every facet of the district’s fine arts program.

The evening will feature a student art exhibit, a youth dance showcase, and performances by Valley band, drama, orchestra, and vocal students.

 

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Fall Band Concert Features Pieces by Barber, Shostakovich

The Valley High School Band Department presents the 2015 Fall Concert at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, Oct. 13, at the Staplin Performing Arts Center. This event is free and open to the public.

The Valley Symphony Band, under the direction of Josh Waymire, will feature “Ride” by Samuel Hazo, “Sure on the Shining Night” by Samuel Barber, and “Festive Overture” by Dimitri Shostakovich. Concert Ensemble, under the direction of Greg Simmons, will perform “Summer in Central Park” by Frank Bencriscutto, “Swing Low, Sweet Chariot” arranged by Steve Rouse, and “Novo Lenio,” also by Samuel Hazo.

The Valley High School band program has distinguished itself at numerous local, regional and national events. Students may participate in any number of individual and small group music opportunities, including the IHSMA All-State Band, SCIBA Honor Band, Drake Honor Band, Perry Band Olympics and the IHSMA Solo and Ensemble Festival.

At the West Des Moines Community Schools, all students can begin taking band as early as fifth grade. All fifth-grade students are introduced to band instruments through a presentation by elementary band instructors. The potential band students have an opportunity to try out several instrument options. Weekly half-hour lessons are available during the school day with large group rehearsals during the noon hour in fifth grade and before school in sixth grade.

 

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