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Valley Students Honored as Citizens of Character

Slide image: Students Dayna Dunnwald and JJ Kapur being honored at the 2017 Iowa Citizens of Character award event.

Valley High School sophomore Dayna Dunnwald and senior JJ Kapur at the 2017 Iowa Character Awards event.

Congratulations to Valley High School senior JJ Kapur and sophomore Dayna Dunnwald, who were honored at the 2017 Iowa Character Awards event on Friday, July 21.

Kapur was named a 2017 Citizen of Character; Dunnwald earned an honorable mention in the same category. They join more than 100 Iowans who have been recognized by the Robert D. and Billie Ray Center for showing good character and demonstrating the Six Pillars of CHARACTER COUNTS!: trustworthiness, respect, responsibility, fairness, caring, and good citizenship.

See a full list of awards recipients.

Watch Kapur’s award recipient video.

 

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Two Valley Students Achieve Perfect ACT Scores

Valley High School seniors Christopher Jun and Joseph Swason earned perfect composite scores of 36 on the June 10, 2017, ACT test, according to ACT, Inc. This is the highest score possible on the college readiness exam. Seniors Anna Correa, Aarushi Dervesh, Catherine Larson, Alex Peterson and Nash Willham and junior Ryan Staub earned scores of 36 on one or more of the subject tests on the June 10 test.

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. The national number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, but only about one-tenth of one percent of students receive a top score.Based on 2016 data, Valley High School’s average composite score of 24.2 exceeds both state and national averages. With an average composite score of 22.1, Iowa has the highest average ACT composite score in the nation among states that test a majority of their graduating seniors. The national average is 20.8.

Based on 2016 data, Valley High School’s average composite score of 24.2 exceeds both state and national averages. With an average composite score of 22.1, Iowa has the highest average ACT composite score in the nation among states that test a majority of their graduating seniors. The national average is 20.8.

Congratulations to these students!

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FCA Invites WDMCS to See “Woodlawn” on New Scoreboard

Woodlawn movie imageValley High School’s Fellowship of Christian Athletes (FCA) chapter invites West Des Moines Community Schools families to join them for a free message and movie on the new scoreboard at Valley Stadium at 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Aug. 2.

The movie shown will be “Woodlawn,” described by Common Sense Media as a “Heartwarming fact-based drama about faith, race, football.”

Valley’s FCA chapter invites families to bring lawn chairs and blankets and join them on the field for a free outdoor night at the movies, weather-permitting. The Valley Stadium concession stand will be open.

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Reminder: New Meningococcal Vaccine Requirement for Grades 7 & 12

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.

Get the details.

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Valley High School Student Council Earns Second Honor Council Award

The Valley High School Student Council has earned an Iowa Association of Student Councils (IASC) Honor Council Award for the second consecutive year. It will receive special recognition at the Iowa Student Leadership Conference in Des Moines on Monday, Oct. 30, 2017.

The Honor Council Award recognizes student councils that present evidence of having an effective and progressive council organization in a variety of areas. Student councils compile and submit an application and scrapbook, which are scored by a committee of IASC Advisory Board members. A student council must receive a minimum of 80 points to receive the “Honor Council” award.

Valley High School’s 2016-17 Student Council was led by President John Mahoney and Vice President Brendan Roe. Additional members of the Executive Cabinet were Shubham Tayal (Secretary of Academics), Kate Sullivan (Secretary of Activities), Kathryn Crowley (Secretary of Arts), Jack Hamborg (Secretary of Athletics), Caitlin Mills (Secretary of Communications), Ethan Ellinger (Secretary of Finance), and Jocelyn Westerhold (Secretary of Philanthropy).

Senior class representatives were T.J. Foley, Hannah Fuller, Trent Gilbert, Brian Gu, Meier Lipman, Lizbeth Salinas-Reyes, Emily Steimel, Jessica Studer, Izzy Wilde, and Ginny Wyckoff.

Junior class representatives were Emma Bohn, Michael Bryan, Marcus Chew, Aarushi Dervesh, Taylor Gion, Quinn Herbert, Emily Johnson, Jamia Jordan, Ariz Keshwani, Carter Oakley, Anvay Pradhan, Jacob Rhein, Ann Thomas, Linh Tran, and Nancy Truong.

Sophomore class representatives were Alivia Agey, Jane Berg, Helen Gould, Thomas Hathaway, Savannah Hunt, James Meng, Maya Shah, Kate Snodgrass, Greta Stewart, Suzy Thomas, Suhkman Virdi, and Blaise Wittern.

Valley High School’s 2016-17 student council sponsors were art teacher Tory DeVries, special education teacher Jill Egger, and family and consumer science teacher Kelli King.

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8th Grade Valley Tiger Select Basketball Tryouts

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