Board Recognition 12/10/12

The Board of Education of the West Des Moines Community School District is pleased to recognize the outstanding accomplishments of district students and staff.

Congratulations to Kerrigan Owens who advanced to the state level for the Voice of Democracy contest sponsored by the Veterans of Foreign Wars. Her speech “Is the constitution still relevant?” won at both the local and district levels. Also competing well at the local level were seniors Dylan DeClerck and Hannah Beuse.

The Crestview First Lego League team won the High Quality Team Performance award at a regional competition. Team members are Cael Elmore, Mark Breiner, Jerry Breiner, Sukhman Virdi, Grant Rieker, Gwyn Chilcoat, Lindsay Wirta, Chloe Thorn and Hans Bunn.

Walnut Creek’s Connor Armstrong and Alyssa Ragner were honored for their contributions to our school and the community by the Des Moines area optimist clubs. They were given certificates of appreciation in recognition of upholding the dignity of youth, for showing sincere devotion to the welfare of others, and for generous and unselfish contributions to society.

It’s not often that a debate team closes out the final round of a debate tournament. In order to accomplish that, a team has to advance the top two competitors all the way to the conclusion of the tournament. But Valley novice Lincoln-Douglas debaters accomplished just that at the UNI and Waterloo East tournaments. Not content with that accomplishment, the novice Lincoln-Douglas debaters closed out the semifinal round at DM Roosevelt. The top four debaters were freshman Emily Mann, Western Hills sixth grader Conal Thomas-McGinnis and Indian Hills eighth graders TJ Foley and Trent Gilbert.

Valley dabaters won championships at the DM East tournament as well as the Minneapple tournament in Apple Valley, Minn., also winning the team sweepstakes award at Minneapple by beating mover than 60 teams from 24 states. At DM East, Valley’s novice policy debaters swept the top three spots with the team of freshmen Bri Andrew and Gabe Klein placing first, the team of sophomore Nolan Dahm and freshman Sean Hilzendeger placing second and the team of eighth graders Alex Carther and Meta Miller placing third. At Apple Valley, sophomore Gina Scorpiniti was the JV Lincoln-Douglas tournament champion.

In New York at the Bronx High School of Science invitational, senior Megan Nubel advanced to elimination round as the fifth seed out of over 300. Senior Lucy Korsakov also advanced to the elimination debates. Both finished in the top 32. In Dallas, at the St. Mark’s School tournament, the policy debate team of sophomores Brody Diehn and Sam Basler were in quarterfinals of the Sophomore Round Robin, a national event that invites 32 of the country’s top sophomore teams for intense competition.

At the Des Moines Roosevelt tournament, the policy team of eighth graders Alex Carther and Meta Miller were in semifinals of novice policy. And the team of sophomore Nolan Dahm and freshman Sean Hilzendeger placed fifth in novice policy.

Congratulations to the following students who were named to the all-state orchestra: violinists Tricia Shi, Ben Wade, Alex Zhou, Alan Rongkavilit, Daniel Marcus, Conner Dickson, Hannah Willard and Laura Carther; violists Claudia Malchow, Leah Thompson and Danny Miller; cellist David Duvall; bassist David Merriman; viola alternate Lexi Brennan.

Congratulations to the following students who were named to the all-state band: Derek Yu on oboe; Taylor Altemeier and Bryce Sederburg on clarinet; Brooke Beatty on bass clarinet; Keegan Hockett on bassoon; David Nicholson on alto saxophone; Todd Johnson on bari saxophone; Ryan Garmoe on trumpet; Matt Johnson on trombone; Alec Garringer on tuba; Lauren Johnson on bass; Elsa Klein on harp. Alternates were Joe Peterson, Jared Lancaster and Stephanie Hansen.

Congratulations to the following students who were named to the all-state choir: Chloe Goodman, Casey Johnson, Noah Reddig, Sam Cacciatore, Abby Hudson, Joel Snyder, Tommy Lau, Emily Swallow, Broc Everett, Dylan DeClerck, Zach Lepperd, Jessica Martens, Michael Keay, Emma Stier, Emma Lind, Will Ward, Mary Hudson, Becca Finkelshteyn, Connor Wang and Kellen Schneider.

Adam Morse broke Valley’s boys bowling record of 515 with a 542 total as the team defeated DM Roosevelt. He tossed a 243 and a 299.

Seniors Tanner Hinkle, Jake Campos and Sam Raridon and junior Connor Sorge were named to the DM Register’s Elite all-CIML football team. They were also named to the first-team all-CIML along with seniors Clint Boffeli, Andrew Marshall and Luke Tang. Second-team all-CIML selections were seniors Cameron Hansen, Tanner Stine and Holden Kramer, juniors Tyus Mason and Dakota Miller and sophomores Drew Gray and Keller Prien. Senior Nick Brennen received honorable mention.

Senior Gabby Borlabi was an honorable mention selection to the Iowa Class 5A all-state volleyball team. She was also named to the all-district team, was a second-team all-CIC Iowa Conference pick and a first-team all-CIML west selection. Peyton Kellner was named to the second team all-CIML west and Colette Hussey and Natalie Colosimo were honorable mention.

Ben Anderson placed first in the IHSAA Cross Country Senior All Star Classic. Anderson’s time was 15:04, just off of his Iowa all-time record of 15:01. Both the boys and girls cross country teams finished 13th at the state meet. Ben Anderson led the boys with a time of 15:19 and Lydia Saggau led the girls with a time of 15:01. Anderson, Lee Scott and Daniel Soto earned all-conference honors.

The girls swimming team finished third at the state swimming and diving meet. Senior Julie Dickinson, junior Morgan Rafferty and senior Ashlyn Clingman finished second, third and fifth, respectively, in 1-meter diving and junior Kaitlin Wistey finished fourth in the 100 backstroke.

The boys golf team won the CIML Iowa Conference meet with a team score of 293. Isaac Vandersee finished first at 70, followed by Jeff Swegle in second at 71. Noah Reddig and Broc Everett also finished in the top 25.

For the sixth consecutive year, the Valley High School Competition Cheer Squad received first place in the 4A large squad division at the Iowa Cheerleading Championship. Team members are Bre Nickens, Rebekah Cochran, Caroline Erickson, Jamie Bullington, Courtney Warren, Ashely Yap, Mackenzie Moran, Kaylee Shelton, Haley Melz, Amanda Merck, Carissa Just, Megan Renkel, Meenu Raja, Carter Forrest, Sara Wetzel, Madison Castle, Megan Schnoebelen, Kaitlyn Harrington, Leah DeClerk, Bri Hagar, Natalie Lawyer, Maggie Laws, Ashley Joos, Leah Carlson and Samantha Bullington. The team is coached by Beth Ferguson, Jason Trost, Alyssa Doll and Ashley Ellingson,