Outstanding Accomplishments in the WDMCS
Periodically throughout the school year, we compile a list of special honors and awards received by our students and staff. These outstanding accomplishments are presented to the School Board as Board Recognition. Check out all the great things our students and staff have accomplished!
Junior Ben Wiese won the National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLY) scholarship and studied in China for six weeks this summer. He is the fifth recipient of NSLY at Valley after senior Suryatej Akavaram (Tej) and 2012 graduates Jasmine Au, Jessica Au and Elaine Mou.
2014 graduate Kyra Cooper was selected to receive a NSLI Youth Scholarship to study Arabic abroad this summer. Her program took place in Muscat, Oman, through the America-Mideast Educational and Training Services, Inc. The program emphasizes rapid language acquisition in a language immersion environment by combining in-class language instruction, a comprehensive cultural program and homestays. The NSLI Youth Scholarship is sponsored by the U.S. Government through the Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs.
Please Note: The following musical honors are from the end of the 2013-14 school year and the students’ grade levels are reflected as such.
Valley’s varsity jazz choir, Vocalese, took home first place honors for the second year in a row at the Iowa Vocal Jazz Championships, also known as Best of Iowa. Valley’s prep jazz choir, Vocal Point, placed fifth. Iowa All-State Jazz Choir auditions were held the same day and the following Valley students were selected to perform in this prestigious 20-person vocal jazz choir: Jared Freiburg, Abby Hudson, Lauren Pfeil and Caroline Stump. Nicole Miller and Linda Tong were chosen as first alternates. Also, Stephanie Hansen was chosen for the All-State Jazz Choir for the third consecutive year and was chosen as the competition’s Best Female Vocalist. Vocalese is directed by Haley Gibbons and Vocal Point is directed by Ryan Deignan. Pianist Julian Castillo, bassist Lauren Johnson and drummer Zane Gedler accompany both choirs and Brandon Devine and Melanie Taylor are the sound technicians.
The Valley and Valley Southwoods had 123 vocal music entries in the State Solo and Ensemble Music Festival. The students earned 56 Division I ratings, 54 Division II ratings and 13 Division III ratings. In addition, the following Valley students were chosen as the best performers in their audition center: senior Sammie Binns for her soprano solo as well as a member of the madrigal group consisting of junior Jillian Belieu, junior Keaton Denker, senior Brandon Devine, senior Annie Howard, senior Michael Keay, senior Ben Klooster, junior Lauren Pfeil, sophomore Bridget Shoemaker, senior Emma Stier and senior Justin Umthun.
The Valley orchestra earned a gold rating and the Adjudicator’s Award at the Heritage Festival in Chicago. The orchestra has received an invitation to participate in a future Festival of Gold competitions. In addition, Bailey Cook was named Queen of Love and Beauty at Medieval Times.
The Valley symphony band, concert band and Southwoods band gave outstanding performances at the Adventureland/Drake University Festival of Bands. Special recognition was given to the symphony band, which, in addition to receiving a Division I rating, was awarded the Don Marcouiller Best of Class Trophy.
The boys and girls soccer teams each finished in the state tournament quarterfinals in the spring. The boys track team was a state meet qualifier, while girls tennis finished fifth at the state meet and boys tennis placed third in the state. The girls golf team was the runner-up at the state tournament.
Over the summer, the softball team finished in fourth place at the state tournament and the baseball team reached the state tournament quarterfinals.
|Mandi Roemmich||Softball||First-team all-state, all-district, first-team all-conference, first-team all-division|
|Mack Jones||Softball||Second-team all-state, all-district, second-team all-division|
|Anna Gernant||Softball||Second-team all-state, second-team all-conference, first-team all-division|
|Brooke O’Hollearn||Softball||Third-team all-state, honorable mention all-division|
|Lexi Merritt||Softball||Second-team all-conference, first-team all-division|
|Megan Rushing||Softball||Second-team all-division|
|Kasey Feldt||Softball||Second-team all-division|
|Rachel Bakey||Softball||Honorable mention all-division|
|Connor Sorge||Baseball||First-team all-state, first-team all-district, first-team all-conference, first-team all-division|
|Nick Nelsen||Baseball||Second-team all-state, first-team all-district, second-team all-conference, first-team all-division|
|Jay Hrdlicka||Baseball||First-team all-district, first-team all-conference, first-team all-division|
|Drew Denkiner||Baseball||Second-team all-district|
|Jacob Rojohn||Baseball||First-team all-division|
|Drew Denkinger||Baseball||First-team all-division|
|Jack Brandsgaard||Baseball||Second-team all-division|
|Keller Prien||Baseball||Second-team all-division|
|Chloe Jeffries||Tennis||Singles state champion, regional champion|
|Chloe Jeffries /
|Tennis||Co-ed doubles state champion|
|Lauren Hoffart /
|Tennis||State Qualifier, second place at regionals|
|Tommy Maigaard /Nicholas Fifield||Tennis||8th-place at state meet|
|Mackenzie Main||Girls Soccer||First-team all-state, first-team all-state, first-team all-division|
|Haley Morris||Girls Soccer||Second-team all-state, first-team all-conference|
|Brooke Swain||Girls Soccer||Honorable mention all-state, honorable mention all-division|
|Morgan Schlee||Girls Soccer||Honorable mention all-state, first-team all-conference, first-team all-division|
|Anja Schepp||Girls Soccer||Honorable mention all-state, first-team all-division|
|Greta Hingl||Girls Soccer||Second-team all-division|
|Torey Brown||Girls Soccer||Second-team all-division|
|Kylee Metzger||Girls Soccer||Honorable mention all-division|
|Maddy Smithey||Girls Soccer||Honorable mention all-division|
|Kendall Bryant||Girls Soccer||Honorable mention all-division|
|Jordan Lucas||Boys Soccer||All-Star Team, First-team all-state, first-team all-conference, first-team all-division|
|Addison Parrish||Boys Soccer||Second-team all-state, first-team all-conference, first-team all-division|
|Zack Butters||Boys Soccer||Academic all-state, second-team all-division|
|Mark Broderick||Boys Soccer||First-team all-conference, first-team all-division|
|Jake Sprecher||Boys Soccer||Second-team all-conference, first-team all-division|
|Nic Gorham||Boys Soccer||Second-team all-division|
|Ramon Gonzalez||Boys Soccer||Second-team all-division|
|Almedin Plvulij||Boys Soccer||Second-team all-division|
|Britton Hiskey||Boys Soccer||Honorable mention all-division|
|Aaron Williams||Boys Soccer||Honorable mention all-division|
|Ryan Johnston||Boys Soccer||Honorable mention all-division|
WDMCS Chief Financial Officer Paul Bobek presented on Communicating School Finance to the Public at the July 16 Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB) Fiscal Management Conference.
Valley social studies teacher Kevin Neal was selected as an NEH Summer Scholar and attended an NEH Landmarks of American History and Culture Workshop this summer. His workshop was held in Springfield, Ill., and explored Abraham Lincolns’ life in Springfield and New Salem Village, Ill., as well as the political challenges Lincoln faced as President.