REPLAY: Valley Class of 2020 Honors Evening

This event was held Wednesday, May 20, 2020. Please watch the video above for a replay of the virtual experience.

Valley Class of 2020 Honors Evening FAQ

Who receives an invitation?

Any student who will be recognized during the evening will be sent an email invitation stating they will be recognized during the event, but anyone may view the event. 

What recognition will there be?

Valley Administration and community members will recognize accomplishments in National Merit competition, Advanced Placement (AP) awards, ACT testing, DMACC degrees and certifications, Seal of Biliteracy, various scholarships and awards presented by community members, Silver Cord awards, and scholarships from the West Des Moines Student Scholarship Fund.

If my student received a scholarship, should I let the Counseling Center know?

Valley students are highly accomplished and will receive many scholarships from organizations and the postsecondary schools they’ll attend. To keep the length of the evening reasonable only those scholarships given by organizations that contacted Valley directly, and presented by the organization that evening, will be included in the program.

Can I find out for what my student will be recognized?

Generally, yes. Though some awards will be a surprise to recipients, Polly Maly, Counseling Secretary, can generally let you know. You can reach her at

How long is the evening?

Every effort is made to keep the evening to a reasonable length, approximately two hours. The virtual event may be shorter. 

If a student receives an award or scholarship, how will they receive it?

If there is a plaque or certificate given with the award, it will be delivered when Chromebooks are returned. Scholarship packets from the West Des Moines Scholarship Fund will also be delivered at that time. If a student isn’t able to be there at that date, awards and packets will be mailed home. If the scholarship is from an outside organization, they will be mailing information home.

What if I’m not able to watch the event at the scheduled time?

For those unable to tune in during the livestream, the broadcast will be made available on Valley’s Facebook page and the WDMCS YouTube channel following the event.

What if my question wasn’t answered above?

Please contact MacKenzie Gersdorf, Counselor, at or Polly Maly, Counseling Secretary, at