Valley High School’s spring musical, “The Secret Garden,” has earned 18 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards. This is the highest number of Iowa High School Musical Theater awards Valley High School has won since first participating in the awards in 2014-15. The production and Valley students were honored for their achievements at the 2018 Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards Showcase on June 4.
The musical won four production awards: Outstanding Musical Production, Outstanding Ensemble, Outstanding Student Orchestra, and Outstanding Community Engagement. The ensemble of “The Secret Garden” performed an excerpt from their production at the showcase, in celebration of the school’s receipt of an Outstanding Musical Production Award, the program’s highest honor.
Six students and student groups also earned individual awards. Seniors David Bone as “Archibald Craven,” Ethan Glenn as “Dr. Neville Craven,” Camille Mireault as “Lily,” and Lizzie Napier as “Mary Lennox” all won Outstanding Performance in a Principal Role awards. The “Dreamers” (Nick Ellis, Rachel Forney, Taylor Gion, Quince Harding, Gunner Hawthorne, Quinn Herbert, Alec Jessen, Liz Lau, Jordan Potter, Olivia Ramaekers, Claire Sattler, Cole Strelecki, Maddy Swaim, and Julie Van Kirk) and the “Mist” (Emma Bohn, Camryn Cline, Allison Hutchinson, McKenzie Paulsen, and Ellie Willse) also earned Outstanding Performance as Featured Dancers awards.
The production earned three Outstanding Achievement in a Technical, Creative, or Business Role awards for Carpentry and Painting (Hadley Abbas, Olivia Allard, Tyler Beveridge, Chase Brown, BreAnna Eigenheer, Christian Patrick, Cole Stephenson, and Ashlan Simpson), Outstanding Properties (Grace Axman, Destiny Booth, Isabella Criberi, Marina Fredregill, Addie Frohardt, Taylor Johnson, Mia Klaric, Alina Kushekbayeva, Kathryn Rosanak, and Emily Schnoor), and Outstanding Stage Management (Lauren Anderson, Connor Bach, and Amy Wickenkamp).
“The Secret Garden” also earned special recognition awards for Performance in a Principal Role (seniors Preston Hayes as “Colin Craven” and Kate Raridon as “Martha”), Performance as a Featured Dancer (junior Lindsay Amundson as “Robin”), Featured Properties (senior Brandi Marlett), and Front of House Management (Grace Axman, Kiona Dodson, Marina Fredregill, Addie Frohardt, Taylor Johnson, Mia Klaric, Alina Kushekbayeva, Brandi Marlett, Kathryn Rosanak, and Emily Schnoor).
Hayes, junior Elizabeth Brackett, and senior Lauren Johnson represented Valley by performing in a collaborative inter-school medley led by guest Broadway music director Adam Jones and choreographer Sara Brians. The carpentry/paint team, the properties team, and the stage management team exhibited their award-winning work as part of the showcase’s Technical and Creative Achievement Gallery. Bone, Glenn, Mireault, and Napier also had the opportunity to audition to represent Valley and Iowa at the National High School Musical Theater Awards in New York City this summer as part of the Triple Threat Award program.
Started in 2012-13, the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards are presented by the Des Moines Performing Arts non-profit organization. Almost 70 schools participated this year. Iowa Public Television will air a highlights special of the evening later this summer.
Congratulations to “The Secret Garden”!
- June 13, 2018
The Valley girls’ soccer team lost Friday in the Class 3A semifinals of the Iowa high school state tournament.
- June 8, 2018
Valley High School student-athlete Madi Kubik has been named to the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team, which will compete in the 2018 NORCECA Women’s U20 Continental Championship June 18-23.
The 6-foot-1-inch outside hitter recorded 544 kills, 247 digs, 34 service aces, and 33 blocks this past season, leading the Tigers to the Class 5A state finals. A member of the U.S. Girls Youth National Team, Kubik was selected to the Elite All-State Team. She was also named the Class 5A Player of the Year and the Gatorade Iowa Volleyball Player of the Year, distinguishing her as Iowa’s best high school volleyball player. Kubik maintained a 3.68 GPA in the classroom and volunteered locally on behalf of the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Meals From the Heartland, and youth volleyball camps. She will be a senior at Valley High School in fall 2018 and has verbally committed to the University of Nebraska.
Kubik will train with the U.S. Women’s Junior National Team in Colorado Springs, Colorado, June 8-15, before traveling to Aguascalientes, Mexico, for the 12-country championship tournament. The winning team automatically qualifies for the 2019 FIVB Women’s U20 World Championship.
“This year’s (Women’s Junior National Team) features twelve outstanding athletes from across the country,” U.S. Women’s Junior National Team Head Coach Keegan Cook told USA Volleyball. “Collectively, they form a team with a diverse range of skill, experience, physicality, and potential. These young women represent the bright future of USA Volleyball, and we are looking forward to seeing them compete together.”
The team will face Puerto Rico on June 18, Cuba on June 19, and Guatemala on June 20. The tournament quarterfinals will take place June 21, with semifinals on June 22, and final classification rounds on June 23.
- June 8, 2018
Valley High School student-athlete Jordy Triana has been named the Gatorade Iowa Boys’ Soccer Player of the Year. He is the seventh Valley athlete to receive the honor in boys’ soccer.
- June 8, 2018
Many West Des Moines Community Schools athletic teams are known for their skills and successes, but few have seen such rapid growth as the Tiger Archery Club. With more than 300 members less than 10 years after its creation, the club has experienced both popularity and competitive success.
- May 30, 2018
Valley High School and Valley Southwoods Freshman High School second-semester finals will be held on Wednesday, May 30; Thursday, May 31; and Friday, June 1. The full finals schedule is below. Please be aware that if a class completes a final before the scheduled final date, students are not required to attend that class period. Please review this schedule as a family to make sure students know their schedules and are as prepared for finals as possible.
Day 1—Wednesday, May 30
|Lunch||11:35 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.|
Buses arrive at 2:35 p.m.
Day 2—Friday, May 31
|Lunch||11:35 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.|
|8/Early Bird||12:15-1:45 p.m.|
Buses arrive at 1:45 p.m.
Day 3—Friday, June 1
|Lunch||11:35 a.m. to 12:10 p.m.|
Buses arrive at 12:20 p.m.
- May 25, 2018
Students who attended a West Des Moines Community Schools (WDMCS) elementary are invited back for Seniors Come Home. This special event gives high school seniors the opportunity to visit their home elementary schools so teachers and fellow students can wish them well on their upcoming graduation. Seniors Come Home has been a tradition in the WDMCS for more than 25 years.
On Wednesday, May 23, graduating seniors are invited back to their home schools at the following times:
- Jordan Creek and Western Hills at 2:20 p.m.;
- Clive, Fairmeadows, and Hillside at 2:45 p.m.;
- Crossroads Park at 3 p.m.; and
- Crestview and Westridge at 3:15 p.m.
All retired elementary teachers and staff are welcome.
Seniors Come Home is coordinated by Rosemary Brandt (515-633-5012), Service Learning Coordinator. Service Learning is a program of WDMCS Community Education.
- May 14, 2018
Valley High School Principal Tim Miller and senior student JJ Kapur have earned Citizen of the Year awards from the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce and the City of West Des Moines. Miller has earned the 2018 Citizen of the Year Award, and Kapur has been named the Emerging Citizen of the Year.
Miller has been principal of Valley High School since 2014. As Valley principal, he has led the school through its equity audit and work with the Deep Equity program and continues to work diligently to provide growth and enrichment opportunities for students and staff. He continually strives to enhance the feeling of community among all Valley High School stakeholders.
Before serving as Valley principal, Miller was the associate principal at Brody Middle School in Des Moines for one year, then principal of Stilwell Junior High School for 15 years. At Stilwell, he established three cornerstones staff and students still follow today: do the right thing, do your best, and treat others the way you want to be treated.
Kapur founded the Iowa Sikh Turbanators, a youth-led community service group focused on “turban-ating” the negative stigma surrounding Sikhism. His work advocating for Sikh civil liberties has earned him the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award and ACLU Youth Advocacy Award.
In 2017, Kapur was named the Original Oratory National Champion at the National Speech and Debate Tournament, the most prestigious high school speech and debate competition in the nation. His victory capped off a string of high profile awards, including first-place finishes at the Tournament of Champions, Emory University, and Harvard University tournaments.
Miller and Kapur will be honored as West Des Moines Citizens of the Year at a special reception from 4:30-6 p.m., Wednesday, May 9, at the Staplin Performing Arts Center at Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines. The event is open to the public and there is no charge to attend. For more information on the event, please contact the West Des Moines Chamber of Commerce at 515-225-6009.
- May 8, 2018
“The Secret Garden” tells the story of 11-year-old Mary Lennox, an orphan who travels to Yorkshire to live with her uncle Archibald and his sickly son Colin. Her new home includes a magical garden which beckons the children with haunting melodies and spirits from Mary’s past who guide her through her new life. “The Secret Garden” is a compelling tale of forgiveness and renewal and earned a Tony Award and a Drama Desk Award in 1991. Valley High School’s production will be adjudicated for the Iowa High School Musical Theater Awards.
The play features senior Lizzie Napier as Mary Lennox, senior David Bone as Archibald Craven, and senior Preston Hayes as Colin Craven. Junior Caitlyn Potter plays Mrs. Medlock, the housekeeper, and senior Cooper Earle plays gardener Ben Weatherstaff, while senior Ethan Glenn plays Dr. Neville Craven, Colin’s uncle and physician. Seniors Erik Skoog and Kate Raridon play Dickon and Martha, friends of Mary and Colin.
More than 150 Valley High School students make up the rest of the cast and crew, with senior Amy Wickenkamp as head stage manager, junior Emily Schnoor as head production manager, senior Tyler Beveridge as master carpenter, and senior Mary Scout Cole-Duvall as master electrician.
Performances are at 7 p.m. on April 27 and 28, and at 2 p.m. on April 29, in the Staplin Performing Arts Center, Valley High School, 3650 Woodland Ave., West Des Moines. Tickets are $10 and $12 and can be purchased through MIDWESTIX at www.midwestix.com or by calling 515-244-2771.
This play is presented through special arrangement with Samuel French, Inc.
Cast & Crew
*Denotes Members of Thespian Troupe #2048
Lily: Camille Mireault* (Understudy: Brooke Boddicker)
Mary Lennox: Lizzie Napier*
Mrs. Medlock: Caitlyn Potter* (Understudy: Alison Hisel)
Dr. Neville Craven: Ethan Glenn*
Martha: Kate Raridon* (Understudy: Makyah Merrifield)
Archibald Craven: David Bone (Understudy: Patrick Pham)
Ben Weatherstaff: Cooper Earle* (Understudy: AJ Bleskacek)
Dickon: Erik Skoog
Colin Craven: Preston Hayes* (Understudy: Joey Furnald)
Mrs. Winthrop: Bre Eigenheer* (Understudy: Sydney Mixon)
- Rose Lennox: Maddy Swaim* (Understudy: Sierra Gilbert)
- Captain Albert Lennox: Jordan Potter*
- Alice Shaw: Olivia Ramaekers* (Understudy: Gracia Koele)
- Lieutenant Shaw: Alec Jessen*
- Mrs. Wright: Claire Sattler
- Lieutenant Wright: Gunner Hawthorne*
- Claire Holmes: Liz Lau* (Understudy: Elea Cooper)
- Major Holmes: Cole Strelecki*
- Mrs. Shelley: Rachel Forney*
- Major Shelley: Nick Ellis*
- Mrs. Glass: Taylor Gion
- Commander Glass: Quinn Herbert*
- Mrs. Williams: Julie Van Kirk*
- Officer Williams: Quince Harding*
- Fakir: Ariz Keshwani
- The Ayahs: Ann Thomas*, Mary Thomas (Understudy: Zoey Tucker)
- Fakir’s Assistant: Suraj Moorjani
The Mist: Emma Bohn*, Camryn Cline, Allison Hutchinson, McKenzie Paulsen, Ellie Willse*
The Robin: Lindsay Amundson*
Medlock’s Minders: Alison Hisel, Rebecca Stockham*, Josie Williamson*
House Servants: Zoe-Ella Anderson*, Faith Breiholz*, Maddie Hansen*, Marisa Rethman*
The Butler: Christian Patrick*
The Footmen: AJ Bleskacek, Ben Spence
The Gardeners: Hans Bunn, Jackson La Fleur*, Alex Matthews*, Conner Smith*
The Spirits: Riley Bartlett*, Brooke Boddicker, Lizzie Brackett*, Lauren Johnson*, Patrick Pham, Natalie Segura, Cole Stephenson*, Nick Wharff
The Children/Fog: Elea Cooper, Sierra Gilbert, Emily Hansen, Riley Heil*, Maya Knudsen, Makyah Merrifield, Sydney Mixon, Zoey Tucker
The Storm/Spring: Olivia Allard*, Claire Burnett, Savannah Burnham*, Lexi Chesley*, Chloe Edwards*, Sasha Hentzen*, Carlyn Mann*, Alainna McAuliff*, Skylar Vanden Bosch*, Hannah Walker, Elena Whisler, Rachel Wrenn
Train Passengers/Fall: Lawrence Byerly*, TJ Edge, Joey Furnald, Hannah Grable, Ella Henricksen, Jack Johnson, Gracia Koele, MacKenzie Ludwig, Skylar Manna, Alana Scherer*,
Sahithi Shankaiahgari, Bryce Stewart*, Andrew Vande Berg*, Hope Walker
The Mist Men: Payton Chapman, Beau Lombardi, Jake Remsburg, Jon Shaner, Sam Stevens
Director: Stacy S. Hansen
Technical Director: Amanda Pichler
Musical Director: Haley Gibbons
Choreographer: Megan Helmers
Pit Director: William Bird
Assistant Musical Director: Connor Koppin
Assistant Choreographer: Heather Stout
Assistant Technical Director: Darin Webb
Costume Designers: Janie Westendorf, Lori Westendorf, Curtains Up Costumes
Sound Designers: Josh Jespson, Cody Sweeny
Photographer: Christopher Maharry
Poster Designer: Drew McLellan
Student Teacher: Elizabeth Meier
Head Stage Manager: Amy Wickenkamp*
Assistant Stage Managers: Lauren Anderson, Connor Bach
Head Production Manager: Emily Schnoor*
Head Publicity Manager: Taylor Johnson
C.A.M.P. Artist: Brandi Martlett*
Design Team: Grace Axman*, Kiona Dodson*, Marina Fredregill, Mia Klaric*
Head Makeup Manager: Kathryn Rozanak
Publicity Team: Grace Basler*, Mekhia Hillgren, Aline Kushekbayeva, Chloe Stark
Production Team: Whisper Arbs, Destiny Booth, Makaila DeWeerd, Addie Frohardt, Robert Hanson
Master Carpenter: Tyler Beveridge
Assistant Master Carpenters: Chase Brown*, Christian Patrick*, Ashlan Simpson*, Cole Stephenson*
Master Electrician: Mary Scout Cole Duvall*
Light Board Operator/Assistant Master Electrician: Kenny Epstein
Spotlight Operators: Isabella Ksiazak*, Maddy Shumaker
Master Paint Charge: Bre Eigenheer*
Assistant Paint Charges: Hadley Abbas*, Olivia Allard*
Audio Assistant: Emmy Richardson
Fly Rail Chief/Run Crew: Zak Fleishman
Fly Rail/Run Crew: Ena Moreno, Jean-Roch Leger
Carpenters: Isaiah Aldiano, Carson Burmester, Don Dewaay, Christian Edge, Eddie Falk, Jean-Roch Leger, Skylar Manna, Ena Moreno, Aaron Reno, Jake Stegman*, Clayton Stein*
Electricians: Isaiah Aldiano, Eddie Falk, Aquaria Dayton, Bre Eigenheer*, Zack Fleishman, Thomas Hathaway, Isabella Ksiazak*, Skylar Manna, Aaron Reno, Emmy Richardson, Cole Stephenson*
Paint Charges: Bre Cole*, Emma DeJong, Marina Fredregill, Rachel Hendle, Wen Jiang, Jordan Kazeze, Sahithi Shankaiahgari, Maddy Shumaker, Emilee Tilton, Ellie Whisler*
Violin: Rachel Li, Ryan Staub, Kendra Thompson
Violin II: Dominic Cravero, Kaleb Dale, Veena Kappaganthu
Viola: Amy Huynh
Cello: Wyatt Eiler, Xiangheng Li
Bass/Electric Bass: Abi Whitford*
Keyboard I: Cam Mears
Keyboard II: Maya Shah
Keyboard III/Percussion: Claire Meyers
Flute: Grace Basler*, Kylie Miller*
Recorder/Pan Pipes/Tabla/Miscellaneous Percussion: Aarushi Dervesh
Flute/Percussion: Hadley Abbas*
Oboe/English Horn: Avi Gedler
Bassoon: Jacob Smith
Clarinet: Kathryn Witrock
Bass Clarinet/Clarinet: Barbara Nicholson
Trumpet: Joseph Correa, Henry Leaders, Grace Lincoln
French Horn: Sam Shea
Trombone: Zach Wright*
- April 23, 2018