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Alleman High School

Alleman High School

From the Salute to Academics and Achievements series
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ALLEMAN High School, Rock Island, has selected these outstanding seniors from its class of 87 students:

Academics

LUCY ADLFINGER, daughter of Matt and Doreen Adlfinger of Milan, plans to major in health science at St. Louis University.

Top achievements:

• Illinois State Scholar

• Rev. John O'Connor Scholar

• Robert Gende Memorial Scholarship

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I’ll never forget the first day when I walked into Dr. Schneider’s physics class. Although I knew almost nothing about physics, I was eager to learn about the subject. However, I knew it would be a challenge since I never took a class like this before. The knowledge Dr. Schneider had while teaching about physics was extensive, and soon I became increasingly excited for the next class. As we learned more and more, I started to question everything, and I found myself thinking about the physics of the world around me. In this classroom, I always felt challenged, yet I was confident that I could solve anything I put my mind to.

AUGUST DARROW, son of Clarence and Sara Darrow of Rock Island, plans to major in political science at the University of Notre Dame, South Bend, Indiana.

Top achievements:

• Top Ten Scholar

• Illinois State Scholar

• National Honor Society

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: During career day, I try to give every presentation my full attention so I can see if that career path could be right for me. In my economics class last year, we had a true entrepreneur join us, Mr. Patrick Flaherty. He told us of how he invented the alcohol and drug impairment googles we use in health class, how he invented the GermBot to clean wrestling mats and other flooring, and how he made a living off of using his creativity and business skills. With Shark Tank being one of my favorite shows, I enjoyed his presentation because it showed how you can be anywhere and solve problems with inventions and innovations and even make some money off of it. I also liked his dog themed car which was a recreation of the Mutt Cutts van from Dumb and Dumber.

The Arts

NOEL HUNTLEY, daughter of Dale Huntley Sr. and Dr. Lynn-Garvin-Huntley of Rock Island, plans to major in musical theater at Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau.

Top achievements:

• John O'Conner Scholar

• Principal's List

• Best in Room at Illinois High School Solo and Ensemble contest, grades 9, 10, 12

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I'm not someone who really gets a lot out of sitting in a classroom, but one class I really loved was my middle school literature class. I have always loved music and theatre, but it wasn't until 7th grade that I actually began to love words in written form as much as I loved to sing them. There were poems we read in that class that I committed to memory so I'll always have them. I remember the short stories and the novels we dissected. I really began to appreciate words beyond lyrics or dialogue. Just as importantly, I really doubted my intelligence in middle school, so having a class that I not only loved, but was genuinely good at really made my English classes in high school more enjoyable and has led to a deeper understanding and love of the written word.

JESSICA ZEPEDA, daughter of Herminio and Anna Zepeda of Moline, plans to major in political science at Washington University, St. Louis.

Top achievements:

• Illinois State Scholar

• John O'Connor Scholar

• Lindsay Burkhead Award recipient

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: The date was Wednesday, November 9, 2016. I recall stumbling into my American government class with only one thing on my mind -- the Election of 2016. "Alright," Mr. Adams bellowed as he handed out a stack of concept webs, "Get in a circle. Let's talk about this." Joining us in our circle, Mr. Adams helped lead a discussion about our reaction to the results of the election. Frequently, political discussions typically end with both sides becoming infuriated with each other. During this talk, though, our class was able to keep a civil discussion going without becoming frustrated with the opposition. Through this experience, I realized the importance of not just voicing our opinions but being able to listen carefully to those that may have a different opinion than us. It has opened my eyes to new ideas and perspectives.

Humanities

KOURTNEY JOHANNES, daughter of Jason and Kelly Johannes of Coal Valley, plans to major in secondary education at Truman State University, Kirksville, Missouri.

Top achievements:

• Top Ten, 4 years

• John F. O' Connor Scholar

• Principal's List

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: Señora Hollis, my Sophomore Spanish teacher, assigned an end of the year project entailing an oral presentation of “Mi Niñez”, or “My Childhood”, needless to say the requirement to be delivered in Spanish. In an effort to bring two year’s worth of learned Spanish language into a 5 minute speech, I put forth my greatest attempt to prove that my energy and zeal to understand a second language was far from wasteful; it was an articulate form of art. This project demanded tremendous preparation and hard work, but above all else it demanded a passion to thrive. The only thing greater than appreciating another culture and language aside from your own, is appreciating the gift God has given you to feed your mind with wonderful knowledge and the capacity to thirst for more. An opportunity to challenge myself in regards to a foreign language is one of high achievement.

LUPITA TOSCANO, daughter of Maria Cruz-Alamanza and Alfonso Toscano of East Moline, plans to major in accounting at Augustana College, Rock Island.

 Top achievements:

• John O'Connor Scholar

• Principal's List

• National Honor Society

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: My most memorable classroom experience took place my first semester of senior year. In English class, we worked on our School to Work Portfolio, which consisted of a college essay, resume, cover letter, mock interview, and thank you letter. I did well on each part and actually enjoyed it. Out of all the components, my favorite one was definitely the mock interview because it was something different than what we usually do. It gave me a glimpse of what a real job interview may be like in the future and taught me many things. Overall, the School to Work Portfolio taught me about the process of applying for a job, it helped make applying for college easier, and I was able to acquire a new skill set. I believe this experience has prepared for the future more than any other assignment.

Leadership

BRENNA HOGAN, daughter of Daniel and Rhonda Hogan of Rock Island, plans to major in nursing at Marquette University, Milwaukee.

Top achievements:

• Principal's List

• Top Ten

• Captain Stephen Phillis Scholarship

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: Being involved at Alleman High School has led me to many great opportunities. My favorite activity I have been involved in is Dance Marathon. On March 31, 2017, Alleman held its fourth Dance Marathon for the kids in the Iowa Children's Hospital. Unfortunately, our Alleman family has been affected by cancer and various other diseases, but we have responded to these challenges by coming together as a community. This event shows how passionate we are about giving back to others and being a part of something bigger than ourselves. Being one of the Logistics and Event captains this year, I was excited to carry on this tradition that was started four years ago. Our student body embraced this endeavor and we have made our mark by collecting $43,020.17 this year for the kids. We did not cure cancer with our efforts, but we did ease the burden of those fighting it.

SAMANTHA SHARP, daughter of Paul Sharp and Kim Foley-Sharp of Rock Island, plans to major in biology/pre-med at St. Ambrose University, Davenport.

Top achievements:

• Principal's List

• Rev. John O'Connor Scholar

• Student of the Month

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: A learning experience I will never forget, would be in my Biology II Honors Class. We were able to dissect a cat and learn that many of the body parts were just like humans! It was very interesting, a little sad (because of the cats), and really different. This class helped me choose to go into Biology and Pre-Med. I will never forget this class because it may help me in my future career and it is my dream to become a doctor! I want to help as many people as I possibly can! I am very excited to attend college and achieve my dream!

Math/The Sciences

REAGAN BUSH, daughter of Martin Bush and Susan Gustafson of Rock Island, plans to major in physical therapy at St. Louis University.

• Illinois State Scholar

• Academic All-State, honorable mention

• Top 10 Award, 4 years

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I will never forget the time in Speech 101 when I was assigned to give a speech about the effects of the fast food industry on the bodies of individuals and the United States' society as a whole. At this point, I had never given a speech of such great length and intensity, so the assignment allowed me to grow in the area of confidence related to public speaking. In addition, and perhaps even more importantly, the research I completed for this project opened my eyes to my intense desire to work toward a career in the health field, particularly in physical therapy. With this career, I hope to teach people the benefits of caring for the body and nurture bodies back to health whenever possible.

ELI GAETA, son of Lisa and Luis Gaeta of Bettendorf, plans to major in aerospace engineering at Iowa State University, Ames.

Top achievements:

• 2017 WYSE State Qualifier for Physics

• Top 10

• Eagle Scout

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: Prior to having the blessing of Physics with Dr. Greg Schneider, I was ignorant to how the world around me functioned. His passion, enthusiasm and dedication for not only physics, but kindness each and every day I have spent with him contemplating things from cardboard boats, to black holes, will forever be ingrained in my soul. He has shown me a whole new purpose and meaning for life by fostering a burning inferno of curiosity within me. I will forever be grateful for not only his outstanding ability to teach and challenge me, but also for the friend and role model I have come to know along the way.

Vocational Education

CONNER BOYD, son of Ann and Jeff Boyd of Rock Island, plans to major in health sciences at Augustana College, Rock Island.

Top achievements:

• National Honor Society

• Student Council

• IHSA First Team All-State, golf

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: One classroom experience I'll remember forever is my health class with Mr. Olson. It was not only one of the most fun classes I've ever had, but it was also one of the most informative. I loved learning about the health of the human body, and all of the little things that can affect it. There was never a dull moment in class, and I learned something new every day. In today's world, the health industry is growing rapidly. I found that having a knowledge of health was critically important to not just my education, but my life in general. Mr. Olson taught with patience and professionalism, and he is easily one of the best teachers I've had. His health class was not only fun and educational, but it also sparked a desire in me to pursue a career in the health industry.

MATT CLARK, son of Mary and David Clark of Moline, plans to major in engineering technology at Black Hawk College, Moline.

Top achievements:

• Principal’s List

• Tennis

• Habitat for Humanity

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I’m involved in a Manufacturing Technology class at UT’s area career center. While involved in this class I learned many things, like how to design and create different projects. One such project was creating a can crusher, which we first had to draw out using the computer program AutoCAD Inventor. Next was to fabricate it in the UT’s metal shop. The process included using a CNC Plasma Cutter, to cut out our table top and can feeder, the Horizontal Band Saw, to cut out our table legs, and the Welding Machine to put them all together. We also took the time to design and 3D print boxes for the switches that control the machine. I’m very thankful that I was able to be a part of this program. I hope this program will continue in the future so that others can benefit from it as much as I have.

Young Journalist

NATHAN GRAVES, son of Kathleen and Robert Graves of Coal Valley, plans to major in environmental sciences at the University of Montana.

Top achievements:

• Eagle Scout

• Principal’s List

• Rev. John O’Connor Scholar

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: One classroom learning experience I'll never forget is a time in chemistry with Sister Benedicta. She began her lesson that day explaining the lab we would doing in a few minutes. We would take different chemicals and minerals and put them in a flame. With each chemical came a different color flame. It was a very cool experiment that I will never forget.

NOAH KELLY, son of Mike and Renee Kelly of Rock Island, plans to major in history at Loyola University, Chicago.

Top achievements:

• Top Ten Award

• Eagle Scout

• Pioneer Press editor-in-chief

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: One of my favorite experiences was when we learned about the Declaration of Independence in American History, my all-time favorite class. We were put into groups and each person had a copy of the text of the Declaration, and we had to analyze what was being said. I enjoyed it thoroughly because it gave me a better understanding of the immense amount of tension as the writers realized they were signing away their lives on this document, and what it must've implicated in the creation of a new United States of America.

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