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Bellevue High School

Bellevue High School

From the Salute to Academics and Achievements series
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BELLEVUE (Iowa) High School has selected these outstanding seniors from its class of 49 students:

Academics

NICOLE HAXMEIER, daughter of Rodney and Kristina Haxmeier of LaMotte, Iowa, plans to major in computer science at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Top achievements:

• Governors Scholar Award

• KWWL Best In Class

• National Honor Society

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: My favorite classroom learning experience was Computer Aided Design(CAD) my junior year. I wanted to venture out of my normal realm of courses and ended up being in this class with all male contemporaries. Although I was initially upset the course lacked a female comrade or any of my traditional friends, I came to really enjoy the company of the men. It was actually refreshing to be surrounded by new people. Throughout the course, we worked with Solidworks and ChiefArchitect, and I discovered how much I truly enjoyed that field. We had the opportunity to design homes, and through that, I developed a new hobby. It was essentially one of the most creative-provoking and unconventional classes I had ever taken, and it became a very positive experience for me.

The Arts

MAYA JESS, daughter of Michelle and Greg Jess of Bellevue, plans to major in digital media production at Grand View College, Des Moines.

 Top achievements:

• Received Academic “B”

• Attended Congress of Future Science and Technologists

• High Honor Roll

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: A classroom experience I will remember forever is working on the Van's Custom Culture Shoe Competition with my classmates. It was very fun to sit around and bounce ideas off each other, and then be able to narrow it down to four designs. My absolute favorite part is watching the ideas we came up with come to life. Every art class I have is very memorable, because the students are allowed to express themselves in ways you can't in other classes. This project is my favorite, because we are working with other students. Working with other people allowed us to be able to laugh and have fun, while working hard to accomplish our task and get our idea across. Mr. Bakey, my art teacher, makes every class enjoyable, so it was hard to narrow it down to just one.

Humanities

MASON LYONS

Leadership

KYLEE BIEDERMANN, daughter of Kylee Biedermann of Bellevue, plans to major in nursing at Clarke College, Dubuque.

Top achievements:

• All-Academic All Conference, track, softball, basketball, volleyball

• National Honor Society

• Honor Roll, High Honor Roll

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I will continue to admire a program offered at Bellevue called Bellevue BIG. It is an open, calming, and unique area away from the school with big tables, comfy chairs, a microwave, mini fridge, Kuerig, and white boards. I will cherish this program because I have experienced more through this program than I would in a regular classroom. I am able to work on projects I am passionate about, and I learn how to work independently in the community, schools, and at home. Bellevue BIG is a project based learning environment, which the BIG members struggle to say it is a part of their school day because it doesn't echo the school system. I am grateful to be a part of this program, and I am thankful I had the opportunity to learn how to fluently speak in front of people and gain a network through the community.

Math/The Sciences

DIMITRI GATZIOS, son of Paula and Mark Junk of Bellevue and Tom Gatzios, plans to major in chemical engineering at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Top achievements:

• 2016 Academic All-State, cross country

• 2016 All-Academic Team, University of Wisconsin Platteville Mathematics Meet

• Academic All-Conference, cross country, track

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: We used to have a teacher that would make us write a letter to a war veteran every Veterans Day. I will remember this experience because I enjoyed telling a veteran how much I appreciated their service. Also, I learned that school can be about more than academics.

Vocational Education

KOLE DUESING

Young Journalist

COURTNEY SCHMIDT, daughter of Melissa Steines and Ken Schmidt of St. Donatus, Iowa, plans to attend Northeast Iowa Community College, Peosta.

Top achievements:

• National Honor Society

• High Honor Roll

• Silver Cord

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: A classroom learning experience I will remember forever occured my freshman year. I took my first year of Foods class and was completely overwhelmed by the number of upperclassmen. I was already familiar with cooking and baking so I was comfortable in the kitchen. However, I kept to myself because I was nervous around upperclassmen. My teacher knew what I was capable of in the kitchen so she helped push me out of my comfort zone and interact with upperclassmen. I went from being the shy freshman to feeling comfortable with the upperclassmen and helping them with their kitchen skills and knowledge. At times I would be asked to help other cooking groups and make sure they were following the recipes correctly. From this hands on learning experience I learned not to let fear hold me back from what I love doing.

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