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Camanche High School

Camanche High School

From the Salute to Academics and Achievements series
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CAMANCHE (Iowa) High School has selected these outstanding seniors from its class of 64 students:

Academics

DAVID GONZALEZ, son of Glinda and Felipe Gonzalez of Camanche, plans to major in mechanical engineering at Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids.

Top achievements:

• Bankers Association Academic Award

• High Honor Roll

• Academic All-State

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: Mr. Williams’ Chemistry Class. We were able to burn different elements, and see their chemical reactions. We saw colors that ranged from a turquoise green to a vibrant red. It was pretty sweet.

The Arts

QUINN RAUCHENECKER, daughter of Shawn and Scott Felts and Michael Rauchenecker of Clinton, plans to major in musical theater and English at Clarke College, Dubuque.

Top achievements:

• National Honor Society

• Dorian Honor Choir

• High Honor Roll

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: What I'll remember forever is choir and having lessons with Mr. Stoddard. I always struggled with breathing and some of the techniques. I was very much involved with musicals and solo/ensemble competitions so I needed to work hard on improving my voice. Through lessons, I started to break down the barriers that held me down. I started to do solos during concerts and set up an audition with my dream college. I'll never forget the improvements I made and the people around me who shaped me into the person I am today.

Humanities

KODI DANN, daughter of Ted Dann and Crystal Anderson of Camanche, plans to major in youth ministry at North Central University, Minneapolis.

Top achievements:

• Thespian Society president

• Honor Roll

• 3.0 Club

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I can't say I have one specific classroom experience that jumps out in my mind because I cherish so many of my memories here at Camanche High School. But I can say all my favorite memories and experiences are the times I was able to combine my creativity with school work and interact with my friends and have fun while still growing and learning. I am forever grateful for my time at Camanche and for my peers and teach who helped push me to grow and learn more about myself.

Leadership

ISABEL WOLF, daughter of Michael and Margaret Wolf of Clinton, plans to major in biology at University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.

Top achievements:

• Valedictorian

• Academic All-Conference

• National Honor Society

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I remember helping out with moving gifts for our local sharing tree program. Seeing how many people in our own community that needed help changed my ideas on charity and helping others. You don't have to go far to find someone who could use your help, and I hope to continue to better the communities that I become a part of in the future.

Vocational Education

ANDREW EDENS, son of Frank and Amy Edens of Camanche, plans to study firefighting at Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids.

Top achievements:

• High Honor Roll

• Class President

• 3.0 Club

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: The most memorable moment in my high school experience would have to be from Mr. Williams’ chemistry class. Mr. Williams re-enacted an alchemist from the late 1800s by doing magic tricks with elements. His vivid performance engaged the students and made learning fun while creating an interest for chemistry.

Young Journalist

LAUREN SHAFF, daughter of Peter and Kristal Shaff of Camanche, plans to major in elementary education at University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.

Top achievements:

• National Honor Society

• Yearbook editor

• Valedictorian

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: As last school year was coming to an end, the yearbook staff was scrambling to finish the rest of the book. When the last day of school came, we still had not completed the final pages. We realized that in order to get them done we would have to come back into school for the next week. I was nervous that not everyone would come and that I would be left with all the work. However, I was wrong. Everyone came and together we created an incredible yearbook filled with that years many memories. That week I learned how important it is to be dedicated and to work as a team.

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