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Marquette High School

Marquette High School

From the Salute to Academics and Achievements series

MARQUETTE CATHOLIC High School, Bellevue, Iowa, has selected these outstanding seniors from its class of 14 students:


SAMUEL PETERS, son of Charles and Jennifer Peters of Bellevue, plans to major in biology and animal ecology at Iowa State University, Ames.

Top achievements:

• ACT score of 30

• 3.96 GPA

• High Honor Roll, 4 years

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I was recently enrolled in a class named 20th Century Multimedia, where we watched historical films concerning World War II, the Cold War, and other historical subjects of the 20th Century. I will remember this class forever, more specifically the World War II unit, because of both the new knowledge I gained and the heightened attitude of respect I have for veterans and "The Greatest Generation" of Americans. I am grateful I had the opportunity to witness these great events of history.

The Arts

MARISSA SCHROEDER, daughter of Steve Schroeder and Carol Schroeder of Bellevue, plans to major in biology at Loras College, Dubuque.

Top achievements:

• Class 1A Iowa Bankers Association Student Athlete Achievement Award

• IGHSAU State Basketball 2017 All-Tournament Team

• Class 1A INA First Team All-State Basketball

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: In Biology class my sophomore year, while dissecting a frog with my partner, we found out it was pregnant with hundreds of little eggs. Our frog was the only one to be pregnant out of the whole class, so it was a once in a lifetime chance to compare our pregnant frog to the rest of the class that I will never forget.


ALYSSA KREMER, daughter of Shane and Stefanie Kremer of LaMotte, plans to major in energy resource management and development at the University of Wyoming, Laramie.

Top achievements:

• 3.89 GPA

• ACT score of 28

• Academic All-State, cross country, basketball

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: In Western Civilizations class, we studied ancient Greece. Our culminating assessment was a re-enactment of the trial of Socrates, featuring Plato, Xenophon, and Anytus among others. We wrote and performed speeches for a judge, jury and citizens of Greece, which were all roles filled by students. This activity allowed me to pursue my interest in Socrates and ancient Greece, while integrating speaking and writing skills. All students in the class were required to play their role to the best of their ability. This included full costuming, meaning togas for all, in order to really allow students to embody their historical characters. This trial was a unique twist on classroom learning and I will never forget the time I was sentenced to death as Socrates after a display of purposeful disrespect to officials of the ancient Athenian court.


ELLEN SIEVERDING, daughter of Mark and Sherri Sieverding of Bellevue, plans to major in business at Loras College, Dubuque.

Top achievements:

• Student Body president

• Marquette Honor Society

• Tri-Rivers Conference Academic All-Conference Team

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: During my Junior year of high school I took a Chemistry class. In this class, we were to compete in an event for Physics Competition. I chose to build a toothpick bridge with my partner. It was challenging and fun all at the same time to work with the bridge. We spent hours cutting toothpicks and gluing them together. This project improved my patience, because many times what we planned did not work out or a part needed to be redone. The bridge exceeded our expectations and we were happy with the outcome of the project.

Math/The Sciences

HSIANG-LAN (SHARON) HSIA, daughter of Pao-Chien Hsia and Ying-Tzu Chen and host family James and Jennifer Klein of Bellevue , plans to major in dentistry at San Pablo University, Madrid, Spain.

Top achievements:

• High Honor Roll

• Quiz Bowl Varsity team

• Taiwan National Tennis team qualifier

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: The classroom learning experience that I will remember forever was when I got to dissect a frog in Biology class during my junior year. It was the first time that I was able to do a dissection because my old school did not allow any dissection in class. Before I had Biology class, I did not understand the practical experience. I thought I could learn everything from a textbook, but I was wrong. The textbook would not tell you that the frog I dissected was going to have a grasshopper in its stomach. All the textbook showed me was pictures of an expertly dissected frog that looked nothing like a frog would in a real life situation. In 20 years, I may not remember any Biology terms I learned, but I will remember that there is no knowledge greater than that gained from experience.

Vocational Education

JONATHAN HERRIG, son of Jonathan Herrig of Bellevue, plans to major in farm operations and management: ag mechanics at Southwest Tech, Fennimore, Wisconsin.

Top achievements:

• Honor Roll, 4 years

• Senior Class president

• Citizenship Award

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: While I will remember many concepts that I have learned throughout my years of school, I will be able to more easily remember what I have learned in Electricity class because it’s a particular set of skills that are so applicable for people to know when they need to make a new installation with wiring in their house as well as many other situations. Many people lack this knowledge and therefore choose to call a professional to perform the task. Although this process ensures that the task will be performed correctly, it is costly to have someone else do this for you when with some knowledge, you are more than capable of doing it yourself safely and effectively. The main idea of wiring is the same in many different situations and I will be able to remember what I learned in that class and us the knowledge to my advantage.

Young Journalist

ANNA SCHMIDT, daughter of Stephen and Lisa Schmidt of Bellevue, plans to major in nursing at St. Ambrose University, Davenport

Top achievements:

• DAR Good Citizen award

• Tri-Rivers Conference Academic All-Conference Team

• High Honor Roll, 4 years

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: A classroom experience that I will remember for the rest of my life is one that took place twice in both my Biology II class my junior year and my Anatomy and Physiology class my senior year. During these classes, we spent a day performing a dissection of a cow’s heart. These class periods were both intriguing and educational. They were intriguing because they allowed myself and my classmates to explore the gross anatomy of a large heart, one that is very similar to those that beat within our own chests. It was also educational because it allowed us to learn more about the heart and how it functions with a visible, real-life example at our fingertips. This classroom experience will be one that I will recall throughout the rest of my life, and especially throughout college as I obtain my degree in nursing.


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