NORTH SCOTT High School, Eldridge, Iowa, has selected these outstanding seniors from its class of 216 students:
SAVANNAH BOGNER, daughter of Bob and Annetta Bogner of Bettendorf, plans to major in biomedical engineering and pre-med at St. Louis (Missouri) University.
• ACT score of 33
• 4.0 GPA.
• Academic All-State
Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: In the spring of my junior year, I participated in a Health Careers Exploration class through Trinity College of Nursing. In this class, I further solidified my interests and passions towards the medical field. Through observing various surgeries, treatments, and day-to-day tasks of doctors, I learned that being a doctor was not only a childhood dream, but it truly fit my personality and interests. In this setting, I was able to freely explore my validated interests in the medical field. Additionally, I had an interest in engineering through the PLTW Intro to Engineering Design class I took freshman year. I considered these two interests into my decision to major in biomedical engineering. I feel that because of these situations, I have a clearer understanding of my likes and dislikes within this field. This will help me be confident in my choice of study in college, and for that I am thankful.
BRENDON LEE, son of Kevin and Tarah Lee of Eldridge, plans to major in energy and environmental engineering at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.
• National Honor Society
• 3.962 GPA
• ACT score of 31
Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I will never forget my experience during my final exam of my AP World History class. The final exam was divided into two class periods. The night before the test was very stressful, and I worried a lot about what my score would be. Even though I had been studying for two weeks, the final could ask about ANYTHING in history. After studying almost all night, I went to class on those days feeling nervous, but prepared. Next week, I learned that I had scored a 103% on the final. This experience taught me the value of hard work and preparation in life. In addition, it helped to build my self confidence. If I could pass a test over all of history, what couldn’t I do? From then forward, I have known that I can do anything, as long as I put the work, preparation, and effort into to it.
KARLAINA BUNN, daughter of Jodi Bunn and Steven Bunn of Princeton, plans to major in music education and jazz studies at Northern Illinois University, DeKalb.
• Making all state my senior year
• SEIBA Honor Jazz Band
• Writing a composition for the jazz band
Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: This year, I took a jazz theory and arrangement class. This class allowed me to compose, arrange, and transcribe. One assignment I had was to write my own song, so I chose to write a jazz big band chart. As I was working, Mr. McMann told me that if I finished the project by a certain time, it could be performed by the next concert. I finished the job in time, and now I can hear it played with a solo by Wycliffe Gordon, our guest artist! I have never been this excited for such an opportunity, and I'm very grateful.
CONNOR LaPAGE, son of Michael and Catherine LaPage of Eldridge, plans to major in music education at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.
• 1st alternate All-State Percussion
• Best of center ensemble at state
• Second in district major landers contest
Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: Freshmen year I attended an honor jazz combo day and was extremely humbled. That day I realised I had to so much to learn musically and since then I've been dedicated to soak up as much information as possible in order to become the best musician I can. That day I learned that we have to be torn down to become stronger.
LUKE KNOUS, son of Brad and Lisa Knous of Eldridge, plans to major in engineering at Iowa State University, Ames.
• Summa Cum Laude
• Eagle Scout
• Lettered in Band and Choir
Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I will never forget one fateful day in high school. It started out as any other, I went to each of my classes and everything seemed fine. Until the start of Jazz Band. I quickly learned I had forgotten my music folder. I would be playing from memory. I was nervous and scared out of my socks to say the least, but Mr. Collins assured me to just let go and feel the music. Figuring nothing could go wrong if the only drummer in Jazz 2 could not play his part, I heeded his advice. With the stroke of my arm I started laying down the groove to our songs. One by one I played better than I had ever before. This experience was life changing. It taught me to trust my self a little more and realize I am better than I give myself credit. Thanks, Mr. Collins.
ANDREA WARHURST, daughter of Kimberly Warhurst and Mark Warhurst of Eldridge, plans to major in secondary science education/theater arts at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.
• Performed at International Thespian Festival
• All-State, speech
• Iowa Center for the Arts Scholarship
Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: This year, I've been helping out my old chemistry teacher's classes. First semester, I had one student who frequently had trouble with the subject. I will never forget the feeling of the student thanking me for being so helpful. That is why I want to become a teacher.
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REGAN GREENWOOD, daughter of Jennifer and Joe Greenwood of Eldridge, plans to major in elementary education at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.
• National Honor Thespian
• All State Speech Qualifier
• State Cheerleading Champion
Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: Over the past year, I have been a teacher helper in a kindergarten classroom. It has been an amazing learning experience for me because I want to go into elementary education. My cooperating teacher, Becca Wolf, has been extremely helpful in giving me a look into education. I could not have had a better role model to learn from this year. In her classroom, I did a variety of tasks. One thing I worked on with the students was practicing counting. Their kindergarten goal is to get to 100 by the end of the year. Seeing the excitement and accomplishment on their faces when they finally hit 100 for the first time was an experience I will never forget. These moments have given me the confidence that I am going down the right path.
MOLLY McCUNN, daughter of Jeff and Kathleen McCunn of Long Grove, plans to major in environmental engineering at Iowa State University, Ames.
• Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award
• Student Government president
• Summa Cum Laude
Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: During sophomore year, my TAG teacher Ms. Redmond stood in the front of the class and announced that we would all be writing novellas within the span of one month. I had some experience with writing in the past, but never anything as extensive as a novella. As I started typing chapter one, I never thought I would actually end the story. But as the weeks progressed, and my story developed, I found a sense of accomplishment in what I had created. My novella became less of a race to 50,000 words and more of a journey to stretch the boundaries of my skills and imagination as a writer. I can now proudly say that I finished my book, and the experience is one I will remember forever.
LAKYN BELK, daughter of Fred and Shawn Belk of Donahue, plans to major in pre-med at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.
• Invited to international competition for FPS
• Girls State
• Qualified for Mock Trial State
Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: One time in my sophomore Honors English class, we had a substitute. She tried her best to analyze a short story we were reading, but she ended up saying something that was very offensive and discriminatory. Before she could continue, I raised my hand and told her what she said unfairly generalized a certain group of people. I am not the type of person to confront people, but I stood up for what I believed in. Other people joined in, and that moment was when I learned the importance of standing up for what's right and how to be a leader. I will remember this moment forever because now, I won't back down, and I will defend my beliefs.
GARRETT BUCKLAND, son of Brad Buckland and Wendy Buckland of Long Grove, plans to complete an industrial electrician apprenticeship through River Cities Engineering, Davenport.
• Academic Excellence
• 3.5-4.0 GPA
• Proficient in industrial technology skills
Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: My most memorable classroom learning experience would have to be when we built hunting blinds in Building Trades Class. Our class was tasked with building several deer blinds that were roughly the size of a shed to demonstrate all of the techniques that go into building a home. We learned the skills to correctly frame, install windows and trim, and to roof the small deer blind. What made this project so memorable for me, was that I was chosen to be the group's foreman. This meant that at the beginning of each class I was in charge of meeting with the teacher and going over the blueprints. After our meeting I would report back to my group to instruct and participate in the task for that day. Learning these skills encouraged me to pursue the homebuilding program as a senior.
ADAM KURT, son of Brian and Connie Kurt of Long Grove, plans to major in economics at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.
• Summa Cum Laude
• International Honor Thespian
• First Honors Award for Outstanding Scholarship
Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I have had many great classroom experiences in my time at North Scott. One I will remember forever was in my Marketing class. We were using a computer simulation selling hologram projectors. We could control prices, supply, and features amongst other things. We were all in teams and competing with all the other classmates. We had to try different strategies to beat the other teams. That kind of hands-on learning was engaging and exciting for me. The competition brought a nice challenge that got everyone interested.
MADELINE YOUNG, daughter of Kim Koster of Davenport and the late Rick Young, plans to major in anthropology.
• Morning Star editor-in-chief
• 2: All-State for Ensemble Acting in Speech
• International Thespian Society
Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: In all of my learning experiences in high school, I never really found one that was more important than the others. Each moment of those four years taught me something. With the death of my father, I learned true loss and heartbreak, but it was in a small art room that I learned how to let go, and how to be happy. During the second semester of my Sophomore year, I began my love affair with poetry. Every class period, I was forced to confront my own limitations, and I went on to realize that talent is not given — it is earned. So that year, I made a promise to myself to always love the art and poetry I create, because in the end, we are only as good as our legacy, and I plan to make mine as memorable as possible.