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Wilton High School

Wilton High School

From the Salute to Academics and Achievements series
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WILTON (Iowa) Jr./Sr. High School has selected these outstanding seniors from its class of 52 students:

Academics

TESS KERKHOF, daughter of Gerry Kerkhof and Kate Brammeier of Wilton, plans to major in economics at Grinnell (Iowa) College.

Top achievements:

• National Honor Society, president

• Valedictorian

• Class president

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: One classroom experience I will remember forever was in my economics class. Our final class project was to create a product from start to finish. Build it, market it, sell it, and distribute it; basically to create a small business in our town. It was challenging but I really enjoyed it. The teamwork aspect of the entire class being involved was good practice for our next steps in life. It helped me decide that economics was the major for me and made me really interested in entrepreneurship.

The Arts

HALLIE SPEED, daughter of Dan and Cindy Speed of Wilton, plans to major in music education at the University of Northern Iowa, Cedar Falls.

Top achievements:

  • Honor Roll
  • Academic All-Conference, basketball
  • Selected for Iowa Ambassadors of Music European Tour

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: Allison Pearson was my history teacher throughout junior high as well as sophomore year in high school. She taught me many lessons of ancient wars and culture, but I believe the most inspiring lesson she taught was about kindness. Mrs. Pearson, was very adamant in the fact that bullying in every aspect was wrong, which was branded into your mind by every adult since you were born. Mrs. Pearson believed that everyone was important. Everyone has something to say and deserves to be heard about it. She taught me that no one was better than myself, I was no better than anyone else, and nobody had the right to think otherwise. I think this is a lesson that everyone should learn. Life shouldn’t be about your skin color, gender, size, or sexuality, but instead about the type of person you are and what you have to give to the world.

Humanities

FALLOYN GRUNDER, daughter of Jeff Grunder and Karen Grunder of Wilton, plans to major in education at Muscatine Community College.

Top achievements:

  • Honor Roll
  • National Honor Society
  • Academic All-Cconference

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: One memorable classroom experience that will forever remember took place in a class called Fictional Worlds. Poetry is an art that sparks my interest, so while in this unit in Fictional Worlds class, I appreciated the freedom of writing poetry. During this time in the classroom, my classmates and myself took the time to read each other's work and admire the art that we had put together. In this time, I realized that all people are able to create pieces of writing that they are proud of, no matter what type of person they are. Writing and language can bring people together, and this is why I find it so interesting. Writing gives a person an outlet for expression that holds no comparison.

Leadership

HANNAH CHRISTENSEN, daughter of Chad and Michele Christensen of Wilton, plans to major in psychology at Regis University, Denver.

Top achievements:

  • National Honor Society
  • National Chapter on Youth Leadership
  • Talented and Gifted

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: Walking into Mrs. Hetzler's classroom two years ago, I expected the traditional routine; getting out the infamous syllabus and learning about classroom expectations. To my surprise, she wanted to start with a more important matter, integrity. She showed us how integrity is the foundation of our character, explaining that if you recognize yourself as a person with integrity, you have ensured a successful and happy life. By being more than the average, focusing on others before yourself, and simply being kind to all, shows your true core values. In high school, doing the right thing is often difficult, worried about the constant judgments of others. If you stand up for doing the right thing, people may not always agree with what you do, but they will have great respect for you, that you stand up for something you believe in.

Math/The Sciences

ELEANOR VRCHOTICKY, daughter of Brenda Vrchoticky of Tipton, plans to major in biology at Kirkwood Community College, Cedar Rapids.

Top achievements:

  • 3.78 GPA
  • Honor Roll, 4 years
  • The Beaverbots robotic team 6492

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: A classroom learning experience that I will remember forever is an activity I did in Physics class. We were learning about the properties of stars, their life cycles, and a bit behind the history of the constellations. On a beautiful fall night, the class went out and observed the different stars, galaxies, and constellations. And to think, some of the technology we used during this time could be downloaded on our phones. This experience was unconventional, and yet, it is the one I will always remember.

Vocational Education

BRADY BARRETT, son of Tim and Deanna Barrett of Wilton, plans to major in business/health care administration at the University of Iowa, Iowa City.

Top achievements:

  • Academic All-Conference, football, baseball, basketball
  • Honor Roll
  • Quad-City Times Salute to Academics & Achievements

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: I will always remember a specific learning experience from 4th grade when we were studying to take the Iowa Assessments. Our teacher, Mrs. Sheets, had the ability to make school fun and interesting all at the same time. She often gave us incentives to do our best. She said that if our entire class did well on the tests that she would do cartwheels down the hall in the school. We spent weeks studying for the tests and were able to meet our goal. Later that year (after she had done some practicing) Mrs. Sheets did as she had promised and cartwheeled down the entire hallway. Even though I didn’t realize it at the time, she was teaching us a valuable life lesson that I will never forget. She taught us to be dedicated, set goals, work as a team and with that you will achieve success.

Young Journalist

ALLISON BOSTEN, daughter of Shannon and Diana Dugan of Durant, plans to major in education at Muscatine Community College.

Top achievements:

  • National Honor Society
  • Honor Roll, 4 years
  • Academic All-Conference, softball, volleyball, basketball

Describe a classroom learning experience you’ll remember forever: The classroom learning experience I will forever remember was in my journalism class this year. I am the editor of the yearbook, so as you can imagine my job is extremely time-consuming. One day in class, my teacher got all of the yearbook, newspaper, and video blog staff to promote buying a yearbook by making commercials, ads, and posters to hang around the school. This experience taught me that everyone in my class, when asked to do it, can work together to do something good for a group of people. Not everyone in high school is selfish. They are willing to help out whenever they are needed. I will never forget that day because it made me extremely happy and proud of my school.

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