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Academics

Joshua Hunter, child of Jason and Jennifer Hunter, plans to attend the University of Iowa

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Joshua Hunter

Top 3 achievements: National Honor Society President, Speech Contest Division 1 Rating, Seal of Bi-literacy in Spanish

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? The most memorable learning experience from high school was the election unit in Government class during my senior year. The class formed three different parties and took part in many events along the campaign trail. I was the presidential candidate of my group and had to give speeches and debate with the other parties. Part of the process was gaining more followers on social media, which funded the campaign. There were many people on our team, and everyone had their own job like running the Twitter account, sending out polls, speaking for the party, or directing and editing the commercials that we had to make. From this unit, I learned a lot about how to better work as a team and speak in front of a large group of students.

The Arts

Malea Parrott, the child of Matthew Parrott and Cassandra Parrott, plans to attend the University of Iowa.

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Malea Parrott

Top 3 achievements: My top three academic/extracurricular achievements are being successful with taking two different foreign language courses at the same time, helping create backdrops and using props for school plays, and helping start the school's Japanese Culture Club.

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? During freshman year in my dystopian literature class, my teacher wanted to prepare us for reading the book "1984" by immersing us in a classroom simulation. The purpose of it was to make us experience total authority with no ability to defend ourselves. The simulation's premise was this: The counselor found a note in the hallway with nasty things inside about the school and the staff, and he was on a mission to find out which student in the classroom wrote it. Only one student was in on the act, leaving the rest of us blind to the fact it was a ruse. Once the simulation began, most of the students were nervous and worried despite being good kids who couldn't hurt a fly. My poor teacher underestimated the counselor's acting skills, leaving half the class crying in shock of the situation at the end. The teacher was so remorseful about the incident that she bought us a cake.

Humanities

Elizabeth Hugunin, the child of Jill and Travis Hugunin, plans to attend Iowa State University.

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Elizabeth Hugunin

Top 3 achievements: Being an NHS member, student council president, and a 4-h county council member.

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? Having giant class discussions in my contemporary literature class was one of my favorite classroom experiences ever. We would spend almost the whole class just sharing our thoughts and ideas about different topics. It was always an open and honest conversation that felt very special to have with my classmates. Our teacher never really got involved with the discussions either, so it would only be my classmates and I, which felt pretty cool to do.

Leadership

Chloe Wells, the child of Dana and Stephanie Wells, plans to attend Buena Vista University.

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Chloe Wells

Top 3 achievements: 2020 First Team All-State Class 2A (softball). 2018 First Team All-State Class 2A (softball). 2021 Muscatine Community College Academic Dean's List

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? A classroom learning experience that I'll remember forever is getting to work with special education students during my mentoring class. My mother was a para-educator in a classroom with a student that has autism. Soon after meeting him, I wanted to constantly be around him to learn. Throughout my four years in high school this kid has become my best friend, we even have a special handshake. This kid has had such an impact on my life and he will never realize it. Ever since meeting him, I knew that I wanted to become a special education teacher. It is crazy how one human can have such a big impact on another, I'll forever remember my best buddy. As I am leaving soon, I have decided that for my final prom the best date would be my buddy. I’m super excited to take him and let him experience prom.

Math/The Sciences

Josie Said, the child of Chad and Traci Said, plans to attend Southeastern Community College for Nursing

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Josie Said

Top 3 achievements: Class Treasurer, National Honor Society Treasurer, Seal of Biliteracy

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? In anatomy and physiology, we dissected a sheep's brain. It was really fascinating seeing first hand what a brain looks like. My friends' sheep brain had a dark spot on it and my friends were convinced that the dark spot was a tumor. Our teacher put the idea to rest by explaining that it was actually just blood or possible trauma. Anatomy and physiology has been a very enjoyable class for me!

Vocational Education

Marshall Ochiltree, the child of Rod Ochiltree Kirstie Ochiltree, plans to attend Muscatine Community College, Engineering Tech Program.

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Marshall Ochiltree

Top achievement: Honor Roll

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? One classroom experience I will never forget is in Anatomy I took my senior year. We did dissections on a rat, goat brain, and cow eye. I was not excited to do any of them but when I did them they were kind of fun. The smell of all three of them I will never forget.

Young Journalist

Meggan Hook, the child of Mike and Kristy Hook, plans to attend Bradley University to major in Nursing and minor in Spanish.

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Meggan Hook

Top 3 achievements: Silver Chord, Senior Class President, Seal of Bi-literacy.

What’s something you learned that you will take with you after high school? I’ve always struggled to find a course of science that I found interesting. My sophomore year during biology, we went over the topic of genetics and genealogy. I loved to learn about it. I enjoyed learning about how your parent’s genes play a part in how you look and also the difference between your dominant and recessive genes. I also liked learning about genealogy. It was cool to see where my ancestors came from and the connections I can make with my classmates who are also from around this area.

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