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May 24, 2017

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Danbury Review's Tribute to the Graduates

    On the following pages you'll find spotlights on graduates. We thank the seniors and their parents who returned the information so that we could make this issue a little more special.
    Congratulations to all graduates. Whether you're moving up to kindergarten, advancing to a larger grade, leaving the safety net of high school to enter college or get a job, or beginning a new career, we wish you the best of luck in your endeavors.


Perkins Graduates from Morningside College

    SIOUX CITY, Iowa (May 15, 2017) - Morningside College in Sioux City, Iowa, presented degrees to undergraduate students during its 119th spring commencement held on May 13. Among the graduates was Kayla M. Perkins of Oto. Kayla received her Bachelor of Arts in English.
    Morningside is a private, coeducational, four-year liberal arts college with a total enrollment of 2,900 students. Morningside College offers five bachelor's degrees: Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, Bachelor of Music, Bachelor of Music Education and Bachelor of Science in Nursing. Morningside also offers a Master of Arts in Teaching degree and a Master of Science in Nursing degree.


Weber successfully completed Spring 2017 as a CALS Ambassador

    AMES, IA (05/11/2017)-- Kalli Weber, daughter of Leona and Frank Weber of rural Mapleton, majoring in Agronomy, successfully completed Spring 2017 as a member of the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences (CALS) Ambassadors at Iowa State University. This highly selective group of students plays a pivotal role in the recruitment activities of the college.
    Members of this group, open to all students in the college, are required to log at least 20 hours of volunteering each semester and maintain attendance and participation requirements. Ambassadors serve actively on one of seven committees, each tasked with specific duties related to the purposes of recruitment and engagement within the college.
    Weber served as member of the High School Visits Committee, which is tasked with creating an interactive presentation for high school students. The presentation is used by Ambassadors during these visits to assist in promoting CALS and sharing their personal experiences. This semester, Ambassadors met with approximately 2200 high school students between fall and spring semesters.
    Over the course of spring 2017, the Ambassadors logged over 2,000 volunteer hours. Through each committee, members get experience with project management and leadership in addition to practicing teamwork and communication skills.
    Governing the Ambassadors is a leadership team who is made up of committee chairs, a representative from each committee, and elected officers which includes a chairperson, vice-chair, and secretary. The CALS Ambassadors are advised by Beth Foreman, Student Services, College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.
About Iowa State
    At Iowa State University, students don't get just an average college experience. They get an adventure. After all, we offer students a challenging career-oriented academic setting paired with a welcoming campus environment. And above all else, we encourage our students to achieve - and we provide the support they need to do just that.
    Iowa State University is one of the nation's most student-centered public research universities and is recognized among the top 50 public universities in the nation by U.S.News and World Report. With hundreds of student clubs and organizations, thousands of internship and co-op opportunities, and more than 80 learning communities, the university offers a student experience rich in academic and social diversity. Students from all 50 states and more than 100 countries choose to come to Ames, Iowa, to study with world-class scholars and hone their leadership skills.
    Part of what makes Iowa State such a special place for our students to learn and grow is the uniqueness of the faculty and staff who work here. Our faculty and staff have established a leading-edge reputation among peers for innovative interdisciplinary academic programs, an ever-expanding learning community program, and entrepreneurial experiences for students.
    Plus, Ames has been recognized as the second-best college town with a population under 250,000. And did we mention we've also been voted one of the top 10 best places to live in America? So it's no wonder why our students love it here.
    At Iowa State, students will find 100 majors, 800 clubs, and one amazing adventure.


Danbury Catholic Preschool Graduates


Danbury Catholic Sixth Grade Promotion


Maple Valley-Anthon Oto High School Class of 2017

    Forty-three students from Maple Valley-Anthon Oto High School received diplomas on Sunday afternoon, May 21st, during commencement at the Maple Valley-Anthon Oto High School gymnasium in Mapleton. Attired in black robes and maroon robes, wearing their class flower, a gold rose, the graduates received their diplomas from MVAO school board president Dale Wimmer. MVAO Superintendent Dr. Steve Oberg presented the class. The class of 2017 selected the class motto, "Don't tell us the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon."
    The senior address was given by Morgan Todd. The MVAO High School band, under the direction of David Kovarna played the processional and recessional. The choir seniors sang a musical selection, "See You Again," under the direction of Brian Smeltzer. Eight juniors, selected by the senior class, served as ushers. JoHannah McKibben and Ben Sadler were the head ushers. The other ushers were Brenna Lansink, Jennalie Mounivong, Jordyn Pester, Connor Beeck, Jackson Krusen, and Colby Seuntjens.
    Dan Dougherty, high school principal, presented the following awards:
    Students graduating Magna Cum Laude: NiKayla Aguirre, Shaylee Ames, Juan DelaGarza, Kendra Hart, Dalton Kollbaum, Kylee McDermott, Skyler McDermott, Anavin Mounivong, Brad Ortner, Jacob Schaffer, Morgan Todd, Anne Weber, Rebecca Whitney, Karlee Wolf.
    Students graduating Cum Laude: Kaitlyn Hoelscher, Shyanne Jochims, Courtney Redenius, Rebekah Schram, Brett Weaver.
    National Honor Society Members: NiKayla Aguirre, Juan DelaGarza, Kendra Hart, Kaitlyn Hoelscher, Dalton Kollbaum, Skyler McDermott, Brad Ortner, Rebekah Schram, Morgan Todd, Anne Weber, Karlee Wolf.
    Current Gold Club Members: 1 Year Members: Talon Brown, Kaitlyn Hoelscher, Shyanne Jochims, Brett Weaver ; 3 Year Members: NiKayla Aguirre, Shaylee Ames, Juan DelaGarza, Kendra Hart, Dalton Kollbaum, Kylee McDermott, Skyler McDermott, Anavin Mounivong, Brad Ortner, Jacob Schaffer, Rebekah Schram, Morgan Todd, Anne Weber, Rebecca Whitney, Karlee Wolf.
    President's Academic Excellence Awards: NiKayla Aguirre, Dalton Kollbaum, Anavin Mounivong, Brad Ortner, Jacob Schaffer, Morgan Todd, Anne Weber, Rebecca Whitney.
    Military Enlistment Recognition: Adam Ehlers – Iowa Air National Guard
    Bernie Saggau Award: Anavin Mounivong
    MVAO High School Faculty Citizenship Awards: Tanya Hanks, Brandon Todd
    Iowa Bar Association American Citizenship Award: Brad Ortner
    These graduates were also presented the following scholarships and awards:
    NiKayla Aguirre: Ann & Philip McGarr Scholarship; Thomas & Marilyn Gannon Scholarship, from South Dakota State University.
    Shaylee Ames: Anthon WIMECA Scholarship, Rachel and Lloyd Olson Scholarship; Foundation Scholarship, College Now Scholarship, and Board Scholarship, from Western Iowa Tech.
    Bailey Boettcher: Foundation Scholarship and Football Scholarship, from Iowa Central Community College.
    Talon Brown: Flint Hills Resources Discovery Scholarship, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Foundation Scholarship, James E. Casey Scholarship; Academic Achievement Scholarship, Fine Arts/Music Scholarship, and Missouri River Historical Development Scholarship, from Briar Cliff University.
    Jada Dean-Byas: MVAO Foundation Lifetime Member Scholarship, St. John's Methodist Church Endowment Scholarship.
    Juan DelaGarza: Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Foundation Scholarship; Athletic Scholarship and Founders Scholarship, from Morningside College; Wendy's High School Heisman Local Male Winner.
    Adam Ehlers: Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Foundation Scholarship, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Foundation Lifetime Member Scholarship, St. John's Methodist Church Endowment Scholarship; Donor of Distinction from LifeServe Blood Center.
    Brady Gothier: Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Foundation Scholarship; Football Scholarship from Iowa Western Community College.
    Anna Hadden: Greatest Generation Writing Contest Scholarship; College Now Scholarship from Western Iowa Tech.
    Kendra Hart: First State Bank Scholarship, Monona County 4-H Foundation Scholarship.
    Kaitlyn Hoelscher: Gayland and Mary Sadler Memorial Scholarship, Western Iowa Telephone Scholarship, Bob Peterson – Helping Young People Be All They Can Be Scholarship, Rachel and Lloyd Olson Scholarship, A.G. & Rosalee Ireland Scholarship, Iowa Federation of Women's Clubs Scholarship, L.A. Amundson/Valley Bank Scholarship, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Foundation Lifetime Pledge Scholarship, V.F.W. Voice of Democracy Post Level Scholarship; Board Scholarship and College Now Scholarship, from Western Iowa Tech.
    Shyanne Jochims: College Now Scholarship from Western Iowa Tech.
    Dalton Kollbaum: R.J. "Bill" Ferns Anthon Alumni Scholarship, Bob Peterson – Helping Young People Be All They Can Be Scholarship, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Foundation Scholarship, Woodbury County REC Scholarship, Catholic Daughters of America Scholarship; Presidential Scholarship and Student Merit Scholarship, from Iowa Central Community College; Donor of Distinction from LifeServe Blood Center; Nominee for the Omaha World Herald Western Iowa Academic team and also for the Des Moines Register Southwest Iowa Academic Team.
    Joe Kovarna: Rams Musicianship Award Scholarship, St. John's Methodist Church Endowment Scholarship; Donor of Distinction from LifeServe Blood Center.
    Dolly Krohn: Monona County 4-H Foundation Scholarship; Founders Scholarship and an Athletic Grant, from Morningside College.
    Star Ohler: College Now Scholarship from Western Iowa Tech.
    Skyler McDermott: Vesper Lodge #223 A.F. & A.M. Scholarship, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Foundation Scholarship, First State Bank Scholarship, Catholic Daughters of America Scholarship; Founders Scholarship and Choir Talent Award, from Morningside College.
    Brad Ortner: Danbury Review Awesome Writing Contest Scholarship, Alvis Wessling Memorial Scholarship, Bob Peterson – Helping Young People Be All They Can Be Scholarship, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Foundation Scholarship, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Foundation Lifetime Member Scholarship, First State Bank Scholarship, Farmer's Mutual Insurance of Hull Service Award Scholarship, Shawn Gosch Memorial Scholarship, Greatest Generation Writing Contest Scholarship; Coyote Commitment Distinction Scholarship from University of South Dakota; Nominee for Better Business Bureau's Student of Integrity Award.
    Courtney Redenius: Greatest Generation Writing Contest Scholarship, Wayne State College Cooperating Schools Scholarship.
    Jacob Schaffer: First State Bank Scholarship.
    Rebekah Schram: Anthon Ladies' Auxiliary Post #389 Scholarship, Gayland and Mary Sadler Memorial Scholarship, Bob Peterson – Helping Young People Be All They Can Be Scholarship, S.T. Ranch – Trail To Success Scholarship, Heritage Bank Scholarship, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Foundation Scholarship, Woodbury County Farm Bureau Scholarship, New Cooperative Scholarship, Bill Ferns/William E. and Florence Goodman Ferns Memorial Scholarship, Iowa Pork Producer's Association Scholarship.
    Rachael Swearingen: Donor of Distinction from LifeServe Blood Center.
    Brandon Todd: Greatest Generation Writing Contest Scholarship.
    Morgan Todd: Mapleton Rotary Scholarship, Woodbury County Farm Bureau Scholarship, Bill Ferns/Betty M. Kruchten Memorial Scholarship; Founders Scholarship, Achievement Award, and Track Scholarship, from Morningside College; Wendy's High School Heisman Local Female Winner.
    Brett Weaver: Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Foundation Lifetime Member Scholarship; Donor of Distinction from LifeServe Blood Center.
    Anne Weber: 1431 Student Scholar Award, Alvis Wessling Memorial Scholarship, L.A. Amundson/Valley Bank Scholarship, Rachel and Lloyd Olson Scholarship, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Education Association Scholarship, Maple Valley-Anthon Oto Foundation Scholarship, First State Bank Scholarship; Presidential Scholarship and Achievement Award, from Morningside College.
    Rebecca Whitney: Danbury Review Awesome Writing Contest Scholarship, Rachel and Lloyd Olson Scholarship, Western Iowa Telephone Scholarship, Iowa National Propane Gas Association Scholarship; Nominee for the Omaha World Herald's Western Iowa Academic Team; KCAU-TV's "Best of the Class;" e Iowa Governor's Scholar Recognition; National Merit Commended Scholar.
    Karlee Wolf: L.A. Amundson/Valley Bank Scholarship.
    The following local scholarships have been awarded to MVAO grads currently in college:
    L.A. Amundson/Valley Bank Scholarships: Marissa Ferris, Kolby Handke, Michael Swanson, Mitchell Wolterman
    Joan Hoaglund Memorial Scholarship: Shaley McDermott

Don't tell us the sky is the limit when there are footprints on the moon


Anavin Phamixay Mounivong

    Anavin Phamixay Mounivong of Castana is the only son of Phavanna and Justin Terrell and Bruce Lee Mounivong. His little sister is Jennalie Fasal Mounivong.
    Anavin has checked out a number of schools in his life so far. His elementary years were spent at Joslyn Elementary, Blumfield Elementary, and Meadows Elementary. He began middle school at Ralston Middle School before moving into the MVAO school district where AOMV became his middle school home. His high school years were spent at MVAO High School.
    Anavin was a member of the MVAO Quiz Bowl team and the Book Club. He was a key player in football, wrestling, and track. He was a Gold Club member and on the student council. He was also in speech. He wore the blue in FFA. Fine Arts activities included the jazz choir, Ram Singers, co-ed dance, and the high school plays and musicals.
    Anavin plans to attend the University of Nebraska-Omaha to major in Business Administration.

Anavin,
    You're a great kid with a great head on your shoulders. You will do phenomenal things. The sky's the limit for you! I'm very humble and proud to be your father. I love you to death; there isn't anything I wouldn't do for you!
Dad



Morgan Todd

    Morgan Todd is one of the triplets of Brenda and Kevin Todd of Anthon. Her fellow triplet siblings are Brandon and Loren. She has one more sibling, Riley. Her grandparents are Roberta and the late Larry Houlsworth and Wilbur and the late Shirley Todd.
    Morgan began her education at Anthon Oto Elementary School. She advanced to AOMV Middle School and then MVAO High School.
    Morgan was a member of numerous athletic teams at MVAO, excelling in track, cross country, and volleyball. She was also in BPA and Spanish club and was on the student council.
    Morgan will attend Morningside College to study Accounting. She will also be a member of the Mustang track team.

    We are so very proud of you, Morgan! Congrats!! We love you!!!
Mom, Dad, Riley,
Grandma Houlsworth
and Grandpa Todd



Kendra Denise Hart

    Kendra Denise Hart of rural Danbury is the middle daughter of Michelle and Chris Hart.  She has a big sister, Morgan and a little sister, Delayne  Her grandparents are Shirley and Dean Davis of Hornick and Nancy and the late Richard Hart of Animosa.
    Kendra began her educational journey at Maple Valley Elementary School. She moved up to AOMV Middle School and finally MVAO High School.
    Kendra was a very busy girl in high school. She was a football and wrestling manager, was active in FFA and in 4-H and Girl Scouts, and was in Gold Club and NHS. She enjoys riding horses, raising sheep, and taking care of her animals. She also loves to read books.
    Kendra plans to start out at Kirkwood Community College in the STEM program and major in Biology. She will then transfer to Iowa State to get her vet degree. Her goal is to be a multi-practice veterinarian.

Sweet girl,
    We are so proud of the young woman you have become. There is a long road ahead, and we know you will do a great many things. We want you to remember that you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, smarter than you think, and loved so much more than you will ever know.
Love,
Your family



NiKayla Aguirre

    NiKayla Aguirre is the daughter of Marlo Cleveland of Rodney. She has two brothers, Justin Aguirre and Colten Kelsheimer.  Her grandparents are Janet Bennett and Tracy Cleveland.
    NiKayla has checked out the classrooms of a number of schools as her family has moved around. Prior to MVAO, she had been to Sergeant Bluff-Luton, Nodaway Valley, Whiting, and McKinley schools.
    NiKayla had a musical talent which she shared through the MVAO concert, jazz, honor, and pep bands. She was also a member of the quiz bowl team. She enjoys playing video games, swimming and sleeping.
    NiKayla will be attending South Dakota State University where she will major in Pharmacy.



Rebekah Schram

    Rebekah Schram is the youngest daughter of Paula and Jeremy Schram of Anthon.  She has a sister, Kelli, and two brothers, James and Ben. Her grandparents are Sally and Lyle Schram and Roberta and Bruce Timmons.
    Bekah started school at Anthon-Oto Elementary School. She moved up the chain of education into AOMV Middle School and finally into the MVAO High School.
    Bekah has enjoyed being active with the Anthon Advancers 4-H Club, Woodbury County Livestock Judging Team, MVAO FFA, BPA, band, vocal, sports, and her church's youth group. She likes spending time being outdoors, spending time with her family and friends, and working with animals.
    Rebekah will be attending Iowa State University this fall and will major in Animal Science.

Rebekah:
    We find it hard to believe we have already come to this point in your life. We have watched you work hard to accomplish your goals, and are excited to help you as you begin the rest of your journey as a Cyclone! We are proud of you!
Love,
Mom and Dad



Brandon Todd

    Brandon Todd is one of the triplets of Brenda and Kevin Todd of Anthon. His fellow triplet siblings are Loren and Morgan. He has one more sibling, Riley. His grandparents are Roberta and the late Larry Houlsworth and Wilbur and the late Shirley Todd.
    Brandon began his education at Anthon Oto Elementary School. He advanced to AOMV Middle School and then MVAO High School.
    Brandon was a big part of the MVAO FFA program. He also was an integral part of the Ram football and track teams.
    Brandon will attend Iowa Western Community College to study Ag.

    We are so very proud of you, Brandon! Congrats!! We love you!!!
Mom, Dad, Riley,
Grandma Houlsworth
and Grandpa Todd



Karlee Wolf

    Karlee Wolf is the daughter of Lee and Jeff Wolf of rural Danbury. The middle child, her siblings are Chelsea, Ethan, Kenna, and Lauren. Her grandparents are Anna Van Beeck and Darlene and Martin Wolf.
    Karlee began her formal schooling at Maple Valley Elementary School. She advanced to AOMV Middle School and climbed to the high school level at MVAO High School.
    Karlee was very active in a variety of activities in school. Athletically, she was part of the volleyball, track, softball, basketball, and cross country teams as well as the drill team. Academically, she was in National Honor Society, Gold Club, and Journalism and Photojournalism. She was also a member of the student council.
    Karlee will be attending IWCC and receive a degree in Dental Hygiene.

Karlee,
    We have been more than blessed to watch you grow up. You will always be our miracle baby!
    You have accomplished so many things in your 18 years of life. Just remember, it's not what you do or accomplish in life that's important as remembering who you are! That is where your identity lies.
    God as great things in store for you. Keep Him first in your life and He will give you His peace that passes all understanding.
    We love you so much and are proud of the young woman you are!
Love,
Mom and Dad



Dillon Lamb

    Dillon Lamb of Castana is the Dawn Lamb and Carl Lamb and Shawna Lamb. His siblings are Shawn Lamb, Austin Lamb, Eli Berndt, and Brayten Batcheler. His grandparents are Shirley and Larry Lamb and Jeanette and Robert Hohenstein.
    Dillon began his education in Onawa. He transferred to MVAO where he is graduating.
    Dillon enjoys dirt bikes, farming, and his truck.
    Dillon will be working full time for Peterson Ag.



Austin Bridgeman

    Austin Bridgeman of Mapleton is the son of Stacy Bridgeman and stepson of Steve Hein, Sr. He has a sister, Elsie Hein. His grandparents are  Bonny and Bob Bridgeman of Mapleton.
    Austin began his formal education at Maple Valley Elementary School. He advanced to AOMV Middle School before moving on to MVAO High School.
    A true outdoorsman, Austin enjoys hunting and fishing. He likes to work on cars, specifically their motors. He treasures his time hanging out with friends and family.
    Austin will begin working at RP Contractors in Sioux City.

    Your family and true friends are very proud of you. Remember, every day is a new beginning; learn from your mistakes. Be who you are and say what you feel because those who matter don't mind and those that mind don't matter. You do you!



Anna Hadden

    Anna Hadden is the daughter of Colette and Troy Hadden of Castana. She has three siblings, Jeremy, Heather, and Zachary. Her grandparents are Elaine and Harold Hadden and Barbara and William Bohan.
    Anna began her formal education at Charter Oak-Ute, studying there through 8th grade. She transferred to MVAO for her high school years.
    Anna was in a wide variety of activities in high school. She played volleyball, basketball, golf, track and cross country. She was a cheerleader for football and wrestling. She was active in FFA. She used her voice in Speech and was in the high school play and the musical.
    Anna will be attending Western Iowa Tech. She will then transfer to a university.



Brad Ortner

    Brad Ortner is the youngest son of Jane and Ed Ortner of Danbury  He has two big brother, Eric and Brian. His grandmother is Stella Rosauer of Anthon.
    Brad started his education at Danbury Catholic Elementary School.  He promoted to middle school at AOMV in Anthon and then to Mapleton to MVAO High School.
    Brad was busy in school, taking part in many activities. He was a part of the National Honor Society and Gold Club, was in BPA and Spanish Club, was on the journalism staff, and was a member of the baseball and golf teams. In his spare time, he enjoys golfing and fishing.
    Brad plans to attend the University of South Dakota.  

Brad,
    Congratulations! We are so very proud of you. Good luck at the University of South Dakota.
Love,
Mom and Dad



Katrina Schmidt

    Katrina Schmidt is the daughter of Monica and Kyle Schmidt of rural Danbury. Her siblings are Chantelle Hammer, Brandon Sohm, Jason Schmidt, Jessica Schmidt, and Angela Schmidt. Her grandparents are Mary Ann and Marshall Sohm and Roger Schmidt.
    Born and raised in the school district, Katrina began her education at Danbury Catholic Elementary School. She was promoted to AOMV Middle School before advancing to MVAO High School.
    Katrina has a true passion for reading.
    Katrina plans to work after graduation. Her goal is to find a job working with children.



Adam Ehlers

    Adam Ehlers is the son of Jodi Ehlers of Mapleton and Chris Ehlers also of Mapleton. His siblings are Alex, Riley and Avery. His grandparents are Cecelia and Jerry Bumstead of Mapleton and Shirley Ehlers of Arcadia.
    Adam began school in Maple Valley Elementary. He then attended AOMV Middle School and then MVAO High School.
    Adam has been involved in a variety of activities at MVAO. Athletically, he was a member of the basketball, baseball, football, and wrestling teams He also did trap shooting. He was a member of the quiz bowl. He attended Boys State through the American Legion in 2016.
    Adam will be joining the Air National Guard and become a high school teacher.

Adam -
    We are all very proud of the young man you have turned out to be. We all wish you the very best as you go out into this great big world.
    Love you always.
Mom, Dad
Alex, Riley, and Avery

 





Terrance Lee Gray

    Terrance Lee Gray of Mapleton is the oldest son of Brittney and Wesley Gray.  He has three siblings, Jersey, Miles and Braeley.  His grandparents are Luanna Gray and Patty and Tim Sanderson.
    Terrance walked the halls at Maple Valley Elementary School at the beginning of his educational career.  The halls became busier in middle school at AOMV.  He trekked to MVAO High School's halls for his final 4 years of school.
    Terrance enjoys working on his truck, hunting and fishing.
    Terrance will be attending Iowa Central where he will be learning the diesel mechanic trade.

Terrance,
    You have accomplished so much. You have made us so proud of the young man you have become. Just keep being you and life will take you through the most amazing journey! We can't wait to see what lies ahead of you as you enter into a new chapter of your life. You have blessed us all in so many ways! Remember, we will always be here for you.
We love you
Dad, Mom,
Jersey, Miles, and Braeley



Loren Todd

    Loren Todd is one of the triplets of Brenda and Kevin Todd of Anthon. His fellow triplet siblings are Brandon and Morgan. He has one more sibling, Riley. His grandparents are Roberta and the late Larry Houlsworth and Wilbur and the late Shirley Todd.
    Loren began his education at Anthon Oto Elementary School. He advanced to AOMV Middle School and then MVAO High School.
    Loren was a big part of the MVAO FFA program. He also played on the Ram football and track teams. Outside of school, Loren enjoys hunting, fishing, and Farmin'.
    Loren will attend South Dakota State University to study Precision Agriculture.

    We are so very proud of you, Loren! Congrats!! We love you!!!
Mom, Dad, Riley,
Grandma Houlsworth
and Grandpa Todd



Tanya Lou Hanks

    Tanya Lou Hanks is the daughter of Angie and Shain Hanks of Mapleton. She has a brother, Hunter Hanks. Her grandparents are Cindy and David Hankins, Don Hanks, and LeAnne and Russ Schnee.
    Tanya attended Hawthorne Elementary school until the third grade. She then went to Maple Valley Elementary School through the sixth grade. Her middle school years were spent at Napoleon (North Dakota) Public School. Tanya returned and spent high school at MVAO.
    Tanya has been active in FFA, including being the organization's reporter. She used her voice in the jazz and chamber choirs. She was a wrestling manager and a cheerleader. She was involved in volleyball and basketball in her younger years. She enjoys drawing and painting and listening to music. She also like to play with her dogs, Diesel and Mikea.
    Tanya plans to attend college at Western Iowa Community College for a year and then transfer to Iowa Western to complete her Vet Technician degree. 

    Congratulations, Tanya Lou! We couldn't be more proud of you.
Love -
Mom and Dad



Kaitlyn Hoelscher

    Kaitlyn Hoelscher of Oto is the granddaughter of Kathy and Marvin Downing. She has two siblings, Autumn and Stacy Hoelscher.
    Kaitlyn has checked out the classrooms in a variety of schools. She began her education in Hinton. She moved to Akron-Westfield and then to South O'Brien. Her final move was to MVAO High School.
    Kaitlyn was very busy during her time at MVAO. She was a member of the concert and chamber (Ram Singers) choirs, was a cheerleader for basketball and football, and was in FCCLA. She was also a Footprints leader, a group in her church.
    Kaitlyn will be attending Western Iowa Tech to begin her college education. She will then transfer to USD to get her masters in Art Therapy.

    Congratulations, Kaitlyn, on the accomplishment you have achieved. Keep believing in yourself to attain the future you so deserve.
Love,
Grandma and Grandpa



Anne Melissa Weber

    Anne Melissa Weber is the youngest child of Laura and Mark Weber of rural Mapleton.  She has a big sister, Beth Weber, and a big brother, Paul Weber. Her grandparents are Helen and Leo Weber of Mapleton and the late Edna and Chuck Swanger.
    Anne began her schooling at The Tottery in Anthon. She entered elementary school at Anthon Oto. She spent middle school at AOMV in Anthon.  She completed her secondary education at MVAO High School in Mapleton.
    Anne was a member of Spanish Club, FCCLA and in art classes. She was in National Honor Society and was a Gold Club member.
    Anne will be attending Morningside College in Sioux City where she will be majoring in Elementary Education.

Anne,
    You have been my "ghost" since day one and a total "joy" to have in our lives. People may think that you are quiet, but we know the truth. Good luck at Morningside. We know that you will excel and have fun. Come home anytime (especially when we are working cattle)!
Love you forever
Mom and Dad



Talon David Maurice Brown

    Talon David Maurice Brown is the only son of Stacey and Ben Brown of Mapleton.  He has a big sister, Shayla.   His parents are Ann and David Schmidt of Mapleton.
    Talon started his educational journey at Danbury Catholic Preschool. He remained at Danbury Catholic through 6th grade. He then drummed his way to middle school in Anthon before marching on to high school in Mapleton.
    Talon rocked the percussion in the marching band, pep band, concert band, jazz band, and honor band. He was a member of the Gold Club. He was also on the golf team. He also was a member of the Spanish Club and Book Club.
    Talon will be attending Briar Cliff University where he will major in Engineering/Computer Science.
Talon,
Follow your passion,
Follow your dreams,
But most of all,
Follow your heart!

    We love you and are so proud of you!
Mom and Dad



Dalton Kollbaum

    Dalton Kollbaum is the youngest son of Patty and Kenny Kollbaum of Anthon. His big brother is Derek Kollbaum. His grandparents are Cec and Jim Karhoff and Colleen and Merlin Kollbaum.
    Dalton entered the school doors at Anthon-Oto Elementary as a kindergartner. He continued up the ladder, entering middle school at AOMV. He then advanced to MVAO.
    Dalton was very active in FFA. He was an integral team member of the Ram golf team. He was also in Gold Club and National Honor Society. He enjoys hunting, fishing, and snowmobiling.
    Dalton plans to attend Iowa Central Community College in Fort Dodge to major in Electrical Technology.

Dalton,
    We are very proud of you. Good luck at Iowa Central.
Love,
Mom & Dad



Bailey Boettcher

    Bailey Boettcher of Anthon is the son of Shelli and Jason Dannenberg and Charlie Boettcher. He has three siblings, Jaedyn, Brylie and Lily. His grandparents are Barb Meier, Susan and Jimmy Hamilton, and Faith and Dave Boettcher. His great grandparents are Lee Sales and Helen Sales.
    Bailey began his early years attending BCIG. His family then moved to Idaho where he attended school in Pocatello. They moved back to Iowa, and Bailey continued his education at Anthon Oto Elementary School before advancing to AOMV Middle School and finally MVAO High School.
    Bailey was active in FFA. He loves sports and was involved in various sports in high school. In his spare time, he can be found fishing.
    Bailey will be attending Iowa Central Community College where he will be majoring in Elementary Education and playing football.   

Bailey -
    The day you were born, you stole my heart, and I knew that the Lord had truly blessed me! Throughout the years, I have watched you accomplish your goals as I have always been your biggest fan. I am so proud of the young man you have become and look forward in seeing you succeed in your future endeavors. I believe in you and always will!
    I love you til the cows come home!
Mom



Jacob Schaffer

    Jacob Schaffer of Mapleton is the son of NiKay Schaffer of Mapleton and Daniel Schaffer of Denison. He has 8 siblings - Chelsea, Steven, Zach, Jasmine, Grace, Katelyn, Becky and Melissa. His grandparents are the Dennis Dennert, late Carmen Dennert, and the late Doris and Burnie Wilhelm.
    Jacob's education started at Zion Luthern School in Denison. He moved to Mapleton and became a Ram in fifth grade. He moved from elementary school to middle school and finally high school in the MVAO school district.
    Jake was involved in a large number of activities and organizations at MVAO. He loves spending time with friends and family.
    Jacob's summer vacation will be very short. He goes to the Academy for the Iowa State Patrol on May 30th. He plans to work as capital police and attend college after the Academy.  When he becomes 22, he plans to be a trooper 2 and be able to work the road.

Jake,
    I am so proud of you and the young man you have become.  You have always been a big thinker with thinking of your next step in life. I'm so proud that you have been hired at 18 to work for the Iowa State Patrol.  What a huge accomplishment! I know you will go far in life and do amazing things.  Working hard and thinking of others always comes natural to you.  You're smart, funny and so kind. I love you, Jacob, with all my heart!  Gods Blessings to you.
Love,
Mom



Brady Dean Gothier

    Brady Gothier is the son of Jeff Gothier and Jacquelyn Griebel-Gothier of Anthon.  He has two big brothers, Zach who is living in Omaha and Austin who is going to school at Briar Cliff, and a little brother, Drew who is a student at MVAO.  His grandparents are Arlis and Marlo Griebel of Sioux City and Joyce and Calvin Gothier of Anthon.
    Brady began his educational journey at Anthon-Oto Elementary School. He continued up the path, moving through AOMV Middle School and then MVAO High School.
    Brady was a member of the football, basketball, baseball, and track teams in high school. He enjoys hanging out with his friends, living life, and enjoying the little things with his family.
    Brady will be attending Iowa Western Community College to play football and to study Criminal Justice. He wants to become a criminal investigator.

Congratulations, Brady!
    We are so proud of your accomplishments in high school. Not many seniors can say they were a part of two state tournaments in basketball, one state competition in baseball, and one in football. Congrats on being selected 1st team All District, 1st team All State, 1st team All Northwestern, and 2nd team All Western as the Ram punter in 2016.
    We are all excited to see you accept a football scholarship to play for Iowa Western.
    We love and support you. Good luck.
Mom and Dad
Zach, Austin, and Drew
Marlo and Arlis Griebel
Cal and Joyce Gothier
uncles, aunts and friends!



Joseph Kovarna

    Joseph Kovarna is the oldest son of Susan and David Kovarna of Mapleton. He has a little brother, Ben and a little sister, Emily. His grandparents are The late Jeanne and Kent Larson and Pam and Don Kovarna.
    Joe began his formal education at Eldora-New Providence. The family moved to Mason City where he continued learning. They moved again, this time to Mapleton where Joe finished his education thus far.
    Very talented musically, Joe was an integral part of the MVAO jazz choir, jazz band, concert choir, concert band, and Ram Singers. He also performed and sang in the high school musicals and was a member of the Siouxland Youth Orchestra. Joe was also a member of the Ram quiz bowl team and the baseball team.
    Joe plans to earn an engineering degree from Iowa State. He also plans to continue musical performances at the collegiate level.

    Congratulations, Joe!  Best wishes in what lies ahead of you as life's next chapter begins.
Love,
Mom and Dad



Shaylee Marie Ames

    Shaylee Ames of Anthon is the daughter of Becky and Todd Verschoor and John Ames.  She has two siblings, Adam and Rachel Verschoor.  Her grandparents are the late Marvin and Evelyn Umbach, Vernon Ames, Dennis and the late Bonnie Simmons, and the late John and Mary Verschoor.
    Shaylee started her formal education at Westwood Elementary School. She then transferred to AOMV Middle School and then MVAO High School.
    Shaylee was fun to watch playing softball, volleyball, track and golf. She was also a basketball manager. She was a member of the yearbook and took pride in her leadership. She was a gold club member. She was also in FFA and a member of the drill team.
    Shaylee will be attending Western Iowa Technical Community College.

Shaylee,
    We couldn't be more proud of you. You have set your goals high through high school, and we know you will achieve in everything you work for in your future!!
Love you the Mostest!!
Mom and Toddly



Jaycee Gray

    Jaycee Gray of Mapleton is the son of Angela Cooper and Travis Gray. She has a big brother, Thad and a little brother, Ethan and a littler sister, Hallie. Her grandparents are Robin Fritz and Dean Fritz and Luanna and Gray.
    Jaycee has spent her entire educational career in the district, beginning with Maple Valley Elementary, continuing to AOMV Middle School, and ending at MVAO High School.
    Jaycee likes to read, swim, and spend time with her family.
    Jaycee will be taking a year off and then will go to WITCC for her general education.

    We are so proud of you, Jaycee! You are a very strong woman.
Love you!
Mom, Josh, Dad,
Thad, Ethan, and Hallie



Skyler Jean McDermott

    Skyler Jean McDermott is the youngest daughter of Tracey and Shane McDermott of Anthon She has a big sister, Shaley Her grandparents are Bonnie and Bill Brian of Fort Dodge and Delores and the late Vincent McDermott of Anthon.
    Skyler began her education at Anthon Oto Elementary School. She continued to middle school at AOMV before finishing school so far at MVAO High School.
    Skyler was very busy in high school. Musically talented, she sang in the concert, chamber and jazz choirs and played in the concert and jazz bands. She also showed off her talent on the state during the school plays. She showed off her moves on the drill team. She also played volleyball and basketball. She was a National Honor Society member and a Gold Club member. She was also in the Spanish Club..
    Skyler plans to go to Morningside College as an open major and to sing in the choir.

    Congrats, Skyler Jean! You make us so proud! You excel in everything you do! Sure will miss you a lot. Glad you decided to stay closer so we can continue to come and support you in everything you decide to do. We know you will do great!
Love,
Mom and Dad



Juan DelaGarza

    Juan DelaGarza of Anthon is the son of Kim Irish and Juan and Hollie DelaGarza. He has 3 siblings, Anna, Enrique, and Brianna.  His grandmother is Dixie Nelson.
    Juan began tackling his education at Anthon Oto Elementary School.  He proceeded up the educational field at AOMV Middle School and then MVAO High School.
    Juan excelled in football, basketball and track. He was also a co-ed dance member. He belonged to the Gold Club and National Honor Society. He enjoys being active and being with his friends.
    Juan plans to major in Elementary Education at Morningside College. He will also play on the Mustang football team.

    Congratulations buddy,
    As always, I'm so very very proud of you. I know you will do amazing things in life, and I look forward to watching you every step of the way.
Love you,
Mom



Rebecca Lynne Whitney

    Rebecca Lynne Whitney is the youngest child of Julie and Steve Whitney of Castana. She has a big brother, Luke. She is the granddaughter of Nancy and Harvey Hanson of Castana and Norman and the late Mavis Whitney of Des Moines.
    Rebecca began her first educational chapter at Headstart in Mapleton. She went to elementary school at Maple Valley. This was followed by AOMV Middle School and MVAO High School.
    Rebecca was a member of the Ram bands and choirs. She was an important part of the quiz bowl team and participated in Destination ImagiNation. She enjoys art and reading. She has a diverse talent in the arts, creating custom jewelry, hair accessories, pillows, and quilts.
    Rebecca will be going to DMACC where she will major in Culinary Arts.

Rebecca –
    Although it may seem we're always "telling" you what to do – we do this because we love you.  We are also very proud of you and will miss not having you around every day.  Enjoy learning---not just during college – but for a lifetime.
    Keep your smiling coming – it brightens everyone's day!   Love,
Dad and Mom



Kelsey Marie Davis

    Kelsey Marie Davis of Mapleton is the oldest daughter of Sarah Davis and Donald Davis. Her 5 siblings are Ethan, Logan, Kiley, Kenzey, and Leighton. Her grandparents are Sherry and Bob Welte and Betty and Don Davis all of Danbury. Her great grandmother is Louise Kirkpatrick of Grayson, GA.
    With the exception of a few years that the Davis family lived in New Prague, MN, Kelsey has attended elementary, middle, and high school in the MVAO school system.
    Kelsey enjoyed playing softball and singing in the choir in school. She treasures spending time with her friends.
    Kelsey will be attending Iowa Center Community College in Fort Dodge this Fall.

    We are very proud of you, all of your hard work and     dedication, everything you have accomplished this far. We can't wait to see what the future holds!
Love,
Mom and Dad



Dolly Marie Krohn

    Dolly Marie Krohn is the daughter of Judi and Roger Krohn of Mapleton.  She has a little sister, Katy Krohn.  Her grandparents are John and the late Dolly Arndt of Castana and the late Delbert and Leona Krohn formerly fo Council Bluffs.
    A lifelong Mapleton resident, Dolly began her schooling at Maple Valley Elementary.  She transferred to Danbury Catholic School for her 4th through 6th grade education. Then then promoted to AOMV Middle School and then went on to MVAO High School.   
    Dolly is very active in 4H where she excels in sheep and poultry exhibition. She also enjoys teaching younger 4-H members about animal husbandry and showmanship. Dolly was present at the football and basektball games, and though she was very visible, she was invisible. Dolly was the school spirit behind Rambo and will miss being Rambo, and cheering on the Rams.   
    In the fall of 2017, Dolly will be attending Morningside College in Sioux City, majoring in Biology and taking on the role of Morningside's "Monte" the Mustang.

Dolly,
    We are very proud of you and love you.
Mom and Dad



Star Paige Ohler

    Star Paige Ohler of rural Danbury is the daughter of Shana and Joe Ohler. She has three siblings, Nick, Jaden, and Joseph. She has a great grandma, Susie.
    Star started her education down south in Hoston, TX. She moved to Sioux Falls, SD, before going to Charter Oak and finally MVAO. She has also taken classes at Western Iowa Tech Community College.
    Star was a cheeleader and a member of the choir. She loved art class and loves drawing and painting.
    Star plans to go to law school to become a criminal lawyer.
   
    Star, you were born for greatness. Your name says it all - you are a Star. You have a huge heart, you are a strong independent woman be you no matter what. Don't change for anyone. Continue to be a beacon of brightness in a world filled with darkness. Always follow the path of your heart's desire and not the path others want for you. Hit hard, hit fast and never settle for second best.
Love you to the moon and back,
Mom and Dad



Dylan Robert Feller

    Dylan Robert Feller of Anthon is the son of Michelle Ketelsen and Drew Feller. He has five siblings, Austin Ketelsen, Kara Scharnberg, and Devin, Dominic, and Cadence Feller. His grandparents are Kathy and Robert Feller and the late Sharon and John Ketelsen.
    Dylan's preschool years were spent at River Valley School. He then attended Anthon-Oto Elementary School before heading the hall to the middle school. He finally traveled to Mapleton for his high school years.
    Dylan showed off his athletic skills on the football, baseball, and track teams. He was a member of the MVAO FFA. Outside of school, Dylan enjoyed fishing and hanging out with his friends.
    Dylan will be attending Western Iowa Tech Community College where he will be majoring in Electrical.

    It has been amazing to watch you grow from a rascally kid into a wonderful, talented young man. You can accomplish anything you set your mind to; you just have to believe in yourself. Your accomplishments on the football field are proof of this. Looking forward to seeing what the next chapter of your life is like. Always believe you can and always reach for the stars.
Love,
Mom



Rachael Joy Swearingen

    Rachael Joy Swearingen is the daughter of Beth and Terry Swearingen of Oto. She has a brother, Kevin and two sisters, Heather and Krista. Her grandparents are Connie and Boyd Swearingen and Sally McGraw.
    Rachael entered Westwood's halls, starting her education as a Rebel. She transferred to the MVAO school district to finish her education as a Ram. She has also taken classes at WITCC.
    Rachael has been involved in FFA while in school. She was also a basketball cheerleader. She used her vocal skills in the MVAO choir and Ram Singers. She is a volunteer for the Oto Fire Department.
    Rachael will continue taking classes at WITCC where she will earn her nursing degree.

    We are so proud of you and excited to see what the future holds! Keep being yourself. We love you!!
Mom and Dad



Brett Weaver

    Brett Weaver of Anthon is the son of Kelly and Terry Weaver. He has two brothers, James and Jared.  His grandparents are Kristi and Brice Bollin, Valerie and Mike Weaver, and Jodie and Jeff Graybill. His great grandmothers are Wilma Bollin and Joann Kleinberg.
    Brett began his education at Anthon Oto Elementary School.  He proceeded up the educational field at AOMV Middle School and then MVAO High School.
    Brett was active in a number of events at MVAO. Outside school, he enjoys golfing, playing videogames, and reading.
    Brett plans to major in Aerospace Engineering at Iowa State.

    We have been extremely proud of everything you have done thus far in your life. We have always known you would be successful and wish you the best of luck in everything you do. We will always be your biggest supporters! Congratulations, Brett! We love you very much!



Brody Berkenpas

    Brody Berkenpas is the youngest child of Heather and Guy Berkenpas of Mapleton. He has a big sister, Mady. His grandparents are Joyce and Alden "Berky" Berkenpas of Mapleton.
    Brody attended school in Harrisonville, MO until his sophomore year when the family moved to Mapleton. Brody's high school years were spent at MVAO.
    He was very comfortable athletically, contributing to the basketball, track, and football teams. He also shared his musical voice in choir.
    Brody will be attending USD in the Fall to get a degree in business.

    Good luck, Brody. We love you and know you have a bright future ahead!
Mom and Dad



Kylee McDermott

Samual Hopkins

Courtney Redenius

Kyler McDermott

Tunney Merrill

Shyanne Jochims

Serena Derksen

 

Jada Dean-Byas


Morgan Todd's Commencement Speech

    First off, I would like to thank everyone for coming to watch us graduate. This is a big day for us and we appreciate that all of you are celebrating it with us. It means a lot to each of us.
    I also, want to thank all of the teachers and staff for everything they've ever done for us; for not only teaching us the stuff in the classroom, but for teaching us other things such as leadership, good character, and so much more. Whether it was in a club or on a team, you guys have taught us so many valuable skills. And for that we'll be forever grateful.
    Well guys, we've made it and we're done with high school. After many years of thinking this day wouldn't come, it's finally here. High school has created some of our favorite memories- many with our best friends, many in sports, clubs, or classes. For some their favorite memory was playing in the state playoffs for football our junior year, or making it to state basketball twice and being runner-ups or cheering on the boys at those games. For some more, their favorite memories were participating in FFA activities, such as cleaning up after the tornado outside of Anthon, going to National Conventions, and going on summer trips. For those in music, the trip this year to Denver and singing at Red Rocks was their favorite memory. Qualifying in things have created great memories, like qualifying as a team to play district golf, qualifying as team for state cross country and winning districts, or qualifying and placing at state wrestling. Or being the underdogs and overcoming the odds to win, like the football boys did earlier this school year against Westwood. Homecoming always creates memories whether it be decorating the hallways, dressing up, or watching football, or cheering on the boys as a cheerleader or as Rambo. Some of the best memories were in a class, such as Spanish when someone would say an English word in the middle of speaking Spanish and no one notices but still gets what's happening. Some are as simple as spending time with friends. Or just coming to this school and meeting all of us, and becoming close with all of us. Whatever your favorite memory, I hope you cherish it forever. We've seen each other almost every day for the last seven years, some of us even longer, some of us shorter. Although it's going to be different to not see each other all the time from here on out, it's a good thing. It's time for us to leave our small bubble and expand our knowledge and explore new things. There are so many opportunities awaiting us outside of here. We have yet to reach our full potential, we are all capable of great things. After all you can't tell us the sky's the limit when there's footprints on the moon.    
    Good luck, Class of 2017.


MVAO Elementary Concert In a Pickle? Or Hitting a Home Run?

    While the MVAO high school boys were playing basebal on their home field and little league teams were playing ball both home and away, the elementary students in Mapleton were holding their final concert. Ironically, the program performed after the fifth grade band was called "It's a Hit." Many of the students dressed in their little league uniforms for the occasion.
    In the story, a girl wants to be the pitcher on a ball team, but the other kids don't think a girl can pitch. She proves them wrong.
    To the right, several students depict a runner in a pickle (the runner is caught between two bases and has to try to reach a base while several defense players work together to try to get the out) while the student body sings "In a Pickle."
    More pictures from the concert will be published in the near future.


Meet the MVAO Middle School Math Bee Teams

Photos by Mrs. Kirchgatter. Thanks, Mona!



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