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3A State Solo and Ensemble Contest Results

The 2014 State Solo and Ensemble Contest was held this past Saturday, March 29, at Grinnell High School. 16 students from Pella participated in the event and half received Division I Ratings. Division I Rating: Bellara Huang-violin solo, Mark Sutija-violin solo, Hannah Smart-viola solo, Bryana Dawson-viola solo, Sarah VanNorden-viola solo, Iris Top-cello solo, Joel Williams-cello

2014 Soccer Preview

  (One of this year’s captains junior Seth Johnson protecting the ball against a Des Moines North defender last year) The boys’ soccer team are looking for another fun, accomplishing season as they get set for their first game April 3 against Winterset. Last season, the team finished with a record of 13-5-2. The Team

Photo of the Week

Photos from students spring break trips. Sarah Coppock, Paige Miller, and Paloma Mate-Kodjo went on the Royal Caribbean cruise with the show choir and on their last day in Florida we visited Magic Kingdom in Disney World.

Improv Team Results

Participants for the fourth annual  “What Do You Say to That?” improv. shows were chosen March 25. The shows will be held Fri., April 11 and Sat., April 12 (two shows)  in the high school auditorium.   Every Night Team:  Nathan Clayberg, Greg Frommelt, Craig Miller, Aaron Van Maanen, Leah Wilborn, Matthew Weihe.   Friday

State Speech Results

Speech students brought home 21 Division 1 ratings from state speech contest March 15 in Eldridge. Eleven of the 21 were straight “I” ratings from all three judges; additionally, two were named to all-state performing – senior Aaron Van Maanen in expository and senior Sydney Swanson in lit. program.   Other straight  “I” ratings were

Photo of the Week

The Pella Forte dance team and their coed partners after the Spring Show held on March 1. Forte tryouts were held yesterday, March 14, for the upcoming season. Congratulations to all of the following girls on their hard work to prepare for tryouts and good luck in your upcoming season. State Pom: Captain Kaila Wimmer,

Yearbook Status

104 out of 160 pages of the 2014 Duchess Yearbook, that is 65% of the book. “The year book staff has worked hard to complete their deadlines through out the year. They are producing a quality publication that will be enjoyed by those who purchessed it when they receive it next fall.” Advisor Ann Visser

The Jaarsma/Vander Ploeg Showdown

27 yards. 81 feet. 972 inches. 2468 centimeters…the distance between the prominent bakeries of Pella, Jaarsma and Vander Ploeg. Everyone is entitled to his/her own opinion, but what bakery really is the better place to buy your baked goodies? For most people, the instant response to that question may be Jaarsma hands down. Jaarsma has

Boys Basketball Team Awards Announced

The boys’ basketball team announced team awards capping off their 2013-2014 season at their March 13 banquet. Senior Jordan Pingel won the perseverance and most inspirational award, and senior Nathan Clayberg won the leadership award. Junior Ryan Wichhart was named the best practice player award while senior Bryce Bortscheller was most improved player. Junior Seth

New Teachers For The 2014-15 School Year

Three new teachers have been hired to fill vacancies in the staff.  They include the following: Miranda Raymond. She will teach language arts and is a graduate of the University of Iowa. She is a first year teacher.   Josiah Brandt. He will teach Spanish and currently teaches at North Mahaska. He currently coaches tennis

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