Senior Awards

senior award winners

The Postville High School holds an annual Senior Award Night.  Awards are given to seniors for achievements in various departments or groups.  These awards are listed below along with past recipients of the awards.

Award:KWWL Best of Class2018-19:Drew Lubka2017-18:Nick Jacobs2016-17:Nash Reicks2015-16:Jenna Schutte2014-15:Benjamin Lenth2013-14:Joshua Jacobs
Award:Iowa State Bar Association - Good Citizenship Award2018-19:Lindsey Davis2017-18:Owen Jacobson2016-17:Nash Reicks2015-16:2014-15:Benjamin Lenth2013-14:Joshua Jacobs
Award:Bernie Saggau Award2018-19:Brayan Silva2017-18:Nick Jacobs2016-17:Nash Reicks2015-16:Mason Smith2014-15:Benjamin Lenth2013-14:Joshua Jacobs
Award:Athlete of the Year - Female2018-19:2017-18:2016-17:2015-16:2014-15:Anjela Bubiy2013-14:Katelyn Wedo
Award:Athlete of the Year - Male2018-19:Harrison Dehning2017-18:Uvaldo Camarillo & Owen Jacobson2016-17:MacKenzie Hughes2015-16:Aaron Swartzendruber2014-15:Evan Jacobson2013-14:Riley Brockway
Award:Sportsmanship - Female2018-19:Kelsey Mucia2017-18:Lakken Cox2016-17:Tania Toj2015-16:Jenna Schutte2014-15:Maya Burke2013-14:Mariah Mostaert
Award:Sportsmanship - Male2018-19:Wilmar Marroquin & Cole Walch2017-18:Jacob Steffans2016-17:Ronaldo Gonzalez & Nash Reicks2015-16:Mason Smith2014-15:Gregory Steva2013-14:Ludvin Sarazua
Award:Art2018-19:Kerr Lois Bulaquena & Andrew Hernandez2017-18:Idalia Cordero2016-17:Aureliano Martinez, Alanna Lawerence, Eric Lopez, Tania Toj, Josefina Solis2015-16:Yoselin Perez, Olivia Root, Kaitlyn Heying, Janett Hernandez, Melvin Munoz2014-15:Hector Galvan, Lleyson Chavez, Joseline Martin, Cleiver Toj, Hailey Bodensteiner2013-14:Kely Toj & Stacy Walch
Award:Agriculture Award2018-19:2017-18:Travis Fish2016-17:Cole Spain2015-16:Kolin Schnuelle2014-15:2013-14:
Award:Business & Technology2018-19:Drew Lubka & Litci Marroquin2017-18:Travis Fish, Idalia Cordero, Rebecca Weller2016-17:Nash Reicks2015-16:Aaron Swartzendruber & Levi Hansmeier2014-15:Tanner Jacobsen & Elizabeth Galvan2013-14:Jose Lopez
Award:English2018-19:Alex Garcia2017-18:Nick Jacobs2016-17:Eric Lopez2015-16:Olivia Root & Jenna Schutte2014-15:2013-14:
Award:Family Consumer Science2018-19:Litci Marroquin2017-18:Tierney Bodley2016-17:Ahmed Abdullahi2015-16:Yoselin Perez2014-15:2013-14:
Award:Industrial Technology2018-19:Cole Walch2017-18:Jacob Steffans, Dj Marshall, Dylan Bakke2016-17:Elfego Marroquin & Aureliano Martinez2015-16:Josue Marroquin2014-15:Hector Galvan & Robert Nelson2013-14:Juan Esteban Vega & Manuel Garcia
Award:Science2018-19:Heriberto De Haro2017-18:Lakken Cox, Dj Marshall2016-17:MacKenzie Hughes & Tania Toj2015-16:2014-15:2013-14:Katelyn Wedo
Award:Physical Education2018-19:Will Moore & Sabino Chilel2017-18:Carlos Figueroa2016-17:Dakota Hamilton & Tania Toj2015-16:Gavin Ruckdaschel2014-15:Bridgette Lubka & Evan Jacobson2013-14:Gerardo Moncada & Courtney Berger
Award:DAR Award - American History2018-19:Cody Loera2017-18:Alissa Wenthe2016-17:Ronaldo Gonzalez2015-16:Grant Imoehl2014-15:Sarah Schnuelle2013-14:Katelyn Wedo
Award:Social Studies2018-19:Heriberto De Haro2017-18:Cristian Vega2016-17:Jaleasah Hendry2015-16:Melvin Munoz & Yusuf Haji2014-15:Sarah Schnuelle2013-14:Tanner Walker
Award:Mathematics2018-19:Kerr Lois Bulaquena & Heriberto De Haro2017-18:Nick Jacobs2016-17:Nash Reicks2015-16:Josh Dahl & Melvin Munoz2014-15:Benjamin Lenth & Amber Schutte2013-14:Mariah Mostaert & Gerardo Moncada & Jose Lopez & Joshua Jacobs
Award:Spanish2018-19:Cody Loera & Kerr Lois Bulaquena2017-18:Alissa Wenthe2016-17:Eulices Galicia, Eric Lopez, Dakota Hamilton, Sheyla Chavez, Tania Toj2015-16:Josh Dahl2014-15:2013-14:
Award:Vocal Music2018-19:2017-18:2016-17:Alivia Berger & Sierra Gonzalez2015-16:Andrea Vicente2014-15:2013-14:
Award:Speech2018-19:Litci Marroquin, Kelsey Mucia, Emma Heins, Brayan Silva, Andrew Hernandez2017-18:2016-17:Sierra Gonzalez & Kaitlen Leiran2015-16:Melvin Munoz2014-15:Sarah Schnuelle & Elizabeth Galvan & Jaqeline De La Rosa2013-14:Hannah Dougherty & Katherine Knaggs & Mariah Mostaert & Ludvin Sarazua
Award:Drama2018-19:2017-18:Nick Jacobs, Jacob Steffans, Owen Jacobson2016-17:Nash Reicks, Cole Spain, & MacKenzie Hughes2015-16:Jenna Schutte2014-15:Benjamin Lenth2013-14:Jessica Ott & Riley Brockway & Joshua Jacobs & Hannah Dougherty
Award:Volunteer Cords2018-19:2017-18:Tierney Bodley, Lakken Cox, Brooke Holthaus, Nick Jacobs, Owen Jacobson, Dj Marshall, Victoria Nelson, Jacob Steffans, Alexis Valentine,
Alissa Wenthe
2016-17:Rene Acosta, Ronaldo Gonzalez, Sierra Gonzalez, Dakota Hamilton, MacKenzie Hughes, Kaitlen Leiran, Nash Reicks, & Tania Toj2015-16:Grant Imoehl, Jenna Schutte, Hannah Lage, Mason Smith, & Kolin Schnuelle2014-15:Anjela Bubiy, Elizabeth Galvan, Evan Jacobson, Tess Jarmes, Ty Johnson, Daniel Koenig, Benjamin Lenth, Bridgette Lubka, Logan Radloff, Drew Reicks, Sarah Schnuelle, Amber Schutte, Linzie Sebastian, & Gregory Steva2013-14:Muhio Adow, Artem Agadzhanov, Riley Brockway, Hannah Dougherty, Zachary Eberling, Alanda Fishback, Joshua Jacobs, Tristan Keene, Maria DeJesus Lopez, Mariah Mostaert, Jose Lopez, Garret Ohloff, Jessica Ott, Chance Schager, & Mitchell Guese
Award:American Legion Boy's State Award2018-19:2017-18:2016-17:2015-16:Nash Reicks2014-15:2013-14:Ben Lenth
Award:American Legion Auxiliary Girl's State Award2018-19:2017-18:2016-17:2015-16:Sierra Gonzalez2014-15:2013-14:Bridgette Lubka

Isaac Steffans Qualifies For The State Wrestling Tournament

Isaac Steffans qualified for the state wrestling tournament at 220 lbs by placing as a runner up at the District Tournament on Saturday, February 9 2019.  Issac's state tournament run starts on Thursday, February 14. Class 1A begins at 1:30 p.m.

wrestler on placement stand

“Sink or Float” in 8th-grade Technology class

students working on boat challenge

Recently, the 8th graders in Mrs. Lenth's Technology classes conducted a boat challenge. Mrs. Salinas, our Tech Integrationist, help create the challenge for the students since some of them had prior experience with 3D printing. Their goal was to give students the opportunity to design a product using Tinkercad and the 3D printers. For this challenge, the boats had to meet certain dimensions and see which boat could hold the most cargo (pennies). An optional challenge was stability to see how many paper clips could be hung on the side of the boat before capsizing. During the challenge, students enjoyed seeing their boats "float" and the friendly competition among classmates. Winners from each 8th-grade section enjoyed a prize of Gatorade & candy, plus bragging rights!

students working on boat challenge
students working on boat challenge

Students Perform Well At Music Festival

trumpet trio from music festival

Seniors Nick Jacobs and Travis Fish, with Freshman Pierce Harbaugh, after their rock solid trumpet trio performance at the 2018 Iowa High School Music Association Solo and Small Ensemble Festival, held at West Central High School, in Maynard. Superior work, on very challenging music!

trumpet soloist from music festival

Junior Leah Bean, receiving judge's comment at the 2018 Iowa High School Music Association Solo and Small Ensemble Festival, held at West Central High School, in Maynard. Leah's hard work really paid off, as she earned a perfect score on the trumpet solo 'Spica', by Vandercook.

Students Place At NEIA Art Show

Seven students from Postville earned eight awards at the NEIA Art Show on April 11.

  • 2nd Place in Mixed Media Category: Drew Plagman
  • 3rd Place in Graphic Design Category: Matt Russell
  • Honorable Mentions: 
    • Aleesa Lavrenko in Painting Category
    • Sapphire Miller in Mixed Media Category
    • Drew Plagman in Colored Drawing Category
    • Kadar Mohamed in Graphic Design Category
    • Hannah Gormly in Sculpture Category
    • Yaritzy Hernandez in Ceramics Category

Students worked hard to prepare for this Art Show and did a GREAT job representing Postville!

Sports Teams Receive Awards

image of medal


The Postville Girls Basketball team received the the Distinguished Academic Award from the Iowa High School Athletic Association. Boys Basketball and Wrestling Cheerleading received the Excellence Award.

The Iowa High School Athletic Association has a recognition program for academic achievement by athletic teams and cheerleading squads. They recognize those teams/squads which collectively have excelled in the classroom.

There are two awards: (1) Excellence in Academic Achievement. This award is given to the teams/squads who achieve a combined grade point average of 3.00-3.24. (2) Distinguished Academic Achievement. This award is given to the teams/squads who achieve a combined grade point average of 3.25-4.00.

Awarded schools will receive a certificate for each team/squad recognized. Each team/squad member will also receive a certificate of recognition.

Foods Classes Composts Their Food Waste

compost tower
Mrs. Rupard's Foods class has started composting their organic leftovers from food labs with the help of WORMS. While the idea of having a tower of worms in your room might sound disgusting to some, Mrs. Rupard and her classes have gotten accustomed to the new "class pets" and enjoy seeing the progress the worms make daily as they break down leftovers that are fed to them after food labs. Peels, cores, egg shells and more are saved and added to the compost tray for the worms to break down into soil.
The idea of worm composting came from Central Community High School when Mrs. Rupard mentioned that she wanted to have a compost bin in her classroom, but was worried about the smell that would likely come with it. Ms. Gritzner, Central's Environmental Science teacher, then mentioned the idea of using worms to help with the process. She explained that worms help decompose food more rapidly and there are special towers that are designed to keep the right environment for things to run smoothly. Central currently uses worm composting on a large scale and composts much of the organic waste that would otherwise be thrown away at lunch. 
While on a smaller scale, Mrs. Rupard's class is cutting waste from class with the help of a 3 tiered worm tower and 2,000 worms that were gifted to Postville School from Central Community School.
For more information about worm composting use this website. Can-O-Worms Composting

JH Students Attend STEAM Event

Many JH students from Postville attended the STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics) event held at the Keystone AEA in Elkader, Thursday, March 16th. The STEAM agenda used the code word: STEAM it up. It was a series of makerspace STEAM Challenges for the 7th and 8th graders.  

Some of the activities they participated in were

  • Creating CoSpaces
  • Using a 3D VR headset
  • Create, build, and problem solve while building a robot using a straw
  • Create code using the NEW Micro:Bits

It was a great event for these hardworking students.

Learn About Social Media & Technology

Mr. Steege's psychology class recently studied social media and technology. They developed the questions and completed the research. View the slideshow to see their findings. They are continuing to dig into the positives and negatives of technology on students.

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Students Create a Presentation on Jewish Culture

Two students created a Google Slide presentation for the upcoming Diversity celebrate during their Home School Assistance class.   Two young ladies worked really hard on creating the presentation on the Jewish culture.  Up until now they had very little experience using the computer for a project such as this.  The presentation will be shown at the Diversity Celebration on April 6.
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