Students Do Well At UIC Large Group Speech Contest

The UIC Large Group Speech Contest was held on Saturday, January 13 at Kee High and three Postville groups received “I” ratings! Congratulations to:

  • One Act Play: A Game (Litci, Kelsey, Andrew, Emma)
  • Reader’s Theatre: Know Your Role (Aleesa, Estevan, Sapphire, Andrew, Marcy, Veronica, Monica, Hilary, Khiaya)
  • Ensemble Acting: Ninja in Blue Jeans (Sapphire and Aleesa)

Speech is coached by Derek Friederich and assisted by Anne Friederich.

All 8 groups performing did a wonderful job!

Spanish Students Make Paper “Waves”

The Postville HS Spanish students made paper "waves" with encouraging messages written in Spanish. The purpose of this project is to carry on the University of Iowa's new football tradition of waving to the Stead Family Children's Hospital at the end of the 1st quarter of each home game at Kinnick Stadium. The waves will be sent to an Iowa City woman who is leading this campaign to continue "The Wave" in the offseason. She has already collected 2500 "waves" that will be delivered to the hospital.

The Project's Inspiration

View the video below to see the inspiration behind this project.


View the Student's Waves

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D.A.R.E. Program for 7th graders

police man talking with students

The 7th graders have been working with Chief Halse to review the ideas that come from D.A.R.E.  The 7th grade curriculum focuses on “Keeping it REAL” and it is considered a refresher course for the students which may have had it during 5th grade D.A.R.E.

“Keeping it REAL” reminds students to REFUSE bad choices, EXPLAIN your ideas and share reasons, AVOID bad situations and LEAVE situations that you don’t want to be in as a young adult.  The lessons consisted of videos, discussions, role plays, and review games.  Chief Halse led ten sessions with this group of students and worked with Mrs. Lenth during her class time for the 7th graders.  The students then created a digitial project about the D.A.R.E. topics using PowerPoint, Prezi or iMovie.

Chief Halse’s time to help remind us of making good choices was appreciated.  The classes finished their last session on December 1 with a few treats and a review test.

Intro to Business Beverage Project

While learning about Marketing, the Intro to Business students were given a task to create a new beverage for either water, soda, sports drink or energy drink. Students had to decide who they would sell the beverage to, research what the customer wanted, create a name and logo, and decide on a new flavor based on their customers needs and wants. In addition the students had to decide what price to sell the drink for, where they would sell it and create a commercial to promote their new beverage. The Seniors voted on the overall appearance of the design and students, staff and community were given the opportunity to vote on the commercials.

Final results for commercial

 1st Place - Pirate Power


 2nd Place - Swoosh


 3rd Place (Tie) - Hard Mode/Drink Rite


 3rd Place (Tie) - Hard Mode/Drink Rite


Final results for bottle design

 1st Place - Pirate Power

picture of project winner

 2nd Place - Swoosh

picture of 2nd place finisher

 3rd Place Hard Mode

picture of 3rd place finisher

View all the commercials and bottle designs

View The Rest Of The Commercials

View The Beverage Labels The Students Created

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Postville students Place at the Iowa State Thespian Festival

Over the weekend, our high school Thespian Troupe participated in the Iowa State Thespian Festival at UNI and placed two events in group acting!

2nd Place- "Twelve Angry Jurors" (Emma Heins, Andrew Hernandez, Litci Marroquin, Sarah Miller, Estevan Sanchez & Veronica Santoyo)

3rd Place- "Any Body for Tea?" (Khiaya Burns, Hilary De La Rosa, Marcy Ixen, Aleesa Lavrenko, Kelsey Mucia, Wilson Perez, Estevan Sanchez & Hailey Shipp)

1st Place winners move on to the International Thespian Festival, which is represented by the best from all 50 states. 

The Postville Thespians also participated in two other performances:

Group Improv (Jennifer Bernal, Andrew Hernandez, Justin Hileman & Sapphire Miller)

Duet Acting- "Fun" (Sapphire Miller & Katherine Munoz)

image of contest results

Football and Cheerleading Awards Revealed

Football Awards

Team Awards

Jacob Steffans -" Most Valuable Player"
Roberto Lopez - "Outstanding Senior Lineman"
Travis Fish - "Coach's Award"
Harrison Dehning - "Scott O'Hara Outstanding Junior"
Collin Bacon - "Scout Team Player"
Gabe Loera - "Most Improved Player"


IHSAA Class A District 4 Winners

Harrison Dehning - 1st Team All-District
Jacob Steffans - 2nd Team All-District
Owen Jacobson - 2nd Team All-District
Nick Jacobs - Honorable Mention All-District
Robert White - Honorable Mention All-District

Cheerleading Awards

Letter Winners

Erika Flores
Sapphire Miller
Emma Heins
Marci Ixen
Lindsey Davis
Veronica Santoyo

Sports Teams Receive Distinguished Academic Award!

The Postville Girls Cross Country team, the Volleyball team, and the Football Cheerleaders have received the the Distinguished Academic Award from the Iowa High School Athletic Association.

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.

Postville Choir Performs At UIC Festival

Congratulations to concert choir on their participation in the UIC vocal fest Monday, October 9th at North Fayette Valley. They represented Postville with pride and professionalism and performed with students from four other schools in a choir of over 200 students. Postville’s High School Concert Choir performed Corner of the Sky as their individual school piece. Postville’s Choir is directed by K-12 Vocal Music Teacher April Kruckman.

Intro to Business Class Marketing Activity

As part of the Marketing Unit in the Intro to Business class, students had to research and then create a new beverage name/logo, flavor and label based on their customers needs/wants.  The choices in the project were sports drink, energy drink, soda or water.   In addition the students had to create a commercial to promote their new beverage.  

The Seniors voted on the overall appearance of the design and 2nd Gear was the winner!

1st Place: 2nd Gear

1st Place: 2nd Gear

3rd Place: Blue Nets

2nd Place: Super Charger

4th Place: WHAM

7th Grade Tech Class Uses Robots

Recently, Mrs. Combs, the K-12 TAG instructor introduced our 7th grade Tech students to "Dash and Dot". "Dash and Dot" are small robots that can be programmed when students create a code of commands. All of the students in Mrs. Lenth's 7th grade Tech classes had a chance to use the ipads, create a code and interact with the robots. By writing a code, students practice problem-solving, order of operations and giving specific directions to the robot. Everyone enjoyed the class experience and will look forward to Mrs. Combs visiting again.

Classmates and Robots