MHS inducts newest group into National French Honor Society


The pictured Marshalltown High School students were inducted into the National French Honor Society at MHS on March 20. Pictured, front row, from left, Donovan Gavagan, Aye Aye Khaing, Priscila Vergara and Ashly Wiegand. Back row, Abigail Murty, Jace Doran, Carmen Araiza Solorio and Alexander Weidenaar.

Marshalltown High School inducted its newest group of students into the Societe Honoraire de Francais (SHF), a high school National French Honor Society sponsored by the American Association of Teachers of French during a ceremony at MHS on March 20.

SHF recognizes outstanding scholarship in the study of French language and promotes leadership and activities around French language and literature.

This is the second class inducted into the society from MHS, after the charter members were inducted this past fall. A grade point average of 3.5 or higher in French and a 2.7 GPA or higher in all other coursework is required for membership.  Charter members as well as MHS French instructor Naomi Musal and Associate Principal Deb Holsapple assisted with the event.

MHS students inducted into the society at the event included: Carmen Araiza Solorio, Donovan Gavagan, Jace Doran, Aye Aye Khaing, Priscila Vergara, Abigail Murty, Ashly Wiegand and Alexander Weidenaar.

Students René Hernandez Andrade, Daniela Lagunas, Liz Vargas Perez, Louis Ramirez, Melissa Hernandez, and Jose Palmerin Andrade were not in attendance, but will receive their membership at a later point.




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Lennox employees donate $500 to Miller Middle School food pantry


Pictured are employees from Lennox donating a $500 check to the Miller Middle School food pantry. Pictured are front row, from left, Luis Medina, Shea Hill (Miller Middle School teacher), Carol Smolik, and Maria Ibarretz, Back row, Miguel Gutierrez (Lennox plant manager), Melinda Young, Gary Springer, Tracy Leavy, Travis Keeler, Chris Olivier, Deb Kerr and Deb Sams.

Lennox employees donated $500 to the food pantry at Miller Middle School with a check presentation on March 20.

Staff purchased Lennox T-shirts to raise money for the pantry, which helps provide food to families in need. The donation was part of an initiative from the Lennox employee group known as Marshalltown Making a Difference, which engages in community service projects.

Miller Middle School teacher Shea Hill accepted the check at the Lennox facility.

“It will be perfect to help our families that are in need,” Hill said of the donation.

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Egg design to represent Iowa at Easter Egg Roll at White House

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Fisher Elementary School art teacher Maggie Parks works with first graders on a design project. Fisher students produced a design that will be put on a giant egg to be displayed at the White House during the Easter Egg Roll on April 2.

A design for an egg created by students at Fisher Elementary School in Marshalltown will soon have its place in holiday history. The design will be on display as part of the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House on April 2.

President Donald Trump and First Lady Melania Trump will host the event rich with tradition on the South Lawn and Ellipse of the White House. They are inviting schools across the nation to decorate an egg representing their state or territory and Marshalltown was selected to create the design which represents Iowa. These decorated eggs from across the country will be displayed as guests enter the event.

Fisher Elementary art teacher Maggie Parks worked with students in grades 1-4 to create a collage for the design using Iowa symbols such as the state flower (wild rose), silos, the Iowa state flag, wind turbines, bur oak trees (state tree) and other symbols.

A digitized image of the egg design created by the Fisher students was sent to Washington, D.C. and will be transformed into a 4 foot high, 2 foot wide, two dimensional egg to display at the White House event.

Parks said Marshalltown was selected for this honor by the Iowa Department of Education due to her involvement with the Iowa Alliance for Arts Education.


Here is the final design created by the students featuring symbols of Iowa.


Third grader Allison Cano displays a flower she made for the project.


Teacher Maggie Parks and third graders at Fisher work on the project.

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MHS junior selected to perform at the All-State speech festival


Marshalltown High School junior Phoebe Osgood has been selected as an outstanding performer and has been invited to perform at the All-State Festival of the Iowa High School Speech Association at the University of Northern Iowa on March 26.

Marshalltown High School junior Phoebe Osgood has been selected as an all-state performer from the Iowa High School Speech Association. Osgood was among the outstanding performers selected from the recent state competition, which resulted in her qualification for the All-State Festival.

The All-State Festival will be on March 26 at the University of Northern Iowa.

“I’m so excited,” said Osgood. “I’m most excited about performing, but it’s also super awesome to see the other people performing.”

Osgood qualified in the storytelling category and will recite the story “The Princess and the Pony” by Kate Beaton at the festival. She said she has been practicing this work for nearly one year.

“I love to be able to practice something so long and to get to be able to share it with people,” Osgood said.

It was also special for the student to be able to share in the good news with her coach, MHS teacher Jocelyn Frohwein.

“She’s on top of the world,” Osgood said of Frohwein’s reaction.

A total of 464 outstanding performers have been selected out of nearly 9,000 student performers who started the competition at the district level in Iowa.

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Impactful speaker Manny Scott to present in Marshalltown Schools on April 11

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Manny Scott, who was one of the original Freedom Writers, will give a public presentation at 5:30 p.m. on April 11 in the Marshalltown High School/Community Auditorium. He is a sought after speaker who delivers a message of hope and lessons to help people transform their lives.

Manny Scott, an author and one of the nation’s most sought after speakers, will speak on three occasions in the Marshalltown Community School District on April 11, one of which is open to the public.

Scott is an original Freedom Writer whose story is told in part in the 2007 hit movie “Freedom Writers.” Scott has energized almost two million leaders, educators, volunteers, and students worldwide with his authentic, inspiring messages of hope.

“I do not speak to impress people,” Scott said, “but to impress upon them some invaluable lessons that could literally change the quality of their lives forever. When I speak, I try to make sure audiences are crystal clear about how to ‘turn the page’ — to transform their lives.”

Scott will present a speech that is free and open to the public at 5:30 p.m. on April 11 in the Marshalltown High School/Community Auditorium. His public presentation will provide ways for parents to position their child for success.

Previously that day, he will speak to students at Miller Middle School in the morning (9 a.m.) and to all Marshalltown Community School District staff in the afternoon (2 p.m.).

As a result of his presentation to district staff, our students will dismiss two hours early (1:20 p.m./1:25 p.m.) on April 11 throughout all schools in the district.

For more information on the speaker, visit his website at



Manny Scott, un autor y uno de los más buscados presentadores estará presentando en tres ocasiones en el Distrito Escolar de la Comunidad de Marshalltown el 11 de abril, una de esas veces será abierta al público.

Scott es un original Freedom Writer cual historia se cuenta en la película exitosa del 2007 “Freedom Writers” (Escritores de Libertad). Scott ha excitado a casi dos millones de líderes, educadores, voluntarios y estudiantes en todo el mundo con su inspirador mensaje auténtico de esperanza.

“Yo no hablo para impresionar a las personas,” dijo Scott, “pero para impresionarlos con algunas lección valiosa que literalmente podría cambiar su calidad de vida por siempre. Cuando hablo, trato de asegura que el público esté muy claro en cómo ‘voltear la página’ – para transformar sus vidas.”

Scott presentara un discurso que es gratis y abierta al público a las 5:30 el 11 de abril en el auditorio de Marshalltown High School/Community. Su presentación al público proporcionará formas para que los padres posicionan a su hijo con éxito.

Previamente ese día, él hablará con los estudiantes de la escuela Miller en la mañana (9 a.m.) y al personal del Distrito Escolar de la Comunidad de Marshalltown en la tarde (2 p.m.).


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MHS graduate returns to school, talks STEM to science classes


Marshalltown High School 2017 graduate Aspen Chadderdon returned to MHS on March 9 to talk to science classes about her STEM studies in college. She is in her first year at Monmouth College in Illinois.

It’s been nearly a year since Aspen Chadderdon was a student at Marshalltown High School. The 2017 MHS graduate made a return to the school on March 9 to give back.

Chadderdon, a freshman at Monmouth College in Illinois with a double major of physics and biochemistry, spoke to students in the MHS classes of General Chemistry 1, Physics and Organic Chemistry. Her main goal was to talk to current high school students about what it is like to study STEM areas in college, according to MHS teacher Stephen Frese.


Apsen also plays on the Monmouth College soccer team

“Aspen gave some of our junior and senior students an inside look into what it was like to be a STEM student by describing what a typical week might be like, similarities and differences between high school and college classes, and what you could expect from different aspects of the class experience,” Frese said.

Chadderdon also spoke of how the dual credit opportunities at MHS and Marshalltown Community College while in high school allowed her to accelerate past introductory courses when she arrived as a full time college student.

She also talked about the growing career opportunities in STEM, specifically in physics and biochemistry.

“I think my current students found this part of her presentation helpful because it offered up several ideas, more than they had thought of before,” Frese said.

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MHS mock trial team qualifies for state

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The Marshalltown High School mock trial team qualified for state after a successful showing at the regional contest held March 8 at Marshalltown Community College. Pictured in front row, from left, Gabriela Perez Gonzalez, Phoebe Osgood, Emily Miller and Jordan May. Back row, Nyapukah Gatwech, Carissa King, Gretchen Benscoter, Eli Thiessen and Dylan Roseburrough.

The Marshalltown High School mock trial team qualified for the state competition after a successful showing at the regional competition held at Marshalltown Community College on March 8. The team won both rounds as it competed against 15 other teams from the region with four spots advancing to state.

All four MHS team attorneys: Carissa King, Emily Miller, Phoebe Osgood, and Gretchen Benscoter were recognized on at least one ballot as outstanding attorneys. MHS witness Dylan Roseburrough was recognized by judges in both rounds as an outstanding witness. The team will now prepare for the state competition to be held March 26 and 27 in Des Moines.

The team is coached by Katie Sawer with the volunteer assistant being Peter Hapke.

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