Marshalltown High School celebrated its students this morning, hosting an all-school assembly and cookout.
The assembly opened with a serenade by MHS faculty. Principal Aiddy Phomvisay took time to recognize the hard work of the student body throughout the year on things like assessments and attendance.
Special recognition was given to several students with recent outstanding achievements. Gwen Morrison, fresh from her trip to the National Poetry Out Loud contest in Washington, D.C., was recognized for being among the top nine finalists out of 365,000 students nationwide.
Min Lin and Jose Avina, who were first and second place respectively in the VFW Patriotic Art contest, were also honored.
The school celebrated the news that senior Kyle Carnahan received the Ed Thomas Award given by the Iowa Football Coaches Association.
Throughout the assembly there were student and staff contest and relay events. Dr. Ken Hayes, associate principal, rode a tricycle and raced senior Austin Hauser. Dr. Hayes was selected to ride the trike all day after the Key Club hosted a penny war for the Iowa Veterans Home.
There was also a sendoff for the students competing at Iowa Co-Ed State Track & Field, which begins today in Des Moines.
After the assembly all students received a free lunch of grilled burgers, courtesy of the Iowa Pork Producers and the Booster Club.