MHS to present the fall musical Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” on November 2 & 3


The cast is pictured for the MHS fall musical “The Little Mermaid” which is at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 2 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 3.

Marshalltown High School will present the fall musical Disney’s “The Little Mermaid” at 7 p.m. on Saturday, November 2 and at 2 p.m. on Sunday, November 3 in the MHS/Community Auditorium.

The musical is based on the movie which centers around Ariel, a mermaid who falls in love with a human. She rebels against her father and seeks comfort and support from her underwater friends.

Olivia Adams-Zmolek plays the lead role of Ariel in the musical. She said guests can expect bright, colorful costumes, big music and just “a real treat” of a show.

“I’ve wanted to be Ariel since I was 4 watching the movie,” she said.

The musical is led by drama director Peter Grady, musical director Amy Ose and pit orchestra director Brett Umthun.

Admission is at the door prior to the shows (no pre-sale tickets) and the cost is $5 per person. Activity passes will be honored.


Olivia Adams-Zmolek as Ariel and Eli Thiessen as Prince Eric


Pit Orchestra


Mersisters sing with Flounder – pictured from left Elizabeth Lang, Amanda Hoffman, Freddy Ross, Lydia Hayes, Averi Bolar and Alyson Christen.

Disney’s The Little Mermaid Cast (in order of appearance)
Ariel – Olivia Adams-Zmolek
Pilot – Colin Jensen
Prince Eric – Eli Thiessen
Grimsby – Trace Markle
Sailors – Jack Elsberry, Taeviss Fite,
Dmitrii Kozlov, Garrett McKibbin
Flounder – Freddy Ross
Scuttle – Pietro Stocchi
King Triton – Aaron Seberger
Windward – Trixie Cantrell
Leeward – Taylor Hoffma
Sebastian – Jason Strand
Aquata (Mersister)-  Elizabeth Lang
Andrina (Mersister) – Averi Bolar
Arista (Mersister) – Ali Zamora
Atina (Mersister) – Lydia Hayes
Adella (Mersister) – Amanda Hoffman
Allana (Mersister) – Alyson Christen
Flotsam – Emily Waldon
Jetsam – Abby Murty
Ursula – Taylor Naughton
Gulls – Journee Blaylock, Sindy Guadiana,
Reena Pearson, Lori Rivas, Madi Swartz
Maids – Averi Bolar, Lydia Hayes, Amanda Hoffman,
Kynlie Ladehoff, Ali Zamora
Chef Louis – Jack Elsberry
Chefs – Taeviss Fite, Colin Jensen, Dmitrii Kozlov,
Mackenzie Peter, Jenna Van Law
Princesses – Jovana Cordova, Taylor Hoffman, Kynlie Ladehoff,
Kaylie Cox, Ellie Seberger, Madison Pickett
Sea Creatures – Journee Blaylock, Trixie Cantrell, Jovana Cordova,
Kaylie Cox, Taeviss Fite, Sindy Guadiana, Taylor Hoffman,
Colin Jensen, Dmitrii Kozlov, Kynlie Ladehoff,
Garrett McKibbin, Reena Pearson, Mackenzie Peter,
Madison Pickett, Lori Rivas, Ellie Seberger,
Madi Swartz, Jenna Van Law

Production Crew

Drama Director Peter Grady
Music Director Amy Ose
Choreography Amy Ose & Cast Members
Production Ass’t Chandler Fisher
Stage Manager Emily Diggins
Light Design & Operator Rylena Hornberg
Lighting Ass’t Avery Hill
Sound Board Operator David Hernandez
Set Design /Construction Peter Grady; Mr. Raul Arevalo and his students:
Ezra Adkins, Xavier Bernal, Isaac Correa,
Eric Ocequeda, Jr., and Armando Torres;
Fr. Bernie Grady, Fr. Dewayne Thoman,
State Representative Mark Smith, Dee Warden,
Cheri Bolar, Sally Wilson, Janey Swartz,
Averi Bolar, Anna Diiorio, Raul Ruso, Alan Paxson,
Ken Walton, Kris Naughton
Costumes Shannon Naughton, Taylor’s Grandma,
Kya Naughton, Blanca de Leon Saiz
Props Shannon Naughton, Taylor’s Grandma,
Ken Rasmusson, Cast Members
Auditorium Manager Al Paxson
Poster/Program/T-Shirt Design Jocelyn Frohwein
Loft Organization Ellie Draisey
Stage Crew Bree Doiron, Ellie Draisey, Khaidencey Garrett,
Raul Ruso, Blanca de Leon Saiz

Pit Orchestra
Conductor   Mr. Brett Umthun
Piano   Annie Grieshop
Reed 1 (Flute, Picc, Alto Flute) Carmen Araiza
Reed 2 (Oboe/English Horn)   Mr. Christian Loaiza
Reed 3 (Bb Clarinet)   Hector De La Cruz
(Bass Clarinet)   Rebakah Stone
(Sop & Alto Sax)   Emily Manis
Trumpet   Moses Albarran
French Horn   Heather Junk
Jordan May
Trombone   Evalitzy Rangel
Bass   Tristyn Oberender
Drums   Trey Gardner
Percussion   Quinton Lacey
Violin Josiah Troutner
Cello   Anthony Sotelo Sanchez
Jolcey Santana

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MHS students selected for All-State Music Festival


Pictured are 2019 All-State Music Festival selections from Marshalltown High School. Front row from left, are Uriel Campos-Padilla, Tristyn Oberender and Rebekah Stone. Back row, Amanda Hoffman, Elijah Thiessen, Deonte Dean and Olivia Adams-Zmolek. Not pictured is Colin Jensen.

A group of Marshalltown High School students have been selected to participate in the All-State Music Festival after successful auditions held on October 26 in Hampton.

They will join the best student musicians in the state at the festival, which includes a performance on November 23 at Iowa State University.

Those from MHS selected for the All-State Chorus include Olivia Adams-Zmolek, Amanda Hoffman, Deonte Dean and Elijah Thiessen.

All-State Band honorees from MHS include Rebekah Stone (Bass Clarinet) and Tristyn Oberender (1st Alternate-Tuba).

All-State Orchestra selections include Uriel Campos-Padilla (1st Violin) and Colin Jensen (1st Alternate-Viola).

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Three receive Employee of the Quarter awards


Marshalltown Schools Employee of the Quarter winners from left are Jenny Allen of Lenihan Intermediate School, Jerry Flathers of the transportation department and Valerie Corson of Marshalltown High School.

Three staff members of the Marshalltown Community School District were recognized with Employee of the Quarter awards for the first quarter of the school year and they include Jenny Allen from Lenihan Intermediate School, Valerie Corson from Marshalltown High School and Jerry Flathers from the transportation department.

Jenny Allen
Jenny Allen works as an instructional coach at Lenihan Intermediate School. She is in her 21st year  in the district. This past year, she took on the role of mentor to Cristina Saiz, a new Lenihan teacher from Spain. Saiz and Sue Cahill nominated Allen for the award.

“Jenny has made an incredible connection with Cristina, both in the classroom and out,” Cahill said in her nomination form. “Jenny helped Cristina secure housing. She helped her secure household items.  Jenny brought her family’s truck and trailer to move Cristina from an apartment into a home.”

Valerie Corson
Valerie Corson is in her fourth year working as a counselor at Marshalltown High School. Corson was nominated for the award by Director of Special Services Matt Cretsinger.

“One of Val’s most valuable skills is her ability to collaborate and communicate with all stakeholders,” Cretsinger said. “She works hard to have a strong, positive relationship with everyone she works with while also keeping the work focused on what is in the best interest of the student.”

Jerry Flathers
Jerry Flathers in the lead mechanic in the transportation department, where he has worked for 29 years. He was nominated for the award by Transportation Director Rex Kozak.

“Jerry is a team player and has been absolutely a key part of the transportation team,” Kozak said. “He is very positive and willing to do whatever he is asked to do without hesitation.  He is proud of what he does and he has made an impact on others.”


Pictured from left are Erica Finders, Dr. Theron Schutte, Jenny Allen, Cristina Saiz, Kyle Young and Sue Cahill.


Pictured from left are Connie Gardalen, Rebecca Whalen, Jacque Wyant, Lydia Arevalo, Valerie Corson, Justin Boliver, Meri Edel, Matt Cretsinger, Deb Holsapple and Dr. Theron Schutte.


Pictured from left are Connie Reinert, Dr. Theron Schutte, Jerry Flathers, Chuck Springer, Rex Kozak, Chad Novotny and Paulette Newbold.

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Times-Republican news editor talks to Heritage Spanish classes at MHS


Lana Bradstream, news editor at the Marshalltown Times-Republican, spoke about the field of journalism to students in the Heritage Spanish class at Marshalltown High School on October 24.

Marshalltown Times-Republican newspaper news editor Lana Bradstream gave an insight into the world of journalism as she visited the Heritage Spanish 3 & 4 classes at Marshalltown High School on October 24.

Heritage Spanish teacher Kristin Stuchis invited Bradstream to present because the classes put together Spanish language digital news publications monthly, written by the students.

Bradstream told the students she was interested in writing at a young age and reading led to that interest in writing.

“I wanted to transfer my own thoughts and ideas and creativity onto paper,” Bradstream said.

She talked about a typical day at the newspaper, how it gets published and answered a wide range of questions from the students.

Bradstream said it’s important for an editor to know what people in the community want to read about.

“You need to have your finger on the community,” she said.

Heritage Spanish
The Heritage Spanish classes at MHS are designed for students who have grown up with Spanish spoken in the home. Because most Heritage Spanish students speak and understand Spanish, the emphasis is on building reading, writing and public speaking skills. Stuchis said she came up with the idea for the classes to produce a Spanish language publication so they could work on collaborating on projects as a team.

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Miller to present “The Monsters Under the Bed” on October 24


Cast members from the Miller Middle School fall Play “The Monsters Under the Bed” rehearse a scene recently. Pictured from left are Ella Spitzli, Makia Long and Lily Marquess.

The Miller Middle School Drama Club will present the fall play titled “The Monsters Under the Bed” at 7 p.m. on Thursday, October 24 in the Miller auditorium.

The story follows a young girl, Stephanie, as she and her friends discover exactly what lives under her bed. They must face their fears as their nightmares come alive. Come see Miller students perform in this family-friendly adventure.

The play is directed by Miller teacher Katie Mayotte with assistance from Shawna Hutchison.

Admission is free and open to the public.


Role Cast Member
Cathy Chloe Sink
Stephanie Lily Marquess
Ashley Mia Aguinaga
Melissa Ella Spitzli
Felicia Shalayia Price
Laurie Keira Wilbanks
Jennifer Sar Paw
Darkonomo Nayeli Martinez
Crumplebump Paige Haughey
The Final Freak Tessa Orozco
Dr. Wicked Schott Riley Thede
Teazle Izaiah Wilder
Big Bad Boom Winner Banissan
Gruntable Alexis Santamaria
Julie Hser Paw
Snake Anna Smigowska
Scary Landon Stanley
Natalie Joselyn Aldana
Kristi Rhayne Morales
Clarissa Makia Long


More rehearsal photosPlay2





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Bobcat Ready effort recognized at national conference

5 Marshalltown 2019 PotY

Pictured from left at the Forecast5 conference are from left, Eric Smith, vice president of Forecast5, MCSD Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte, MHS Principal Jacque Wyant, and Michael English, CEO of Forecast5.

The Marshalltown Community School District was honored by Forecast5 Analytics at its national conference recently with the 2019 Project of the Year for its Bobcat Ready effort.

The student report card that was developed, in partnership with 5Lab, and various recognitions presented at the high school to graduating seniors set MCSD apart from other districts throughout the country that are doing similar work. The Bobcat Ready effort tracks college and career readiness indicators for high school students.

Accepting the award at the conference held in Schaumburg, Illinois was MCSD Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte and Marshalltown High School Principal Jacque Wyant. District Instructional Design Specialist David Stanfield was instrumental in this effort as well.

“At our annual Forecast5 National Conference, we were thrilled to deliver a 2019 Project of the Year award to the leadership team at Marshalltown Community School District,” said Michael English, CEO of Forecast5 Analytics. “The Bobcat Ready certificate is a culmination of the team’s hard work and their focus on preparing students for success after high school.  While many districts have started the process, Dr. Schutte and his team are one of the first groups in the country to pass a significant technological milestone to connect all of the relevant data and deliver readiness information in the form of a student certificate.”

See a video which was presented at the conference at this link.


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MHS student participates in World Food Prize Global Youth Institute


Marshalltown High School student Brooklynn Coburn is pictured at The World Food Prize Global Youth Institute, held October 17-19 in Des Moines.

Marshalltown High School junior Brooklynn Coburn met with students and leaders from across the world as part of The World Food Prize Global Youth Institute October 17-19 in Des Moines.

During the symposium, student and teacher delegates participated in the Borlaug Dialogue, the leading international symposium on food security and international development, which brings together over 1,000 international experts and policy leaders from 65 countries.

Coburn attended the World Food Prize Laureate Award Ceremony in the historic Iowa State Capitol and was able to interact with, and learn from, students from across the world during many discussions.

“Of course it was inspiring but it also made me feel like I had the opportunity to change things,” Coburn said. “I learned how you can use your own strengths to change the world.”

Coburn said she would like to promote the World Food Prize to more students at MHS and a long-term goal is to one day be the founder of a successful non-profit organization. Coburn was selected for this global program after presenting a paper at the World Food Prize Iowa Youth Institute this past April.

Susan Fritzell, Extended Learning Program teacher at MHS, also attended the global event as a Global Guide participant. Fritzell said they have started a World Food Prize group at MHS to look into how they can work to solve food insecurity issues in Marshalltown.


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