MHS to host CIML Conference Art Show


Marshalltown High School students display a small sampling of their work which will be on display at the CIML Conference Art Show at the high school. Pictured from left are, Hney Nuai, Madi Dougall, Zyrus Whitehead, Daisy Lopez, Fynn Piepenschneider and Peyton Hilsabeck.

Marshalltown High School will host the 2019 CIML Conference Art Show  on April 16-17 in the MHS/Community Auditorium.  Schools participating this year are Ames High School, Fort Dodge Senior High and Mason City High School, along with Marshalltown High School.

Art work has been chosen by each school’s art teachers and sent to MHS to be displayed on the walls of the auditorium hallways.

Public showing April 16
On Tuesday, April 16, from 6 to 8 p.m., MHS is hosting an opening of the CIML Art Show for the public.  Parents, families and community members from all four schools are invited to view the show that evening.

Students visit April 17
Students from the participating schools will be visiting Marshalltown on April 17 to tour local art galleries, view the CIML show and have a conference awards presentation that day. The awards will recognize excellence in student work in each of 23 categories, with an additional 4 major awards- Best in Show 2-Dimensional Art, Best in Show 3-Dimensional Art, Student Choice Award and Best in Show Award from all categories.

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MHS has strong showing at State Solo and Small Ensemble contest


Pictured are Marshalltown High School students who were named Outstanding Performers at the State Solo and Small Ensemble Contest held in Newton on April 6. Pictured from left are Uriel Campos-Padilla, Colin Jensen, Yatnia Hernandez and Elijah Thiessen.

Marshalltown High School music students traveled to Newton High School for the State Solo and Small Ensemble Contest on April 6. A total of 93 students represented MHS in 78 events throughout the day.  Each event performed before one judge who awarded points in multiple categories, which were totaled and converted to the Division rating that each event earned.

There are 5 Division ratings that can be earned.  The highest rating, a “Division I” is awarded to those performances considered to be “Superior.”  The second highest rating, a “Division II” is awarded to “Excellent” performances.

The results from the MHS music department are:
Band Department:  36 events performed with 23 earning a Division I rating and 9 earning a Division II rating.
Vocal Department:  32 events performed with 18 earning a Division I rating and 13 earning a Division II rating.
Orchestra Department: 10 events performed with 4 earning a Division I rating and 5 earning a Division II rating.

Outstanding Performance students
In addition to the strong showing by all of the Marshalltown musicians, four students were awarded beyond their ratings as they were named the Outstanding Performance in their respective performance centers.  These students are invited to participate in the Outstanding Performance Recital to be held at the Music Hall on the campus of Iowa State University in Ames on May 16 with honorees from all over the state.

Honored MHS performances are:
Uriel Campos-Padilla (10th grade) -Violin Solo
Yatnia Hernandez (12th grade) and Colin Jensen (11th grade) – Vocal Duet
Yatnia Hernandez and Elijah Thiessen (10th grade) -Vocal Duet

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MHS team wins Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge


Pictured is the team from Marshalltown High School which won the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge on April 9. From left is Junior Achievement of Central Iowa President Ryan Osborn and MHS students Drake Stalzer, Carson Beals, Will Van Buren and David Wahl.

A team from Marshalltown High School won the Junior Achievement Stock Market Challenge on April 9, held at the John Deere Financial Building in Johnston.

The team of Drake Stalzer, Carson Beals, Will Van Buren and David Wahl took home top honors  in the contest, which was a simulation of 60 trading days on the stock market. They started with a mock portfolio of $500,000 and ended with a portfolio valued at $824,020.

There were a total of 33 teams competing at the event from 13 schools. MHS also finished first on average portfolio as both MHS teams collectively averaged a portfolio of $725,635. The other MHS team included Tyler Downey, Brent Johnson, Jose Orozco Beltre and Caleb Summers.


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Isgrig named next AD at Marshalltown High School


Ryan Isgrig

Ryan Isgrig has been named the next athletic and activities director for Marshalltown High School.

Isgrig has served as activities director of Kuemper Catholic High School in Carroll since 2017. He has been varsity boys soccer coach at the school since 2014 and taught physical education at Kuemper Elementary School from 2014-17.

A native of Newton, Iowa, Isgrig holds a bachelor’s degree in Physical Education from the University of Northern Iowa.

“I’m very excited to be a Marshalltown Bobcat and grateful for the opportunity,” Isgrig said. “I want to continue the strong tradition of athletics and activities in Marshalltown and continue to make a difference by giving kids opportunities beyond the classroom.”

Isgrig said he has many family connections to Marshalltown as his parents both graduated from MHS and he had grandparents who taught in Marshalltown Schools.  He will replace current MHS AD Rollie Ackerman who is planning his upcoming retirement. Isgrig will start on the job on July 1.

“Ryan Isgrig has proven himself to have the knowledge, skills, talent and ability to lead as a teacher, coach and activities director at a very high level, within a relatively short period of time,” said Marshalltown Schools Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte. “I’m optimistic that his confidence, work ethic, drive for excellence and ability to positively relate to students, parents, staff and community will serve him and our school community well as the next activities director at Marshalltown HIgh School.”

Isgrig’s hiring was approved by the school board on April 8.

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Lenihan students finalists in Letters about Literature contest


Lenihan Intermediate School fifth graders Lucas Hagen, left, and Anessa Morrison were named state finalists in the Letters about Literature contest.

Two fifth graders from Lenihan Intermediate School of Marshalltown were named state finalists in the Letters about Literature contest through the Library of Congress.

Lucas Hagen and Anessa Morrison received the honor, two of just 36 state finalists out of 720 contestants from Iowa.

As part of the project, students wrote a letter to an author, alive or dead, about a piece of literature that changed their perspective on the world or themselves. Lucas wrote a letter to JK Rowling  and Anessa wrote a letter to Patricia Reilly Giff.

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MHS athletic fundraising golf outing is June 13


The 17th annual Marshalltown High School athletic fundraising golf outing will be on Thursday, June 13 at the American Legion Golf Course in Marshalltown.

It is a four person best shot tournament with both morning and afternoon sessions. The morning session tees off at 8 a.m. with the afternoon session teeing off at 12:30 p.m. Lunch will run from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Cost is $60 for individual golfers with a series of sponsorship levels for foursomes. Cost includes golf, lunch and gifts.  To register or learn more about sponsorships, visit

Pre-registration is requested, though walk-ups the day of the event are welcome. For more information call Cindy Braack in the MHS main office at 641-754-1130.


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Al Exito students from Miller bond with Franklin Elementary students


Miller Middle School eighth grader Karen Prudencio reads to Franklin Elementary School third grader Jorge Valdovinos. The Miller Al Exito group is inspiring younger students through this partnership.

The Miller Middle School Al Exito student group typically meets weekly to talk about college and their future. The group of Latino students has added more to their plate as they now try to inspire younger students and give back to the community.

The eighth graders visited Franklin Elementary School on April 2 to start a partnership which leads to regular visits to the school to read and interact with the elementary students.

“It feels good because you get to help the little kids,” said Al Exito member and Miller eighth grader Karen Prudencio.

Oscar Cardenas, ELL teacher at Miller and a leader in Al Exito, said the group is also planning to make college visits and many of the female members are getting ready to attend the Latina Youth Conference at Iowa State University on April 6.


Miller eighth grader Damien Rosas, right, holds the book as Franklin student Carter Bracy, center, reads and student Carson Kensler looks on.


Miller eighth grader John Ruano, left, gets to know the Franklin students.

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