My time at Valley High School can be described in one word: Intense. I graduated from the honors program which included a core curriculum and a year-long extracurricular project. I also graduated as a scholar of fine arts, which required an additional large-scale project.
I took 12 AP classes and even more DMACC dual-enrollment courses (which would later transfer directly to the University of Iowa). I took several optional electives like AP Music Theory and Advanced Creative Writing. I played violin in Orchestra for all four years and organized a student concert for my scholar’s project.
I was the editor-in-chief of Closed Captioned, a literary arts magazine that published an annual collection of student work and hosted bi-annual poetry slams.
But most of my time was spent on a FIRST Tech Challenge robotics team. We went on to the World Championship three years in a row and finally won in 2013, edging out a collective ~2000 teams worldwide.
Graduating from Valley High School was truly an honor. The students I worked side-by-side with remain some of the brightest people I’ve ever met. I still keep in touch with several teachers with whom I grew close in my tenure as a high school student. I was one of two students in 2014 to graduate from Valley with an Associate of Science from DMACC as well.