Closing the book on the Morning Sun Seniors

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Each year Morning Sun 6th graders walk out of our building and make a choice of high school that fits their educational needs. When these students leave our building our hope is the staff at Morning Sun has prepared them for success outside of our building.

On May 2, 2018 students of the graduating class of 2018 who finished 6th grade at Morning Sun came back for a “Senior Signing Day”. These seniors were able to give advice to the 6th grade about moving on to a new school, talk to the 4th and 5th grade about how to prepare the next step in their education, and they read to the Kindergarten through 3rd grades. This was experience was tremendous for our elementary students and the returning high school students.

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Each high school student was able to share their post-secondary plans, some of their high school accomplishments, and their favorite Morning Sun Elementary.

This wasn’t the 1st time we had our alumni back. Here is the article from our fall opportunity to have some of our football players back.

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When Morning Sun student leave our building how well are they doing in conjunction with our surrounding high schools? Here is a list of how well this class became;

  • Next year these students will be attending:
    • Iowa State University
    • University of Iowa
    • Indian Hills
    • Southeastern
    • Mount Mercy
    • Des Moines Area Community College
    • Wartburg
    • Kirkwood
    • National Guard
  • Four of these students will participate in athletics in college:
    • Logan Belzer – Football at Wartburg College
    • Kaleb Hagge – Golf at Mount Mercy
    • Trace Howard – Baseball at Southeastern
    • Casey Noble – Golf at Mount Mercy
  • Eight Students were apart of National Honor Society at 4 different schools.
    • Kaleb was NHS president
  • Six Students were on their Homecoming Courts
    • Kaleb and Trace were Homecoming Kings
    • Maci was Homecoming Queen
  • Multiple FFA Members
    • Byron was a Mediapolis FFA officer
    • Byron earned Iowa Degree
    • Jayce earned Silver at State Convention in Poultry Judging
  • Kyle is a 1 Gallon Blood Donor
  • Kyle was a member of the WMU Class 1A State Jazz Champions
  • Four members of the WMU State Quarterfinal Football Team
  • Trace and Logan were members of the Wapello State Basketball Team
  • Two are members of multiple state Golf appearances
    • Casey won a Team State Championship in 2017 and two Runner-Up finishes with New London and finished runner-up as an individual at state
      • WON 2018 Individual State Championship
    • Kaleb has won two individual state championships and WMU finished 3rd as a team in 2017 and 4th in 2018
      • Kaleb finished 1st, 3rd, 1st, 2nd in four state golf appearances
  • Four were All-District Football players
    • Logan was named Offensive MVP of his district
  • Weston was named All-State Football player
  • Logan was a two time All-Conference Basketball Player
  • Jayce won the 182 lbs Conference Championship
  • Casey has won two individual conference golf titles
  • Kaleb has won three individual conference titles
  • Logan is a seven time state qualifier in Track
    • Placed 8th in the 4×400
    • Class 2A Runner-Up in Distance Medley
  • Trace is a three time state qualifier in Track
    • Placed 8th in the 4×400
    • Class 2A Runner-Up in Distance Medley
  • Trace is a three time All-State Baseball Player
  • Logan and Trace are multiple time All-Conference and All-District baseball Players
  • Maci was named to the SEISC All-Conference team
  • Logan and Kaleb were nominated for The Hawkeye Male Athlete of the Year

I am sure I have missed many more.

When outsiders question how well Morning Sun students adapt leaving and heading to surrounding schools, feel free to show them this list.

Socially? Morning Sun students littered the area homecoming courts, held leadership roles in FFA, NHS, captains of their respective athletic teams, and their grade levels officer roles.

Academically? Eight students are members of National Honor Society. Fourteen will attend a post-secondary educational institution. Logan will even attend one of the most stringent and academically challenging institutions in Wartburg College.

Athletically? Morning Sun students have participated in State Football Playoffs, State Basketball, State Golf, won team and individual conference titles. While having a two-time state champion, another state champion, multiple state runner-up finishes, multiple time state track qualifying, and All-State performers.

This success comes from from four different high schools.

The common denominator? Morning Sun Elementary

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