The Month of April’s Featured Alumni is Noah Edwards. Noah and I graduated together in 2000 from Winfield-Mt. Union, so reflecting on his answers was a fun trip down memory lane.
Kevin and Shelly Edwards
Family (spouse, children, ect.)?
Sons: Wyatt (5) and Elliott (2)
Which Partner High School did you attend?
High School Activities and Awards:
Football, Wrestling, Track, Golf, Baseball, Band
Which College did you attend and your major?
University of Iowa
Major: Electrical Engineering
Minor: Computer Science
College Activities and Awards:
Undergraduate Teaching Assistant, Dean’s List
I am currently a senior avionics systems project engineer with Naval Air Systems Command (NAVAIR), specifically the Naval Air Warfare Center Aircraft Division (NAWCAD) at Naval Air Station Patuxent River in Maryland, where I have been for the last 9 years.
Why are you proud of Morning Sun?
Definitely the people. Being a small town, everyone knows just about everyone else, and they genuinely care about each other. It creates a very friendly atmosphere throughout the town. Also, when someone needs help, the whole town always seems to come together to provide it. For example, I am always seeing posts on Facebook about fundraisers to benefit someone in town who is sick or injured. In recent years, I have enjoyed seeing that many of my former classmates have been leading efforts to serve the community and help Morning Sun become even better.
What is your favorite Morning Sun memory?
Too many to list just one. When I was very young, my grandma would read to all of the young kids at the library. The 4th of July celebration every year was always exciting with morning activities like the frog jump and big wheel races, the parade in the middle of the day, and then the fireworks in the evening. Of course, there were also the everyday things like bike rides around town or playing baseball or football or basketball at the school or in someone’s yard. In the winter, we would all go sledding at the bank.
Why do you still value your Morning Sun roots?
Morning Sun made me the person I am today and will always be my home. Living 1000 miles away for almost a decade, I have come to appreciate it even more. I always enjoy returning to Morning Sun, even if it is only once or twice a year. These last few years have been even more special since I have been able to bring my children back and show them where I grew up. It is always fun to take them to the Dairy Barn in the mornings for breakfast or to church on Sundays and just watch them interact with everyone they meet.