Mrs. Miller's Weekly Update

April 4 - April 10, 2022

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I love this quote because it is so true! It is easier and safer to stay in our comfort zone and not challenge ourselves. It can be scary and sometimes even intimidating to put ourselves out there. However, it's so important that we do take chances. For, as the saying goes, that's when we grow and move towards our full potential.

Our students are often asked to step out of their comfort zones and push themselves to learn and grow. This week's newsletter focuses on some of the amazing things our kids have been involved with lately. Many of these events and activities push our kids to step out of their comfort zones, face their fears, and come out stronger and better because of it.

Congratulations to all of our kids who are showcased this week! Well done to all of you!

Band Bonanza

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This past Tuesday was our district Band Bonanza. This included performances by our 5th & 6th Grade Concert Band, 7th & 8th Grade Concert Band, High School Concert Band, and the grand finale of the 5th - 12th Combined Bands.

I am not embellishing when I say that it was a spectacular event. I was so impressed with how well our young 5th and 6th grade students did for being so new to performing, and to hear all the musicians performing at once was incredible!

Approximately 150 of our GHV students participated, which shows what a top notch quality band program we have and are growing in our district! A HUGE shout out to Band Directors Mr. Griffin and Mr. Benzing for their amazing leadership!

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Band Directors - Jeff Griffin (HS) & Nate Benzing (MS)

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A Packed House Showed Up to Support our GHV Musicians!

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Mock Trial

Mrs. Baumgard and our Mock Trial students have been very busy since the second semester began in January. During class, they have been learning, preparing, and practicing for their performances this spring.

Our first group, pictured below, did a great job performing at the regional contest at NIACC.

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Mock Trial Group

PICTURED ABOVE (from left to right)

Sam Robbins, Emmidee Ohotto, Emily Martinson, Brandon Roberts, Aiden Richarson, Addison Hejna, Krista Hejlik, Ally Asleson, Aerick Mary, Hailey Hanson, & Josephine Frohling.

Mock Trial - State Bound

The second group of Mock Trials students, pictured below, did so well at regionals that they earned a spot in the state competition that was held this past week in Des Moines. Our students competed in three rounds - one Thursday afternoon and two Friday.

In Mock Trial, there are no divisions or classes for different sized schools. Our Mock Trial team competed again schools from Des Moines and Iowa City as well as others. Even though we did not receive any awards for outstanding witness or attorney, we competed very well against some very stiff competition.

Way to go, Mrs. Baumgard and Mock Trial students! We are proud of you!

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Mock Trial Group


Front Row: Alexis Wilkinson, Carly Joynt, McKenzie Ree, Vanessa Waymire, Drayton Piper

Back Row: Madison Barrett, Courtney Hanson, Nolan Balk, Sam Dodd, Trenton Robinson, Gracelyn Walker-Mefferd


Check out the photos of our kids preparing for their performance as well as having some fun!

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Mrs. Baumgard - Thank You For Your Leadership!

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FFA Banquet & Awards Ceremony

The Iowa River FFA chapter held the 84th annual FFA awards ceremony on April 31st, 2022. There were 74 members and 112 guests present. The ceremony was led by the 2021-2022 officer team which included: Paige Roberts (President), Emma Goll (Vice President), Sarah Schmidt (Treasurer), Rebecca Hejlik (Secretary), Shelby Greiman (Reporter), Jake Burress (Sentinel), and Ben Furst (Historian). At the conclusion of the awards ceremony, new officers' candles were lit and they were put into office. The officers for the 2022-2023 school year includes: Emma Goll (President), Gretta Gouge (Vice President), Mason Graham (Treasurer), Rebecca Hejlik (Secretary), Aleah Brown (Reporter), Reece Bruggeman (Sentinel), and AJ Tusha (Historian).

(Thank you to the newly elected reporter, Aleah Brown, for sharing the pictures and write ups for this newsletter!)

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Proficiency Award Winners

There were various awards and scholarships that were given to multiple FFA members. Members can apply for proficiency awards which are based upon their SAE (Supervised Agricultural Experience) project. Proficiency awards recognize individuals skills and career based competencies.

Proficiency award winners for the 2021-2022 awards ceremony were Dalton Konz (Turf and Grass Management), Jordyn Carpenter (Swine Production), Jenna Pringnitz (Poultry Production), Emma Goll (Goat Production), and Jace Hanson (Ag Mechanics), pictured above.

Front Row - Jenna Pringnitz (Poultry Production), Jordyn Carpenter (Swine Production), Emma Goll (Goat Production)

Back Row - Jace Hanson (Ag Mechanics) and Dalton Konz (Turf and Grass Management)

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Other Awards

Another special award given out is the Jim Pinneke award that is given to a senior who is very involved in sports and often goes on to become a college athlete; this year the award was given to Rafe VanDusseldorp.

The Dekalb award is given to a member who shows scholastic records, leadership experiences and SAE project records. This year's award winner was Paige Roberts. Paige was also awarded the Washington Leadership Conference award.

The Terry Weaver award was given to Emma Goll due to her strong leadership in school and various clubs in and outside of school.

The Star Greenhand was awarded to Isabel Stromer; this award is given to a freshman who portrays excellence in their SAE project and leadership skills.

Dalton Konz also received the Star Chapter Farmer which is based upon SAE records.

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Front Row - Isabel Stromer (Star Greenhand Award), Emma Goll (Terry Weaver Award), Paige Roberts (Dekalb Award)

Back Row - Dalton Konz (Star Chapter Farmer), Jake Burress (Nutrien FFA Scholarship), Rafe VanDusseldorp (Jim Pinneke Award)

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Top Fruit Sales

Front Row - Emma Kudej (Top Overall Salesman), Paige Roberts (Top Senior)

Back Row - Kollin Hanson (Top Sophomore), Jordan Klooster (Top Freshman), Dalton Konz (Top Junior)

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Washington Leadership Conference Award

Paige Roberts, Rusty Olson

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Iowa FFA Degree

The Iowa FFA degree is a structured degree program that rewards active FFA members for progress in all phases of leadership, skills and occupational development.

Pictured Above - Shelby Greiman, Jake Burress, Paige Roberts

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Andrea Young Scholarship Award

A scholarship established in memory of Andrea Young was also given out at the annual FFA Banquet on March 31st. Paige Roberts received the $1,000 scholarship, she plans to attend Oklahoma State University to major in Ag Business. To apply for the scholarship the applicant must show any species of livestock for a minimum of three years at the Hancock County Fair. This scholarship is available to both 4-H and FFA exhibitors. Andrea’s daughter, Karlee Young, and niece, Gretta Gouge, who are current FFA members presented the award.

Pictured Above - Gail Gouge, Jeremy Gouge, Paige Roberts (recipient), Gretta Gouge, Karlee Young

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Honorary Chapter Member - Kris Hanson

The Iowa River FFA also had the opportunity to award Mr. Kris Hanson the Honorary Chapter Farmer Award. An honorary member is elected by a majority vote of the members of a chapter. Mr. Hanson was selected because of his support for our chapter that often goes unnoticed. He has put in countless hours to help our chapter in maintaining activities. He is always a great help with our fruit sales and runs uptown to get us supplies whenever needed. The Iowa River FFA extremely appreciates the work Kris has put in for our chapter throughout the years.

Front Row - Rebecca Hejlik, Emma Goll, Kris Hanson, Paige Roberts, Sarah Schmidt

Back Row - Ben Furst, Jake Burress

National Day of Action Against Vaping/Tobacco

High School Teen Council students Liz Richardson, Emma Goll, Sarah Schmidt, Ali Hess and Kenadie Lau, along with leader Kelly Hutcheson, went to Mrs. Heitlands’ 5th & 6th grade classes Friday. The purpose was to educate the middle school students on vaping and tobacco during the National Day of Action. This was a day designed to stand up to tobacco/vaping companies and will bring awareness to the My Life My Quit program.

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Truck & Tractor Day

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Friday was Truck & Tractor day, and our school parking lot looked a little bit different. After school was the traditional parade that was enjoyed by all in attendance.


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Our GHV soccer season got off to a great start Friday night. Our boys won a home match against Webster City with a score of 1 to 0. Our girls were away and won 3 to 2!

Way to go, Cardinals!

Next week we continue with more soccer and also have track, golf, and trapshooting added to the mix! It will be a great week of events for our kids and our community!


I love to showcase all the great things going on with our kids at GHV! I rely heavily on coaches, sponsors, and parents to share pictures and updates with me. Group/team pictures are preferred. You can email me at

Weekly Calendar

Monday, April 4

7:30 a.m. - Spring Football Mtg. - HS Auditorium

4:30 p.m. - Boys/Girls Track @ West Hancock

4:30 p.m. - Trap Meet @ Osage (Osage Meet)

5:30 p.m. - Boys Soccer @ Belmond-Klemme

5:30 p.m. - Girls Soccer @ Belmond-Klemme

Tuesday, April 5

7:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. - Colorguard Practice - HS Gym

7:15 a.m. - CTE Vocational Advisory Comm Mtg - HS Media Center

4:00 p.m. - Boys Golf @ Clarion-Goldfield (Dismiss-2:50/Bus-3:00)

4:00 p.m. - Boys Track @ Eagle Grove

4:15 p.m. - Girls Golf (H) vs. Clarion-Goldfield

Wednesday, April 6

One Hour Early Dismissal

7:00 p.m. - Grand March Preferred Seating Sale - GHV HS Cafeteria

Thursday, April 7

SAT Registration Deadline

7:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. - Colorguard Practice - HS Gym

4:30 p.m. - Trap Meet @ Kensett (Northwood Meet)

4:30 p.m. - Girls Track @ Eagle Grove

7:00 p.m. - Voice of Democracy National Scholarship Recipient Announcement - VFW

Friday, April 8

7:00 a.m. - 8:10 a.m. - Colorguard Practice - HS Gym

4:15 p.m. - Girls & Boys Golf @ Bishop Garrigan (Spring Valley), w/ Belmond-Klemme (Dismiss-2:30/Bus-2:40)

5:00 p.m. - Boys Track @ Clarion-Goldfield

5:30 p.m. - Boys Soccer (H) vs. North Fayette Valley

6:30 p.m. - Colorguard Auditions - HS Auditorium

Saturday, April 9

9:00 a.m. - Trap Meet @ Nashua (Charles City Meet)

9:20 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. - Colorguard Practice/Warm-up - HS Gym

11:00 a.m. - Colorguard Tryouts - HS Auditorium

12:00 p.m. - Boys Soccer @ Spirit Lake

7:00 p.m. - Performing Arts Showcase

Sunday, April 10

State FFA Convention


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