Senior Spotlight

Posted March 19, 2015 at 5:00 am



by: Joel Brenner

Jessen Wood was born on June 19, 1997, in Onawa, Iowa.

Her parents are Stacy and Justin Heydon. She also has a sister, Jordan.

Her favorite high school activities were Football and Wrestling cheerleading and Individual Events Speech.

Jessen’s favorite past time is binge watching entire seasons of shows on Netflix, going to Casey’s at least twice a day, and online shopping (aka adding $500 worth of stuff to a cart and then crying as she closes the web page).

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    A-W Dancers perform at State Basketball Tournament

    by: Desirae Oltmanns

    The Akron-Westfield dance team was selected to perform at the girl’s state basketball tournament on Monday, March 2nd. The girls performed their first place pom routine during the halftime of the first round of the state tournament for class 1A.

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    A-W Dancers perform on All-Iowa Honor Dance Team

    by: Desirae Oltmanns

    On Saturday, March 7, seven girls from the A-W dance team had the opportunity to perform on the All-Iowa Honor Dance Team. Along with 250+ girls, they performed at the 3A championship game. Auditions for this team were held back in September for either a pom or kick team. A-W dancers who attended were seniors Chandra DeRocher, Alex Franker, Alexis Hageman, Kali Kriener, and Desirae Oltmanns, along with sophomores Maddie Hemmelrick and Makayla Swancutt. The performance was

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    Upcoming School Events

    3rd Quarter Ends: Wednesday, March 18

    4th Quarter Begins: Thursday, March 19

    Kindergarten Roundup: Thursday, March 19

    7th-12th Pops Concert: Thursday, March 19 @ 7:30

    Kindergarten Roundup: Friday, March 20

    Dance Concert: Monday, March 23 @ 7:00

    2nd-4th Grade Concert: Tuesday, March 24 @ 7:00

    DK-1st Grade Concert: Thursday, March 26

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    IE Speech team excels

    Congratulations to the IE Speech team for their work on Saturday at the State Contest held in Sibley-Ocheyedan. They collectively earned 20 I ratings and 1 II rating. Of the I ratings, 17 were straight I’s, the highest rating sequence possible. The students’ results are:

    Charlie Anderson acting Straight Is

    Hunter Armstrong acting II

    Alex Franker acting Straight Is

    Anastasia Hoffer acting Straight Is

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    Senior Spotlight



    by: Kortney Hedlund

    Marlenne Arreola was born April 22, 1997, in Tenamaxtlan, Jalisco.

    Her parents are Jose and Olivia Arreola. Marlenne has two siblings, Andres and Betty.

    “Marlin” has been involved dance, wrestling cheer, and individual speech.


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    Please remember to turn your senior pictures in to Mr. Thonstad as soon as possible. You can also email your senior pictures to


    prices increasing soon

    The 2014-2015 A-W school yearbooks can be pre-ordered now for $40 until Friday, April 10. After that, yearbooks will be sold for $45.

    Students and families can order via PaySchools (on the A-W website) or by sending payment with your student. Contact Mr. Thonstad at with any questions.

    Order your

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    Middle School Wrestlers

    Back: Taylor Heeren, Aaron Hartman, Chance Foster, Jack Anderson,

    Logan Smith, Jeremy Bosse. Front: Cameron Bergman, Adam Allard,

    Hunter Walkingstick, Masen Peck, Charlie Parks. Not Pictured: Tyson Lamp

    MS Wrestlers finish season at KP

    by: Kortney Hedlund

    The middle school wrestlers competed at their last meet of the season at Kingsley on Thursday, February 26.

    Winning by pins were Taylor Heeren and Chance Foster. Tyson Lamp also added two pins for the team.

    Winning by decision were Tyson Lamp and Hunter Walkingstick.