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More than 300 students graduate in style from MHS


Marshalltown High School Class of 2017 graduate Drake Zeuthen was the last to receive his diploma due to alphabetical order on May 28. He left the stage in style with 2017 glasses.

More than 300 Marshalltown High School students turned into graduates during the 142nd annual commencement ceremony held at the Roundhouse on May 28.

A full house of family members, friends, school staff and community members supported the graduates at the ceremony, hosted by MHS Principal Jacque Wyant. Wyant said the graduates would soon be “passing through the doors to their future.”

Graduating student presenters included Michelle Ankrum, Nya Gatwech, Nicholas Cooper and Morgan Van Staalduine.

Ankrum said they can learn from people who are from different backgrounds and told the students to be thankful for those who have helped them through challenges. Gatwech told the students to “never stop living your dream.” Cooper sang “May You Always Have a Song” and Van Staalduine told the students the best years in their lives are still to come.

Marshalltown Community School District Superintendent Dr. Theron Schutte and School Board President Bea Niblock also spoke.

Schutte told the students their education in Marshalltown Schools will provide a solid foundation “which will launch yourself into this next phase in life’s journey.”

Niblock told the students to be responsible.

“Attitudes and behaviors that you choose will pave your way to success,” Niblock said.

Several groups of students were recognized during the ceremony, including the three students who achieved a 4.0 grade point average during their time at MHS. The 4.0 students were Aspen Chadderdon, Nicholas Cooper and Hannah Shirar.