Seniors 2020

Congratulations, Class of 2020!
We are so proud of you!

Adam Matthew Wince

Valley High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I will be attending Iowa State this fall to study cyber security engineering.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  Iowa State

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years? Eased my fear of death, allowing me to do dumber and dumber things every year.

Who would you personally like to thank?  I would like to thank all the current and past leaders, although it was sad to have people I looked up to leave so often there was always someone willing to step in and fill the open spot in HSM.

Anna Grace Gilbreath

Roosevelt High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I’d love to own a pottery and/or hand lettering small business.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending? University of Northern Iowa

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  Jesus showed me his power, grace, and mercy in high school. My faith became my own and I was challenged to share about it often! Jesus allowed for some amazing retreats and conferences that shaped who I am today. I am very thankful for HSM and how Jesus used it for such an impact on my life!

Who would you personally like to thank? I’d like to personally thank Kenzie and Jill for pouring into our small group and guiding us through this important season of life! They cared for us so deeply and showed up for us whether it was sports, performances, or just needing someone to talk to. Love you ladies!!

Ayden Parker Johnson

Valley High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I plan to study data analytics and business management to one day become an analytics consultant for some organization, preferably a professional sports organization.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  University of Oklahoma

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  Jesus was my rock. No matter what happened at home or at school, Jesus was always there to calm my nerves. I knew I could trust him with all my worries and that I would be fine

Who would you personally like to thank? I would like to thank my family for always being supportive of me no matter what I do. I also want to thank my SLG leaders for spending so much time connecting and giving us life advice.

Caitlin Julia Kellner

Des Moines Christian High School

What are your future plans and goals?  Attending the University of Sioux Falls to play volleyball and study business

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  University of Sioux Falls

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  My freshman year of high school Jesus really brought me back to my life through Fall Retreat and spoke to me in ways that I’ve never experienced before. It’s really cause my faith to grow and become very strong.

Who would you personally like to thank? I would personally like to thank my family and friends for always being with me and supporting me through my walk of faith. They always put me towards Christ and help me to have a better relationship with him.

Cayden Tysdal

Des Moines Christian High School

What are your future plans and goals?  My future plans and goals are to get out there. I am not sure of what to even study, and I do not know what I want to do yet. I want to get out there and trust God that everything is gonna work out!

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  DMACC

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  Jesus impacted my life during quarantine by teaching me to give stuff to Him. My worries and my struggles.

Who would you personally like to thank? I would love to thank my parents for being with me through all 4 years of high school.

Chase Matthew Van Dike

Des Moines Christian High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I plan on attending the University of Iowa in the Fall. At this time, I plan on majoring in business.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  University of Iowa

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  He impacted me by constantly reminding He is there with me. Throughout the ups and downs through high school I could always look to Him and he would be there!

Who would you personally like to thank? Mom and Dad

Colby Swensen

Cole Patrick Phillips

Des Moines Christian High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I plan on attending the University of Iowa in the Fall. At this time, I plan on majoring in business.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  University of Iowa

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  He impacted me by constantly reminding He is there with me. Throughout the ups and downs through high school I could always look to Him and he would be there!

Who would you personally like to thank? Mom and Dad

Dillon Davis

Des Moines Christian High School

Ella Rose Fadden

Des Moines Christian High School

What are your future plans and goals?  Television Arts, Business

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  Bradley University

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  He helped me be more introspective and figure out that only thing I’m really in control of is myself.

Who would you personally like to thank? I would like to thank all the teachers who helped me through my academic and growing up struggles.

Emma Durick

Des Moines Christian High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I’m moving this fall to Jinga, Uganda for an internship at Amani Baby Cottage. I then plan to return to the United States to study social work. Or wherever God takes me!

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  He is my everything all the time.

Who would you personally like to thank? I’m so thankful for my family and all my teachers for caring more about my heart than my grades!

Eric James Reding

Des Moines Christian High School

What are your future plans and goals?  Striving towards the creative field whether that is a creative director, videographer, photographer, or whatever suits my interests.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending? DMACC

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  God blessed my surroundings in high school. I have grandparents, parents, siblings, and great friends who all poured truth into my life. The community that God has gifted me is beautiful. I wouldn’t take back the ways God worked through me throughout my time in high school. Praise be to Him.

Who would you personally like to thank? Again, I would not be who I am today without the community I was blessed to be in. I want to thank my friends in HSM for the laughs and endless memories. I would like to thank my family for the love and support. And would like to thank my leaders for the consistent insight and wisdom.

Ethan Scott Blum

Dallas Center - Grimes High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I’m planning to major in business with a goal of a career in sales.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  DMACC for one year and then transferring to a 4 year college

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  I had some tough family issues during my 4 years of high school. Between sickness and just getting along with each other, being able to lean on Christ has made everything much easier for me.

Who would you personally like to thank? I want to thank my parents. Through the ups and downs for all 17 years they have supported me and loved me no matter what.

Ethan Matthias Glad

Valley High School

What are your future plans and goals?  My future plans and goals include continuing my education.

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  Knowing Jesus has helped me make good choices.

Who would you personally like to thank? I would like to thank my parents and Valley Church.

Gabe Rindfuss

Valley High School

What are your future plans and goals?  Marines

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  Helped me see my military path, and trust that it’s gods will.

Who would you personally like to thank? Joe Budish for keeping him connected through Jr high.

Gabriel Wilson

Southeast Polk High School

What are your future plans and goals?  Going to central College to play soccer and major in Biochemistry,

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  Central College

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  I got to be a big part of my schools FCA by being on the leadership team. I got to be around other Christians as well as show non-Christians Jesus. This experience helped me grow in my faith and relationship with my lord.

Who would you personally like to thank? I would like to thank my parents for always helping, caring, and being people I look up to in life.

Gabriella Evans

Des Moines Christian High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I plan to go to the University of Northwestern and possibly major in communications.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  University of Northwestern- St. Paul

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  Going into freshman year I switched schools and God provided in amazing ways through friends and teachers. I also had the opportunity to work at Hidden Acres where I was able to not only pour into young lives but also learn more about God and how His love is shown in many different ways.

Who would you personally like to thank? I would like to thank my parents and teachers for pouring into me throughout my high school years.

Grace Roy

Waukee High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I plan to major in elementary education and minor in student ministry ( more specifically high school student ministry)

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending? Ozark Christian College

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years? While I grew up in a Christian home, my Faith didn’t start to become my own until I was in high school, and had to start learning things for myself and asking hard questions, defending my faith and holding true to what I know. Being a high schooler came with lots of highs and lots of lows, but now, almost being on the other side of this crazy roller coaster ride, I can wholeheartedly say that I had Jesus by my side every step of the way, and without Him, I would be so lost. My year has not ended quite as planned, but I know and I will continue to trust that God has a bigger plan and that he knows my story, so I just need to let Him keep writing it.

Who would you personally like to thank? I would like to thank my family. Thank you mom and dad, Monica and Jared Roy, for giving me a home built on the love of God, and for being Christ like role models for me to look up to. I thank you both for being my number one supporters, for never giving up on me, loving me immensely and most importantly, showing me God love, and helping me walk with him everyday! Forever, Grace
Next I want to thank Dan, and Mackenzie as they have played an important role these last few years of helping me to strengthen my relationship with Christ. Valley Church’s High School Ministry has been a great way for me to get to know people, share experiences, laugh together, play games, dig deep into Gods word, share my story and so much more! There were many exciting moments and life long memories, but also many tears and hands to hold as it has been a place for me to be vulnerable, honest and real. I will miss you both so much! Thank you for being my high school pastors!
I would like to thank Jill Reding, and Mackenzie Brown for leading my small group and for pouring into me so much throughout my time in High School Ministry. I am incredibly thankful for the words of wisdom that you both brought into my life, and for being Godly examples for me to look up to! All of the hugs, late night calls, get togethers, words of encouragement, texts, small group time, and so much love, makes this “goodbye” so much harder! I will miss you both dearly and hope to stay in touch even when we may be hours apart! Love you Jill and Mackenzie!
I would like to thank all of the senior girls in my group! You have been such a great group of girls to have gone through high school together with- and I couldn’t have asked for a better group of smart, talented, joyful, Jesus loving, Compassionate, and accepting young ladies! I hope that each of you knows just how much I love you, and how much I am going to miss you! Thank you for always being there for me, and for loving me even in my brokenness and messy, crazy life.
I would also like to thank my church family and anyone poured into my life here at Valley, because I would not be where I am today without each and every one of you! I have been incredibly loved on and supported throughout the last few years and was welcomed into the family from day one at Valley! Thank you Valley Church!

Grant DeWaay

Hailey Ann Parton

Iowa Connections Academy

What are your future plans and goals?  To become a pediatric nurse practitioner

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  DMACC

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  Jesus impacted my life in many ways, one of the biggest ways was through baptism! I got baptized as Junior and Jesus spoke to me in new ways I’d never experienced before!

Who would you personally like to thank? I’d like to thank my family! Especially my parents! Id like to thank my amazing friends, my small group, and valley high school ministry!

Hannah Abigail Berg

Waukee High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I plan to attend Iowa State’s College of Design to get a degree in Graphic Design. I want to use my learning to work with animation.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  Iowa State

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  The Gospel gave me a steadfast truth to lean on during the uncertainties of high school. I learned to look to Jesus when I was confused or unsure of what to do. His wisdom guided my path, and he gave me the strength to pursue a life of overflowing love and compassion even when it got difficult.

Who would you personally like to thank? I would like to thank my parents that raised me in the church and taught me how to live a life of Christ through service. I would also like to thank Jenna Atwood and the entire Fireflies program, who gave me a supportive community to serve and share the Gospel. I also want to thank Pastor Quintin, whose sermons engaged my mind and inspired my spirit to live out the word of God.

Hannah Elizabeth Costello Nielson

Des Moines Christian High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I plan to receive a Bachelor’s degree in Elementary Education with an emphasis in special education. I am hopeful for the great things God has planned for me to do with this degree whether it is in a school classroom or some type of ministry.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  Iowa State University

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  Throughout high school Jesus revealed Himself to me through the acts of love extended by the people around me. He had me on a journey of discovery about how to honestly live my life for Him. I am so thankful for everything Jesus blessed me with in high school, and look forward to where else He leads in the next chapter of my life 🙂

Who would you personally like to thank? I would personally like to thank God and His faithfulness in my life. He surrounded me with wonderful parents, teachers, coaches, and friends that supported me and encouraged me all throughout high school.

Ian Blackard

Waukee High School

What are your future plans and goals?  Ian will continue on at WHS in the Four Plus Program.  In the Four Plus program he’ll continue to receive instruction at school and in the community in the areas of living, learning, and working.

Isaac Bailey

Des Moines Christian High School

What are your future plans and goals?  Go to moody bible institute and study Elementary Education

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  Moody Bible Institute

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  He impacted my growth by giving me opportunities to learn more about Him.

Who would you personally like to thank? My family and those who put their time in my life.

Jessica Caraway

Waukee High School

What are your future plans and goals?  Going to Kansas State, majoring in Biology, minoring in Spanish, running track

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  Kansas State

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  Jesus constantly reminded me of what my identity was: that I was not defined by what others thought of me, but who he said I was. He taught me to place my confidence in himself. He put leaders, friends, and family in my life to encourage me and show me truth in the tough times. He has never left me and continues to teach me more about himself every day. I am humbled by his willingness to work through me and can not wait for what he has in store in the next years!

Who would you personally like to thank? Mackenzie- for being one of the most genuine people I know.  Jill- for being so caring to every person all my small group gals- for the fun times, encouragement, and deep convos.  My parents- for modeling strength and sacrifice, answering all my hard questions, and always being there for me.

Katherine Hope Osborn

Des Moines Christian High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I will be attending DMACC Boone in the fall, still undecided on future career aspirations.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  Des Moines Area Community College- Boone

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  During high school, Jesus used Valley Church to help me build and stand on a strong foundation. I was challenged in my faith by leaders, peers, and life experiences. God showed up in more ways than I ever expected.

Who would you personally like to thank? I would love to thank my parents first of all for providing a home full of Jesus and love and my small group leaders, Jill and Mackenzie for pushing, teaching, and loving me every day.

Kathryn Wittrock

Valley High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I plan to study Biochemistry and French at Iowa State University and hope to eventually become a pediatric cardiothoracic surgeon.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  Iowa State University

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  Jesus has always been there for me throughout high school. He gave me the strength to stand up for my beliefs and to have faith through difficult times.

Who would you personally like to thank?My parents: Eric and Kristina Wittrock and my brother: Luke Wittrock

Kyla Stiegelmeier

Norwalk High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I plan to major in Music Education and become a High School Choir Teacher.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  Cedarville University

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  God taught me a lot about making plans in pencil, not pen.  When I make my plans in pen, I’m basically saying that I have complete control of my life – you can’t change plans in pen.  However, making plans in pencil is one way to show my trust in what God has in store for me!

Who would you personally like to thank? My incredible friends who push me to grow in my relationship with the Lord!

Luke Perry Lounsbury

Des Moines Christian High School

What are your future plans and goals?  To attend college in the fall and study Engineering

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  Iowa State University

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  Jesus impacted my high school years by making them truly joyful and memorable. Be able to place my identity in something that never changes and having a great youth group to fall back on made life great no matter what was going on. Jesus also impacted my outlook for my future and how interact and treat others on a daily basis.

Who would you personally like to thank? I would like to thank my parents for raising me well and encouraging me to get involved in many things. I would also like to thank all of the great teachers, pastors, and youth group leaders who played a part in who I am today.

Maren Judisch

Des Moines Christian High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I will be attending Baylor University where I will be playing softball and majoring in Biology.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  Baylor University

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  I really made my testimony mine. I went through the lowest valleys and stood in the highest mountains, but every step of the way God was molding me into the woman of God I am today.

Who would you personally like to thank? Anyone who was in my life, because every interaction happens for a reason and makes an impact. So thank you all 🙂

Megan Riddle

Des Moines Christian High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I will be studying nursing and playing Volleyball

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  The University of Sioux Falls

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  He showed me who I am and has led me closer to his purpose for my life each year.

Who would you personally like to thank? My entire Family, The staff and coaches at DMC, and my closest friends.

Nathan McClure

Valley High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I want to go to college and major in Computer Science.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  Iowa State University

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  I have had a lot of stress over the past couple of years, but I would say the stress was a little bit less because of Jesus.

Who would you personally like to thank? I would like to thank Dan, Mackenzie, Jacob, Carter, Howie, and Joe. They have all been the most significant leaders through both middle school and high school to me.

Nathan Willcockson

Valley High School

What are your future plans and goals?  Attend Grand View University in the fall to play football and study sports management.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  Grand View University

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  Jesus kept me in check.

Who would you personally like to thank? I would like to thank my parents, family, coaches and friends.

Olivia Bayens

Roosevelt High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I plan majoring in Elementary Education with a minor in special education and possibly considering to grad school.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  University of Northern Iowa

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  I fully committed my life to Christ during High school and am currently learning more of his word.

Who would you personally like to thank? I would like to thank Jill, Mackenzie, Beth, and Julie for fostering your growth and relationship with Christ throughout my life.

Payton Noel Wubben

Des Moines Christian High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I plan to attend the University of Iowa in the fall and major in Pre-med.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  The University of Iowa

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  Going to a Christian school, I was able to constantly surround myself with people with the same beliefs as me. Personally, Jesus is everything to me and is always there and in control. When I was stressed, sad, happy, excited, Jesus is and always will be there. During high school, it became more and more evident to me how much He is in control and how perfect His plan is.

Who would you personally like to thank? I would like to thank my family for always encouraging me to keep pushing through and working hard with everything I do. They never stop loving me and accepting me for who I am. I would also like to thank all of my teachers for being more like friends and constantly pouring into me and everyone else to develop a deeper connection and always being people who are uplifting, motivating, and approachable.

Peter Erickson

Valley High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I plan to go to college to study business and music.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  Iowa State

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  Following Jesus gave me a sense of hope and community during my high school years. Not only could I count on God, but I could also count on the church community to be there for me and help guide me through high school.

Who would you personally like to thank? My parents, pastors/teachers, and the academy.

Taylor Glade

Waukee High School

What are your future plans and goals?  I plan to major in Business at the University of Iowa. I look forward to working as a yoga teacher and opening my own coffee shop.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  University of Iowa

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  During high school, I learned that the uncertainty and stress about the future will fade away when you place it in God’s hands. Proverbs 4:5-8 says “Trust in the Lord completely, and do not rely on your own opinions. With all your heart rely on him to guide you, and he will lead you in every decision you make. Become intimate with him in whatever you do, and he will lead you wherever you go. Don’t think for a moment that you know it all, for wisdom comes when you adore him with undivided devotion and avoid everything that’s wrong. Then you will find the healing refreshment your body and spirit long for.” I learned that trusting Jesus will allow everything to fall into place. There are many different paths to take, but making decisions based on faith will lead you to the right one.

Who would you personally like to thank? My parents: Douglas and Angela Glade

Taylor Rae Miller

Trey Castile

Des Moines Christian High School

What are your future plans and goals?  Study Business Management and Sports Administration. Also play baseball.

If you plan to attend college, what school will you be attending?  Simpson College

How did Jesus impact your life during your high school years?  He showed an awesome group of guys I can go to for anything. He taught me that my faith is my own, and that it’s a relationship with Him and not just a religion.

Who would you personally like to thank? My parents for believing in me and wanting me to reach the goals I set. My SLG for making HSM awesome each week, and Dan and Mackenzie.

Tyler Koning

Urbandale High School

Wil Antrim