I am Olivia Bergerson. My parents are Travis and Jennifer Bergerson and I have three siblings — Andrew is a sophomore, and Ava and Nathan are in eighth grade. I enjoy math and all types of social studies. I participate in marching band, concert band and pit band for musical. I am planning on going to Iowa State, studying an undecided major.
Samuel Ross is the son of Lee Dunbar and Ruth Mayson. He has four siblings: Bob, Monica, Doris and Esther. Sam is involved in concert band, jazz band, pep band, marching band, concert choir, jazz choir and drama. He is also involved at his church in youth group, and volunteers at the children church. Sam has received the Distinguished Academic Achievement Award for two years and received the Excellence In Academic Achievement Award for one year. Sam and his partner received a Purple Ribbon at the 2018 ITEC Student Tech Fair for their program “Piano Hero.” He has been apart of SCIBA Honor Band, Drake Honor Band and Drake Jazz Honor Band. Sam is also a part of the Honor Roll, and plans to attend Iowa State University, majoring in computer engineering and minoring in music technology.
My name is Chloe Laizure and my family is Tim and Carrie Laizure, and my younger brother, Gabriel. Next year I plan to attend either the University of Iowa or Drake University to study studio art and education. In the future, I plan to be a high school art teacher or college art professor. The field has always appealed to me as it seems both a practical way to help others while at the same time a means of pursuing my love of art.
Throughout high school, I have always been interested in the arts and sciences, in particular the subjects of art, band, biology and chemistry. In band, I have played many instruments through the years — piano in jazz 1, drumline in marching band and oboe in concert band. I have also performed in the HOIAC, ISU Cardinal, Drake, and SCIBA honor bands. While I was a part of the band component of the HOIAC conference, I was also able to submit artwork, receiving nine blue ribbons for various pieces of mine.
During the spring months, I compete in tennis meets on the North Polk girls’ tennis team. The past three years, I have played varsity and played first and second singles and doubles this last spring.
I am also involved in church activities and services at Lakeside Fellowship. I have helped lead worship, play the piano for Wednesday night youth group and for occasional Sunday services. I have also created artwork for a fundraising auction at the church. In the summers, my youth group runs two Vacation Bible Schools, one for our church and one for an Urbandale church, populated by primarily Burmese immigrants’ youth. At these events, I work as both a teacher and crafts helper. Additionally, a couple of summers ago, I was able to attend a weeklong missions trip to Montana. During this time, I worked as a camp counselor at Glacier Meadow Lodge, a camp that serves the children of a nearby Blackfoot Indian Reservation. This was an invaluable experience. I am very thankful to have been given these opportunities to perform, compete and serve, whether in band, art, sports or church, throughout high school. These times will not be forgotten.