Hannah Caple said she hasn’t taken these last few weeks and days of high school for granted. She’s been living in the moment.
On Sunday, Caple will join with her classmates as the Class of 2019 graduates from Collins-Maxwell High School. “Most of my classmates have been here since kindergarten, so we’ve grown up together,” she said. “I’m going to miss the relationships I’ve built over the last 13 years.”
Caple plans to follow the path both her older brothers followed and attend nearby Iowa State University this coming fall. She will double major within the business field. “I’ll live on campus with a random roommate. I also want to join a sorority and be involved with Dance Marathon,” she said.
Getting involved is something that she’s had a lot of experience with at Collins-Maxwell High School. Her list of activities is long. Caple has been involved in ChaMps for four years, NHS for two years, TAG for four years, band for four years, Student Council for four years, she was class president for two years, a Student Ambassador for two years, FCCLA for two years, volleyball for four years, softball for five years (since you can start high school ball after eighth grade), girls’ basketball manager for one year, Faith Formation for four years and ran the student section Twitter page and planned the themes for one year.
In addition to all of these things, she was a four-year member of 4-H, and volunteered as a mentor for three years, as a tutor for one semester, as an altar server for four years and volunteered with Meals From the Heartland and Animal Rescue League, both twice a year. With her 4-H club, she partook in Adopt-a-Highway. She also donated 8 inches of her hair to Pantene Beautiful Lengths her freshman year. “I plan to donate again,” she said.
Caple has also worked during high school. “I work at Capital View Poultry in Maxwell. I operate multiple conveyor belts, sort eggs and calculate market eggs. It’s been great to get some work experience before college.”
All of these activities made for great memories during her years in school. “Some of my best memories come from sports. Winning state softball has been the most memorable during my high school years. The team truly cared about one another and played together,” she said. “Pre-game locker room dance-offs during volleyball are pretty memorable, too. It’s the behind-the-scenes stuff that I’ll remember the most.”
She’ll also remember the people who impacted her life as she went through school. Most influential to her in school, she said, was Ms. Birchmier. “She was my science teacher eighth-grade year and my high school assistant softball coach. She truly cares for her students and players and wants them to be their best. She puts in so many extra hours. As a softball coach, she keeps the mood light at practices. We joke around a lot and have fun. She also knows how to cheer me up if I have a bad game. I can go to her for anything.”
In the community itself, Caple said Gary and Nancy Coughenour have been major supporters during her years in school. “They come to every softball game, no matter the location. They believe in me even when I don’t believe in myself. They always have the nicest things to say before and after games. They inspire me to play my best.”
Then there are her parents, Bryce and Beth Caple of Maxwell, who are her number-one fans, she said. “They push me to be the best person possible. They have instilled a great work ethic within me, so my successes are also theirs. I was truly blessed with the best parents.”
Caple has appreciated her education at Collins-Maxwell Schools, especially their dual-credit classes, which she’s been taking since her freshman year. Because of those classes, she said, “I’ll have 39 credits going into college.”
She’s also liked that Collins-Maxwell is a small, close-knit school. “I enjoy knowing everyone and just being able to stop by a classroom to talk.”
Her favorite classes at Collins-Maxwell have been anything with math. “I enjoy math and never dread the homework,” she said. That love of math should come in handy during college, which is now just a few months away.
“It’s hard to believe I’m going to college soon. I’m going to miss everyone,” she said, “but I’m excited for my future. It’ll be an adjustment going to a large university, since I’m used to knowing everyone.”
Her goals in life after college will be to work her way up in a company. “I’m interested in becoming a CFO,” she said. As for her personal life goals, “I hope to get married and have kids one day.”
As she departs the walls of high school, her advice to younger students is simple: “Don’t be afraid to ask for help.”
Her pride for her hometown school, and the community support and large crowds that cheered on the teams at every event, is immense. “I’m proud to be a part of the Collins-Maxwell School District.”