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Pella High Excels at 2024 Iowa Technology Student Association’s STEM Competitions

Published on April 11, 2024

Congratulations to the following Pella High students and their success at the 2024 State of Iowa Technology Student Association’s STEM competitions. Haden Papendick – 1st Place: CAD Engineering and 3D Modeling Grant Hartke and Jack Weaver – 1st Place: Structural Design and Engineering Jack Weaver and Seth Vos – 1st Place: VEX Robotics Meav Swank – 3rd […]

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Pella High School’s Jazz 1 Clinches Fourth Consecutive State Championship, Extending Remarkable Legacy

Published on April 3, 2024

Congratulations to Pella High School’s Jazz 1 on winning the 2024 Iowa Jazz Championships! This is the fourth consecutive state championship for Jazz 1. Historically, of the forty-six held events, Pella has performed in the evening finals thirty-three times and won the state championship twenty-one times. We are proud of these students for their amazing […]

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Pella High School Students Soar to Success at NASA Space Settlement Design Competition

Published on March 27, 2024

Four Pella High School students recently traveled to Space Center Houston to compete with other students from Iowa and Texas in the NASA Space Settlement Design Competition. Students Kaysar Lines, Lorien McClure, Jack Weaver, and Owen McCracken participated in the competition under the supervision of Erin Yoder-Funk, a science teacher at Pella High School. Kaysar […]

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Apprenticeship News – Marie Vander Wilt Completes Patient Care Apprenticeship

Published on March 27, 2024

Congratulations to Marie Vander Wilt for being the first Pella High alum to complete a United States Department of Labor Registered Apprenticeship in Patient Care. Marie received skills training at the Career Academy of Pella through the WorkSMART Connector program, with work-based learning experience at The Cottages and Pella Regional Health Center. Marie shares, “I […]

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Pella High Presents Inaugural WorkSmart Connector Career Fair

Published on March 8, 2024

On Wednesday, March 6, Pella High School hosted its first-ever WorkSMART Connector Career Fair. Over 60 members of the surrounding community presented to our students during iLead time, showcasing a variety of career options. Volunteers and students were grouped into Career Clusters based on their interests. Students had the opportunity to learn from volunteers about […]

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Local Apprenticeship Programs Shine During Iowa Lawmakers’ Day on the Hill

Published on February 23, 2024

A group of students showcased local apprenticeships at a “Day on the Hill” earlier this month. Students were visited by state lawmakers, including State Senator Ken Rozenboom and Representative Barb Kniff McCulla.  They showcased their work-based learning experiences through WorkSMART Connector and the Career Academy of Pella. The School Administrators of Iowa, the Iowa Association […]

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Robotics Team Makes School History

Published on February 21, 2024

Congratulations to the Bionic Dutch for securing a spot in the State of Iowa Robotics Championship, marking the first time in school history! Alongside this historic accomplishment, the team also earned the prestigious Engineering Design Award and the Finalist Alliance Award. Let’s extend a special congratulations to team Captains Jack Weaver and Ben Holmbeck, acknowledged […]

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Jay McKinstrey Named to Iowa Football Coaches Hall of Fame

Published on January 25, 2024

Congratulations Coach Jay McKinstrey! The Iowa Football Coaches Association has named Jay McKinstrey to the IFCA Hall of Fame Class of 2024. A graduate of Maurice-Orange City and Northwestern College, McKinstrey has been head coach at Pella through one of the great runs in Iowa high school football history. The Dutch won three consecutive championships […]

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Racing Toward Success: Fundraising Event Hosted by the Girls’ Wrestling Team

Published on December 22, 2023

While brainstorming fundraising ideas for the team, Coach Adam Hale conceived the “Indy 500” workout, a unique event where teams of two alternate carrying dumbbells and run around Pella High School. This event, coinciding with Christmas and our wrestling team’s downtime, became an opportunity to raise funds. Inspired by the Jump Rope for Heart model, […]

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