Science Bound Celebrates Graduating Classes of 2017

Des Moines

On Thursday, April 27, Science Bound celebrated the graduation of 33 high school and 14 Iowa State students from Des Moines Public Schools as part of its annual Honors Banquet.

DuPont Pioneer hosted the event again this year at their Carver Conference Center in Johnston, Iowa. The program highlighted the accomplishments of the 2017 high school and college graduates, as well as the research work done by a number of high school juniors.

More than 220 students and family members gathered for an inspiring keynote address by Dr. Nadilia Gomez Raboteaux, a research scientist at DuPont Pioneer. After the meal, students and families gathered for a welcome address given by Dr. Thomas Ahart, Superintendent of Des Moines Public Schools. Recent Iowa State graduate Yadira Cano Camacho provided the student keynote address.

Also honored at the banquet were the Science Bound Students of the Year, Nawadir (Nosa) Ali, Danielle (Abby) Espinosa Gonzalez Bellolio, and Joseph Murdock. The three were recognized for their high GPAs and participation in extracurricular STEM-development activities.

Denison and Marshalltown

Ten Denison and Marshalltown seniors and seven Iowa State students were honored at the Marshalltown Crossover and Honors Banquet on May 11 and Denison Honors Banquet on May 17.

Alma Marquez, Iowa State Class of 2016, was the keynote speaker for the Marshalltown Crossover and Honors Banquet. More than 170 gathered for the evening to celebrate the accomplishments of the students. Stephanie Armstead, a laboratory manager with Smithfield Foods in Denison, addressed a crowd of more than 150 during her keynote for the Denison event. Marilin Rodriguez received the Student of the Year Award for Denison.