More than 200 students, family members, educators and corporate supporters gathered at the Carver Center in Johnston on Thursday, April 24, to celebrate the accomplishments of 40 high school students and 14 Iowa State University graduates. The event honored young people who successfully completed the Science Bound program from Des Moines high schools, as well as former Des Moines graduates who were earning their degrees this year from Iowa State.
The evening’s guests heard from keynote speaker Dr. Michael Young, ISU professor of mathematics. Dr. Young shared his professional journey and his personal passion for increasing the number of young people of color in mathematics. He encouraged the graduates to continue to cultivate their personal excellence.
After the meal, Dr. Laura Higgins provided the welcome from Corteva Agriscience, Agriculture Division of DowDuPont (formerly DuPont Pioneer), which sponsored the event.
High school program graduates then received certificates in honor of their accomplishments. The ISU graduate awards followed, and the 14 honorees became the first class to accept the Science Bound stole. Royal blue and white in recognition of the program’s early history (the program’s original colors), students wore the garment during graduation from Iowa State.
As part of the evening’s celebration, Student of the Year awards were presented to Rosemary Galdamez (North) and Xavier Robles (Brody, Hoover). The award recognizes students who exceed program requirements and take advantage of multiple opportunities to develop their STEM potential throughout their time in Science Bound. Dr. Alexis Campbell ended her first Des Moines banquet by challenging the students to continue to cultivate their personal excellence.
Denison and Marshalltown
Fourteen Denison and Marshalltown seniors and seven Iowa State graduates from these districts were honored at the Marshalltown Crossover and Honors Banquet on May 11 and Denison Honors Banquet on May 16.
James Gruening, Senior Vice President and Co-Founder of Mechdyne Corporation, 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. Moises Garcia received the district’s Student of the Year award.
Daniel Rodriguez (Iowa State University Class of 2017, Science Bound Class of 2013) addressed a crowd of nearly 200 during his keynote for the Denison event. Rodriguez is an Applications Systems Engineering Consultant with Keyot in Des Moines. The Student of the Year Award went to Vanessa Gomez.
North High School senior, Robert Nishimwe, recently shared his story with the Des Moines Storytellers Project. Robert participates in the Science Bound program and plans to attend Iowa State in the fall.