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Articles from December 2017

Dubuque Senior Athletic Director Receives National Distinguished Service Award

Brent Cook Photo

Brent Cook, assistant principal for activities/athletics at Dubuque Senior High School

Brent Cook, assistant principal for activities/athletics at Dubuque Senior High School, was named one of 11 national recipients of the 2017 Distinguished Service Awards given by the National Interscholastic Athletic Administrators Association (NIAAA).

The award was presented on December 12 in Phoenix, Arizona, during the banquet at the 48th annual National Athletic Directors Conference conducted jointly by the National Federation of State High School Associations (NFHS) and the NIAAA.
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Dubuque Senior Student Selected for National Youth Program

Sibani Ram PhotoDubuque Senior High School student Sibani Ram was recently selected as one of two Iowa students to participate in the 56th annual United States Senate Youth Program to be held March 3-10 in Washington, DC.

Ram joins Robert Nishimwe from North High School in Des Moines as representatives on the 104-student delegation participating in Washington Week. The Iowa delegates were selected by a committee at the Iowa Department of Education.

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2017 Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees Announced

Dubuque Senior High School and the Hall of Fame committee is pleased to announce its 26th Athletic Hall of Fame induction class. The 2017 induction class to the Dubuque Senior Athletics Hall of Fame will participate in Homecoming Activities on October 13 and 14.

Inductees will be part of the Dubuque Senior Homecoming Breakfast with the Student Council, School Assembly, and Parade on Friday-October 13. Inductees will be introduced between football games on Friday-October 13 (opponent is North Scott HS).

Induction ceremonies will take place at a banquet on Saturday, October 14 in the new Dubuque Senior HS Cafeteria. The banquet will begin at 4:00 pm. Tickets for the banquet are $25.00 and can be obtained by calling Dubuque Senior’s Activity Office at 563-552-5521. The public is encouraged to attend the banquet and honor the Rams Hall of Fame inductees. Reservations are REQUIRED for the dinner and must be made by September 29, 2017.

2017 Dubuque Senior H.S. Athletic Hall of Fame Inductees:

Mary Beck—Class of 1980
Roy Buol—Class of 1968
Doug Colin—Class of 1981
Mike Fleming—Coach
Zach Hodge—Class of 2006
Henry (Hank) Vollenweider—Class of 1938

Inductee Bios

Mary Beck is a 1982 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. Mary was a standout athlete for the Rams, earning letters in Softball, Track and Field, and Volleyball. Mary played in four state tournaments in Softball under Coach Art Wiegand, 4 state Championship matches in Volleyball under Coach Bob Beardsley. Mary was an all-state athlete in both Softball and Volleyball during her career with the Rams. Mary Beck attended Missouri State University on a Volleyball scholarship, earned all-conference honors, and competed in 2-NCAA tournaments. Mary has worked as freelance and fine arts photographer for close to 30 years. In 1996, Mary Beck was inducted into her college Hall of Fame and in 2010 inducted into the Iowa Girls High School Athletic Union Hall for Volleyball.

Roy Buol is a 1968 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. Roy was a 2-way starter for the Rams in Football and participated in Basketball (1-year) and Track & Field. Buol is a retired employee of John Deere Dubuque Works (30 years of service). Since 2002 has served as Director of Landscaping & Grounds Department at the University of Dubuque. Roy Buol is currently in his 22nd year of public service, the last 12 as Mayor of Dubuque. Roy is a member of the US Conference of Mayors Advisory Board, past co-chair and current treasurer of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, and represents the City on several boards and committees.

Doug Colin is a 1981 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. Doug was a standout swimmer for the Rams during his high school career. Setting the 500-yard freestyle record in his first season of swimming with the Rams, the record (while broken by other swimmers) is now held by his son Ben Colin. Doug was a 2-time state qualifier in swimming under Coach Dan Duclos. Doug has held several different swim coaching jobs, including with the Rams program, but has left a lasting mark with Club Swimming. Since the fall of 1991, Doug Colin has been instrumental in the Dubuque Area Swimming Hurricanes (DASH) program, serving as coach and Executive Director. Doug also coached at Loras College from 1998-2016 and was 2-time IIAC Swimming coach of the Year (04 & 06).

Mike Fleming is a graduate of Wahlert Catholic High School and holds degrees from the Loras College (BA-1976) and the University of Dubuque (MA-2000). Mike Fleming began his coaching career at Wahlert Catholic in 1976 (76-78) as the Sophomore Baseball coach and taught at St. Anthony’s during the same time frame. Mike then had several teaching and coaching stops across the state; Mount Ayr (78-80), Norwalk (80-86) before returning to Dubuque and taking up residency at Dubuque Senior since 1986 as a coach and teacher, coaching Men’s Basketball and Baseball for the Rams. Mike has served as Dubuque Leisure Services Baseball/Softball instructor for 36 years. As Baseball Coach, Mike started the Scott Althoff Memorial game in honor of the former Ram player; each year $500 in scholarship money is awarded to a Baseball player in Scott’s name.

Zach Hodge is a 2006 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. As a Ram athlete, Zach earned 7-Major D’s (3-track & field, 2-football, 2-baseball). Zach was a Track & Field Drake Relays and State Qualifier in his Sophomore, Junior, and Senior seasons. Zach Hodge was an excellent student, graduating 9th in a class of 341, while carrying a 4.02 GPA. Zach also earned the American Legion School Award in 2006. Zach earned his BA (2010) from Wartburg College and MBA (2013) from the University of Dubuque. Zach Hodge is a Vice President at Hodge, a Material Handling and Logistics company. Zach Hodge is a board member for two different community organizations; Run4Troops Marathon and Tri-State Mountain Bike Riders.

Henry Vollenweider is a 1938 graduate of Dubuque Senior High School. Henry played football and track & field for the Rams and shared stories with his family about running football plays up the hills. When practicing hurdles, his coach put a matchbook on each hurdle and Henry was to “graze” it off; Henry told of more than one tumble to the cinder track while practicing that technique. Henry Vollenweider attended the University of Iowa on a scholarship, ran track, and played football for the Hawkeyes. Henry was a member of the 1939 “Ironmen” football team. He once returned a kick-off back 92 yards for a touchdown. Henry was the track team captain and excelled in the hurdle events for the Hawks. Henry Vollenweider passed away April 8, 2016 at the age of 95.

Freshman Respect Retreat

In our continual effort to promote Dubuque Senior High School’s safe and supportive culture, we are inviting all freshmen to take part in the Sixth Annual 9th Grade Respect Retreat on Wednesday, September 6th and Thursday, September 7th (7:35 AM-2:20 PM).  The retreat will take place at Dubuque Senior High School, Nora Gymnasium.  9th graders will first report to the cafeteria to check in and pick up their name tag for the day.In our continual effort to promote Dubuque Senior High School’s safe and supportive culture, we are inviting all freshmen to take part in the Sixth Annual 9th Grade Respect Retreat on Wednesday, September 6th and Thursday, September 7th (7:35 AM-2:20 PM).  The retreat will take place at Dubuque Senior High School, Nora Gymnasium.  9th graders will first report to the cafeteria to check in and pick up their name tag for the day.

Lunch on the day your student participates in the retreat will be a sack lunch purchased by your student from our school cafeteria.  If your student prefers to bring a cold lunch from home, that is also an option.

The retreat will serve as an empowering experience for our 9th grade students to better understand the importance of respecting themselves and others.  Youth Frontiers, a nonprofit organization based in Minneapolis, delivers a program to build positive school communities that help young people realize the importance of respect.  Their vision is to change the way students treat each other at school and in their community.

We would like all incoming freshmen to participate in this incredible opportunity.  One half of our freshmen will attend on Wednesday, September 6th and the other half will attend on Thursday, September 7th based on who their English teacher is (see list below).

Wednesday, Sept. 6th Thursday, Sept. 7th
Students assigned to English teachers:
Mrs. T. Demerath
Mrs. B. Friedman
Mrs. M. Williams
Ms. S. Wilgenbusch
Ms. L. Oberhoffer
Mrs. M. King
Students assigned to English teachers:
Mrs. M. Anderson
Mrs. H. Lammer-Heindel
Mrs. T. Redmond

If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Trica Brokus, Student Needs Facilitator, at 552-5504 or

Mrs. Trica Brokus
Student Needs Facilitator
Dubuque Senior High School

2017-2018 Parking Lottery Names Announced

The Parking Lottery names have been drawn for 2017-18 school year. Due to construction, at this time there is only parking available for 12th graders. The lottery winners will also need the parking forms posted to purchase their sticker.

Please remember to bring proof of insurance, valid driver’s license, vehicle registration and $40 to registration at Roosevelt on August 9-10 from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Please call 563/552-5504 with any questions.

Upper Parking Lot Student Names

Upper Lot Parking Form – 2017-2018

Lower Parking Lot Student Names

Lower Lot Parking Form – 2017-2018

Senior Awards Winners 2017

Dubuque Senior High Awards 2017


National Merit Finalist – Elizabeth Kelsey, Collin Sindt, Grace Tsui

National Merit Commended – Matthew Barton, Jesse Hannan, Brendan Howe, Emma Tonn

Principal’s Leadership Award  – Collin Sindt

Students with Highest Honors (4.0 or above)

Matthew Barton
Kailani Biehl
Justin Blum
Wesley Brimeyer
Megan Brokus
Margaret Burns
Grace Gudenkauf
Tatum Hallstoos
Jesse Hannan
Jacob Hansen
Madelyn Hawkins
Cassandra Hennings
JaNiese Jensen
Elizabeth Kelsey
Autumn Kemp
Aaron McDermott
Maxwell McIntyre
Josephine Mills
Drake Oswald
Mollie Phalen
Lauren Pinchuk
Kristin Rasmussen
Julia Rodewald
Emma Sass
Tyler Schmit
Rebecca Schueller
Luz Schwalb
Madeline Shearer
Collin Sindt
Brittany Smith
Allison Steger
Seth Taylor
Jessica Tompkins
Grace Tsui
Danielle Waldbillig
Allison Williams
Caroline Woodward
Brandon Yuan
Hailey Zillig


Alliant Energy – Autumn Kemp, Rebecca Schueller

American Legion Drake Oswald – Frances Inzenhofer, William Woodwar, Elli Decker

Hawkeye Boys State – David Miner

Artistic Achievement  – Justin Blum

Bausch & Lomb – Tessa Kemp

Better Business Bureau – Rebecca Schueller

Cottingham & Butler Tanner Gross

Des Moines Register – Grace Tsui

Dubuque Bank & Trust – Brandon Yuan

Dubuque Brass – Kristin Rasmussen

Dubuque Eagles “Eyes on the Future” student – Brianna Gourley

Dubuque Eagles “Eyes on the Future” Teacher of the Year – Mr. Tom Cuvelier

Dubuque Evening Lions Club – Peyton Haller

Dubuque County Right to Life – Emma Sass

Dubuque Senior Educational Foundation – Emma Baxter, Brandi Blatz, Justin Blum, Jacob Hansen, Jacob Nolan, Rebecca Schueller, Brittany Smith

Dubuque Senior FAST Tutors – Megan Brokus, Elizabeth Kelsey, Kristin Rasmussen, Julia Rodewald, Rebecca Schueller, Danielle Waldbillig

Dubuque Senior Key Club Service Awards – Allyson Kirk, Allison Steger

DuTrac Community Credit Union – Jacob Hansen

Great Draw Visual Art Scholarship – Mollie Phalen

Iowa Chapter GX of the National Tri T Society – Morgan Foley

Iowa State Bar American Citizenship – Grace Gudenkauf, Emma Sass, Jessica Tompkins

KWWL “The Best of the Class” – Brittany Smith

Outstanding Senior Male & Female Athletes – Emma Sass, Louis Psihoyos

The Bernie Saggau Award – Madelyn Hawkins

“The ‘Semper Fidelis’ Award for Musical Excellence” – Alexander Breckon, Alanna Maier

Thomas Determan Global Perspectives Leadership Award – Mollie Phalen


Alice & Eldon Davis – Jesse Hannan

Andrew Gregg Vernon – Elizabeth Kelsey, Hailey Zillig

Charles Benjamin Pickard – Brendan Howe

Clarence Griep – Elizabeth Kelsey

Company A, 528th Quartermaster – William Woodward

Di Tella – Frances Inzenhofer

E. Wayne Cooley Award – Kailani Biehl

Floyd G. Rundle – Anthony Canganelli

Harold & Olga Hantelmann – JaNiese Jensen, Aaron McDermott, Allison Williams, Caroline Woodward

James & Zoe Connor – Collin Sindt

Jeannette Butt – Madelyn Leytem

Jim Boughton – Mackenzie Gaherty, Jalen Hildebrand

Jimmy Duehr – Caleb Marting

John D. Soley – Kailani Biehl

Joseph J. & Sue E. Kaesbauer – Matthew Barton

Josey (Molony) & Ray Feeney – Jenna Pancratz

Kyle Andersen – Connor Ripperger

LeRoy F. Ludwig – Tatum Hallstoos

Marja & Sabrina Davis – Allison Steger

O’Connor & Thomas – Robert Klinkhammer

Pirkko & Jeffrey Davis – Megan Brokus

Robert E. Harris – Grace Tsui

Scott Althoff – Tyler James (T. J.) Deardorff

Wilbur Dalzell – Grace Tsui

William & Suzanne Laiblin – Wendy Moreno Sayago


Presentation of Senior Class Officers
President – Collin Sindt
Vice President – Margaret Burns
Representatives – Kendall Doerr, Jessica Tompkins, Caroline Woodward, Jacob Hansen


Art –  Elisha Warnke

Photography – Saul Benjamin Briones

Business – Nicholas Weber

English – Elizabeth Kelsey

Family Health and Consumer Science – Rebecca Slaton

Industrial Education – Ethan Herrig

Yearbook Top Designer – McKenna Lincoln

Math – Jesse Hannan, Grace Tsui

Music Awards:
Band Gold – JaNiese Jensen

Choral Gold – Allison Williams

Orchestra Gold – Justin Blum

“Noteworthy” Band – Eric Blum, Spencer Geers, Jacob Hansen, Alexandria McDermott

“Noteworthy” Choral – Taylor Graham, Connor Ripperger

“Noteworthy” Orchestra – Brandon Jenkins

National Honor Society – Natalie Donath

Science – Josephine Mills

Social Studies – Josephine Mills

Student Council – Caroline Woodward

World Language Recipients:
French – Collin Sindt
German – Julia Rodewald
Spanish – Josephine Mills Allison Williams