21 FDSH students honored at math, science recognition

The annual Fort Dodge Senior High Math and Science Recognition was held March 26.

Twenty-one students were recognized for their efforts in mathematics and 100 were honored for earning eight or more credits in science during their high school career.

Taylor Hartley took home the Iowa Academy of Science Outstanding Science award.

The minimum criteria for the recipient includes graduating senior status, eight semesters of science in high school including chemistry, minimum grade point average of B in all science courses, high school rank in the top 25 percent of graduating class and involvement in out-of-class science activities. Thirty-six FDSH students met the minimum requirement for this award.

Landon Getting was honored with the Outstanding Math Student award.

The recipient of this award is determined based on credits, GPA (overall as well as math), ACT score, etc.

Natalie Martinson won the Lab Rat award.

This award is presented to the student who earned the most science credits during his/her high school career. Martinson earned 15 credits in courses that included forensic science, environmental ecology, chemistry, physics and Iowa Central Community College human anatomy and physiology.

Students were also recognized for competition/contest results and additional awards and scholarships were handed out.

Jeremy Thede, a Fort Dodge Senior High graduate who pursued a career in a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) field, was the guest speaker. He is a supplier quality engineer at Danfoss in Ames.

“With such focus on STEM careers, it is important to recognize and encourage students in these areas,” said Scott Kehrberg, FDSH math instructor. “Our annual Math and Science Recognition Night is one way that Fort Dodge Senior High recognizes our students for their achievements and going above and beyond the graduation requirements in these areas.”