The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


May 24, 2014

Reflecting on time at CHS

CLINTON — Jacob Simpson will walk onto the stage in the Clinton High School on Sunday and receive his diploma.

As he prepares for the next stage of his life, the 17-year-old has reflected on all his great experiences at Clinton High School.

“I really enjoyed high school, so I’m not waiting to leave, but I’m ready to move on and experience new things,” Jacob said. “I think college will be a fun experience.”

When Jacob first started high school, he was an introvert. As the years progressed, though, he has come more and more out of his shell, joining several school-based programs and organizations.

For the past two years, Jacob has been involved in National Honor Society, most recently serving as president for the organization. He also has served as student council president.

In these roles, he has worked to make student life better and raise money and awareness for charities. In the fall, NHS raised at least $1,000 for Breast Cancer Awareness Month for the Iowa Care for Yourself program. Recently, the group donated $600 to “Bright Spot,” a therapeutic equestrian facility located in Clinton.

For Jacob, working in these different organizations has impacted his life.

“You can learn a lot from other people and you can improve yourself by working with other people,” Jacob said.

He also is a member of the marching band, serving as a drum major for three years, and plays alto saxophone. This year, he became involved with drama, going to All State and working as the stage manager for “Beauty and the Beast.”

Jacob on Wednesday was honored with many of his classmates in the school’s convocation ceremony. He received the American Citizenship award, the Principal’s Leadership award, a scholarship from Archer Daniels Midland and was recognized as a member of the 3.0 club.

After high school, Jacob will attend the University of Iowa, majoring in biology. He is unsure what career path he wishes to take, but has considered the possibility of medical school.

“It’s really kind of hard (picking a major) because I don’t hate any subject,” Jacob said.

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