Wartburg made announcements this week in regard to the Graduation Commencement this weekend. Senior Calyn Thompson will serve as the graduation speaker for the Class of 2017.
Thompson is a Journalism and Communication major from Norwalk, Iowa who has been very involved during her time as a Knight. She has served as a reporter and anchor for Cedar Valley Today and been a part of both Knight Vision Sports and the Public Relations Student Society of America.
Outside of the department she has also been involved in Student Senate and the Homecoming Committee.
A Dean’s Cord recipient, Thompson was also named the winner of Department of Journalism and Communication’s Maggie Garland award, which is given every year to an outstanding student media member. She spoke very highly of her experience at Wartburg.
“Coming to Wartburg College has been one of the best decisions I have ever made. I have learned so much about myself and what I want to do for a career,” Thompson said. “The faculty and staff have been so supportive and helpful, and I’m so thankful for everything I’ve learned both in and out of the classroom. I’m grateful I will forever be a part of the Wartburg community and family.”
The school also announced that Matt Finn, English teacher and and football coach at Osage High School, and Alicia Neutz, a Spanish teacher from Lakeville North High School in Minnestota, will be recognized at this year’s graduation.
The two were nominated by Riley Cole and Rachelle Markowitz respectively for making a big impact on their education.
Cole said Finn made her education a better experience.
“He sparked my personal imagination through a creative writing course and engaged students in better understanding the materials through class discussions and peer editing,” Cole said.
Markowitz also had positive things to say about Neutz.
“She challenges herself every day to aspire to be even better, and because of this, is a true role model,” Markowitz wrote in her nomination. “Her innovation and unique teaching styles changed my perspective on learning a language. Without her, I would not have continued studying Spanish, and for that I will forever be grateful.”
A $500 scholarship will be given to a senior from their schools who plans to attend Wartburg and each teacher will receive $500.
Graduation for the Class of 2017 will take place at 1:30 pm in the Hoover Fieldhouse & Track at the Wartburg-Waverly Sports and Wellness Center.