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Fall Honors for Belle Plaine Students


Fall Honors for Belle Plaine Students

Multiple students at Belle Plaine were recognized for their athletic and academic achievements this past fall.  These students represent the dedication and commitment many of our students put in on a regular basis at Belle Plaine.  A special thank you to the parents, teachers, and coaches who have supported these students and contributed to the success they have been recognized for.

In volleyball, Junior Kenzie Mantz was selected to the Class 2A 3rd Team All-State Volleyball squad.  Mantz finished with 477 kills for the season (4th in 2A), and averaged 5.75 kills per set which was tops in Class 2A.   Kenzie was also recently recognized by prepvolleyball.com as one of the Top 50 Junior middle hitters in the entire country.  

The Plainsmen Football team also had players receive All-State recognition after the season.  Senior Chris Malfese was chosen for the 1st Team as a kicker while fellow senior Isaac Brandt received 2nd Team honors as a running back in Class A by the Iowa Newspaper Association.  Malfese is in just his 2nd year of playing football and has intentions of kicking in college.  Brandt finished the season with a 6.5 yard per carry average, and he scored 10 TD’s on the season.  Senior offensive and defensive lineman Deryck Cleppe was honored by the Iowa Football Coaches Association by being named to the Academic All-State Football Squad.  

Belle Plaine Cross Country had two athletes qualify for the State Cross Country Meet in Fort Dodge.  Junior Kobe Greider and Senior Joe Eichhorn represented Belle Plaine at the state meet.  In addition to participating at the meet, Eichhorn was one of just 40 student/athletes awarded a State Academic Achievement Award for his accomplishments in the classroom and as a runner.  As a student, Joe has maintained greater than a 4.0 cumulative GPA.

Belle Plaine Junior Hope Brecht was also honored by being selected to attend the Global Youth Institute in Des Moines.  As a part of the World Food Prize Organization, The Global Youth Institute invited her to attend after being chosen from students around the state who had written a research paper and presented on issues related to world hunger.  While in Des Moines she presented her paper to experts from around the globe and participated in activities focusing on addressing hunger concerns around the world.

Congratulations to all these individuals for their outstanding accomplishments and for the great representation of Belle Plaine Schools and the community of Belle Plaine.  

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