Farewell to the seniors

Messenger Staff

We caught up with just a few of you before you graduate and move on to bigger and better things.
As you move into the real world, the staff at the IHS Messenger wish you all the best of luck!


Sagar Patel is a senior leaving Iola High School at the end of the year. Patel has always been a shy but very intellectual individual. He has his mind set on making it through college and strives to enter Kansas University with the ultimate goal of getting into the medical fields. “I always enjoyed coming to the high school every day,” Patel said.

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Photo by Chris McCormack.

Patel has always striven to get through high school and has learned a lot about himself as a result. “I have learned to work hard in order to achieve,” Patel said.

He has also learned a lot about his fellow peers and teachers. “My favorite part of my school year was meeting many new friends,” Patel said.

– Staff Writer Chris McCormack


Judith Branstetter is a compassionate young lady who knows that in her future would love to work with children or animals. “I just love animals and children… usually,” Branstetter joked.

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Photo by Brynna Hollins.

Out of her four years here, her favorite memory from high school was her junior prom. “[At prom] you can get together with your friends and just have a good time and hang out,” Branstetter reflected. “Plus, there wasn’t a lot of boy drama, which was nice.”

“Mrs. Peeper’s English class [was the best part of my senior year]. I enjoyed reading stories and writing about them. Plus, she’s a very understanding teacher,” Branstetter said.

If there was anything she learned while attending Iola High School, it was that, “You shouldn’t really care what other people think. The only thing that matters is your opinion of yourself.”

– Editor Persephone Means


Whitney Tarter will be leaving Iola High School’s grasp and will be entering into the vast world of adulthood.

Photo by Alyssa White
Photo by Alyssa White.

One of her favorite parts of high school was being in S.A.D.D. (Students Against Destructive Decisions), and getting involved in activities that help other students.

One thing Tarter learned from Iola High School was to never give up on things she believes in. She has her mind set on college, but would like to take a year off to enjoy adulthood.

“My favorite part of senior year was getting to visit the preschoolers,” Tarter states.

We bid farewell to Whitney Tarter as she enters the stages of adulthood, and plans her future.
Good luck, Whitney!

– Staff Writer Alyssa White


Thomas Elder is one of those graduates who has the future figured out. Rather than dwell on what he’s missing by taking the next step to complete independence, or worry himself about what the future may or may not hold, he prefers to take a more proactive stance.

Photo by Thomas Elder.
Photo by Thomas Elder.

“I’m hoping to go to the U.S. Postal Service, [then I will] take a starting position and save up money for a couple of years,” said Elder when asked what he will do once he’s out of high school.

“[Afterwards,] I will be going to Tabor College to study theology and become a youth minister.”

After making this statement, Elder expressed his mild disappointment that the Bible as literature class didn’t take off this school year.

Rather than restrict the interview to academic discussion, Elder humorously stated that one of the most useful non-scholastic things he learned from his time at high school is that everyone will believe your fictitious stories, as long as you’re confident about telling them.

Above all, Elder believes that the best thing a freshman can do to improve their high school experience is simply get involved in whatever activities they can.

“Whether you’re playing the sport or watching, you can always meet people that you have a lot in common with.”

– Staff Writer Dyllan Jones