Author: Kennedy Williams

MHS blood drive honors Micaela Brunson

Muscatine High School hosts annual blood drives at the school as a way of educating students on what it means to give blood and what it can do to save lives. Getting students involved at a young age sets them up to be more likely donors in the future. MHS student Micaela Brunson was always helping others throughout her life, in many different ways. After Micaela’s passing on November 14, 2016, she continued to bring smiles and love throughout the community with the memories she created. Micaela was a blood donor and an organ donor. When she passed away,...

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Speech and Debate students prepare for districts

Muscatine High School’s speech and debate team has taken on this season with success! The speech and debate team at MHS involves about 30 students. While MHS’s team is primarily focused on speech, in the two-day tournaments in which the group participates, the second day is generally focused on debate. There are eight different speech categories from which students can choose their speech. Those categories include Dramatic Interpretation, Humorous Interpretation, Program Oral Interpretation, Duo Interpretation, Original Oratory, Informative Speaking, International Extemporaneous Speaking, and U.S. (Domestic) Extemporaneous Speaking. The four debate categories that groups can participate in are Public Forum,...

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Laura Liegois announces run for House District

Laura Liegois of Muscatine is known as a community leader, a mother of two, a former Muscatine Solid Waste Manager, and small business owner. Building on this service, Liegois announced her candidacy to represent Iowa’s 91st House District, which includes Muscatine, Fruitland, Stockton, and Walcott.    Laura is the wife of Jason Liegois, an educator, and they have two children, Jacob and Madeline. Laura was born and raised in Muscatine and volunteers frequently throughout the community. She has worked with the Greater Muscatine Chamber of Commerce, The Salvation Army, Muscatine Community College Alumni, the Muscatine Diabetes Project, and the Muscatine Boxing Club. She also volunteers at Vineyard Church and Muscatine High School. Liegois was named as One of 50 Faces of Volunteerism by the Governor and the Greater Chamber of Commerce of Muscatine’s...

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Miss Muscatine welcomes Maggie Gehlsen

Maggie Gehlsen, Miss Muscatine 2018, was crowned on Saturday, January 6. She graduated high school from De Witt Central High School in May 2013. She went on to complete her undergraduate degree at the University of Alabama in Tuscaloosa, where she graduated in May 2017 with her degree in exercise and sport science and concentrations in fitness, nutrition, and health promotion.  Maggie now owns her own business, Emerge Wellness by Maggie Gehlsen, LLC., where she assists women in achieving their health and wellness goals. Maggie also loves hot yoga. She enjoys anything fitness related, taking Orange theory classes, writing, working one-on-one with clients, and cooking. She also loves reading and tries to read one book every two weeks.  Maggie has been...

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Muscatine PD swears in new officer

On Thursday, January 4, Jacob Walker was sworn in to the Muscatine Police Department. Jacob is a 22-year-old who has been working toward the goal of being an officer for several years.  Walker tested for the Muscatine Police Department in August 2016, when he entered the hiring process for the department. He had since had to continue to prepare himself both mentally and physically in hopes that he would be hired as an officer for the City of Muscatine. Jacob was hired by the Muscatine Police Department in August 2017.  Walker attended the Iowa Law Enforcement Academy (ILEA) from September 5, 2017,...

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