Student News & Events


TRHS Color Guard shines at State

On November 1, Roosevelt had four members of the Color Guard compete in the State Solo Competition.

Treg Marcellus, Director of Bands, shared these comments, “I am proud to announce that Sara Sanders placed 2nd in the state and Grant Sanford (defending state champion) placed 3rd in the state. It is a very big accomplishment for them—and a big honor for Roosevelt!

Congratulations to both students!


Author Nic Stone Visits Roosevelt

Earlier this year, Roosevelt freshmen got the chance to interact with one of their favorite authors. Thanks to the Roosevelt Foundation, Des Moines Public Schools, and Beaverdale Books, New York Times Bestselling Author Nic Stone came to the school and spoke to all of the freshman students, then met with a smaller group for more discussion.  

Ms. Stone is a Spelman College graduate with experience mentoring teens and living abroad, and strives to reflect diverse voices and cultures in her writing. Her debut novel, Dear Martin, tackles race relations in America from the viewpoint of talented student Justyce McAllister, a teen trying to reconcile Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s teachings with the reality of life as an African-American youth in the 21st century.

“Our students were ecstatic to have this opportunity!” said Lindsey Smith, Roosevelt English teacher.

The Foundation helped pay for Ms. Stone’s appearance so that the students might have this experience.Would you like to support opportunities like these for Roosevelt students? Please contact the Foundation to learn how you can make a difference!


iJAG Students Begin Careers in Healthcare

“When we invest in our young people, we invest in the legacy of families and the ability for communities to thrive.”

That’s the heartfelt sentiment of Hannah Garside Bowie, Roosevelt’s iJAG Specialist. iJAG is a classroom program that helps students learn life skills and prepares them for careers after graduation.

L-R: Kyndall Gradford, Hannah Garside Bowie and Khadijah Sheikh

“I was recently blessed to attend the graduation of eight Broadlawns TECH graduates, all whom earned their Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) and Advanced CNA through a partnership with DMACC, DMPS, Urban Dreams, Broadlawns, Future Ready Iowa, and iJAG,” says Bowie. “Four out of the graduates were iJAG students, and two of them, Kyndall Gradford and Khadijah Sheikh, were from my program at Roosevelt High School.”

Both Gradford and Sheikh participated in the third cohort of a summer program offered to high school students/recent graduates to pursue a nursing pathway with purpose.

“It is a highly competitive program, with students applying from all over the district, and iJAG students are better prepared for these opportunities.” says Bowie. “With iJAG’s emphasis on career readiness and development of leadership skills, students take what they are learning in the iJAG classroom to these opportunities, and have a higher level of confidence and ability to navigate life after graduation with greater success.”

Broadlawns Medial Center’s TECH (Training and Education for a Career in Healthcare) program held its graduation on August 1, in a ceremony also attended by Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds. Roosevelt’s Gradford received the President’s Award from DMACC for academic success in the program, and all students were offered full-time jobs at Broadlawns.

Gradford and Sheikh are now working full-time at Broadlawns and are preparing to begin nursing school to further their training. Because of this partnership, they will be provided scholarship opportunities and part-time work as they continue their education. 

“It’s just the beginning of their path in the healthcare industry,” adds Bowie. “It was great to see the support of so many who showed up to celebrate our future generation!”

Presidential Award Winner Kyndall Gradford with Iowa Governor Kim Reynolds

Do you have an idea for partnering with students on career development? Contact Hannah Bowie at hannah.garside@dmschools.org today!

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Roosevelt Speech and Debate Shines at National

Students from Roosevelt are among the best public speakers in the nation, as they proved in Dallas this summer at the National Speech and Debate Tournament. Members of the team work tirelessly to practice and perfect their arguments an d their performances, researching and speaking on topics across the full spectrum of political and social interests.

Their hard work paid off! Roosevelt was recognized as a School of Excellence in Speech and School of Excellence in Debate. These awards are given to teams that finish in the top 20.

Jocelyn “Mo” Marks took 1st place in Impromptu (Speech), receiving a $1,000 scholarship

Madeline Kahl took 13th in the nation in Informative Speaking (Speech)

Cael Fitch received 14th in the nation in Humorous Interpretation (Speech)

Congrats to the entire team for a fine performance!