IONIA – Thomas Toaz and Dalton Badder not only have a passion for playing instruments at Ionia High School, but both seniors are also successful in the classroom.
Toaz was appointed IHS-class valedict in 2022, while Badder is saluting. The pair learned about their academic degrees earlier this year. Toaz and Badder have the honor of performing at the IHS Grand Opening in May.
For Toaz, the goal was to become a valedict from the first year.
“I felt that if I could earn it, it was something I could be proud of for the rest of my life,” he said.
Badder was happy for Toaz and said his classmate had done a “great job.” Badder worked to obtain an academic degree for the class in 2022 after seeing his brother get among the top 10 in his class.
“I’m still extremely grateful because second place is still an amazing success,” Badder said.
Toaz, 18, attended St. Peter and Paul Elementary School before coming to IHS. In his freshman year, he took part in golf and won a second-degree black belt in taekwon do. He plans to study at Michigan State University and specialize in mechanical engineering.
Toaz does not have a favorite teacher and says that all his teachers have “helped him tremendously”. He also doesn’t have a favorite class.
“It’s nice to have all that diversity and learn different things from every aspect of life,” Toaz said.
Badder, 17, attended Rather Elementary and Ionia Middle School. In the first and second years he played university football and in the junior year he played golf before participating in powerlifting in the last year. Badder participated in the Science Olympics and Quiz Cup in his first and second years and is currently the Vice President of the IHS National Honor Society. He is not determined for college, but plans to study business management.
Badder said he was inspired by teachers Scott Beyer (band) and Douglas Tackmann (English). Badder’s favorite class is AP psychology.
“The content we learn is very interesting and interesting to learn,” Badder said. “It’s something that is fascinating to me personally.”
Toaz described the IHS class of 2022 as “strong”, while Badder described it as “intelligent” and “persistent.” The COVID-19 pandemic began at the end of their second year.
“I feel like we’ve lasted a lot during this time and we’ve grown a lot,” Toaz said. “It was nice to get that contrast between the normal year of high school and then see how everything and everyone grows and changes over time.”
Toaz plays euphony in IHS concert and symphonic bands. He called his band performances his favorite high school memory.
“There was simply a great sense of friendship between all of us during the hardships in the band’s camp and spending hours and hours marching on the field and then competing together,” Toaz said. “It’s always been a great feeling, especially standing on the field and waiting for the start.”
Badder is a drummer in a school jazz band and is one of 10 members of the marching band’s drum board.
“The band was a huge part of my life,” Badder said.
Toaz said the key to his academic success is sacrificing personal study time.
“In the future, I will always have a lot more time for myself and for hobbies and other things besides studying, but at the moment it is crucial to focus on studying because it will drive the rest of my life depending on how I work. now, “Toaz said.
Badder said it was important to have a strong work ethic and a good balance between school and extracurricular activities.
“There’s a lot of balancing that comes when you have to do a lot of extracurricular activities, when you have so many things going on before and after school,” Badder said. “You have to figure out how to cram the homework. It’s definitely balanced, but I think it’s worth it.”
Toaz advised future IHS students to better understand the topics as they memorized them. Badder said that you need to try different circles and activities and not just study.
Badder has yet to write his introductory speech, but Toaz said he has already written.
“It was nice to see all the study and hours of work being done,” Toaz said.
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