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Iowa High School Students Going Above And Beyond

The Cedar Falls High School choir.
Courtesy of Elliot Kranz
The Cedar Falls High School choir.

On this edition of Talk of Iowa, host Charity Nebbe meets some remarkable high school students from around the state of Iowa.

We know that many Iowans are eager to get vaccinated against COVID-19 and for many, getting a vaccine has been an ordeal. Navigating websites and apps to make appointments is a real barrier for Iowans who may not have internet access, smart phones or comfort with technology. Grant Kimball, a junior at Norwalk High School, started a Facebook page to help people schedule appointments to get vaccinated.

At Cedar Falls High School, three students of color asked their choir teacher if they could teach their fellow students African-American spirituals and the meaning and history behind them.

Later on, a student at West High School in Iowa City, Dasia Taylor, has been named one of the top 40 scholars nationwide this year in the 80th Regeneron Science Talent Search, a science and math competition for seniors. She’s getting recognized for creating surgical sutures that change color to let patients know if a wound is infected.


  • Grant Kimball, junior at Norwalk High School
  • Ahmad Madlock, junior at Cedar Falls High School
  • Josh Mitchell, junior at Cedar Falls High School
  • Daniel Mitchell, senior at Cedar Falls High School
  • Dasia Taylor, senior at Iowa City West High School
Charity Nebbe is the host of IPR's Talk of Iowa
Rick Brewer was a producer for IPR's Talk of Iowa and River to River
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa