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Mid-Prairie's valedictorian looking forward to the future

Kessa Jones
Kessa Jones

If there is one thing Kessa Jones is known for its going above and beyond. After spending her high school years playing basketball, running cross-country and track, she plans to head to the University of Iowa in the fall to pursue a degree in biomedical engineering for a career in the bio materials world.

After she graduates, she said she would love to come back to the area if there’s a good opportunity to stay close. She is looking forward to going to school so close to home because she hopes it will allow her to stay in the area and be involved in her hometown community.

“I like the area. Everybody is really good and there’s a community feel. Everybody knows everybody,” she said. “Having the university in Iowa City is a really good opportunity to get a job working with people.”

Jones said her education at Mid-Prairie is one reason she’s not nervous to go away to school because she feels she learned everything she needed. From financial aid to setting goals, Jones said her Mid-Prairie education taught her all of it.

Her fondest memories of high school will be of all the activities she was involved in and encourages other students to get involved also. She said the best advice she can give other students is to simply listen, learn and try hard.

“Help your teacher help you,” she said.

Jones will graduate with the Mid-Prairie class of 2019 on Sunday, May 26, at 1:30 p.m.