She goes the extra mile

Self-motivated junior sees a future as a veterinarian

T-R PHOTO BY SARA JORDAN-HEINTZ Maggie Grimm, 16, is an active junior at Marshalltown High School. Here she works on a sculpture incorporating leaf designs. She would like to be a veterinarian someday.

Maggie Grimm, 16, is an active junior at Marshalltown High School. She plays tennis, is in Color Guard, and is known for her artistic endeavors.

“Maggie is a great example of the quality students in the Marshalltown High School art program. She is very talented,” said MHS Art Instructor Kirk Niehouse.

Maggie jumps in head first, or rather, hands first, when it comes to her artwork.

“I really like doing handbuilding (working with clay using only hand tools and not a pottery wheel),” Maggie said.

The junior even sculpts art pieces out of everyday items.

“Last semester, we did ‘3D concepts’, sculpting with wires, nails, seashells and whatever you can find; no clay is involved,” she said.

Maggie takes college courses through Marshalltown Community College. Next year as a senior, she will be taking enough classes to be classified as a full-time college student. When she finishes high school, she will have earned enough college credits to be at the halfway point in getting her associates degree. While she is undecided as to what she will earn her undergraduate degree in, Maggie plans to complete veterinarian school at Iowa State University.

“I really like animals and they’ve liked me,” she said.

At home, the junior has a bulldog, chinchilla and two cats.

Her goal is to open a vet practice with one of her friends.

“Maggie gives 110 percent to everything she does. She’s smart, pleasant, friendly and helpful,” Niehouse said. “I am looking forward to next year to see what wonderful and creative works she will create as a senior.”

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Contact Sara Jordan-Heintz at 641-753-6611 or sjordan@timesrepublican.com