This Friday evening, the Southeast Polk Hall of Honor will welcome three new inductees.  The evening will begin at 5 p.m. in the high school auditorium with the induction ceremony recognizing these outstanding individuals who have impacted our school and community in numerous ways.  After dinner, the guests of honor and their families will proceed to the stadium where they will be introduced prior to kickoff of the Homecoming football game. 

Since 2007, the Southeast Polk Hall of Honor Committee has honored people from three basic categories: outstanding citizens, alumni, and employees whose achievements, endeavors, leadership, and character have made them positive role models for the student body of Southeast Polk Community Schools.

We are proud to welcome; Maggie Crabb, Melba Murken, and Carol Pedersen into the SEP  Hall of Honor. 

Maggie Crabb Headshot 2019Maggie Crabb is working to level the playing field for all students in the Southeast Polk School District. She is a passionate advocate for local youth, and is especially focused on providing the basic needs and educational opportunities for at-risk and disadvantaged children. In 2014, she co-founded the Altoona Kids Café USDA Summer Food Service that provides healthy meals, education and enrichment opportunities to Eastern Polk County youth. To date, Altoona Kids Café has served over 20,000 summer meals. In 2016, she co-founded SWERVE OUTREACH, a non-profit organization with a mission to inspire and guide young people to reach their full potential and to help them SWERVE around life’s obstacles by providing them with healthy choice opportunities.  Maggie is a founding board member of the Southeast Polk Education Foundation and works to ensure that all Southeast Polk students have access to a world-class education. She is also a proud graduate of SEP, Class of 1997. 

Melba MurkenMelba Murken’s connection and dedication to Southeast Polk began in 1965 when she started as a High School Physical Education teacher and she founded the Southeast Polk RhythAMettes Drill team.  Melba coached the RhythAMettes for 33 years, until 1998.


Accomplishments during her time at Southeast Polk 

  •  Jr. Women’s Club 1995 Friend of Education Award Winner  
  • 1995 Director of the Year and Drill Team Directors of America Lifetime Honorary Member
  • Iowa State Drill Team Directors of America Lifetime Achievement Honoree 
  • 1st State Drill Team Competition organizer and director in 1976 with 13 teams in attendance.  

Carol PedersenCarol Pedersen, knows that dreams do come true.  From her youngest days, she wanted to be a teacher and it continues to be her passion. In 1976, Carol accepted a teaching position with Southeast Polk. She has shaped so many young minds and touched so many hearts as a respected elementary educator here at Southeast Polk. She retired as a kindergarten teacher in 2009 but continues to serve students at Southeast Polk by substitute teaching and volunteering within the buildings.  

She prides herself on being a lifelong learner, taking advantage of opportunities to learn new things and still takes continuing education classes in the summer.  Carol finds joy in being active, teaching, volunteer work, reading, and doing crafts. She is an active member of our Southeast Polk Community and is a Ram fan through and through. 

For additional information on the hall of honor please visit this page on our website.