Gabe Albertus

Gabe Albertus is ending his high school career this weekend, and he said he’s ready for new experiences.

Albertus,17, is a Council Bluffs native and a senior at Abraham Lincoln High School. He attended Bloomer Elementary School and Kirn Middle School before arriving at A.L. Today is the last day he will walk the halls as a Lynx, as he’s set to graduate Friday night. Looking back at his time at the school, Albertus had nothing but positive things to say about the journey.

“It’s been a pretty fun experience,” he said. “I’ve really connected with a lot of teachers here, and I’ve met a lot of really close friends, as well.”

Albertus was a busy guy outside the classroom. He played percussion in the A.L. band, was a member of National Honor Society and Key Club, as well as the #bekind movment. He also played basketball for two years and golf for one. Albertus said being involved was one of the best things he did in high school, and he hopes that the younger generations of A.L. students do the same.

“It gave me the opportunity to have a very positive impact here,” he said. “I’ve really made some lifelong memories inside this building,”

Albertus said he is ready to cross the stage at the Mid-America Center this weekend and start the next chapter of his life.

“It’s pretty exciting,” he said. “I’m really excited to move on and see what’s next in life. And it will be exciting for my family because I’m the fourth and last child to walk across that stage [as a Lynx]. I’m ready to finish it out for my family.”

Albertus will attend the University of Iowa next fall, where he will study music education. He wants to teach percussion, but he said he isn’t quite sure if he wants to go all-in and teach high school band. He said he’ll see where his studies take him the next few years.

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