Simon Estes, internationally renowned opera singer and humanitarian, visited Madrid High School on Friday, February 8, to conduct an interview with high school junior Rory McDermott. Rory is a student in Mr. Jim Mertz' world history class and is doing a project on Estes for the National History Day contest. Estes shared stories of his upbringing in small-town Iowa, his travels throughout the world performing music, and his efforts to stop the spread of malaria throughout the world. Estes left Madrid students & staff with this message: "I don't feel any different today than I did when I was growing up in Centerville, except realizing that I have truly been blessed." Thank you, Mr. Estes, for taking time out of your day to make a difference in education for our students!