Meet Ian

Ian Anderson stands near the old entrance of

the school. He’s been told he’s the first openly

gay person in Newell. 


He’s been chosen to sing the National Anthem at the state wrestling tournament next Wednesday. He’s got the male lead in the school musical. He’s been a cheerleader since freshman year. Newell-Fonda junior Ian Anderson isn’t content to sit on the sidelines – nor in the closet.

In 2014 he announced on Facebook: “I'm gay!! And if you don't like that, too bad, because this is me. You may have talked behind my back saying ‘Oh Ian's so gay!’ Even though that's true why do you care?!”

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