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AAUW honors Outstanding Young Women of Tama County

May 29, 2009
By Becka Chyma, Tama-Toledo AAUW

INSIDE IOWA TODAY - The Tama-Toledo branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) honored selected middle school and high school girls from Tama County for their achievements at the Reinig Center on Sunday, May 3. This event is held annually for the purpose of encouraging young women to utilize and develop their diverse talents while serving their communities.

Following a dessert buffet,an inspirational message was delivered by Kerri Nelson, superintendent of the South Tama County School District. Nelson emphasized to her audience the importance of taking advantage of a variety of opportunities in both professional and personal life, and of being commited while getting involvedin each endeavor. She stressed the importance of being a lifelong learner. The resumes shared about each of these young women gave testimony to the fact that they have already begun to put Nelson's advice into action!

Honorees for the math and science awards came from the South Tama Middle School. Honored for achievement in math were 8th grader Fabiola Gonzalez, daughter of Martha Limon of Tama, 7th grader Caitlyn Svacina, daughter of Paul and Sandra Svacina of Toledo, and 6th grader Sadie Kavalier, daughter of John Kavalier and Polly Hineman of Toledo. Honored for achievement in science were 8th grader Grace Kavalier, daughter of John Kavalier and Polly Hineman of Toledo, 7th grader Hailee Weiss, daughter of Edward and Tamara Weiss of Toledo, and 6th grader Alana Vest, daughter of Toni Chaska and Timothy Vest of Tama. Each Middle School student received a certificate recognizing her accomplishment, as well as a letter of nomination written by her teacher which described her efforts in math or science and her traits as an outstanding pupil.

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HIGH SCHOOL HONOREES- (l-r, front) Brooke Johnson, North Tama High School, Lauren Benda, Tessa Heeren, Brittany Clark, all South Tama High School, and Emily Hast, Union High School. (l-r back) Amici Valdez, Leann Paustian, both South Tama,, Kayla Kienzle, GMG High School, Lindsey Zmolek, Katelyn Rathjen, Haley Harms, Kendra Cherveny, Sabrina Groenenboom and Caryn Nieland, all South Tama. Not present were Sara Stoakes, North Tama, Lacie Kriegel, South Tama, and Angela Upah, GMG.
Inside Iowa Today photos/John Speer

A total of 17 senior girls from several Tama County high schools were then honored at the event. Each of these young women has distinguished herself through her participation in numerous activities associated with her school, her community, or her church. During the nomination process, each was asked to identify an issue of concern in her community and then state her solution to that problem. These young women have aspired to lofty goals in education, community service, and character development. AAUW is proud to name them as High School Women of the Year for 2009:

Lauren Benda, South Tama County High School, is the daughter of Brad and Carolyn Benda of Toledo. She was nominated by Michele Behounek, STC HS Librarian.

Kendra Cherveny, South Tama County High School, is the daughter of Mike and Ann Cherveny of Toledo. She was nominated by BJ Santema, STC HS Language Teacher.

Brittany Clark, South Tama County High School, is the daughter of Rob and Tracy Clark of Tama. She was nominated by the Tama/Toledo Eagles Auxiliary.

Sabrina Groenenboom, South Tama County High School, is the daughter of John and Beth Groenenboom of Chelsea. She was nominated by BJ Santema, STC HS Language teacher.

Haley Harms, South Tama County High School, is the daughter of Kevin Harms and Tracy Backen of Toledo. She was nominated by Deb Plantz, STC HS Yearbook Advisor.

Emily Hast, Union High School, is the daughter of Tina Pippert of Dysart. She was nominated by Rita Callahan, Union HS Counselor.

Tessa Heeren, South Tama County High School, is the daughter of Brent and Becky Heeren of Toledo. She was nominated by Marge Ziskovsky/ the Order of the Eastern Star.

Brooke Johnson, North Tama High School, is the daughter of Martin and Sherri Johnson of Traer. She was nominated by the NTHS National Honor Society.

Lacie Kriegel, South Tama County High School, is the daughter of Judy Kriegel and Mark Kriegel of Toledo. She was nominated by Mary Fasse-Shaw, STC HS Language Teacher.

Kayla Kienzle, Green Mountain Garwin High School, is the daughter of Robert and Jayne Kienzle of Toledo. She was nominated by Michael Purson GMG Counselor.

Caryn Nieland, South Tama County High School, is the daughter of Dennis and Tina Nieland of Tama. She was nominated by Mary Fasse-Shaw, STC HS Language Teacher.

Leann Paustian, South Tama County High School, is the daughter of Don and Marlene Paustian of Toledo. She was nominated by P.E.O.Chapter DF.

Katelyn Rathjen, South Tama County High School, is the daughter of Dan and Julie Rathjen of Tama. She was nominated by Tama P.E.O.

Sara Stoakes, North Tama High School, is the daughter of Dennis and Sharon Stoakes of Traer. She was nominated by Kent Hauser, NTHS Track Coach.

Angela Upah, Green Mountain Garwin High School, is the daughter of Daniel and Julie Upah of Garwin. She was nominated by Jill Roberts, GMG HS National Honor Society Advisor.

Amici Valdez, South Tama County High School, is the daughter of Elvis and Belkis Valdez of Toledo. She was nominated by BJ Santema STC HS Language Teacher.

Lindsey Zmolek, South Tama County High School, is the daughter of Mike and Carol Zmolek of Tama. She was nominated by Sandra Hixson, Toledo American Legion Auxiliary????????

Each senior received a certificate of recognition as an elite member of the 2009 AAUW High School Young Women of the Year and a floral bouquet. The mission of AAUW is to promote quity for women in education and self-development over the lifespan and to encourage positive societal change. Therefore, the Tama-Toledo branch of AAUW is proud to acknowledge the achievements and leadership of these Tama County young women. Membership in AAUW is open to all college graduates whohold a baccalaureate degree or higher from an accredited college or university. AAUW welcomes new members.

 
 

 

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