As a part of our involvement in youth and leadership, Hills Bank has sponsored the Youth Salute Leadership Awards for 24 years. Youth Salute is a program of the National Council on Youth Leadership (NCYL) and is guided by the vision of making tomorrow’s world better by developing leaders today. The council’s mission is to assist communities to applaud, encourage, and provide opportunity for the leadership development of their youth.
2018 Youth Salute Leadership Awards Presented to Local High School Seniors
Area high school seniors were recognized with Youth Salute Leadership Awards, sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company, Sunday, September 9th at the Englert Theatre, Iowa City. Almost 300 students from 17 area high schools including City High, Clear Creek Amana, English Valleys, Highland, Iowa Mennonite, Iowa Valley, Liberty High, Lisbon, Lone Tree, Mid-Prairie, Mount Vernon, Regina, Solon, Washington (IA), West Branch, West High, and Williamsburg were honored for their academic achievement and leadership contributions. Students were selected by their high school faculty to receive the prestigious award.
The ceremony included an inspiring address from Jean Prahm. Jean is in Health Care Administration at University of Iowa Healthcare. She lives in North Liberty, Iowa with her husband Ryan, who is an attorney at Pugh Hagan Prahm in Coralville, and her three children Alana, AJ, and Kate. Prior to entering the field of health care, Jean led a remarkable team on their journey to make women's bobsled an Olympic sport. Over the course of her career, Jean became a two-time World Cup Champion, won three world championship medals, was a six-time National Champion, and was one of the first women to represent the United States at the Winter Olympic Games in the sport of bobsled.
Maya Durham from City High and Jaxon Mullinnix from Lone Tree, were recognized as the Outstanding Youth Leaders. Each will receive the opportunity to attend the National Council on Youth Leadership Town Meeting on Tomorrow, an event that brings together youth leaders with diverse backgrounds from across the nation. The students will gather in St. Louis at Washington University in October. Runner-up Outstanding Youth Leaders were Quinn Kopelman from City High and Anjali Huynh from West High.
Other local leadership award winners included Alaa Ali (West High), Janelle Beemon (Liberty), Kate Benzing (Solon), Kate Cavanagh (Mid-Prairie), Matthew Colon (City High), Ryan Cooper (West High), Davis Dawson (Clear Creek Amana), Meirav Flatte (City High), Alexa Fredericks (City High), Mary Catherine Graff (Regina), Grace Greer (West High), Gracie Greiner (Washington), Lauren Grove (City High), Emily Harold (West Branch), David Hora (Washington), Hayden Johnson (City High), Madelyn Luegering (West High), John Lundberg (Williamsburg), Cole Mabry (West High), Adri McCall (City High), Zoe Miller (City High), Lillian Prybil (City High), Gretta Rempel (IMS), Jenna Runge (Solon), Michael Santoro (City High), Holly Schneider (Highland), Luke Stein (Regina), Gokul Thangavel (West High), Andrew Tribbey (City High), Rachael Volkman (City High), Samantha White (Mount Vernon), April Wilson (City Hight), and Steven Yuan (West High).
Youth Salute is a program of the National Council on Youth Leadership (NCYL) and is locally sponsored for the 24th year by Hills Bank and Trust Company. The NCYL is guided by the vision of making tomorrow’s world better by developing leaders today. The council’s mission is to assist communities in applauding, encouraging, and providing opportunities for the leadership development of their youth.
View the complete list of Youth Salute Participants
Clear Creek Amana
The Youth Salute photos will be on display at these Hills Bank locations.
|September 10 – 17
2621 Muscatine Ave, Iowa City
September 17 – 24
1401 S Gilbert St, Iowa City
September 24 - October 1
201 S Clinton St, Iowa City
October 1 - October 8
131 Main St, Hills
|October 8 - 22
1009 2nd St, Coralville
October 15 - 22
720 1st Ave SE, Mount Vernon
October 22 - October 29
120 5th St, Kalona
|October 22 - November 5
590 W Forevergreen Rd, North Liberty
October 29 - November 5
229 8th Ave, Wellman
November 5 - 16
2481 Hwy 92 E, Washington