Youth Salute

As a part of our involvement in youth and leadership, Hills Bank has sponsored the Youth Salute Leadership Awards for 23 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.

2017 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 10th at the Englert Theatre, Iowa City. Almost 300 students from 16 area high schools including City High, Clear Creek Amana, English Valleys, Highland, Iowa Mennonite, Iowa Valley, 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 Craig Schroeder. Craig shared the story of his son, Austin “Flash” Schroeder who would have turned 18 in August and been a Senior at West High in Iowa City. He highlighted Austin’s positive attitude, never-give-up effort, and the inspiration he provides to so many to “Win The Day!” To many, Austin became a bona fide Super Hero. The Schroeders are proud that Austin’s memory is being preserved by his stories, and his desire to help other young persons with cancer is being realized through their FIGHT WITH FLASH FOUNDATION.

Sam Smith Youth Salute Outstanding Leader 2017Nina Elkadi Youth Salute Outstanding Leader 2017Nina Elkadi from West High and Samuel Smith from Highland, 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 Chris Grice from Mt Vernon and Khushi Kapoor from West High.

Other local leadership award winners included Kat Armstrong (West High), Noah Bishop (Solon), Morgan Brinning (Washington), Emma Brustkern (West High), Brandon Burkhardt (West High), Nathan Butler (Highland), Jacob Clark (Regina), Mary Crompton (Regina), Erik Eden (Lone Tree), Braydon Fisher (English Valleys), Stone Grell (Clear Creek Amana), Brooke Goodman (West High), Maya Hall (Mid-Prairie), Autumn Higdon (English Valleys), Bihotza James-Lejarcegui (City High), Victor Kalil (City High), Madison Luneckas (West Branch), Margaret Lynott (Mt Vernon), Gabriel McCormick (City High), Nathan Meyer (Regina), Sarah Nacos (Washington), Sarah Nunez (City High), Grace Pisarik (Mt Vernon), Meredith Raber (Washington), Ethan Seylar (West High), Samalya Thenuwara (West High), Alyssa Woodward (Clear Creek Amana), Wingel Xue (West High), and Nicole Zuber (Williamsburg).

Youth Salute is a program of the National Council on Youth Leadership (NCYL) and is locally sponsored for the 23rd 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

City High 
Eric Aamodt
Cole Blankenheim
Samuel Bloom
Hannah Boer
Lance Bormann
Molly Brennan
Jonah Brook
Bridget Brown
Kinsey Cahoon
Annie Chen
Jonah Dancer
Clara Froeschner
Witt Harberts
Emma Hartwig
Elizabeth Heimer-Lang
Zoë Hopewell
Bihotza James-Lejarcegui
Ashley Joens
Makayda Johnson
Victor Kalil
Eden Knoop
Stella Lindaman
Laura Lorenger
Quenton Max
Gabriel McCormick
Cole Milder
James Momberg
John Momberg
Mairead Moore
Carlos Nunez
Sarah Nunez
Ava Otoadese
Ben Parker
Lindsey Parrott
Kate Potter
Theo Prineas
John Paul Rethwisch
Jakob Roggy
Kawther Rouabhi
Kamara Shaw
Katie Sheehan
Addy Smith
Mary Stolley
Rachel Strang
Robert Strang
Mina Takahashi
Ethan teDuits
Cecilia Thomas
Megan Tiet
Andrew Usachev
Gabriel Weigel
Luke Wright
Casey Yeaman
Erika Zierke

Clear Creek Amana
Sophia Aguirre
Matt Brimeyer
Thomas Bufford
Gavin George
Jacob Giddens
Stone Grell
Riley Hennes
Seb Johanson
Madelynn Langridge
Allison Pettinger
Ethan Postler
Andrea Roller
Alyssa Woodward
William Zuber

English Valleys 
Charles Axmear
Braydon Fisher
Audrey Grove
Mallory Hester
Autumn Higdon
Lyla Klett
Lexie Miller
Sydney Olson

Highland
Sydney Black
Nathan Butler
Cheyanne Evans
Lane Griffis
Bailey Harmston
K. Logan Holden
Zoe Mahler
Samuel Smith

Iowa Mennonite
Emma Beachy
Avery Blauvelt
Levi Geyer
Payton Hart
Rachael Hovde
Angela Marcelino
Allison Moreland
Cole Ours
Hannah Peters
Monet Slabach

 

Iowa Valley
Elizabeth Jensen
Jalise Megchelsen
Gabe Ritter

Lisbon 
Garrett Herring
Clayton Hudson
Jordan Juett
Kaden Kilburg
Madelyn Morningstar
Hannah Sperfslage

Lone Tree 
Sydney Alt
Erik Edens
Emily Feldman
Riley Warson
Sierra Wright

Mid-Prairie 
Kyle Curry
Maya Hall
Erin Horesowsky
Katie Palmer
Bailee Peiffer
Amanda Pfeifer
Kaitlin Poock
Jayla Rediger
Creigh Rourke
Cary Schaefer
Isaiah Sents
Madison Swartzentruber
Melanie Wallington
Gina Waters
Alison Yoder
Shelby Zahradnek

Mount Vernon 
Chris Grice
Macy Griebel
Bailey Hauser
Sydney Hauser
Clayton Loyd
Margaret Lynott
Kyli Orr
Noelle Ossenkop
Grace Pisarik
Zachary Vig

Regina  
Nourah Abusada
Emily Bonnett
Grace Brandt
Katrina Chambliss
Jacob Clark
Michael Conlon
Mary Crompton
Greyson Dumont
Clare Dunne
Oliver Emery
David Keffala-Gerhard
Nathan Meyer
Rachel Schmit
Natalie Sueppel
Andrew Thomsen
Mason Welter
Nicholas Yowell
Anna Ziniel

Solon
Noah Bishop
Nicole Breese
Kaia Burkum
Ellen Cross
Faye Duster
Luke Ira
Jaden Owen
Mira Peckler
Nicholas Radcliffe
Jill Richards
Brianna Smith
Kelsey Smyth
Megan Tucker
Heather Vance
Eric Weetman

Washington
Jameson Bell
Morgan Brinning
Natally Guzmán
Landon Hinckley
Brennan Horak
Willow Kane
Megan Mitchell
Erik Murphy
Sarah Nacos
Kylee Porter
Meredith Raber
Baylee Stalder
Brooke Stout
Kristen Twinam
Jacob Van Osdol
Allison Vogel
Taylor Wallerich

West Branch 
Cade Aspelmeier
Bridget Buol
Emma Fryauf
Hannah Kerchner
Madison Luneckas
Allison Maher
Annika Olson

West High 
Niki Alden
Jake Anderson
Abigail Arens
Kat Armstrong
Micah Bailey
Quinn Baker
Madi Barta
Gabrielle Bode
Emma Brustkern
Brandon Burkhardt
Annie Chen
Catherine Collins
Ana Crespo
Callie Dains
Mason DeGrazia
Jingyi Du
Nina Elkadi
Molly Erickson
Lauren Ernst
Taylor Fridrich
Brooke Goodman
Ellie Gretter
Breeyn Gryp
Megan Haman
Paige Harken
Reagan Hart
Timothy Hillberry
Fiona Holmes
Rui Jin
Carter Johnson
Chad Johnson
Catherine Ju
Khushi Kapoor
Lauren Katz
Brennon Keen
Junhee Lee
Hannah Luce
Isabella Martinez
Pareen Mhatre
Meg Moreland
Hieu Nguyen
Belle Parker
Gracie Rechkemmer
Zach Ring
Claire Ronnebaum
Arshaq Saleem
Rachael Olivia Saunders
Megan Schneider
Ethan Seylar
Anthony Shirazi
Patrick Shirazi
Leo Shriver
Halle Terry
Shawn Thacker
Drew Thayer
Samalya Thenuwara
Ethan Trepka
Joseph Verry
Robert Walling
Elizabeth Walters
Mason Wang
Sadie Widmer
Wingel Xue

Williamsburg 
Claudia Adamson
Brandon Blythe
Gage Blythe
Josie Caron
Jurgen Dovre
Kortni Gensley
Elias Hinrichsen
Reese Koppenhafer
Annalissa Lane
Ben Ling
Gable Meade
Katelyn Montross
Graeson Trevino
Nicole Zuber

The Youth Salute photos will be on display at these Hills Bank locations.

September 11 – 18
2621 Muscatine Ave, Iowa City
September 18 – 25
1401 S Gilbert St, Iowa City
September 25 - October 2
 201 S Clinton St, Iowa City
October 2 - October 9
131 Main St, Hills
October 9 - 23
1009 2nd St, Coralville
October 16 - 23
720 1st Ave SE, Mount Vernon
October 23 - October 30
120 5th St, Kalona
October 23 - November 6
590 W Forevergreen Rd, North Liberty
October 30 - November 6
229 8th Ave, Wellman
November 6 - 17
2481 Hwy 92 E, Washington