Youth Salute

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.

Jaxon Mullinnix Youth Salute Outstanding Leader 2018Maya Durham Youth Salute Outstanding Leader 2018Maya 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

City High
Eli Anderson
Ruby Anderson
Jack Bacon
Eva Bailey
Olivia Baird
Ellie Ballard
Brianna Bentler
Kevin Berg
Anna Brandt
Daniel Brown
Patrick Bui
Megan Bywater
Ana Cassady
Joseph Cermak
Phoebe Chapnick-Sorokin
Julia Coelho
Matthew Colon
Anabelle Cooper
Eryn Dailey
Drew Damhorst
Dylan Davenport
Olivia DeNeice
Max DePrenger
Maya Durham
Jamie Dykes
Claire Edwards
Ellie Evans
Maureen Fesenmeyer
Meirav Flatté
Grace Foster
Alexa Fredericks
Ben Gardner
Kate Goodvin
Kylie Greazel
Claire Green
Lauren Grove
Arvid Gustafson
Evan Hansen
Ella Hennager
Mai Hoang
Maia Janssen
Campbell Johnson
Hayden Johnson
Beatrice Kearns
Emily Knoche
Quinn Kopelman
Charles Maxwell
Adri McCall
Naomi Meurice
Zoe Miller
Ollie Morelli
Katarina Murray
Jeny Musselman
Eva Norman-Wikner
Shawna O’Malley
Elias Perez
Abigail Postman
Lillian Prybil
Madeline Pugh
Lindy Rublaitus
Annalise Rummelhart
Michael Santoro
Elizabeth Sarsfield
Avery Shrader
Aidan Smith
Anna Spellman
Grace Spellman
Rocio Stejskal
Ingrid Streitz
Renee Thomas
Ryland Threlkeld-Wiegand
Steven Tram
Michelle Tran-Duong
Andrew Tribbey
Rachael Volkman
Quincy Wells
Carter Westlake
Anna Whittaker
April Wilson

Clear Creek Amana
Megan Barloon
Virginia Brechtel
Abby Crow
Davis Dawson
Grace DeHerrera
Macayle DeVore
Lillian Hennes
Alexi Kimm
Cierra Lacina
Cole Sherman
Tayler Wolfs

English Valleys
Maleah Ackerman
Cooper Andreassen
Jessi Armstrong
Ella Coffman
Isabella Fisher
Isabel Schneider
Maddeline Shaw
Aly Warwick

Highland
Megan Hoenig
Kate McFarland
Abigayle Miller
Holly Schneider
Cory Stewart
Alyson Stokes
Natalie Tryon
Kylie Wood

Iowa Mennonite
Jacob Boller
Blake Bontrager
Adria Ebersole
Ava Hughes
Lara Kliewer
Trevor Leyden
Micah Miller
Rubye Ney
Gretta Rempel

 

Iowa Valley
Josh Bailey
Ryan Becker
Brooke Davis
Abby Goettsch
India Hawkins
Andrea Healey
Noah Mumby
Garet Sims
Sidney Spence
Joe Zuber

Liberty High
Gabriella Aguirre
Josie Anderson
Janelle Beemon
Magdalena Bialk
Joyce Birindwa

Lisbon
Maisie Butteris
Abigail Larson
Samantha Schrantz

Lone Tree
Jordan Akers
Nicole Akers
Tiernan Griffin
Molly Milder
Jaxon Mullinnix
Ashley Musser

Mid-Prairie
Shae Lynn Becker
Kate Cavanagh
Alexys Clark
Teagan Feuk
Dominic Helmuth
Kessa Jones
Lola Knight
Annessa Meader
Sophia Norman
Olivia Quinby
Quinn Schmidt
Stephannie Schrock
Abigail Statler

Mount Vernon
Ryan Clark
Tucker Dickson
Jeremy Ferguson
Grace Krapfl
Abigail Patten
Anika Perry
Madelyn Steen
Samantha White
Paige Zaruba

Regina
Breanna Balke
Katherine Bracken
Maeve Dunne
Mary Catherine Graff
Grant Lenz
Anna Martin
Nicholas Milder
Alana Munoz
Isabella Nibaur
Carrigan O’Connor
Claire Schnoebelen
Brian Schomer
Grace Sharpless
Luke Stein
Tyler Van Swol
Ellie VanLandschoot

Solon
Kale Altman
Jenna Bachus
Kate Benzing
Jayna Koffron
Lance Martin
Taylor Noonan
Piper Radcliffe
Mitchell Reicks
Jake Roskopf
Jenna Runge
Taylor Ryan
Katy Yeomans

Washington
Isabel Bailey
Christina Brinning
Tori Brush
Peyton Cuddeback
Gwendolyn Flannery
Gracie Greiner
Jenah Greiner
Logan Hanson
Faith Hardin
Cade Hennigan
Kolten Hinrichsen
Allison Hippen
David Hora
Garrett Ikerd
Lincoln Kleese
Riordan Lujano
Meghan Newman
Molly Sparks
Haylee Wilson

West Branch
Theodore Bridges
Alexis Clemens
Ben Colbert
Emily Harold
John Hatfield
Mattie Hills
Courtney Jarrett
Autumn Kolpin
Brady Lukavsky
Lauren Nalan
Riley Vaughan

West High
Noah Aanestad
Alaa Ali
Lukas Anson
Suzanna Brown
Emily Buck
Christina Carlson
Ethan Chen
Grace Christopher
Ryan Cooper
Emily Cray
Olivia Dachtler
Emma Durian
Amber Dyson
William Feng
Grace Greer
Raginya Handoo
Caroline Harper
Morgan Hawkins
Makenna Hendrickson
Anjali Huynh
Deniz Ince
Sidney Kiersch
Crystal Kim
Emma Koch
Ellie Kouba
Joseph Kuehn
Madelyn Luegering
Cole Mabry
Lily Meng
Emma Miller
Alexis Moore
Ryleigh Mulcahey
Marijke Nielsen
Madeline Ohl
Rachel Olson
Claire Overton
Lucy Polyak
Angela Reis
Samantha Reis
Sanya Sami
Allie Schmitt-Morris
Emily Shie
William Sparks
Sophie Stephens
Noah Terwilleger
Gokul Thangavel
Quinn Thomas
Kendra Triggs
Marnie Vonderhaar
Kara Wagenknecht
Maya Wald
Jack Wenzel
Caroline Young
Steven Yuan
Jenna Zeng

Williamsburg
Karly Berkland
Kaitlyn Culp
Samara Harvey
Gage Hazen-Fabor
Emily Jensen
Garrett Jensen
Zachary Litwiller
John Lundberg
Meredith Malloy
Talia McAtee
Mackenzie O’Neil
Emma Sinclair
Clayton Thurm
Alaena Trevino
Kaitlin Wille
Tyler Wille
Zach Zimmerman

 

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