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.
Nina 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
Clear Creek Amana
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