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Youth Salute

Area high school seniors were recognized with Youth Salute leadership awards, sponsored by Hills Bank and Trust Company, Sunday, September 7th 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 inspiring speaker, Kyle Scheele. Kyle is a youth expert who has challenged thousands of teens across the nation to live better stories. Scheele has been working with students ever since he was a student himself. He's talked to thousands of students and published numerous articles in teen magazines.

Recognized as Outstanding Youth Leaders were Eric McDonald (City High), and Hannah Twitchell (West High). Each will 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 Molly Arndt (Regina) and Trevor Baty (Mount Vernon).

Other local leadership award winners included Maya Bergman-Corbet (City High), Cameron Braverman (West High), Becca Brenneman (City High), Lillianne Brown (City High), Kaylin Burr (Lone Tree), Lauren Clapp (Regina), Jens Dancer (City High), Julia Diemer (West Branch), Madeline Dougherty (City High), Katherine Folkerts (Solon), Jesse Gray (West High), Isabella Hartman (Iowa Valley), Kaitlin Hora (Washington), Warren Jennings (Williamsburg), Benjamin Johnson (West High), Lauren Knudson (West High), Morgan Kroymann (Solon), Clare Lanaghan (West High), Peter Larsen (City High), Molly Lipman (West High), Samuel McCrory (West Branch), Alison Monroe (West High), Eva Mysnyk (West High), Claire Pettinger (Mount Vernon), Kazimier Smith (West High), Abbey Teubel (Mount Vernon), William Townsend (English Valleys), Jaycie Weathers (West High), Mariah Weston (West High), Michael Witt (Washington), and Alex Yedlik (Lone Tree).

Youth Salute is a program of the National Council on Youth Leadership (NCYL) and is locally sponsored for the 20th 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 to applaud, encourage, and provide opportunity for the leadership development of their youth.

View a complete list of Youth Salute Participants.

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