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Congratulations to our 2014 Honorees. Find our more about them below.
Rachel Bohnenkamp, Excelsior Middle School
Rachel is a hard-working and dedicated student. She exemplifies what every teacher likes to see in their students by setting a good example for her peers and giving her best to every opportunity. Rachel is a strong leader and goes out of her way to be respectful to all students regardless of the situation. She participates in volleyball and track at school and competitive dance and club volleyball outside of school. She is also active in her youth church group at St. Joseph’s Catholic Church where she supports the community by picking up trash and fundraising to help the impoverished.
Glorie Borsay, Cedar Rapids Kennedy High School
Glorie is a breath of fresh air. She honors and celebrates diversity. She represents the school well and is open to learning about other cultures. Like Dr. King, Glorie knows the value of education and works hard to do her best in school so she can move on to great things in college. She is originally from Liberia, Africa, and realizes how her parents have sacrificed to make a better life for her family. She does not want their sacrifice to be in vain so she plans to make the most of her life. Glorie has worked with the ONE Campaign which exists to help eradicate poverty and world hunger. She has also participated several summers in The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success. She volunteers regularly at her church and works weekends serving meals to the homeless.
Quinn Cannoy, Marion High School
Quinn exemplifies Dr. King’s philosophy of acceptance by sensing the needs of others. His kind, unassuming way, enhances other’s self-esteem. He reaches out to others from all backgrounds and has the ability to lend them support and guidance. He leads by example, which garners respect from his peers. He has been very active in sports including: football, basketball, track, baseball, and golf. He has also volunteered his time at school by serving as a volunteer coach for sport camps, coordinator for homecoming activities, and a teacher’s assistant. He has also volunteered for the Marion Turkey Trot
Ameena Challenger, Xavier High School
Ameena is passionate about her faith, her school and her relationships. She treats everyone with dignity and respect and is quick to reach out to those less fortunate. Her enthusiasm is infectious and her leadership is inspiring! Ameena is very involved at school participating in Student Senate Secretary, Xavier Ambassadors, Principal Advisory Board, Show Choir, Cheerleading, Liturgy Committee, Mock Trial, Open Minds, Open Doors, and a Sonshine 7th Grade Retreat Leader. Outside of school, she has served as a Spanish Club Teacher and Children’s Mass Lector at St. Matthew’s Church, and an Ambassador for Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership. She has also participated in the Especially for You Walk, Alzheimer’s Walk, and Down Syndrome Walk.
Christa Chavez, Vernon Middle School
Christa is an extremely hard working and caring student and goes out of her way to help other students. She has a positive attitude and a great work ethic. Christa is always willing to put in extra time to help her teachers in any way. Throughout middle school, she has been involved in choir, SODA , and Science Club. Christa participates in her church youth group and helps care for her brother while her mom is at work or school.
Eva Deegan, Regis Middle School
Eva is a positive role model to her peers and underclassmen through her leadership and acts of service. Eva gave up a week of her summer to travel to inner city Milwaukee to complete service projects for the Catholic Heart Work Camp. Additionally, she has led her peers in student-based service projects this year through student council. Eva has a positive attitude and caring spirit that is contagious. She has been involved in a wide range of activities including service work through the Catholic Heart Work Camp, Royal Ambassadors of Faith, and Student Council; fine arts and co-curricular activities such as Eclipse Show Choir and Mock Trial; and sport activities such as cross country, basketball, swimming, and track. Eva is an active participant in the St. Matthew’s Youth Group, and this year she began studying dance at Studio Dance.
Serena Eck, Franklin Middle School
Serena Eck is an excellent student who shines in academics and athletics. She currently is excelling in three classes at Washington High School in addition to her Franklin classes. Serena’s love for running has developed her into a leader through her actions, but more importantly her willingness to help all of her teammates. When Serena isn’t competing, she is a leader of a group of athletes that genuinely encourages all the other athletes. She has goals for herself that don’t get in the way of her unconditional support for all students. At school, she is involved in student council, adopt a family committee, running club, cross country, and track. Outside of school, Serena has been involved in working with students with special needs. Serena has also been active in helping both the Franklin and Washington High School PTA in back to school activities, orientations, and the athletic concession stand at WHS.
Mikayla Frye, Cedar Rapids Washington High School
Mikayla is an outstanding school citizen, a quiet but strong leader in the school building, and an exemplary role model for our younger students. She will complete 13 advanced placement courses while in high school. Mikayla is also a dedicated four-year member of the women’s cross country and track and field programs. Additionally, she is the president of the KIVA club and a member of Amnesty International, SADD, and ADASTRA. She also volunteers at the HD Youth Center.
Katelyn Gibbs, LaSalle Middle School
Katelyn is a great example of what we want students to be. She is a person of faith, has earned staff and peer respect for her integrity, actively works hard on her education and strives to ensure a school atmosphere where all can thrive. Katelyn stands up for what is right. She is involved in basketball, is a student council officer, participated in the fall musical and is a volunteer in various school endeavors. Katelyn is very involved in St. Jude’s parish as an altar server, helped with the Sweet Corn festival and monthly doughnut Sunday gatherings as well as a teacher associate for the religious education program. Katelyn does fundraising for the Children’s Miracle Network, the University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics, and the United Brachial Plexus network.
Megan Grimm, Prairie Point Middle School and 9th Grade Academy
Megan believes that you need to make someone feel accepted and they will do more than they have to because they know they belong. In school, Megan plays the flute, and was accepted into the NEIBA Honor Band. She also participates in choir and sings in the Amabile, the select 8th grade women’s choir. Megan ran Cross Country and plans to participate in basketball and tennis. She represented Prairie in the Optimist Speech Competition and in CANstruction, and Open Minds Open Doors STEM conference. She takes part in the S.E.M.P. at church where she helps prepare free dinners for area people in need. Additionally, Megan also packed meals for Kids Against Hunger, packing over 4,000 meals. She has volunteered at Trunk-or-Treat where she handed out candy to less fortunate kids in the community, as well as volunteered as a Sunday School Helper and rang the bell for The Salvation Army.
Jun Helgenberger, Jr., Taft Middle School
Jun is accepting of all students and leads by example. Students feel comfortable working with him and he is a quiet influence on them. Jun believes in helping the school community and enthusiastically volunteers to work on Student Leadership projects. Through his involvement in Student Leadership, he is able to participate in community activities such as Toys for Tots and Coats for Kids. He is also a member of the football team.
Shelby Hembera, Cedar Valley Christian School
Shelby is a very gifted individual and is looked up to by many in school. She uses this influence to serve others, and looks out for those who are new or may not naturally feel like part of the group. She reaches out to them so that they feel accepted and cared for. Shelby is a young lady who makes others feel at ease because of her humbleness and genuine care for them. At school, she is involved in volleyball, basketball, soccer, concert choir, drama, and FCA on the leadership team. Shelby is a leader in the church youth group and served on the search committee to find the current youth pastor.
Grace Herring, Harding Middle School
Grace knows how she would want to be treated and exemplifies that towards others. She is patient, kind, shows empathy, and accepts the way they are and tries to help them get better. Grace exemplifies Dr. King’s philosophy of acceptance of others in her life in show choir, dance and while doing announcements at school. Grace is involved in many activities at school including Student Leadership, show choir, a dance team captain, Future Cities, Mock Trial, a News Team co-captain, band, and Academy Voce. Additionally, she spends several hours a week in dance and helping as a dance assistant for little dancers. Grace is highly involved in the community through her church youth group, Vacation Bible School, and Mission of Hope. She does a variety of things including helping with the food pantry, serving meals, and singing with the worship team.
Megan Hill, Wilson Middle School
Megan is a positive leader, quietly and consistently leading by example. Her demeanor is even-keeled. She is focused on what is important – academics, kindness, acceptance, and an attitude of high achievement. She has participated in basketball, track, soccer, band, and Wilson student ambassadors. In her free time, she is a volunteer at Mercy Medical Center, plays soccer and basketball, attends church classes, and helps set up for holidays and gift wraps donated items.
Andrew Jonathan Todd, McKinley Middle School
Andrew demonstrates signs of compassion and leadership well beyond his years. He routinely offers to help students who needed a little extra attention both academically and emotionally. He has the ability to draw students to him and motivate them in a positive way. On the football field his leadership is both calming and motivating. When things weren’t going as planned Andrew stepped in to bring the team together. Andrew truly does what is right because it is right, not for recognition or reward. In addition to playing football, basketball and track and field, he is an active member of student council, show choir, Number 1 Club, and the engineering and technology club. He has also given time to hand out gold coins on St. Patrick’s Day to hospital patients, worked with senior citizens, Waypoint, Meals on Wheels, The Arc, Ronald McDonald House, and Hope Lodge.
Samuel Kelly, St. Joseph School
Samuel leads by example inside and outside of the classroom. He is very tolerant of all students and continually strides to lead his class and the middle school student body in a positive direction. Samuel works well with all students and is extremely inclusive and patient when working with others. Samuel has taken his leadership roles in school very seriously, and is a strong leader to his peers. Samuel participates in band, jazz band, the musical, Lego League, FSEA, Boy Scouts, basketball, track, student council, SODA, and yearbook.
Marcy Koenigsfeld, Prairie High School
Marcy reaches out to a variety of student groups and is an exemplary leader among her peers. She embraces students from all walks of life and genuinely cares about making her school a better place for all students to learn. Marcy is active in her school and church community. She was recently appointed to an officer position with Business Professionals of America and immediately went to work ensuring her classmates were actively engaged in the organization. She is the Vice President for Best Buddies and was elected Communications Director for BPA. Once a week Marcy volunteers for St. Luke’s Hospital at a parent group counseling session and twice a month she volunteers with her church as a table leader for a confirmation class to help them understand their faith more fully. She also works with her dad in the Knights of Columbus.
Allie Mersch, Oak Ridge Middle School
Allie is always incredibly kind and inclusive to everyone she encounters. She is accepting of all students at Oak Ridge Middle School and goes out of her way to make people feel included. Allie is involved in vocal music, show choir, Drama Club, A Capella choir, Jazz Club, and Jr. SODA. Allie participated in MYFI (Make You Feel Important) as a Peer Leader for a sixth-grade orientation program as well. Additionally, Allie participated in a food drive for the Marion Food Pantry and a canned food drive at Oak Ridge Middle School.
Koy Ortega, Roosevelt Middle School
Koy Ortega is a well-liked student by peers and staff. He always does the right thing, whether it is in the classroom or during extracurricular activities. Koy is kind and accepting of everyone and has a positive attitude that is contagious. He excels in the classroom and in athletics by always giving 100 percent. He helps to build a successful school and community environment because he leads by example and his leadership and drive are qualities that other students strive to follow. He is involved in football, wrestling, soccer, Mock Trial, National History Day, and Boy Scouts.
Additionally, Koy volunteers at Hillside Wesleyan Church, is working toward Eagle Scout and was elected by his troop for Member of the Order of the Arrow. He is also volunteers as a library tour guide, as a board member for Olivet Neighborhood Mission, and for Green Square Meals.
Katie Schlegel, Linn-Mar High School
Katie exemplifies Dr. King’s philosophy of acceptance in her work with students with special needs. Katie volunteers daily in the autism classroom and is President of the Best Buddies program. Through both of these experiences, Katie promotes social acceptance of students with mental and physical disabilities within school and the community. She is often seen at a game, concert or out and about with any number of students with special needs, helping them enjoy their life as a teenager, amongst their regular education peers. Katie is a genuinely caring person who lives by the Golden Rule. She is also the manager for wrestling and soccer clubs, a member of show choir, SODA, Lean on Me, National Honor Society, and volunteers in the autism classroom daily. Additionally, she participated in St. Joe’s youth group and religious education classes to volunteer with a third grader who has special needs.
Autume Starks, Cedar Rapids Jefferson
Autume treats every student at Jefferson with kindness and respect. She exemplifies the Golden Rule and is a genuinely good student. She does not seek recognition from others, but does the right thing because it is the right thing to do. She truly leads by example and faces challenges with a spirit and good will towards others! Autume has been involved with the Speech Team, basketball, volleyball, and participated on Jefferson’s step team. Autume is also a member of Central Assembly of God and participates in the church’s youth group and is employed at Evergreen Estates.
Saige Collins-Wright, Cedar Rapids Metro High School
Saige is a mature young lady that has basically grown up while at Metro. She has become an individual deeply concerned about helping those less fortunate. She does not expect or want recognition for all that she does. Saige is involved with a variety of activities that support the school, including helping in the childcare center to watch children of volleyball players so they can play their games. Last summer, Saige participated in a National Park Tour, a 13-day camping trip to the Badlands, Mt. Rushmore, Yellowstone, and Rocky Mountain National Park. During spring break, she traveled to Pine Ridge Indian Reservation to build beds and weatherize homes.
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In partnership with: African American Museum of Iowa
KCRG’s Show You Care Spot:
Cedar Valley Christian 2013 Spencer Zielke, 2012 Carly Silver, 2011 Ethan Uphouse
Excelsior Middle School 2013 Andrew Wood, 2012 Jenna Printy, 2011 Ricky Hoobler, 2010 Lesi Wright, 2009 Bailey Higgins, 2008 Carol Malerich, 2007 Sarah House, 2006 Angela Lancaster, 2005 Lindsey Seufferlein
Franklin Middle School 2013 Lacretia Pledge, 2012 Salia Savelio, 2011 Kendall Dooley, 2010 Bria Lenten, 2009 Makayla Kellner, 2008 Iman Kashmola, 2007 Adam Sailor, 2006 Jamesetta Mator, 2005 Landon Pickens, 2004 Fatima Wagdy, 2003 Sosan Azmeh, 2002 Clayton Besong, 2001 Cherise Holliday, 2000 Ashley Grimm, 1999 Anais Williams, 1998 Tina Holliday, 1997 Tyree Patrick
Harding Middle School 2013 Austin Maus, 2012 Linden Runels, 2011 Abhinaya Gunasekar, 2010 Ananya Munjal, 2009 Alexus Rogers, 2008 Sanjay Sudhir, 2007 Jasmine Todora, 2006 Shayma Elsheikh, 2005 Ashwath Gunasekar, 2004 Jacob Spiekermeie,r 2003 Ambrosia Dixon, 2002 Jennifer Plagman, 2001 Cierra French, 2000 Shiny Parsai, 1997 Kristen Hariston
Jefferson High School 2013 Raven Johnson, 2012 Iisha Morrison, 2011 LeBon Kayamba Mulangaliro, 2010 Jonathan Williams 2009 Emoni Davis, 2008 Blaire Wilson, 2007 Chris Sheppard, 2006 Natalia Lawson, 2005 Brittney Wilson, 2004 Olivia Pikokivaka, 2003 Vanessa Sheppard, 2002 Tiesha Walker, 2001 Morgen Edwards, 2000 Matt Bryant, 1999 Fanaye Kifletsakik, 1998 Richard Cook, 1997 Krista Johnson
Kennedy High School 2013 Dalvin Dixon, 2012 Capria Davis, 2011 Herschel Dixon Jr., 2010 Shaniqua Ford, 2009 Agatha Ogaga, 2008 Jalisa Coleman, 2007 Fabien Benjamin, 2006 Andrea Alnutt, 2005 Allison Green, 2004 Latrice Pledge, 2003 John Hairston, 2002 Kristin Hairston, 2001 Christopher Brown, 2000 Jessica Brown, 1999 Selinya Carew, 1998 Gregory Remson, 1997 Shanta Franklin
LaSalle Middle School 2013 Connor Miller, 2012 Adriana Baca, 2011 Dylan Eller, 2010 Bailey O’Brien, 2009 Trey Sampson, 2008 Hannah Welch
Linn-Mar High School 2013 Laina Burrell, 2012 Katie Ramsey, 2011 Sara Puffer, 2010 Lindsey Hines, 2009 Nathalie Folkerts, 2008 Rebecca Eiben, 2007 Megan Greer, 2006 Jim Dvorak
Marion High School 2013 Nick Connolly, 2012 Emily Roberts, 2011 Kasey Semler, 2010 Ieshia Brown, 2009 Brittney Thomas, 2008 Rachel Smith, 2007 Andrew Tyne, 2006 Ben Messerli, 2005 Alisabeth Caraway
McKinley Middle School 2013 Spencer Henningsen, 2012 Darian Thompson, 2011 Joshua Nzeyimana, 2010 Denzell Hayes, 2009 Amira Nash, 2008 Cassie Ward, 2007 Cheyenne Wright, 2006 Rhia Smith, 2005 Jessica Ramsden- Hardiman, 2004 Esthella Kamara, 2003 Taylor Williams, 2002 Denise Johnson, 2001 Mariono Duke, 2000 LaNeisha Waller, 1999 Ernie Williams, 1998 Jason Robinson, 1997 Chante Thurmond
Metro High School 2013 Jazmine Allen, 2012 Patrick Conlon, 2011 Jared Johnson, 2010 Samantha Floyd, 2009 Tedrick Lindsey, 2008 Bethany Schumacher, 2007 Matt Davis, 2006 Randall Adams, 2005 Angela Blake, 2004 Rebecca Char, 2003 Cierra Steward, 2002 Amecia Denise Walter 2001 Tamycka Johnson, 2000 Amber Robinson, 1999 Katie Fields, 1998 Jesse Mally, 1997 Libby Hernden
Oak Ridge Middle School 2013 Ji Yeon (Bona) In, 2012 Sruthi Palaniappan, 2011 Annie Stevenson, 2010 Kaitlin Schlegel
Prairie High School 2013 Taylor Petersen, 2012 Jawon DeMarr Walker, 2011 Katelyn Carver, 2010 Deng Xayasouk, 2009 Alex Hanna, 2008 Beth Carver, 2007 Sonya Krivanek, 2006 Jonah Legg, 2005 Allison Mollman
Prairie Point 2013 Kelsey Levi, 2012 Neila Bell, 2011 Mikinzie Farmer, 2010 Holly Wisnousky, 2009 Chelsey Montgomery 2008 Alison Speltz, 2007 Katelyn Carver, 2006 Scott Bredman, 2005 Alex Hanna
Regis Middle School 2013 Faith Satern, 2012 Sean Murphy, 2011 Christine Jengwa, 2010 Madeline Walker, 2009 Patrick Mullin, 2008 Hannah Rochford, 2007 Kimmy Askelson, 2006 Marissa Satern, 2005 Meghan Lukan
Roosevelt Middle School 2013 Hannah Borsay, 2012 Francis Odubasa, 2011 Marissa Knoot, 2010 Trey Hill, 2009 Amy Sigo, 2008 Lenora West, 2007 Eveline Niyokwizigigwa, 2006 Cassandra Lingo, 2005 Khiry Hopkins, 2004 Mianna Barner, 2003 Innocent Ndayinzeye 2002 Gracia Munyakazi, 2001 Holly Johnson, 2000 Papis Sabbah, 1999 Steffan Williams, 1998 Morgen Edwards, 1997 Jade Kacer
St. Joseph Catholic 2013 Jacqueline Brock, 2012 Aaron Stark
Taft Middle School 2013 Avery Guy, 2012 Connor Hammons, 2011 Drew Wall, 2010 Aria Polglaze-Carter 2009 Draziyo Amuda, 2008 Anecia White, 2007 Ann Pham, 2006 Robin Hager, 2005 Justin Simmons, 2004 Reema Ajram, 2003 Nabihah Ahmed, 2002 Natalia Lawson, 2001 Allison Green, 2000 Vanessa Sheppard, 1999 Starlet Smith, 1998 Noella Niati, 1997 Shanna Sheppard
Vernon Middle School 2013 Baylea Bruce, 2012 Makayla Beik, 2011 Danica Chalstrom, 2010 Daniel Tribble, 2009 Daquan Bradley, 2008 Naomi Spence, 2007 Shakia Boddie, 2006 Tre Kinney, 2005 Danika T’nae Sam, 2004 LeAnne Clayvon
Washington High School 2013 Jeffrey Chambers Jr., 2012 Tyler Burrell, 2011 Brandon Besong, 2010 Maggie Schneidermann, 2009 Tosha Harrison, 2008 Micha Mims, 2007 Mikaela Fisher, 2006 Stacey Walker, 2005 Brandon Bernard, 2004 Joy Mims, 2003 Poul Collins, 2002 Shawn Cox, 2001 Garrison Goodlett, 2000 Chris Reed, 1999 Victor Clark, 1998 Renata Clay, 1997 Cymaron Dawson
Wilson Middle School 2013 AAlyiah Watkins, 2012 Emily O’Brien, 2011 Alyssa Olson, 2010 Trae Morgan, 2009 Donyelle Dorsey, 2008 Antoinette Uwangombwa, 2007 Tierrah Cross-Sykes 2006 Chatara Davis, 2005 Mirclavia Jones, 2004 Joycelyn Barnett, 2003 Janessa Senter, 2002 Tiffany Threatt, 2001 Courtney Bradley, 2000 Darcel Martin, 1999 Tiesha Walker, 1998 Tanisha Wesley
Xavier Hight School 2013 Bryan Banowetz, 2012 Kerry McCartan, 2011 Abigale Bedard, 2010 Dylan Martin, 2009 Megan Smith, 2008 Dana Terrones, 2007 Kate Chizek, 2006 Casey O’Connell, 2005 Megan Black
Past keynote speakers:
2012 Dr. Ruth E. White, 2012 Romonda D. Blecher, 2011 Karl Cassell, 2010 Renee Sneitzer, 2009 Akwi Nji-Dawson, 2008 Stacey Walker, 2007 Rod Dooley, 2006 Anne Carter, 2005 Primus Ridgeway(Rockwell Collins), 2004 Carl Raye
Remembering Martin Luncheon Committee
Kimberly Abram-Bryant, Dr. Dave Benson, Erica Bergfeld, Tim Carson, Dwayne Daniels, Sue Driscoll, Michael Kates, Erin Kiefer O’Halloran, Steve Menzner, Tom Moore, Chad Simmons, Oather Taylor