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Recognize AAUW Middle School Young Women of the Year- 2018-19

May 21, 2019
By Rebecca Chyma - Special to The Chronicle , Toledo Chronicle, Tama News-Herald

The annual AAUW Middle School Young Women of the Year Academic Awards banquet was hosted by the Tama-Toledo branch of the American Association of University Women on April 28, 2019, at the Reinig-Toledo Civic Center with branch member Joyce Legg delivering the welcoming address.

A dessert and appetizer buffet was served, with presentation of the awards following.

AAUW members were delighted with the presence of so many family members who attended this unique event whose purpose is to recognize young women who are developing their diverse talents and abilities while demonstrating excellence in the classroom. .AAUW strives to break through economc and educational barriers for women by advancing equity through education, advocacy, philanthropy, and research.

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AAUW AWARDS?6th Grade: (L-R) Math- Madison Wiese- South Tama Middle School and Raelynn Bear-Meskwkai Settlement School; Science- Mayla Kiebach- STC and Science and Social Studies- Kiance Roberts-Keahna; Social Studies- Josey Wacha- STC; Literacy- Jennifer Manzo-Herrera- STC and (not present for photo) Angelina Dye- MSS.
Chronicle photos/John Speer

A totla ofd 24 girls from South Tama Middle School and Meskwaki Settlement Middle School were honored for their achievements in math, science, social studies and literacy.

Each was nominated by a teacher who wrote a letter detailing the nominee's accomplishments, character traits, and attributes which defined her as an outstanding student. This letter was read to the audience and given to the recipient along with a framed certificate. AAUW members Carol Meyer, Trudy Koch, ,Joanna Hofer, and Berleen Wobeter introduced the recipients.

Honored for achievement in Math were:

MSS 6th grader Raelynn Bear, granddaughter of Tony and Kay Waseskuk..

STC 6th grader Madison Wiese, daughter of Travis and Erica Wiese.

STC 7th grader Sophia Draves, daughter of John Tullis and Holly Jungweber.

MSS 7th grader Sitara Xaivong, daughter of Dara Jefferson.

MSS 8th grader Sophia Snow, daughter of Stephanie Snow.

STC 8th grader Itzel Herrera, daughter of Romiro and Norma Herrera.

Honored for achievement in Literacy were:

STC 6th grader Jennifer Manzo-Herrera, daughter of Heidi Herrera and Jorge Manzo.

MSS 6th grader Angelina Dye, daughter of Eunice Davenport and Lawrence Dye.

STC 7th grader Jenna Meyer, daughter of Jeremy and Kristi Meyer.

MSS 7th grader Sia Bear, daughter of Matthew Bear and Shoshonis Brown.

STC 8th grader Katie Husak, daughter of Jerome and Joanne Husak.

MSS 8th grader Mercedez Navarro, daughter of Anneka Davenport.

Honored for achievement in Social Studies were:

STC 6th grader Josey Wacha, daughter of Bryan Wacha and Angie Wacha.

MSS 6th grader Kiance Keahna-Roberts, John Roberts and Ernastine Keahna.

STC 7th grader Gloria Mullen, daughter of Travis and Hannah Mullen.

MSS 7th grader Kimaura Horton, daughter of Ann Lasley.

STC 8th grader Mollie Wobeter, daughter of Clint Wobeter and Lindsey Killian.

MSS 8th grader Eva Sanache, daughter of Kristina Hoag.

Honored for achievement in Science were:

MSS 6th grader Kiance Roberts-Keahna, John Roberts and Ernastine Keahna.

STC 6th grader Mayla Keibach, daughter of Vincent and Maria Keibach.

MSS 7th grader Sophie Balderas, daughter of Armando Balderas and Sophilia Keahna.

STC 7th grader Maely Elsbury, daughter of Danny and Brintley Elsbury.

MSS 8th grader Sandra Velazquez, daughter of Landis Bear.

STC 8th grader Elizabeth Albright, daughter of Danielle Lekin.

The local branch of AAUW, under the leadership of co-presidents Trudy Koch and Ann Kuhter, including members Sue Anderson, Becca Chyma, Berleen Wobeter, Joanna Hofer, Sue Haughey, Joyce Legg, Carol Meyer, Kim Nelson, Marilyn Rippy, and Pam Rutledge, sincerely appreciates the dedication of local teachers and administrators who nominate these young women each year and the families of these girls who encourage them to strive to achieve their goals. Go to to find out more about the American Association of University Women.



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