The annual North Tama County Community School Awards Night was held last month, with thousands of dollars being distributed to deserving seniors and awards being presented to underclassmen. Jordan Mask, NHS president, served as M.C. of the event.
The first award of the evening was the American Legion Medal, which went to Jacob Espenscheid and Hannah Mesch of the senior class. Juniors receiving the award were Christy Calderwood and Robert Young. The sophomores were Jamie Huntley and Brandon Kaufman, with Aubree Beenken and Paul Kaufmann receiving the honor as freshmen.
FCCLA Awards went to Christy Calderwood, Landon Calderwood, Sara Howard, Rachel Kopriva, Kelsey Pokorny, Nicole Schlichting, Peyton Sears, Jayde Vogeler and Abi Watson.
There were numerous winners of awards this year at the annual Awards Night for North Tama High School. At top, the American Legion Medal winners take a minute to pose as a group after the ceremony. They are Robert Young, Jacob Espenscheid, Brandon Kaufman, Aubree Beenken, Jamie Huntley, Paul Kaufmann and Christy Calderwood. Not pictured is Hannah Mesch, who missed the ceremony due to work. Below, some of the winners of the President’s Award for Excellence gathered as well. Seniors in that group included Kailey Kladivo (back row, third from left), Jordan Mask (back row, far right), Winston Miller (front row, second from left) and Erica Podhajsky (right of Miller). The night was full of special moments for all the recipients, both underclassmen and seniors alike.
The American Citizenship Award was presented to Sydney Fehr, who took home several other awards throughout the evening. Fehr was also awarded the Tama County Democratic Party Scholarship, P.E.O. Chapter EC Scholarship and Rick Vesely Scholarship. Fehr will use the scholarships at the University of Northern Iowa, where she plans to pursue a degree in political communications.
Kailey Kladivo was also the recipient of several awards, most notably the Iowa Governors' Scholar Award. Kladivo also earned the North Tama County Education Association Scholarship, Robert Powell Memorial Scholarship, Traer Masonic Scholarship, Kenneth G. Meyerhoff Scholarship and Darrell & Maxine Karr Family Scholarship. Kladivo finished the year as the school's valedictorian. She was also named to the President's Award for Educational Excellence, along with Jordan Mask, Winston Miller and Erica Podhajsky.
Podhajsky, who ended the year as North Tama's salutatorian, also received her Des Moines Register Academic All-State Team award at the assembly. This was the first of many awards for her, including the Kelly Lyons Memorial Scholarship given by the fire department, the Betty Clauer Ketter Memorial Scholarship and the Willliam & Mayme Podhajsky Memorial Scholarship.
Mask, who was busy with hosting duties, also took time out to receive his award for the KWWL Best of the Class. Mask was also the recipient of a Hometown Foods Scholarship, the Arthur J. Calderwood Scholarship and Kenneth G. Meyerhoff Scholarship.
The Excellence in Language Arts Award went to Stephanie Schroeder, who also won a Speech Award. Schroeder won a Student Council Gift Basket, along with Winston Miller. He was also the recipient of a Hometown Foods Scholarship, and a Speech Award for his All-State performance on that team. The other members of this year's speech team to win awards were Nicole Dunkel-Jensen, Shane Lawton and Rebekah Williams.
Jacob Espenscheid and Jamie Pokorny were the recipients of the Jerry Cecak Memorial Scholarship, with Espenscheid adding the Traer Chamber of Commerce Scholarship. Pokorny added the Farmer's Co-Op Telephone Company Scholarship to her haul before the night was finished.
Brian Seda was also a multiple-award winner, taking home the David Johnson Memorial Scholarship and the Christina Hixon Opportunity Award.
Sierra Kubik was the winner of the Bob Clark Memorial Scholarship, and Hannah Mesch, who was absent due to work, took home the Mike Stoakes Memorial Scholarship.
The Grundy Center REC Scholarship went to Nicole Peters, the Darlys Hulme Scholarship went to Keith Wendt, and Justin Jacobs earned the North Tama FFA Scholarship.
Leah Franklin and Emily Pargeon were the two young ladies who were bestowed the honor of the James H. & Donna L. Young Scholarship. The Traer Lions Club Scholarship went to Jordan Mason and Nicole Schlichting.