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2017 TRJMS Winner: Adriana Detrick

Adriana Detrick, with her grandmother and her mother, Adriana Detrick

Adriana Detrick, with her grandmother and her mother, Adriana Detrick

Adriana Detrick embodies the kind of student who makes the most of herself.  An actress and dancer, and athlete, she has worked as hard as anyone could to better herself.  She has been a member of the Ames Children's Choir, been in the band, danced with Robert Thomas Dance Studio, and participated both in school plays and the Story Theater Company.  Her nominator called her a student who exemplifies grit, resilience and dedication to her academic work.

As always, we had a terrific class of nominees this year. Shown below are Madison Badding, Brady Burkheimer, Arunadee Fernando, Casey Mumm, Kaitlin Will, and Adriana Detrick, along with Olivia, Cynthia, and William Jenks.

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2016 TRJMS Winner: Sayre Satterwhite

The 2016 TRJMS winner is Sayre Satterwhite, shown here with his parents Michael and Carla.

In the summer after his 8th grade year, Satterwhite will serve as a Japan Student Ambassador.  He has actively participated in Science Bowl and National History Day.  He was a Broadcom Master semifinalist in the Science Fair and will attend the Belin Blank Summer Institute for Social Studies before starting High School.  Sayre played in the AMS orchestra, is a member of the Ames Velo Cycling Club and the Ames Cyclones Aquatics Club.

Sayre's nominations spoke of him as a team player in the classroom, sport, and life who is always trying to better himself and others by learning and growing from every opportunity and challenge. Coaches described him as extremely hard working and having evolved into a leader.

In 2016, there were 15 outstanding nominees, all of whom would be worthy of the award. Shown left to right are Olivia Jenks, Cynthia Jenks, Ryan Jergensen, Chris Jenks (partially obscured), Hannah Huang, Vera Barkosky, Justin Kenny, David Kim, Jonah Strawhacker, Jacob Nicolas, Brinley Horras, Connor Van Veelden, Aliya Gurganus, Camille Jackson, Sayre Satterwhite, Andres Cordoba, Grant Henderson, Chloe Wilson, and William Jenks.  Watch out for these new high schoolers.  They are going places.

 

 

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2015 TRJMS Winner: Ethan Johnson

Ethan Johnson epitomizes what the TRJMS is about.

Ethan (center) and his mom, Mari Johnson and swim coach Dustin Rhoads.

Ethan (center) and his mom, Mari Johnson and swim coach Dustin Rhoads.

Ethan was nominated by his swim coach, Dustin Rhoads, who said about Ethan that over the course of his 8th grade year, he worked extremely hard and  became a better swimmer, a true leader, and a better person.  Ethan taught Dustin something about coaching swimmers of all abilities who have a commitment to getting better.  In addition to receiving the TRJMS for 2015, he was awarded the Most Improved Swimmer award for ACAC, the swim team that both he and Timothy swam for.

Ethan is a terrific student, having been on honor roll throughout middle school.  He sang in chorus, was on student council, been a Student Ambassador, and participated in Mock Trial.  He has played Bears youth football and AMS Basketball, and run for AMS Track.

But Ethan was not the only candidate brought forward for the inaugural award.  There were 10 terrific nominees, pictured below at the award ceremony, which was held at the Ames Middle School 8th grade graduation ceremony.  Expect to see all these kids emerge as leaders in the coming years.

 

Shown above with William Jenks, the nominees were (left to right) Jayna Wanamaker (acting, soccer player, track, music), Leah Dietrich (swimmer), Anna Suski (chorus, band, jazz, Ames Children's Choir), William Brumm (trombone), Ravyn Kennedy (volleyball, track, softball), Dom McDonald (percussion), Leo Wernau (wrestling), Amy Fedderson (swimming), Julie-Michelle Manchard (vocal music), and Ethan Johnson.

Press Release Here.

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