WATERLOO, Iowa --- The 13th annual Mayors' Top Teen Awards and Mother Moon Service Scholarships were presented by the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley Tuesday at Five Sullivan Brothers Convention Center.
The awards program, which recognizes outstanding youth volunteers in the Cedar Valley, included an evening reception for teens, their parents and friends.
Criteria included demonstrating excellence in volunteerism in the Cedar Valley and a setting a good example as a role model for others. Teens ages 13-18 are eligible for the award.
In addition, the Community Foundation of Northeast Iowa awarded Mother Moon Service Scholarships to 10 students.
Andresen volunteers her time through the Hudson High School National Honor Society by working at blood drives at the high school. She also volunteers through St. John's Lutheran Church through service projects. The project that she enjoys the most is volunteering for the House of Hope in Waterloo, which she chose as a service project at a leadership class at Wartburg College. Her project yielded food, books, laundry soap, personal care items and diapers for House of Hope families. In addition, she was able to raise nearly $200 to purchase microwave ovens, toasters, and can openers.
Babinat has been involved with Young Leaders of Character. This group has helped her realize that she can be a leader and make a difference. She also is a Mother Moon Service Scholarship recipient.
Bair has volunteered for Red Ribbon Week, blood drives, Peers and Leaders mentoring program, cleaning her church, 4-H activities and Love Cedar Valley.
Bannon loves athletics, but when she injured her shoulder she knew she needed to find another way to be involved. She began coaching the Cedar Falls Storm, an eighth-grade girls club volleyball team.
Becker is involved in volunteer work with her school, church, Teen Trust and her community. She is a Mother Moon Service Scholarship recipient as well.
Beier's life has been changed by volunteering --- both during a mission trip to Tennessee last year, and as a summer camp counselor. She also has earned a Mother Moon Service Scholarship.
Budreau has worked with Red Cross blood drives, the Buddy Walk for children with Down's syndrome, Aspire, Teen Trust, the Humane Society, local day cares and nursing homes. She is a Mother Moon Service Scholarship recipient.
Byers has gone on mission trips, worked with kindergarteners, helped with Knights of Columbus events, shoveled snow, participated in a food drive and played bingo at a local nursing home.
In the summer, Sung-Min Cho went to Country View to play piano during the lunch hour. As a high school junior at Waterloo Christian School, he leads worship music with his guitar for weekly chapel and plays the saxophone every Sunday morning for service with his church band. He leads a prayer group for students, has tutored a fellow student and helped coach the junior high basketball team. In addition, Cho has been involved in school fundraisers, volunteers at the Food Bank and at a local day care facility. He rakes leaves and performs other volunteer duties for individuals around the community.
Droppert is an active senior at Hudson High School and has been involved in cross country for four years, along with soccer and track. He also is a member of the Hudson Show Choir Band and co-founded the Robots Club. Droppert has been a co-teacher for Sunday school at Prairie Lakes Church and is involved in the church youth group. He was part of the FFA agriculture marketing team that won at nationals and is treasurer of the Hudson FFA chapter. He has participated in the Black Hawk Stars 4-H Club for eight years and has been very active in County Council. His community service projects include Operation Military Kids, the 4-H Clover Kids Junior Fun Night, the 4-H Lock-In Food Drive for Northeast Iowa Food Bank, as well as volunteering at the omelet breakfast, county fair, junior fun night, the petting zoo and Pony Express.
Ewald has volunteered for a wide variety of causes, but her most rewarding experiences were when she helped with Special Olympics and Exceptional Persons summer camp. Ewald will receive a Mother Moon Service Scholarship.
Farley was instrumental in the success of a recent food drive at Cedar Falls High School, going above and beyond her school community to garner support for the effort.
Gabriele spent last summer tutoring at the UNI Center for Urban Education summer academy program and spent more than 100 hours volunteering for the Obama campaign in 2008. She also is a Mother Moon Service Scholarship recipient.
Gaffney gives of her time in a variety of ways, like serving community meals, concession stand, food drives and dance performances.
Hollie has spent her volunteer time helping the youngest and oldest members of the community. She babysits regularly for her two young cousins, has volunteered at Lou Henry Elementary and also has volunteered at Lakeview Lodge.
Husidic is a sophomore at West High. She participates in the Bosnian dance troupe that bring traditional Bosnian dance to the Cedar Valley, and would like to become a veterinarian.
Hoyer volunteered at the Denver Rescue Mission in Denver, Colo.
Jodan volunteers through student food drive Jordan's West High Student Senate organized. She has gone door-to-door collecting canned good, passed out flyers, participated in the Community Food Drop and volunteered at Hy-Vee. She also will receive a Mother Moon Service Scholarship.
Koenigsfeld is a busy junior at Hudson High School, active in softball, golf, show choir crew, wrestling manager and National Honor Society. She serves as a teacher's assistant and is on the Superintendent Advisory Board. She has been involved in the FFA program and was part of the agriculture marketing team that won at nationals. An eight-year member in the Lincoln Links 4-H Club, she is active in Black Hawk County 4-H Council, Black Hawk County 4-H Youth Committee and the Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA board. Her community service projects include the 4-H Clover Kids Junior Fun Night and the 4-H Lock-In Food Drive for Northeast Iowa Food Bank, as well as volunteering at the omelet breakfast, county fair and junior fun night.
Kronschnabel helps with the children's program at her church. She also has given her time to 4-H, the La Porte City Nursing and Rehab Center, Cattle Congress and the Union Carolers.
Lewis has volunteered since 2008 with Special Youth Challenges, a nonprofit organization that takes mentally and physically handicapped children hunting.
Malek's most satisfying volunteer experience was the Buddy Walk, a fundraiser for children with Down's syndrome.
Malik is a student at Cedar Falls High School. She has been involved with District Equity Board and is a member of both H-Unit and Harmony, and the International Club, where she has served as president. She's been a member of the school orchestra and is multilingual. Malik has actively served at Allen Hospital for three years, has been a mentor with elementary students and has served as a religious instructor for the past five years at the Islamic Center. She also served on the Teen Trust board.
Last year, Meier served on the Teen Trust board and volunteered at Special Olympics. She will receive a Mother Moon Service Scholarship.
Merz has spent many hours onstage and behind the scenes at Waterloo Community Playhouse and Black Hawk Children's Theater and has participated in three productions utilizing his acting skills. Behind the scenes he finds time to assist as a prop crew member and has helped on set building crews for several additional productions. He attends Cedar Falls High School.
With a professional manner and a willingness to take difficult cases, Morgan visits Cedar Valley Hospice's terminally ill patients. Morgan is a student at West High School, balancing volunteer work with courses at Hawkeye Community College and work as a hostess in an area restaurant.
McFadden goes to Don Bosco High School and enjoys playing piano, participating in band and acting onstage.
Nass is a senior at Columbus High School. Through the cheerleading program she assisted in planning and executing cheer camps for elementary students and visited and assisted residents at Country View as a part of team-related service. She has been involved within her school in food drives, car washes, youth group, confirmation and retreat teams. Nass has attended every Young Leaders in Action Youth Leadership Conference since her freshman year. She has volunteered at the Volunteer Center of Cedar Valley, given more than 130 hours to St. Edward's Day Care, volunteered at Black Hawk Elementary School and helped with the Walk for Water event at Hawkeye Community College.
Newhouse has spent more than 180 hours in the past year volunteering for Glory Road Farm, a hobby farm operated by the owners of Hanson's Dairy. She feeds and milks cows, cleans the barn, builds stalls and hauls manure. She also is an active 4-H and FFA member.
Reibkes has spent time serving community meals.
Rich is a member of the West High Dance team that won an award for volunteering. Her team has helped the elderly, volunteered at the Food Ban, and read to small children. In addition, Rich volunteers at Allen Hospita.
Sandoval-Duranhas served dinner at Queen of Peace Church and recently signed up to be a volunteer at Covenant Medical Center. She also will receive a Mother Moon Service Scholarship.
Every Friday afternoon, Sehiccan be found volunteering at Allen Hospital.
Scott is a senior at West High, enjoys theater and journalism and is an avid volunteer.
Seekins is a busy junior at Hudson High School and works with Habitat for Humanity. He is a seven-year member of the Black Hawk Stars 4-H Club and volunteers at Brown's Heritage Farms where he has become proficient handling draft horses. Seekins is involved in the Black Hawk County 4-H Council, Black Hawk County 4-H Youth Committee and the Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA board. His community service projects include the 4-H Clover Kids Junior Fun Night, the 4-H Lock-In and the annual 4-H banquet. In addition, he volunteers at the omelet breakfast, county fair and has helped his club with Pony Express fundraising.
Studer went on a mission trip last summer at a homeless mission in Colorado. He also will receive a Mother Moon Service Scholarship.
Swalve is a member of the Homeschool Heroes 4-H Club and the Black Hawk 4-H County Council, Black Hawk County 4-H and Youth Committee and the Black Hawk County 4-H and FFA fair board. She has been a 4-H Club officer for five of her eight years in 4-H. Her community service projects include the 4-H Clover Kids Junior Fun Night, the 4-H Lock-In and Operation Military Kids, as well as volunteering at the omelet breakfast and county fair. Every week she works with the second- and third-graders at Waterloo Prairie Lakes Church. In addition, she has volunteered with Aspire, Northeast Iowa Food Bank, the American Red Cross and the Salvation Army. Swalve teaches sign language to a high school class and sings with the Metropolitan Chorale.
Westphal has volunteered with Meals on Wheels where she delivers food to home-bound senior citizens. She also serves her community through the Muscular Dystrophy Association and by teaching dance lessons.
Wimberley is a junior at West High and is interested in journalism and marketing.
Wolfe is a busy junior at Hudson High School, where he has been very involved in football, baseball, track, trapshooting team and FFA. He is on the Superintendent Advisory Board and is an eight-year member of the Black Hawk Stars 4-H Club. His community service projects include Operation Military Kids, the 4-H Clover Kids Junior Fun Night and the 4-H Lock-In at the YMCA, as well as volunteering at the omelet breakfast, county fair, junior fun night, the petting zoo and Pony Express. In addition, Wolfe spent a week rebuilding and repairing houses in Coalminers Town in West Virginia.
Wright has given freely of her time in mentoring a second-grade girl in Hudson, helping her with school work and organizing activities.