Current Representative

The Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa At-Large for 2019 is Cam Mears, from West Des Moines.

Cam’s achievements include: Choir service award (3 years) • Academic letter (3 years) • 4 Division I ratings at State Solo/Ensemble contest • All State Choir (2 years) • Opus Honor Choir • Wartburg College Honor Choir • • • •

In addition, Cam’s activities include: Varsity Chamber Choir • Varsity Show Choir • Marching Band • Musical theater production • Show Band • Tri-M Music Honor Society • Jazz Choir • Lumberjack Club • Prayer Club
Serving in the worship band at my church, both on piano and singing • Leading small groups for young kids at my church • Organizing a team that performs and gives lessons to younger students

The Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa At-Large for 2019 is Emily Ash, from West Des Moines.

Emily’s achievements include: National Merit Semifinalist • National Council on Youth Leadership • AP Scholar with Distinction • Track relay state qualifier • All-state orchestra first alternate on cello • Superior rating at state solo contest- cello • Three years varsity in cross country • Three years varsity track • Cross country individual state qualifier • Iowa High School Speech Association--Three time All-state qualifier

In addition, Emily’s activities include: Cross country • Track and field • Orchestra • Friends Without Borders President • ESL Tutoring Program Founder • Large group speech contest • National Honor Society • Principal's Advisory Council • School ambassador • Cold Stone Creamery Team Member
Religious Education teacher-- four years, one hour per week • Beaverdale Estates "My Story" Project-- 21 hours interviewing senior citizens • Youth group service trip to Davenport, IA to garden and visit with the elderly • Youth group service trip to David, KY to paint houses garden • 4 years Silver cord--50 hours service per year, one year of 100 hours service

The Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa At-Large for 2019 is Ella Francis, from New London.

Ella’s achievements include: National Honors Society • College Classes (20 credits) • High Honor Roll • Academic Excellence • Lettered in Choir • Female Motivator • Lettered in Cheer • Lettered in Band • Lettered in Track • Henry County Fair Queen

In addition, Ella’s activities include: Fall Play • Musical • Dance • Student Council • Dance Team • Cheerleading • Building Leadership Team • School Improvement Advisory Committee
Operation Encouragement - This is my own organization. • FPFS (Free Pancakes every Fourth Sunday) - monthly community breakfast • Mentoring - My high school is partnered with my town's elementary school. • Assistant Dance teacher - I volunteer and teach dance at my studio. • Tyke Time - An event hosted by my local library, I read and do crafts with kids.

The Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa At-Large for 2019 is Gabriella Aguirre, from North Liberty.

Gabriella’s achievements include: Honor Roll every year • Vice President of Liberty's National Honor Society • Co-captain of the Liberty Dance Team • • • • • •

In addition, Gabriella’s activities include: Miss Greater Des Moines' Outstanding Teen 2018 • Liberty Dance Team • Liberty Difference Makers • National Honor Society • Liberty Singers (choir)
Youth ambassador for PACER's National Bullying Prevention Center • Wrote a proclamation and was signed by Governor Reynolds • Member of Liberty Difference Makers (raise money for U of I Children's Hospital)

The Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa At-Large for 2019 is Grace Kiple, from Sergeant Bluff .

Grace’s achievements include: National Merit Semifinalist 2018 • Poetry Out Loud State Runner-Up 2018 • Poetry Out Loud State Champion 2017 • All-State Chorus Member 2016, 2017, 2018 • Division I Dance Solo at State Competition 2016, 2017, 2018 • Bill Riley-Iowa State Fair Talent Search Top 10 Finalist, 2016 • OPUS Choir Member, 2015 • • •

In addition, Grace’s activities include: High School Dance Team • Varsity Football Cheerleading • Studio Dance Team • Student Council • National Honor Society • Mayor's Youth Commission • Choir • Voice Lessons • Teach Dance Classes
Student Council: various projects throughout the year, including Food 4 Thought • Saint Paul/Redeemer Lutheran Church: Help with VBS and Sunday School • Various Retirement Homes: caroling, organized concert, played bingo • Community Involvement: sing National Anthem, donate blood, help with egg hunt • Hours: 9th grade-35, 10th grade- 38.5, 11th- 37, 12th- 24 and counting

The Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa At-Large for 2019 is Haley Losh, from West Des Moines.

Haley’s achievements include: Iowa All State Choir (2016, 2017, 2018) • 2018 National ACDA Honor Choir • President's Volunteer Service Award • Homecoming Queen • Cross Country Captain • Choir Officer • National Merit Scholarship Program - Letter of Recommendation • 2015 Opus Honor Choir • I Division Ranking at Solo and Ensemble Festival (2014-2018) • DMACC President's List

In addition, Haley’s activities include: Varsity Cross Country • Varsity Jazz Choir • Varsity Show Choir • Silvercord • Varsity Track • Confirmation Class Leader • Babysitting • Kids West Staff (After School Childcare) • Summer Weightlifting Program • Ignition - High School Ministry
Powerlife Confirmation Class Leader at Lutheran Church of Hope (3 years) • Vacation Bible School Volunteer at Lutheran Church of Hope (7 years) • Westridge Elementary School Musical - Dance instructor (1 year) • Lab Assistant for Mrs. Kane at Valley High School (1 year) • Des Moines Marathon Water Station Volunteer (4 years)

The Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa At-Large for 2019 is Meghan Funk, from Underwood.

Meghan’s achievements include: Blue honor roll • Drum major of the marching band • Top 10% of class • Section leader (choir & band) • Cheer captain (football & wrestling) • Outstanding female singer (choir) • • • •

In addition, Meghan’s activities include: Football & Wrestling Cheer • Marching Band • Volunteering • Concert Choir • School Musical • Concert Band • Jazz Band & Jazz Choir • Private Piano Lessons • Show Choir • Math Tutoring
BUDDY Program- A trauma-informed program for children 1-7 at the Micah House • Dream Playground Build- Build a new playground for the youth of Council Bluffs

The Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa At-Large for 2019 is Mariana Gonzalez, from Eagle Grove .

Mariana’s achievements include: 2018 Iowa State Fair Queen Pageant Miss Personality • 2017 JV Volleyball Heart Award • 2016-17 Varsity Basketball Most Improved Award • 2016-17 Varsity Basketball Eagle (Leadership) Award • 2016 JV Volleyball Heart Award • EGHS Student Council Oustanding Leadership 2017-18 • Know Your Constitution Iowa finalist 2016-17 • A Honor Roll since 5th grade • Speech state qualifier 2016, 2017 • Wright County Fair Queen 2018

In addition, Mariana’s activities include: Student Council • Volleyball • Basketball • Speech • Leos Club • Future Business Leaders of America • Spanish Club • Theater • Show Choir • Fellowship of Christian Athletes
Reading to Elementary students. • Volunteering at fair ground stands (lemonade and sports boosters). • Visiting the local senior assisted living center (Rotary Ann). • Assisting at the Fort Dodge Salvation Army. • Helper/counselor at Eagle Grove volleyball camp for 3-8th grade

The Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa At-Large for 2019 is Maya Shah, from Clive .

Maya’s achievements include: National merit finalist • 1st place at HOSA state for Human Growth & Development Knowledge test • 1st place at HOSA state for HOSA bowl • Valley Academic Award (2015, 2016, 2017, 2018) • Awarded best poster-Secondary Student Training Program research camp • Working towards high school diploma in music through national guild • 1st place at districts in the IMTA piano competition -2018 • Violin All State Superior rating since 2014 • National Guild piano.- consistent superior plus rating since 2008 • Superior rating at IMTA festival since 2008

In addition, Maya’s activities include: Founder of Valley\'s Peer Partner Music Program • Iowa state president and Valley president of HOSA • Pianist-practice 10 hours each week • Valley\'s world cultures club president • Member of Valley\'s chamber orchestra- practice the violin 5 hrs a week • Member of Tri-M music honors society and a scholar of fine arts • Keyboardist for the Valley musical Oklahoma • Director for DMS5, a STEM speaker series to help raise STEM awareness • 12 years of classical ballet, 8 years of kathak (classical Indian) • Employee at The UPS Store
Play piano at Arbor Springs, a nursing home, for one hour every week. • Teach kids with special needs how to dance for one hour every week. • Tutor kids with Down Syndrome at GiGi's playhouse for two hours every week

The Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa At-Large for 2019 is Olivia Husk, from Cumming.

Olivia’s achievements include: National Honor Society • • Deans List • • Academic Bar and Pins • • Honor Roll • • •

In addition, Olivia’s activities include: National Honor Society • Golf team • Art Club
Volunteering weekly at Des Moines women's shelter, since Jan. 2018. • Volunteering at church nursery weekly from 2013 to 2017.

The Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa At-Large for 2019 is Sofia Wombacher, from Ankeny.

Sofia’s achievements include: Academic Varsity Letter • President's Award for Academic Excellence • Borlaug Scholar Award • Central Iowa Metropolitan League Academic Awards • Choral Music Varsity Letter • Most Improved Diver for 2017 Season • National Spanish Exam State Top 5 and Top 10 Placement • • •

In addition, Sofia’s activities include: Show Choir • Student Council • Ankeny Mayor's Youth Council • Tennis • National Honors Society • Sociedad Honoraria Hispanica • Vocal Music • Diving • Ankeny Youth Democrats
Set record for most boxes packaged at Meals for the Heartland. • Volunteered at Jolly Holiday Lights with ACHS Key Club. • Volunteered at Mayor's Tree Lighting Ceremony. • Organized and volunteered for a senior citizen bingo breakfast. • Helped raise money for school through "Jar Wars" coin drives.

The Distinguished Young Woman of Iowa At-Large for 2019 is Vicky Wang, from Cedar Rapids.

Vicky’s achievements include: 3 year Letter of Distinction (GPA above 4.0) • Level 3 of Wu Shu • Treasurer of FBLA • Reporter of HOSA • A part of NCYL • 45 hour internship at U of I as research assistant • • • •

In addition, Vicky’s activities include: Future Business Leaders of America • Model UN • National Council Youth Leadership • Cross Country • Tennis • HOSA • Wu Shu • Part-time job
Big Brother Big Sister- a Thanksgiving dinner for the community • 80 hours of volunteer service at Mercy Medical Center • Volunteered for Iowa Games and help host the badminton tournament at Iowa State

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