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Valley Student Kathryn Wittrock Named 2019 Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student

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Kathryn Wittrock

Congratulations to Valley High School senior Kathryn Wittrock, who recently earned the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award and $11,500 in scholarship funds.

Fourteen ‘Uncommon Students’ from 2019 presented the results of their summer service projects during the 22nd Annual Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award Stanley and Helen Howe Presentation Day, held Saturday, Oct. 26, at the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch. Each of the finalists receives a $1,500 cash award at the completion of the program. Three earn the Pete and Meredith Hoover scholarship, worth an additional $10,000, for a total of $11,500. Wittrock earned the $10,000 scholarship for her project, Recycling Instruments for Needy Kids (RINKS).

“I started a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization named RINKS to distribute instruments from basements or attics into the hands of students who could not otherwise afford to participate in band programs,” she said. Her goal is to eliminate the financial barriers preventing underprivileged students in Central Iowa from participating in school music programs.

The Uncommon Student Awards program annually identifies and honors up to 15 Iowa high school juniors who propose and then accomplish a project of their own choosing and design. Grades, test scores, essays and financial need are not evaluated. Application is open to all Iowa high school juniors and is due by March 15.