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Valley Student Nathan Steimel Named 2021 Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student (11/12/2021)

Nov. 12, 2021 | Congratulations to Valley High School senior Nathan Steimel, who recently earned the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award and $11,500 in scholarship funds. Fourteen ‘Uncommon Students’ from 2021 presented the results of their summer service projects during the Annual Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award Presentation Day at the Hoover Presidential Library and Museum in West Branch on Saturday, Oct. 23. 

Steimel was one of four students to receive a $10,000 scholarship in addition to the $1,500 cash award all finalists receive. Judges select the four projects that best exemplify leadership, community, and the values of Herbert Hoover. Steimel’s project was restoring the Valley Greenhouse and creating the Greenhouse Club.  

Steimel was also the only student selected for the Mariah Becker Award, earning $500 for the Greenhouse Club. This award in memory of Mariah Becker from the Hoover Uncommon Student Award Class of 2000 recognizes a student project that embodies or promotes the spirit of volunteerism and leadership.

Watch Nathan’s presentation

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, 2022.

Steimel with Allan Hoover III, Herbert Hoover's great-grandson.Steimel with Leslie Hoover-Lauble, Herbert Hoover's great-granddaughter.

Sarah Linder and Alexandra Wade