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Washington Senior Awarded $2,000 Star Student Scholarship

Des Moines, Iowa –  Senior Mackenzie Knutson, Washington Community Schools, received the 2016 Star Student Scholarship of Iowa in recognition for her academic achievements, extracurricular activities and educational goals.

An honors student, Knutson is active in her community and has received the Silver Cord Program volunteer award, as well as the Optimist Club Certificate of Appreciation in both 2014 and 2015.

Knutson is currently enrolled in the Patient Care Academy at Washington Kirkwood Regional Center, where she plans to earn a Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) degree. She has job shadowed at the Washington County Hospital and with JET Physical Therapy.

“I want to go into nursing because I like helping people. Nurses get to spend time with patients and get to know them,” Knutson said.

In addition to her scholastic and community achievements, Knutson is active in extracurricular activities including softball and track. The awards presentation will be May 26 at 7 p.m. at the Washington Community Center and is open to the public. IASB Deputy Executive Director/CFO Galen Howsare will present the award.

The Star Student Scholarship is awarded to a graduating Special Education senior and is co-sponsored by ClaimAid Consulting Corporation and the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB). The scholarship is awarded based on a number of requirements, including educational goals and academic accomplishments. ClaimAid is a leading provider of comprehensive eligibility and enrollment services and claims resolution for schools, hospitals, patients, individuals and their families. IASB is a private, nonprofit organization representing Iowa’s 336 public school districts, nine area education agencies and 15 community colleges.

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Waukee Senior Awarded $2,000 Special Education Teacher Scholarship

Des Moines, Iowa – Senior Blake Aldridge, Waukee Community Schools, received the 2016 Special Education Teacher Scholarship of Iowa in recognition for her academic accomplishments, extracurricular activities and educational goals.

Aldridge is passionate about helping special education students and participates in a program that helped her realize she wanted to pursue a career in that field.

“I am involved in an after school program called Sparkle Cheerleading, which is where cheerleaders practice and perform alongside special education students at athletic events. Participating helped me to realize that I want to spend time helping these exceptional students live their lives like any ordinary student,” Aldridge said.

She has also worked with special education students as a lifeguard and swim instructor at Lifetime Fitness.  “These students bring me so much joy – I hope that I have the ability to make a difference in their lives,” Aldridge said.

Aldridge is an active participant in school activities, including the Iowa Student Learning Institute (Iowa SLI) and the Iowa Culture and Language Conference, where she was a featured presenter with Iowa SLI in 2015. Aldridge plans to major in Elementary Education with endorsements in Special Education. The awards presentation will be held on May 18th at 7 p.m. at the Waukee High School and is open to the public.

The Special Education Teacher Scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who plans to study education and is co-sponsored by ClaimAid Consulting Corporation and the Iowa Association of School Boards (IASB). The scholarship is awarded based on a number of requirements, including educational goals and academic accomplishments. ClaimAid is a leading provider of comprehensive eligibility and enrollment services and claims resolution for schools, hospitals, patients, individuals and their families. IASB is a private, nonprofit organization representing Iowa’s 336 public school districts, nine area education agencies and 15 community colleges.