Two area high school students have been named Herbert Hoover Uncommon Students.
Emma Davis, of Gowrie, and Sarah Rockow, of Fort Dodge, are two of 14 Iowa high school students to be named finalists in the 12th annual competition of the Herbert Hoover Uncommon Student Award.
The program seeks to identify uncommon Iowa high school juniors. Applicants are chosen on the basis of project proposals and letters of recommendation. Grades, test scores, and essays are not part of the selection process.
Davis' project, The Magic of Music and Memories, will create a program that will use music and guided reminiscing to build relationships between youth and older adults.
Rockow's project is titled Strengthening YWCA Clients: Steps for Their Future. She intends to donate toiletries, sponsor a food drive, and hold an employment workshop. Rockow's additional goal is to raise awareness about shelters like the YWCA.
Davis and Rockow spent a weekend in West Branch, Hoover's hometown, participating in activities at the Hoover Presidential Library and National Historic Site. They will return to West Branch Oct. 17 to speak about their projects. Each student will receive a $1,000 scholarship. Three participating students will also be named recipients of $5,000 scholarships to be used at an accredited college or university anywhere in the United States.
The The Herbert Hoover Presidential Library Association sponsors the award. The title is taken from Herbert Hoover's writing about the common man.