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Iowa Bankers Association Presents Five Student Athlete Achievement Awards at Iowa High School Girls Basketball State Tournament

Winners receive $1,000 scholarship to college of their choice

DES MOINES, IOWA (March 6, 2023) — Five Iowa high school seniors received a 2023 Iowa Bankers Association Student Athlete Achievement Award during the Iowa High School Girls Basketball State Tournament on Friday and Saturday in Des Moines. One student from each class was awarded a $1,000 scholarship from the IBA to the college of her choice.

Scholarship recipients included:

  • Class 1A: Emma Erickson, Newell-Fonda High School, Newell
  • Class 2A: Carly Janssen, Pocahontas High School, Pocahontas
  • Class 3A: Addison Phillips, Benton Community High School, Van Horne
  • Class 4A: Kileigh Lachacz, Dallas Center-Grimes High School, Grimes
  • Class 5A: Averi Porter, Ankeny Centennial High School, Ankeny

Scholarship recipients are selected each year based on their academic performance, athletic participation, leadership skills and community involvement.

“These high school seniors are leaders on their teams and in their communities, and we’re thrilled to recognize them for their achievements,” said Tara Deering-Hansen, the IBA’s vice president of marketing and communications. “Iowa bankers have long supported financial literacy and are especially committed to helping their community neighbors reach their financial goals. Our hope is that after graduation, these scholarship recipients will continue to use their skills and talents right here in our Iowa communities.”

For three decades, the IBA has sponsored the Student Athlete Achievement Award program, which has grown to honor student athletes in football, boys and girls wrestling and boys and girls basketball. The IBA has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships since the program began.

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