JOHNSTON, IOWA (Feb. 5, 2024) — Each year, the Iowa Bankers Association presents the Student Athlete Achievement Award to student-athletes who excel not only in athletics, but also scholastically and in their communities. Tatum Shepherd, a student at Ridge View High School, was presented the scholarship award at the second state-sanctioned Iowa High School Girls State Wrestling Tournament held Feb. 1-2 in Coralville.
“Tatum is not only a gifted student and decorated athlete, but she is also a positive leader,” said Joel Brus, Ridge View High School 7-12 activities director. “Having the opportunity to accompany Tatum at the inaugural girls’ state wrestling tournament last year, it was easy to see that Tatum’s spirit shined through as an ambassador for all girls across the state. Tatum’s leadership is also evident with her position on the IGHSAU’s Student-Athlete Advisory Committee for the past two years.”
Cara Godfredson, marketing director at Citizens First National Bank in Storm Lake, presented Shepherd with the $1,000 scholarship to the college of her choice.
“The Iowa Bankers Association is proud to recognize remarkable high school seniors that are leaders on their teams, in the classroom and in their community,” said Jenica Lensmeyer, the IBA’s vice president of marketing and industry relations. “As long-time supporters of financial literacy, Iowa bankers are committed to helping Iowans reach their financial goals. We know that these scholarship recipients have a bright future, and we hope that they will continue to contribute to Iowa communities following graduation.”
For three decades, the IBA has sponsored the Student Athlete Achievement Award program, which has grown to honor student-athletes in football, basketball and wrestling. The IBA has awarded more than $300,000 in scholarships since the program began.
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