April 25, 2014

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The Oskaloosa Herald

---- — Y’s Mens Club Boy of the Month

Name: Nick Rutledge

School: Oskaloosa High School

Year: Senior

Parents: Jody and Jill Rutledge

Honors: Football — letterman, Second Team All-State and the Apache Award from team and coaches. Baseball — letterman, chosen Pitcher of the Year.

Academic honors: honor roll.

Future plans: Attend William Penn University and major in criminology.

YMCA Director Dawn Collins had this to say about Nick: “Nick has been helping us in the facilities department since May 2013. Nick is a great young man that fully captures what the YMCA is about by being respectful, caring, honest and responsible. He is a hard worker that takes every task with passion and fulfillment. Nick has been involved in baseball and football throughout his high school years. He is also involved and interested in improv and peer helping, which just shows what kind of person he is and that we have enjoyed being around. Nick will continue his academic future at William Penn University where he will also continue his love and passion for playing football for the Statesmen. Nick is a great representative of the Mahaska County YMCA and would be an excellent choice for the Y’s Men Club Award.”

Y’s Men Girl of the Month

Name: Michaela Morris

School: Home School

Year: Senior

Parents: Jeff and Terri Morris

Honors: YMCA Swim Team — selected as an Iowa All-Star. Nazarene Regional District — First Place photography Award.

Academic Honors: A-Beka Academy Honor Roll.

Future plans: Attend Olivet Nazarene University and major in non-profit business administration and minor in leadership studies.

YMCA Director Dawn Collins had this to say about Michaela: “Michaela Morris has been an employee of the YMCA since April 2011, and although she has enrolled in college for the fall of 2014, her contributions to the YMCA will be felt long after she moves on. Whether participating in Y programs as s Dolphins Swim Team member, or teaching stroke clinic to youth of the community, at all times, Ms. Morris exemplifies the Y core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility. Michaela’s attention to detail has been a bright spot for the YMCA Aquatics Department, as she sets the standard for other swim instructors to aspire to. Most importantly, Ms. Morris is an exceptional role model in the Oskaloosa community, as she serves in both the Adult and Youth Worship Bands for Gateway Church of the Nazarene, participates in a local home school choir group, volunteers at Imagine the Possibilities and is an avid musician playing the piano, guitar and violin. Michaela Morris is a great representative of the Mahaska County YMCA and an excellent choice for the Y’s Mens Club Award.”