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Scattergood students receive Excellence in Education awards
Scattergood Friends School students were among the honorees at the Iowa City Area Chamber of Commerce's 17th annual Excellence in Education awards ceremony on April 23.
Scattergood senior Charlotte Schiller received the Student Excellence Award, given to " a student for his/her academic achievements and efforts to go above and beyond in his/her studies." Schiller, 18, of Elkader, Iowa, initiated and currently leads the peer tutoring program, serves as a teacher's assistant in Spanish and mathematics classes, fences and helps instruct beginners on Scattergood's collegiate-level fencing team, and tackled campus improvement projects during Spring Break. Schiller has received multiple college acceptances and scholarship awards and will attend Oberlin College in the fall.
In Schiller's nomination, Scattergood Academic Dean Louis Herbst wrote, "In my nine years as a teacher and administrator at Quaker schools, I have never seen a more well-rounded and driven student."
Scattergood's Code Day Iowa team received the Student Team Excellence Award which "recognizes outstanding achievement by a student team or group." About 50 area students participated in the 24 hour coding marathon and competition in February. Scattergood's team was awarded Best Game for their creation, "Lights Out," Code Day Iowa's only non-violent game entry in which the player avoids a series of obstacles to complete a mission. Scattergood's Code Day Iowa team included eight students, both domestic and international: Sebastian Ashley (West Branch, IA), Soci Bassuk (Skokie, IL), Theia Byrnes (Ankeny, IA), Brais Galvan Sotelo (Pazos de Borben, Spain), Rosa Nieto Castro (Mexico City, Mexico), Emily Palmer (Stillwater, OK), Wubetu Shimelash (Addis Ababa, Ethiopia) and Anna Wilson (Minneapolis, MN).
Of Scattergood's Code Day Iowa team, student Anna Wilson said, "It was the best experience I’ve ever had with teamwork. We just gave it all we had without question and focused on the big picture rather than arguing about the little things. The result was awesome and I was so surprised what we were able to do when we all worked together."