Michaela was in sixth grade at Denison Middle School when she received an Iowa Character Award. Her teachers say that she respects everyone, treats everyone fairly, and shows caring by making sure that everyone around her feels valued and included. Know someone like her? Nominate them for an ICA by May 11!
Michaela makes a difference in so many lives. She began a sign language club at school to teach others to communicate with non-verbal students, helped lead a fundraiser for an orphanage in Haiti and created a fundraiser to honor her brother who has autism.
“Michaela always wants to make sure that everyone is included and that everyone is treated equally and treated with respect. If there is a person in her class who does not have a partner or someone to play with, she will invite them to play,” says nominator Karin Thiele. “She has a natural ability of knowing what others around her need, even if that need is just to be included.”
Michaela is a Girl Scout, a student representative, and an alter server at her church. Michaela has helped her mother knit caps for newborn babies in Africa, created a memory book for a fourth grade teacher diagnosed with cancer, and sings to the elderly with the Musical Monarchs. She lives life with the Golden Rule as her measure, “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you”.
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