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As high school sports players grow into young adults, the experiences they have help them become the kinds of people able to succeed and make a difference in the world. To acknowledge and celebrate this process for the young women of Muscatine, the Muscatine Community Y (the Y) hosted its forty-third annual Senior Female Athletic Recognition Banquet.
After dinner several community members shared their appreciation for this year’s seniors and highlighted the importance of celebrating their achievements.
Jerry Riibe, Superintendent of Muscatine Community School District, remarked on how the good role models the girls had met through high school athletics would help them in the future. He stated, “The . . . thing that your coaches have given you is an important part of athletics— they’ve given you the opportunity to practice your character. It may be the most important thing, because unlike athletic performance, you’ll have opportunities to practice your character and develop your character the rest of your life.”
As Mike Morgan, Muscatine High School Athletic Director, opened the floor to the coaches, he also thanked the Y for making sure all of MHS’s senior female athletes receive the honors due to them. He shared, “This really is one of my favorite times and events from the standpoint that it recognizes strong young women. I don’t think that happens often enough in our world today.”
From there, each coach shared their favorite memories of their senior teams. From Susan Orvis’s sharing the joy she felt when her seniors took responsibility for welcoming the basketball program’s freshmen to Tim Armstrong’s pride in his seniors for practically coaching the team while he took a leave of absence, everyone learned more about this year’s senior female athletes and their positive contributions to the Muscatine Community.
After celebrating Muscatine’s female athletes’ accomplishments over the last four years, keynote speaker Megan Menzel, the Head Coach for the University of Iowa’s women’s golf program, gave her address. She opened by commending Muscatine for the warmth of their sports community. She continued on to encourage the young women to continue building their attitude, effort, and preparation so they could thrive in all areas of their lives.
To close the banquet, Ragan Carey, the 2018 Outstanding Senior Female Athlete of the Year, had the privilege of passing her title on to this year’s winner, Haley Jarrett. Jarrett felt elated to receive the award and thanked everyone who helped her earn it. She shared, “This is such an honor. I’d like to thank all my teammates. . . [and] my coaches [from when I] was growing up. You guys have taught me so much about character, not just about the ability to play the game. I know that going into college and life, the lessons that you taught me will stick with me. I would [also] like to thank my parents for supporting me.” Jarrett’s impromptu speech embodied all the characteristics of strong female athletes celebrated throughout the night and gave the perfect sense of closure to the night’s events.

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