Iowa Character Awards

We annually present the Iowa Character Awards.  Since 2005, we have recognized more than 100 Iowans for showing good character.

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Congratulations to the 2016 Iowa Character Award recipients


Business/Organization of Character: Train to Inspire, Altoona

Citizen of Character (Adult): Henny Ohr, Johnston

Citizen of Character (Youth): Ethan Eiler (W. Des Moines) and Joe Reck (Windsor Heights)

Aaron Eilerts Service Award: Hank Bohling (Greenfield)

Educator of Character: Frank Merz (Iowa Falls)

School of Character: Poyner Elementary (Evansdale)

Pursuing Victory with Honor: Kingdom Cares (Ankeny)

Character Champion: Brooke Rabon (Des Moines)

Partner of the Year: Hormel Foods

Robert D. Ray Pillar of Character Award:  Jim and Patty Cownie (Des Moines)


Honorable Mentions:

United Way of Central Iowa

Joppa Outreach (Des Moines)

Nevada FFA (Nevada)

Stephanie Davison (Cedar Falls)

Hannah Black (Washington)

Cale Rausch (Washington)

Kyle Sharp (Boone)

AJ Cassidy (Waterloo)

Tri-Center Volleyball Team


If you have questions, please don't hesitate to contact Hilary Ortmann at or 515-271-2915.



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