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Charles City’s Voves among four honored at Wartburg

Charles City’s Voves among four honored at Wartburg
Wartburg College honored its 2019 Young Alumni Award winners (from left) David Voves, DeEtta Lee, Nathan Peterson and Brooke Trent during a dinner Friday, April 12.  (Photo submitted)
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Charles City teacher David Voves was among four Wartburg College young alumni who were recognized at a banquet last Friday for service to their communities.

Voves received the Young Alumni Award, which honors graduates from the past 15 years who are “living the four pillars of the Wartburg College mission statement: leadership, service, faith and learning.”

Voves graduated from Wartburg in 2007 with a degree in math education and began a career as a high school math instructor at Charles City. He completed his master’s in education leadership at the University of Northern Iowa in 2011, then completed his instructional coach certification at UNI and the Central Rivers Area Education Agency.

Now, as the instructional coach for the district, his job is to help teachers become better educators.

Voves also has created courses to help teachers earn renewal credits in emerging subjects like growth mindset and trauma-informed practice. Voves is an active faculty sponsor for National Honor Society, coordinates the annual Freshman Retreat and is on the board of the Community Excellence in Education Foundation.

Others who received the Young Alumni Award last Thursday were Brooke Trent, a Waterloo/Cedar Falls attorney who graduated from Wartburg in 2004 with a degree in business administration; Nathan Peterson, a clinical pharmacist from Wilton who oversees antimicrobial use at multiple UnityPoint Health campuses in the Quad Cities area, who graduated from Wartburg in 2009 with a bachelor’s degree in chemistry; and DeEtta Lee, of Ottawa, Kan., who graduated from Wartburg in 2009 with a degree in communication arts and currently serves as the communications director for Kansas City’s American Heart Association.