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Ascherl Earns Air Guard "Youth of the Year"

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  • By Master Sgt Dave Fenner
  • Air National Guard Readiness Center
The 2014 Air National Guard Youth of the Year representing the 185 Air Refueling Wing, Iowa Air National Guard, was recognized by ANG Manpower, Personnel and Services Director at the Air National Guard Readiness Center.

Caroline Ascherl, daughter of Lt. Col. Joe Ascherl and Donna Ascherl, was selected for this year's award because of her dedication to her family, school, community, and the 185th Air Refueling Wing.

"Caroline is an outstanding young woman who can and will accomplish anything she puts her mind too," said Flanagan, director of ANG Manpower, Personnel and Services. "A role model for all teenagers and an example of what we desire our youth of today to aspire to be"

The YOY program recognizes teens ages 14-18 for their outstanding service, academic achievement, moral character and family values by competing on a national level highlighting examples of the leadership they have provided at their school, in their community and within their family.

The competition is judged on school participation; Non-school sponsored activities; leadership accomplishments; home and family; honors and Awards; service to club and community and two written short essays.

"I hope that my actions can help myself and others grow into people of character," said Caroline, "Living in the mid-west I have been exposed to the values of hard work and genuine care for your neighbor. As I go through life I want to be a person others know they can always depend on, no matter what the situation."