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Keep Your Eyes on the Prize

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From playing with city orchestras to winning golf tournaments, these can-do kids continue to follow their dreams. We recently caught up with five students profiled here to get an update on their lives. Take a look.



This energetic 13-year-old lives by the motto, “Be inspiring every day in every way!” Last fall, Iyonia won the Miss Tennessee Jr. High School America 2013 title. And now, she’s promoting a platform that has personal meaning. Once a victim of bullying, Iyonia lends her voice to a national program, “The Crown C.A.R.E.S.: Creating a Respectful Environment in School.”       

Iyonia volunteers with March of Dimes and mentoring program Little Divas in Training. She recently organized a fund-raising pageant to provide girls with free prom dresses. Her hours of work inspired Volunteer Midsouth to present her with the 2013 Youth Volunteer of the Year, Spirit of Giving Award. Gov. Bill Haslam also recognized her dedication by proclaiming Iyonia S. Boyce Day in Tennessee (June 25). Finally, her cheer team at Collierville Middle School won the UCA National Cheerleader Championship, High School Division.


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