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Middle school students recognized in Siouxland

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SIOUX CITY, Iowa (KTIV) -

Each day students pack up their books and head out the door to school. For some, that simple task can be challenging.

But, how they overcome it, can make all the difference.

Thirty-one students were honored at the "Quota International Honors Luncheon."

For the first time in 62 years, boys were also honored.

That's because the group started originally as a service group for women.

The students were given praise for overcoming obstacles both in and out of the classroom.

"By fifth grade, I dislocated my hip, so I was out for a long time at school, cause I had to go a lot of times to get pins in my hips," Sacred Heart 8th Grader Adrian Aleman said.

"I try to just put a smile on my face and let people have a good day, make their day better," Hinton Community School 8th Grader El'Lee Kroll said.

Quota International's Regional Director Shay Gebauer said honoring students in their final year of middle school will hopefully make a lasting impression.

"We recognize students in the eighth grade because they're going to be going in to high school and there's a lot more choices in high school. We'd like them to think about what they got recognized for in 8th grade and then make the same choices in high school," Gebauer said.

The winners were nominated by their middle school guidance counselors or teachers.

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