A June graduate of Mid-Prairie
High School, Alyssa Foster of Riverside, Iowa, is the recipient of a $1,000 award from the P. Buckley Moss Endowed Scholarship.
Alyssa is a self-motivated
student who often goes above and
beyond what is asked in order to
fulfill the assigned task. She has been
very active in her local FFA chapter,
as well as in 4-H. She has served her
school’s student body as both vicepresident
and secretary and has participated
in track and cross country.
She has also been very active in her
Alyssa’s dyslexia causes the
most trouble when it comes to reading
and writing, especially when
transferring notes from the board to
paper. She is thankful for books on
tape. Another of her strategies is to
memorize words and their spelling
so they come automatically when she
writes something down. She stated,
“Although I will be dyslexic for the
rest of my life, I will not let that limit
me.” Her strong public-speaking
skills and her ability to manage her
own learning difference make her
a strong advocate for young people
with learning disabilities.
Having lived on a family farm
her entire life, Alyssa plans to attend
Iowa State University to major in
Agricultural Education. She has always
wanted to be a teacher and will
thus combine that with her love of
agriculture, having learned first hand
the importance that agriculture has
on everyday needs.
As a future teacher, Alyssa
acknowledges the importance of
including art in every classroom
subject. She believes that today’s students
are not given an opportunity
to express themselves beyond taking
written tests and giving oral presentations.
Art is a great alternative to
assess student learning and allows
pupils to be more creative with the
knowledge they have learned.
Alyssa said, “Art is a way for
me to express my emotions without
words.” Ultimately, she would like
to have an art studio where she can
create a space for students and other
people in the community to come
in and express themselves through
works of art.