Myah Shipley, Southeast Polk senior, was named this year’s Bill Burch Humanitarian Award winner at this morning’s Annual Bill Burch Breakfast Ceremony. This prestigious award goes to the student who best exemplifies character, sincerity, and compassion toward others as voted on by the high school teachers. 

Myah is compassionate, sincere, ambitious, hardworking, and respectful. She has been a leader in the classroom and extracurricular activities, displaying integrity and value, and changing the world by advocating for others. She has earned an outstanding academic record while also being involved in other activities.  As a member of Best Buddies and the Environmental Club, she’s already made a difference at our school and with SEP students. Myah plans to go to college at Mt. Mercy for pre-law and then on to Drake Law with the goal of practicing advocacy law. We know she’ll change the world! 

The program’s guest speaker was Nick Boyd, the 2000 Bill Burch Humanitarian Award recipient and SEP graduate. As a multi-sport high school student-athlete and a collegiate student-athlete, he shared with all of the students the importance of using your talent but also being part of a team.  He encouraged students to be the one that others want on their team. Nick and his wife and 4 daughters continue humanitarian work in our community even now. 

Over 100 Southeast Polk High School students were recognized at the award ceremony this morning for their academic achievements. Congratulations to all of the students honored this morning! Follow this link to see the list of these outstanding students: 2022 Honors Breakfast program

About the Bill Burch Award and Ceremony

Bill Burch was a school counselor at Southeast Polk High School from 1974 until 1992. The Bill Burch Scholarship and Recognition Breakfast was named after Mr. Burch in honor of his commitment to the students and adults of the Southeast Polk community. He was known as a man of compassion and integrity who took the time to relate to students and adults alike. The Bill Burch Humanitarian Award represents a long-standing Southeast Polk tradition that dates back to 1993 and is presented to the student who best exemplifies his character, sincerity, and compassion toward others. What makes this award such an honor is that the Southeast Polk High School faculty selects the senior recipient who best represents Bill Burch’s personal qualities.

2022 Bill Burch Humanitarian Winner: Myah Shipley




Congratulations to all!