(Over the next few days, Sacred Hoops will be featuring each of the South Dakota athletes that have been nominated for the Sacred Hoops Athlete of Character Award….The girls winner will be announced Monday, the boys winner on Tuesday. These awards will be presented the Friday of Lakota Nation, just before Grand Entry).
When asked for letters of recommendation for Miaken Adrian as an Athlete of Character, it didn’t take much twisting of the arm for her peers, teachers and community to say good things.
Maiken is very active in her community, church, and school. She volunteers for many local events, from concession stand rodeo events, to being the HS Tiger Mascot, all the while working closely with the youth in White River. She helps in hosting local Halloween events, cheerleading camps for the youth, basketball and volleyball camps for our youth, and will read with our elementary students throughout the school year. The young people of our community know Maiken by name and know she is a safe person they can look up to and trust. Maiken takes these roles very seriously and understands how important being a good role model is. Maiken is involved locally with our anti-Tobacco and anti-Alcohol coalitions. She also does not drink alcohol or smoke any kinds of tobacco. Maiken is a serious student that demonstrates what a student/athlete looks like and is.
Letter of recommendation for Miaken Adrian:
I have been Miaken’s teacher for the past 5 years. She has been a member of my band since the 6th grade. I have watched her develop and mature over the years. She has grown as a musicia
Miaken is a very organized and strong leader. I watched her take on the role of class president and lead her class. Miaken is also a member of my drama group.
Miaken is also the Tiger mascot for the White River cheer team. She is also a member of 7Teen. She has a great way of announcing football games that is very entertaining.
I have enjoyed watching Miaken grow and mature into the person she is now. Stacy Twite, 5-12 band and vocal instructor, White River, SD
I strive to make a positive impact on my community and my school in everything I do. I want to also put my best foot forward and help in any way I can. I don’t do all these events to get credited, I do all these events because it makes me happy to make other people happy. And in the end, putting a smile on the face of someone else is more rewarding then getting any recognition. I love what I do and I wouldn’t trade it for anything in the world. I love my school and my community. Thank you.