Rising Star: Tiarra Little
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Little recently received a very special accolade.
The 2012 high school graduate was given an Inspirational Leadership Award at the
State High School Athletic Association’s
Elite 15k. It is
the first -- and perhaps only -- time the organization has given out this award.
Little was recognized for her impressive application, global experiences and leadership,
and the athletic
legacy she leaves behind at Red Cloud School.
traveled to Israel, Cambodia and Nicaragua
with several leadership programs and said that common athletic interests helped bridge
and linguistic gaps. These experiences taught her new lessons that she brought
back to share with others.
Jo Auch from the
SDHSAA explained why the organization
granted Tiarra the Inspirational Leadership Award
“Tiarra has always been sure to lead by example in
everything she does,
Auch said. "She has channeled that leadership
into helping others around her to reach success. She has always had big
dreams and they are beginning to unfold. Tiarra wants to show the youth on
the Pine Ridge Indian Reservation that living out your dreams isn’t just in
the movies, but can happen to anyone.
“It was for those fine leadership attributes that this special award was
presented to Tiarra, as we felt she was such an inspiration to all, and we
wanted to recognize her for her inspiration and the leadership skills that
she is passing on to so many by being a great role model and being of
service to so many around the world.”
The Elite 15 Banquet
honors and recognizes young women athletes as well as adults
who work tirelessly to promote, support, and encourage them. Implemented
in 1997, the Elite 15 helps raises awareness of female athletics and promotes gender equity.
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