The Clinton Herald, Clinton, Iowa


March 26, 2014

Meet the 2014 Woman of Achievement honorees


The mission statement reads: “We Clinton Franciscans, in the spirit of Saint Francis and Saint Clare, are called to contemplation and continuous conversion and are sent as instruments of God’s peace. We promote active nonviolence and peacemaking, seek justice for those marginalized and care for all creation.” From this mission grew the Center for Active Nonviolence and Peacemaking, which sponsors many events dealing with current issues, such as human trafficking, care of the earth and immigration reform, as well as providing training to groups on the path of nonviolence, and social justice issues.


Karli Atkinson will receive this year’s Young Woman of Achievement award. She is the daughter of Joel and Lisa Atkinson, sister of Krista and a senior at Prince of Peace Catholic School. Her nominator Karen Witt shared, “She is soft spoken with a shy smile, yet she is one of the strongest young leaders at our school.”

Her high school career has included involvement in Student Council each four years, three as Secretary, induction into National Honor Society as a sophomore, currently serving as Vice President, Yearbook committee, Quiz Bowl, and Band. She has been involved with Girls Talk for three years now as President. This activity helps middle school girls to build self-esteem, leadership skills, and learn the value of community service with mentoring by high school girls. She competes on the basketball, volleyball and soccer teams. An injury sidelined her for her senior volleyball season, but her continued dedication to attend practice and games led to her being named team captain.

Karli is a Eucharistic Minister and volunteers her time babysitting at church. Believing in service to others, she has helped to organize food drives, distributed smoke detectors, assisted with clean-up efforts and replaced thousands of bulbs in the Symphony of Lights displays. She was part of the Mind-Dance Marathon committee that organized high schools from three counties and rose funding for the University of Iowa Children’s Hospital. “This young woman has a zest for life, embraces life’s joys and challenges, is sensitive to others, and will work as hard on someone else’s success as her own.” She plans to attend St. Ambrose or Clarke University to pursue a career in Physical Therapy and play basketball.

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