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Retired Cherokee teacher cited for outstanding accomplishment

Tuesday, October 28, 2008

Jan Cook, Cherokee Washington High School instructor, left, introduced retired Cherokee teacher Ruth Hayes as she was inducted into the Hall Of Fame at the recent Iowa High School Speech Association's Convention. Photo contributed
IHSSA selects Ruth Hayes for Hall of Fame

DES MOINES - The Iowa High School Speech Association inducted its 45th and 46th members into their Hall of Fame on Oct. 17, 2008 at the Fort Des Moines Hotel in Des Moines.

This year's inductees were Ruth Hayes of Cherokee and Michael J. Peitz of Cincinnati, Ohio

The IHSSA Hall of Fame honor was begun in 1976. It is presented to "a distinguished individual of statewide reputation and outstanding accomplishments."

This is the highest honor the Iowa High School Speech Association may confer on an individual. The contribution and service performed by the inductee stem from dedication and commitment to the IHSSA "beyond normally expected" and superlative identification.

Ruth Hayes is a South Dakota native and graduated from Dell Rapids High School. She has a B.A. from Dakota State College (Madison, SD) in English, Theatre, and Secondary Education, and also earned an MA from Morningside College (Sioux City, IA) in Learning Disabilities. Hayes has also done additional graduate work in Theatre at the University of South Dakota.

"Jazz hands" - Ruth Hayes is pictured celebrating with "jazz hands," with some of her former Cherokee Washington High speech students. Pictured are : back row, left to right, Ryan Lenz, Sara Jacobmeyer and Jay Carlson. Front row, David Blum, Erin Cook Webster, Ruth Hayes, Shannon Hensley Johnson, and Jackie Schmillen. Photo contributed
Ruth Hayes' first teaching (and directing) job was at Howard High School i Howard, South Dakota. She then went on to teach at Sioux Falls O'Gorman High School, and from 1973 -- 2004 was an educator in the Cherokee, Iowa School District. In addition, she has taught college courses at Western Iowa Tech Community College and is currently an adjunct teacher with WITCC.

Hayes has been an active director of the Iowa High School Speech Association, serving as a NW district officer, contest manager, and All-State Committee member. Her students achieved top honors in Iowa High School Speech Association activities with multiple group and individual All-State honors, and she is frequently asked to present at District and State coaches' conventions. Ruth continues as an active IHSSA judge today.

Ruth is married to the honorable Henry T. Hayes.

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