Family: Savannah Charice Dare was born on March 8, 2001, in Des Moines Iowa. Savannah is the daughter of Sue and Curtis Dare. Savannah has three brothers, and one sister. Savannah moved to Estherville when she was in third grade from Perry, Iowa. Savannah remembers Perry as being very similar to Estherville, but the proximity to Des Moines was nice. Her family built a house there, and they enjoyed all the outdoor activities. Savannah has been chosen to represent the character trait of “trustworthiness” due to her willingness to always help others, she shows up when she is needed, and she takes her responsibility as a student and community member very seriously.
Likes / Interests: Savannah is passionate about travel, in particular the country of Scotland. Her passion for Scotland comes from her visits as a youth, and she states, “Something about Scotland makes me feel very passionate about my Irish background and history.” Savannah would enjoy living in Scotland to either work or attend college. Savannah is also very passionate about music and speech. At the HS Savannah participates in the fine arts while acting in the school play, with her membership in the speech performance group, and with her role in the school choir. She enjoys these activities because it gives her the opportunity to express herself in creative ways. In addition, “The fine arts teaches students to connect with themselves in a way that they understand.”
Along with school activities, Savannah is active in the community. Some of the many things she participates in include: Purple Chord, volunteer at the animal shelter, and volunteering at the zoo in Des Moines. Savannah likes to be active and engaged because, “I think it helps you to make connections with others and find out about yourself and the world around you. Being active helps you become aware of the many opportunities available.”
When not at school, Savannah enjoys watching movies and scrapbooking. Her favorite movie is Les Miserables because “It has great performances and I can connect with the characters.” Savannah also enjoys going to Camp Foster every summer, along with the various other travels her family takes.
Savannah was chosen by an ELC High School staff member to represent the character trait of “trustworthiness” due to her actions in the school and the community. Savannah believes, “Trustworthiness means people can always count on you to do what you say, but also that you can count on yourself to get things done.”
Savannah represents the character trait of “trustworthiness” every day through the way she treats all peers and adults she works with. Savannah believes “Character is about how you represent yourself, and how you connect with the world and all the people around you. I believe it is important to live in the moment because if you focus on the past, you do not get anywhere. I feel a sense of pride when I know I can make a change in the world.”
When Savannah was asked about her time at ELC and how it has shaped her she stated, “ELC has helped me get involved in a variety of things. The key is to do more than just come to school, you have to be involved. At ELC Savannah’s favorite teachers so far have been Mrs. Moorberg because “She helped me as a friend because I knew her outside school,” Mrs. Reeves because “I connect well with her and she helps me understand many things,” and Mr. Bradburn because “He is funny when he tries to get an attitude with us. He is friendly and a good mentor.”
In the future Savannah would like to get her AA at ILCC in business and then travel to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland where she will pursue a degree in Scottish history and architecture. Savannah wants to help save historic buildings throughout Scotland.
When asked about Savannah as a student and person of character, ELC History teacher Mr. Klein stated, “Savannah is so honest that one time she came to me and showed me on her work that I gave her more points than what she had earned. Savannah is passionate about learning and the history content; you can always count on her to do what she says she will do.”
The ELC School District, KILR, and the community of Estherville would like to thank Savannah Dare for being a person of character and leadership!