The 2024 Miss Iceworm candidates show their personalities after individual interviews with the selection committee on Sunday, Jan. 21, 2023. From left to right: Taylor Tiedemam, Anika Jensen, Arianna Ryan, Jheryel Mae Itliong, Michelle Ladd, and Willow Tiedeman. Photo by Kinsey Brown for The Cordova Times

This year’s Miss Iceworm competition features six of Cordova High School’s students. Miss Iceworm is a scholarship program recognizing outstanding young women in Cordova. Each year up to eight candidates from grades nine through twelve are nominated by their teachers for the honor. Nominations are based on an individual’s commitment to community, support of peers, personal characteristics, and work ethic. Candidates then submit a resume and essay to the review committee, as well as sit for an in-person interview. The winner receives a $2,500 scholarship provided by local business owner Bootslyn Roemhildt. First and second runners up also receive small scholarships. The goal of the program is to encourage youth leadership, and connect high school students with academic and personal development opportunities.  

Meet this year’s candidates for the title of Miss Ice worm 2024! 

Taylor Tiedeman 

Grade: 9 

Favorite subject in school: home economics. 

Extracurriculars: basketball, volleyball, Native Youth Olympics.  

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What I love about Cordova is…It is a small town. 

In the future I hope to…Go to college. 

Anika Jensen 

Grade: 12 

Favorite subject in school: creative writing. 

Extracurriculars: basketball, volleyball, crosscountry, swim team, skiing, student council. 

What I love about Cordova is… How close the community is with one another. It’s such a safe and heartwarming place to grow up in. 

In the future I hope to…Graduate from Embry-Riddle with a major in aviation science to pursue a strong career in aviation. 

Jheryel Mae Itliong 

Grade: 11 

Favorite subject in school: Chemistry. 

Extracurriculars: volleyball, basketball, student council, intensive behavioral health camp, and other health classes. 

What I love about Cordova is… How the community goes above and beyond with supporting each other and how everyone is always willing to help continue the unique traditions of Cordova. 

In the future I hope to… Become a registered nurse in Australia and give back to my loved ones.  

Willow Tiedeman 

Grade: 9 

Favorite subject in school: health and Spanish. 

Extracurriculars: basketball, volleyball, Native Youth Olympics, Arctic Winter Games, and helping out with the Junior Native Youth Olympics. 

What I love about Cordova is… The people. The people in Cordova are very nice and helpful, just the other day Mrs. Adams helped me find my whole wardrobe for the photoshoot, thank you Mrs. Adams. I also love how there’s so many active things you can do in Cordova, such as four-wheeling, biking, fishing, hunting and more.  

In the future I hope to… Be doing something I love, such as spending time with my family or pursuing a career I love.  

Arianna Ryan 

Grade: 12 

Favorite subject in school: intro to law. 

Extracurriculars: wrestling. 

What I love about Cordova is… How the community is super friendly and there are so many opportunities that you can’t get anywhere else. 

In the future I hope to…. Study law and justice and go into law enforcement. 

Michelle Ladd 

Grade: 10 

Favorite subject in school: art. 

Extracurriculars: volleyball and cheerleading. 

What I love about Cordova is… It’s a tight community and how everyone knows each other. 

In the future I hope to…. Get a good job and travel around with family.  

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