Meet Joie Vittetow!
Joie has been appointed to be the Winnebago County Fair Ambassador of 2020. She had competed in the Winnebago County Fair Pageant for the past two years, and won the 1st Runner-Up title in 2019. She also received the Director’s Choice Award both years she competed.
Joie has bilateral, moderate to severe hearing loss since birth. She was not diagnosed until she was about three years old, when her parents had discovered that she was not responding to her mother. She received her first pair of hearing aids when she was almost four years old. Joie went to Rolling Green Elementary School until third grade and then mainstreamed to Winnebago Elementary School. Even though she had a hearing loss, that has never affected her from wanting to reach her goals in life.
Joie graduated Winnebago High School in 2017. Throughout high school, Joie had won many awards as being an art student. She had won Best of Show Award at the Winnebago County Fair Art Show twice (2015 and 2017), Silver Key Scholastic Art Award twice (2016 and 2017), Best of Show Award at Winnebago Art Show in 2017, Best 2D Art at the Rockford Art Museum in 2017, Best of Show at the Rock Valley Art Show in 2017, and many more. Not only was Joie very involved in her art, she was very involved in volunteering and helping others. She was in the National Honors Society for three years, and had put many hours in as a volunteer in the community. Even when she graduated high school, she had continued to volunteer and helped the community, which she had also earned awards for. She earned the Honors Award of Computer Integrated Manufacturing Engineering in 2016, Senior of the Month, and Honors Art Award. She volunteered in the R20C: Robotics Off Season Competitions in 2017, flipping apartments at New Horizons Transitional Living Facility for Veterans in 2018, volunteered at the FTC Robotics Competition: City Shapers 2019, and restored the Winnebago Public Library garden sign in 2017. Joie had joined the Winnovation Robotics Team during her senior year of high school. She was a part of the mechanical, designing, and schedule group in the robotics team. Her team won the Chicago Midwest Regional in 2017 and was able to compete in the World Champions in 2017 with her team.
Joie has dreamt of being an engineer since eighth grade, and was inspired by her father working on fabricating jeeps. She had graduated from Rock Valley College with an Associate’s degree in engineering science in 2019. She was the coach of the Montessori FLL Robotics Team in 2020 and a member of WOTM (Women of Today’s Manufacturing) since 2019. Currently, Joie is a senior at Northern Illinois University through the Rock Valley College engineering program to complete her Bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering. Joie hopes to be working in the aerospace industry, where she could work on designing airplanes or space shuttle related equipment.