Parker picked for top award; Beauchamp named 2017 Wabash Distinguished Citizen

Park Beauchamp, the 2017 Distinguished Citizen, glances back at his family during his acceptance speech on Thursday, Oct. 12. Photo by Emma Rausch

By Emma Rausch

Parker Beauchamp gave up on his hopes of receiving the Distinguished Citizen honor a decade ago. After all, his father, Michael Beauchamp, was bestowed the title when he was 31-years-old in 1984.

“This is not the way I saw this happening. I gave up on this thing 10 years ago,” the younger Beauchamp said, the audience erupting with laughter. “I always thought if I was up here, I owed it to my dad.”

Posted on 2017 Oct 17