by Eric Stearley
Five county students were recently selected to receive INGUARD Self-Reliance Awards. The winners were honored during a ceremony and luncheon at the Honeywell Center on Tuesday, April 29. The luncheon was hosted by the Wabash Kiwanis Club, which administers the award and conducts the selection process.
The award was created to honor Wabash County seniors who have exhibited self-reliance to achieve personal and educational goals. The award is open to all Wabash County high school seniors, with the exception of children of Kiwanis members. The selection process starts with nominations by teachers and includes an interview with the finalists.
This year’s winners were: Kali Rae Stanton, Northfield High School; Christina LeeAnn Smith, Manchester High School; Logan Daniel Schul, Southwood High School; Catina Marie McCord, Wabash High School; and Ryan Parker Thornsbury, Northfield High School.
After attendees feasted on a massive piece of lasagna, Kiwanis representatives shared a bit about the lives the seniors and why they were selected for the award. Each was given a trophy and check by INGUARD representative Tatiana Perkins.
The award program is designed to honor graduating high school seniors who have overcome difficult life circumstances and through their self-reliance, accomplished worthy goals. It was clear from each student’s personal story that the Wabash Kiwanis Club did an excellent job selecting this year’s members.