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Unsung Hero Awards Presented to Local Students

Jun 9th, 2011 | By | Category: Features, Front Page

Elizabethtown Area High School's Unsung Heroes (l-r) Bob English, Erik Ginter, Taylor Shank, and Bethany Graybill (not pictured, Patrick Hinson).

Elizabethtown Area High School's Unsung Heroes (l-r) Bob English, Erik Ginter, Taylor Shank, and Bethany Graybill (not pictured, Patrick Hinson).

June 9, 2011—Elizabethtown Area High School students Erik Ginter, Bethany Graybill, Patrick Hinson, and Taylor Shank were recently recognized at a small awards ceremony as the Elizabethtown Optimist Club’s 2011 Unsung Heroes. The awards recognized the students for quietly making an impact at their school and in the community. Optimist Club member and chairperson of the Unsung Hero Awards program Bob English presented the students with engraved plaques at the ceremony.

Students were nominated for the awards by their teachers based on the following criteria: a student who supports school-related programs either as a member or a “support” person; and/or is a member of an Elizabethtown community program who has given time and energy supporting the Elizabethtown area; and/or is a well rounded individual.

Ginter, the son of Stevon Ginter, was recognized for his support of the district’s technology department where he served as an intern. Graybill, the daughter of Jim and Beverly Graybill, was recognized for the positive influence she makes on the learning environment at high school. Hinson, the son of Alan and Linda Hinson, was recognized for his work in running the sound system for the high school musical and talent show. Shank, the daughter of Melvin and Michele Shank, was recognized for her help with the high school’s talent show where she was the stage manager for three years.

The Elizabethtown Optimist Club is a local service organization that supports youth activities in the community. In addition to the Unsung Hero program, the club sponsors a local junior high wrestling tournament, academic scholarships for graduating seniors, holiday parties for families in need, and an essay contest at the middle school.

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