Five area boys have been selected as Finalists for the 2020 R.K. Thompson Self Reliance Award, according to Breanne Sudduth and Anthony Adams, co-chairpersons of the Van Wert Service Club’s selection committee. The program provides cash awards to Van Wert County High School seniors who best exhibit the trait of self-reliance. These awards are designed to seek out and honor the student who does the best with what he has.
This year’s boys finalists include: Nicholas Carter, son of William and Traci Carter; Jakeb Hilleary, son of Geary Hilleary and Melissa Baer; Ryan Pratt, son of Jeff and LeeAnn Pratt; Wyatt Richardson, son of Stephen and Debra Richardson and Kaden Short, son of Jeff and Leigh Short.
Carter is a senior at Van Wert High School where he is a member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, FCA, Soccer and Captain of the Robotics and Tennis Teams. He is also involved in the CEO program with Alliance Automation. After graduation, he will be attending the University of Toledo pursuing a degree in Mechanical Engineering. Nicholas has worked at Sycamore and is also heavily involved with the First United Methodist Church.
Hilleary is a senior at Van Wert High School where he is a member of Beta Club, Student Council President while also competing on the Football and Basketball teams. He is also involved in the CEO program with National Door & Trim. Following graduation he plans on entering Bowling Green State University majoring in Business Administration. Jakeb has also worked at Treece Landscapng for the past two summers.
Pratt is a senior at Van Wert High School where he is a member of National Honor Society, Beta Club, Student Council, Select Choir and Varsity Football. He is also involved in the CEO program with Foster Family Chiropractic. Volunteer activities include the Salvation Army, Red Cross, Pregnancy Life Center and St Mary’s Catholic Church. After graduation, he plans on attending The University of Saint Francis on a Pre-Chiropractic track. Work history includes Custodian at Van Wert High School, Umpire for the Parks Department and office work at Foster Family Chiropractic.
Richardson is a senior at Vantage Career Center where he is a member of National Technical Honor Society, Business Professionals of America, a Student Ambassador while also running Cross County for his home school, Crestview. Wyatt volunteers his time taking pictures at all the local schools around Van Wert County. After high school, he will peruse photography as a career attending Western Kentucky University to major in photojournalism. Wyatt’s work history includes photography and writing for both the Delphos Herald and the Van Wert Independent as well as working at Lee Kinstle GM.
Short is a senior at Crestview High School where he is President of National Honor Society, Captain of the Football and Basketball teams and a member of FFA, Baseball, Student Counsel and the Chess Club. After graduation, he plans on attending The Ohio State University majoring in Psychology. Kaden is a member of North Union Methodist Church serving as an usher, greeter and youth aid. Work history includes mulching, mowing and general labor for various individuals.
Original article courtesy of Times Bulletin