Big Walnut juniors recognized at Friday’s Chamber Breakfast
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Last Friday morning The Delaware Area Career Center and Columbus State Community College hosted a Sunbury/Big Walnut Area Chamber of Commerce breakfast at Bent Tree Golf Club honoring four Big Walnut High School juniors and one DACC junior who have demonstrated outstanding achievement in the combined areas of scholarship, leadership and service.
Present for the occasion were Big Walnut Local School District Superintendent Steve Mazzi, DACC Superintendent Mary Beth Freeman, and Big Walnut High School guidance counselors Nancy McCracken-Bennett and Tammi Jordan.
Mazzi said in times filled with highs and lows, the annual chamber student recognition breakfast is one of the high spots of the school year.
“I love this time of year,” Mazzi said. “With the numerous activities our students are involved in, and with college requirements, they’re busier than ever before. To see the accomplishments of these students we’re recognizing today is truly an honor.”
Recognized were Carson Chatterton, Lindsey Adams, Sean Conley, Maggie Ferguson and Kevin McMains. As they were introduced, each student came to the dais and explained a little about his or her school activities and future plans.
Each year during the chamber’s student recognition breakfast, the school district recognizes one district employee for service to Big Walnut’s mission of inspiring and guiding students to achieve their maximum potential.
This year, the district recognized Dr. Lynn Kaszynski, who retired March 30 following 41 years of service in education, the last 11 years at Big Walnut.
“There is no way to count the number of lives she has impacted,” Mazzi said. “Lynn was true to the Big Walnut mission to inspire and guide every student, with her own spin on it — Joyful Learning. No one was more dedicated to the achievement of every single child in her building than Dr. K.”
Accepting the award for Dr. K, who was unable to attend, was her son Nick.
“Being a principal’s son made it tough growing up, there were no sick days from school,” said Nick Kaszynski. “But my mother taught me to appreciate everything in school, and that every child should be taken care of in his or her own unique and special manner. She wanted to bring a culture to school that was fun and enjoyable, but also a culture of making good friends and lasting relationships.”