BW senior Lindsey Adams receives Atlas Butler Award
By LENNY C. LEPOLA
News Assistant Managing Editor
Big Walnut High School senior Lindsey Adams has received an Atlas Butler Heating and Cooling Award for September for Strength in Service.
Every month Atlas Butler recognizes 10 students from area schools who are nominated for going above and beyond. At the end of the school year the 90 select students attend an awards ceremony at Capital University where 18 finalists receive $500 to $2,500 in scholarships.
Atlas Butler president and owner Mark Swepston came to the high school last week to personally present the award to Adams.
“We look for service in the community,” Swepston said. “And anybody can make a nomination — parents, students, teachers, guidance counselors. We received over 300 nominations for the award last year, the program’s first year, as many as 65 to 70 nominations in a month.”
Big Walnut High School German language teacher Frau Georgia Craig nominated Adams, noting that Adams has been instrumental in many leadership positions in the Big Walnut school community.
“Lindsey is an active member of Student Counsel, president of her senior class, president of the Leo Club and president of the German Club,” Frau Craig wrote. “Through these organizations, she has participated and led many activities which focus on serving our community: food drives for our local pantry, sponsoring families in need during the holidays, mentoring incoming freshman, working door to door for our school levy and raising money for Relay For Life — this is just to name a few.”
Frau Craig also said Adams independently raised over $2,000 for the ALS Foundation, and excels academically. She placed fourth in a statewide Science Olympiad, and participated in an exchange program this past summer in Germany.
“It’s hard to find a student who has excelled in so many different areas,” Frau Craig added.
For being selected as one of September’s 10 Atlas Butler honorees, Adams earned $250 for the high school.
“It’s very humbling,” Adams said. “It’s a great program that Atlas Butler has to recognize students who serve their communities, and it’s nice that the school also gets some money.”