Van Wert Elks Lodge #1197, Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks held their Youth Recognition Breakfast on Tuesday, May 7, in conjunction with the Elks National Youth Week. Approximately 75 people, including Students, parents as well as teachers, guidance counselors and principals were in attendance.
During the Breakfast, the local scholarship winners who were forwarded to the state for judging were recognized. Also recognized were the local winners in the Grand Lodge Americanism Essay Contest by Jill Evans, Lodge Americanism Chairperson.
The Student/Volunteer of the Month winners were each recognized and the lodge named the Student/Volunteer of the Year Winner. Selected as Student/Volunteer of The Year was Hannah Kraner, a senior at Van Wert High School. The Student of the Year winner received a certificate as well as a $200.00. The winner is eligible to apply for a $1000.00 scholarship through the Ohio Elks Association vying for the Student Volunteer of the Year award.