KETTERING — Three Vandalia-Butler students were honored by the Dayton-area Optimist Clubs at the 41st Annual Youth Appreciation Dinner hosted by the Kettering Noon Optimist Club. The banquet was held on Nov. 8 at the Presidential Banquet Center in Kettering.
Seven Optimist Clubs, including the Vandalia-Butler Optimist Club, presented a total of 18 youth whom they wished to honor for the way they living, learning, and are growing to become leaders and community volunteers for the future.
Ashley and Mackenzie Britton, members of the Butler Octagon Club, were honored from Butler High School and Taylor Zwiebel was honored from Morton Middle School.
“The two high school students that we nominate for this banquet are Ashley Britton and Mackenzie Britton,” wrote Octagon Club co-advisor Michelle Kovacs. “They are twin sisters at Butler High School who are juniors this year. They are both outstanding students, are always on the honor roll, and truly lead by example. They are members of National Honor Society. Both of these young ladies have been extremely involved in Butler’s Octagon Club for the past three years. They attend all of the meetings and are always one of the first students to sign up for our volunteer activities. They have been very involved with Vandalia-Butler’s food pantry sorting food, packing food, and assisting customers at pick-up. They help with summer community events through Octagon. They consistently step-up to help with local activities without expecting anything in return. They are humble, modest, reliable, responsible, respectful, and dependable. Their character qualities are above and beyond reproach!”
Each of the 16 students were interviewed by Jim Bucher.
At the conclusion of the banquet, a random drawing was held for a $1,000 scholarship and Ashley was the lucky recipient.
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