Elks host Youth Achievement Awards banquet
Area students receive awards and scholarships in recognition of academic excellence
By Adam Hocking
MARSHFIELD — Marshfield High School’s auditorium was packed Wednesday, May 6, for the annual Youth Achievement Awards hosted by Marshfield Elks Lodge 665. Throughout the course of the night, the Elks presented 120 awards and multiple scholarships totaling $25,000 to high school seniors. Students from 12 area schools were honored at the event.
Students receiving awards and scholarships were selected with the help of area schools and were specifically recognized because they may not have gotten other formal recognition for their scholastic achievements. Students who receive awards are those that have demonstrated integrity, character, and honor throughout high school.
Awards were given to students for excellence in multiple categories, including art/drama, computer production, instrumental music, vocal music, language, science, math/physics, social studies, business/technology education, and leadership.
Money for the scholarships came both from the local Elks lodge and the state-wide Elks organization. Scholarships range from $500 to $4,000, and students will have to finish a semester of college and submit their grades before earning the money.
Christine Giacomino, the master of ceremonies for the evening and the Esteemed Lecturing Knight of the Elks 665, said the event represents the values of the Elks organization.
“Part of our mission is, ‘Elks care. Elks share.’ This awards night is a way for us to give back and acknowledge our area seniors for their great achievements. It’s meaningful to me because my passion is to work with our area youth to see that they are safe and successful.”