The Van Wert County Courthouse

Thursday, May. 28, 2020

Search on for R.K. Thompson applicants

VW independent/submitted information

Van Wert Service Club has initiated its annual search for area youths who best exemplify self-reliance. The school presentations were completed by the club during the past few weeks at Van Wert, Lincolnview, and Crestview high schools and Vantage Career Center.

The R.K. Thompson Self-Reliance Award is designed to provide recognition and cash awards for high school seniors who “do the best with what they have.” First-place boy and girl winners will receive $1,000 each and the eight finalists will receive $500 each.

This is the 50 years for the award, which is sponsored by the Thompson Family Trust, through the van Wert County Foundation, in honor of the late R.K. Thompson Sr. The late Mr. Thompson worked closely with young people and encouraged them to set high, but attainable goals and then apply themselves to obtain those goals. This has been the guiding philosophy of the award.

Mr. Thompson’s son, the late Roger K. Thompson Jr., former head of Kennedy Manufacturing Company, established the program.

According to Breanne Sudduth and Anthony Adams, co-chair of the Van Wert Service Club committee that administers the award, applications are due back to high school guidance counselors or principals by Thursday, March 12.

All seniors from Van Wert, Crestview, and Lincolnview, and those from Vantage Career Center whose home schools are Van Wert, Crestview, and Lincolnview, are urged to complete an application for judging by the awards committee.

POSTED: 02/25/20 at 8:00 am. FILED UNDER: News