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Kiwanis OWL awards

On April 15, Kiwanis honored seven students from Glenwood Springs High School with the OWL Award. Instituted by Dr. Bob Viehe and other Kiwanians in 1962, the OWL awards recognize students who excel in scholarship, community service, extra-curricular activities and service leadership. OWL is an acronym for Opportunity plus Wisdom equals Leadership, so the pin shows an owl, a lamp of knowledge, a pen and an open book. Ceremonies for honoring students have varied over the years, but this year marked a significant change. Kiwanis asked Wade Lewis, GSHS counselor, to solicit recommendations from teachers and his staff identifying 20 members of the junior class. The criteria were simple: a solid record of service to the community with demonstrated service leadership and a grade point average of at least 3.5. The Kiwanis OWL Award Committee interviewed the recommended students to select seven recipients, a very difficult task because of the exceptional qualities of all 20 students. Those seven students and their families were invited to a dinner at the regular Tuesday night Kiwanis meeting, at which each of the seven students was recognized for his or her achievements and was presented with a certificate.

In addition, Hannah Nilsson, president of the GSHS Key Club, was selected as the Marble OWL Award recipient. In addition to receiving the Marble OWL award, Hannah will designate a charity to which Kiwanis will donate $200. Her certificate reads: “Kiwanis presents the 2014 OWL Marble OWL Award to the one Junior at Glenwood Springs High School who best represents the Kiwanis ideal of service leadership. HANNAH, from the twenty students nominated by the high school counselors and teachers, and from the six other OWL Award recipients, you have distinguished yourself by your outstanding, all-around charisma, enthusiasm, and excellence. Congratulations.”




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