On Thursday, eight Estherville Lincoln Central juniors and two sophomores were recognized for outstanding volunteerism and service by the Estherville Rotary Club.
Juniors recognized for volunteerism were Britany Busch, Martin Christensen, Olivia Evans, Paige Guge, Taylor Lappegard, Maggie McCauley, Gretchen Probst and Casey Sievert. Present were Busch, Christensen, Evans, Lappegard, McCauley and Probst. Guge and Sievert were not present for a good reason - they were proudly representing ELC at the state track meet.
Receiving special recognition with the Service Above Self Award was Gretchen Probst with more than 400 volunteer hours.
Also recognized by ELC principal Frank Christenson were sophomores Anthony Segura and Heather Natterstad who will be attending the Rotary Youth Leadership Camp at Wartburg College.
These awards were very well deserved. As tomorrow's leaders, these students had the chance to see how an adult volunteer organization such as Rotary operates. As Rep. John Wittneben, a Rotary past president said, the students reflected the same spirit of volunteerism of Rotary.
We can thank Estherville Lincoln Central for helping instill this volunteer student in students. Volunteerism is a value. It's something we do because we know it's the right thing to do, because it makes us feel good to do it. It's not merely something to put on a resume or to advance a career. It's something we do because it's in our blood.
So thank you ELC. And thank you Rotary. By recognizing these students, you're molding tomorrow's leaders.