Citizenship Awards

From left on Jonathan Alder Senior Night are Barb Niemeyer, Madison Wells and Denise Worthington

From left on London High School Senior Night are Denise Worthington and Melissa Granger

Three senior girls from Madison County area high schools recently received the Madison County Democratic Party Citizenship Award at their respective senior nights.Receiving the honors were Melissa Grange, London High School; Christina Hunter, Madison-Plains High School; and Madison Wells, Jonathan Alder High School.

The goal is to recognize students for their service and citizenship and to support an educated and informed citizenry. The award is given for any post high school education and can be used for college, technical school, Tolles adult education or to buy tools needed for an apprenticeship.Applicants were asked to write a 500-word essay or prepare a multimedia presentation not to exceed five minutes. This year’s submissions covered everything from volunteerism, activism, Eleanor Roosevelt, Christopher Hitchens to Wendy Davis.

“We were thrilled with the number of applications and the quality of work submitted by so many area seniors,” said Denise Worthington, who along with Barb Niemeyer presented the awards. “The three young women who were chosen are shining examples of the caliber of students in our area schools. The students, their parents and the school districts have a lot to be proud of.” Students who will graduate in 2015 are urged to contact their school counselors next year to obtain the guidelines for this annual award.

From left on Madison-Plains Senior Night are Barb Niemeyer, Christina Hunter and Denise Worthington


One of the grants Denise has written for local non profits. This one was for H.E.L.P. House, local food and clothing pantry

Ronald McDonald House Charities presented check for $5500 to H.E.L.P. (food pantry) to director, Dee Harman, and grant writer Denise Worthington. Jana Banhagle, director of area McDonald's was instrumental in supporting the grant.