To the editor:
The Giving Tree Award was presented at the recent Senior Recognition Night at Salem High School, as it has been since the inception of this award in 1997. There are two versions of the award. One is presented to a member of the adult community and one to a graduating senior. The qualifications for receiving this award are simple. The persons honored are recognized as having given of themselves to assist others in their community with no expectation of reward. They are simply, in a word, givers.
This year’s honorees are Salem High School senior Hannah Morin and local businessman Ken Rothwell. The evening was tinged with sadness because Ken Rothwell could not be present due to a serious health situation. A fellow Rotarian, attorney Scott Grover, accepted the award on his behalf.
Why were Hannah and Ken selected? Let the citations used at the ceremony speak for themselves:
“The class of 2013 has many individuals whose character and service would be rightfully recognized with this award.
This year’s recipient of the Giving Tree Award stands out among these individuals as one who gives all they have to the benefit the whole, whether that be their family, the class, the school, the community of Salem, or the global community.
This senior’s four years at Salem High School have been marked by continuously going above and beyond personal responsibilities to:
— ensure the success of class activities and events
— organize and run orientations
— organize and participate in activities involving many hours of volunteer service, including travel to serve the communities in New Orleans, which still very much need support to rebuild 8 years after Katrina.
— assist in successful drama productions
— strive to be, at all times and in all places, someone who friends, classmates and teachers can rely on for a helping hand, no matter what the task may be