Thursday, March 4th, 2021

Students earn Youth Appreciation Awards

Posted: Thursday, May 11, 2017

The Huntington Optimist Club has presented its Youth Appreciation Awards for Huntington North High School to seniors Robert Bolinger, Andrew Freck and Brooke Trice. The awards are presented annually to HNHS and Huntington County middle school students who have demonstrated outstanding dedication and service to their school, the community and its citizens.

Bolinger is the son of Robert and Marie DeWeese of Warren. He has participated in the Viking New Tech program for four years and, as his senior capstone project, created a website that serves as a resource for those who need support with mental illness, suicide prevention, educational opportunities and other areas. The website uses faith-based resources. Bolinger is a four-year member of the Varsity Singers band, a Junior Rotarian and a member of the National Honor Society. He has been involved with the Bread of Life food pantry, Solid Rock United Methodist Church youth group and the annual CROP walk. Bolinger plans to study graphic arts at Ivy Tech Community College, this fall.

Freck is the son of Greg and Melissa Freck. He is ranked fourth in his class of 384 students and has been in the Top 25 of his class all four years. He is a member of National Honor Society, Academic Super Bowl team and Chess Club and has competed in the Geography Bee. He is a peer tutor for math and Spanish. As senior class president, Freck coordinated a community project for Love INC. As a sophomore, he raised funds for the national charity Feeding America. He is a member of Youth for Christ and volunteers as a leader and mentor at Riverview Middle School Youth for Christ meetings. Freck has served as a page for State Rep. Dan Leonard and is a 10-year member of the Wayne Township Future Farmers 4-H Club. He is a member of the Mt. Etna United Methodist Church, where he participates in youth group, and has volunteered as a tour guide and gift shop manager at the Dan Quayle Vice Presidential Learning Center. Freck plans to study political science at Wabash College, in Crawfordsville.

Trice is the daughter of Debra and Dennis Spitler of Warren. She is a member of the National Honor Society and a four-year Scholar Athlete. She is a four-year member of the varsity soccer team, serving as goalie, and a three-year member of the track and field team.

Shown in the photo from left to right, are Elaine Willour, HNHS Guidance Counselor; Brooke Trice; Robert Bolinger; Sadie Landrum, HNHS Guidance Counselor; Andrew Freck and Chris Campbell, HNHS Guidance Counselor.