Friday, January 22, 1999

Other Lighthouse Vision Award winners

Shannon Bowdren
        Age: 18.
        Lives in: Anderson Township.
        School: Ursuline Academy.
        Category: Service to Adults/Seniors.
        Volunteer efforts: In 1996, Shannon formed a piano group, “Heart and Soul Players,” to provide entertainment at nursing homes. Every performance opens and closes with the song, “Heart and Soul.” Shannon researched and learned songs familiar to the older generation.
        What she'll do with the prize money: Donate it to Dr. David C. Allison, at Medical College of Ohio in Toledo, who is researching the health and well-being of seniors.
        Says Shannon: “Music is the one medicine I can give to people right now. I sincerely hope that my efforts have sparked memories or provided temporary relief of the pain they feel in everyday life.”

Jessica Schultz
        Age: 17.
        Lives in: Alexandria.
        School: Campbell County High School.
        Category: Service to the Community.
        Volunteer efforts: Jessica brought the Yellow Ribbon Program, a teen suicide prevention campaign, to her school last September. She distributed Yellow Ribbon Cards and hung yellow ribbons.
        What she'll do with the prize money: She'll divide it between the Yellow Ribbon Program, Women's Crisis Center and Brighton Center.
        Says Jessica: “I had to stand up for something I wanted to do. I wanted to help others so that they knew how important they are . . . It made me realize how many teen-agers are faced with this decision and how many choose suicide. The Yellow Ribbon Program taught me that no matter how bad things seem there is always light at the end of the tunnel and lots of ways out beside suicide.”

Amanda Checco
        Age: 14.
        Lives in: Finneytown.
        School: School for Creative and Performing Arts.
        Category: Service to the Environment.
        Volunteer efforts: Amanda volunteered for the Cincinnati Parks in its “Enchanted Eden — The Living Rain Forest” summer event at Krohn Conservatory. Last summer, she volunteered more than 200 hours for the six-week event. She helped set up the educational exhibit and assisted in the children's edu cation area, helping with projects such as puzzles, crafts, puppet shows and videos.
        What she'll do with the prize money: Contribute it to Cincinnati Parks for events.
        Says Amanda: “It has made me so much more conscious of the environment. It's really important to reinforce that in children when they're young — and I'm glad I can help to do that.”

Teen Response
Youth Groups in Service.
        Volunteer efforts: Teen Response provides leadership training, community responsibility and athletic programs for city youths ages 10-18. The group established a cultural exchange program with the Northern Cheyenne Boys & Girls Club of America in Lame Deer, Mont. on the Northern Cheyenne Indian Reservation after learning that American Indian youths were five times more likely to die by homicide, suicide and accident. They spent 11/2 years raising $10,000 for the 1,400-mile trip. The goal of the trip was to gain a greater understanding and appreciation for American Indians.
        What they'll do with the prize money: Buy supplies for Teen Response.
        Says Executive Director John Keuffer III: “They discovered that even though faces, names and skin tone may change, we are all basically the same. We all want peace, love, laughter and prosperity.”
- Other Lighthouse Vision Award winners
Lighthouse Vision Award finalists

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