Chesterton-Porter Rotary hosted its is first Carmichael Young Leader Competition on Wednesday, April 28th. The club selected six participants from its pool of applicants to participate in the event. The participants were chosen based on their qualities of leadership and volunteerism. The winner of the event and a $1500 scholarship was Neil Hicks, a CHS senior planning to attend Indiana University in the Fall. Neil performed the first movement of Sonata by Paul Creston on the alto saxophone while accompanied by Dan Pritchett.
Other participants in the event were Matt Keeley, Ben Mullin, Nicole Vasconi, Meghan Larimer, and Brittney Biddle. Matt performed a slam poetry piece entitled Alter Egoes. Ben performed a piano medley of Jazz and Latin influence. Nicole did a vocal performance of Alleluia by Mozart while accompanied by Mark Johannson. Meghan shared some of her favorite artwork pieces with the audience. Brittney read a fictional creative writing piece that she wrote.
Chesterton-Porter Rotary began the competition to honor Bill Carmichael and to promote civic leadership with CHS senior students by showcasing their writing, public speaking, and creative skills. Bill Carmichael was a longtime leader in the Duneland community.
Many thanks go to the event’s sponsors:
- John and Janet Marshall
- Harris Welsh & Lukmann
- 1st Source Bank
- Jim Jeselnick and Driftwood Commons
- Harris Bank
- Hiestand Law Office
- South Shore Insurance
- Kevin Murray and Val’s Famous Pizza & Grinders
- Heather Klein
- Barb Mort
To learn more, please visit our page dedicated to the Carmichael Young Leader Competition.