This year we had two deserving candidates between whom we could not choose. So, each will receive a $4,000 award. Congratulations to Barbara Jones of Central High School and Roger Dafoe of Fairfield Ludlowe High School.
Barbara will be attending Sacred Heart University. She was diagnosed with leukemia at the age of four and as a result of the illness became paralyzed from the waist down; she uses a wheelchair. While her condition was dire, she has moved forward with great determination and wants to be accountable and judged for who she is, not for her disability or difficult living circumstances.
Roger Dafoe will be attending Miami of Ohio. His father died when Roger was a baby. He currently lives with his step-father as his relationship with his Mother is strained. His hard work, whether it is for a local Y or as a salesperson for a cutlery company, attests to his strength of spirit and determination to make his own way in the world.