The Hilliard Optimists announced the honorees of the 2013 Optimist Awards.
Students are selected by the teachers and staff of each of the middle schools and high schools. Recipients are:
* Jack Rogers and Madeline Conklin of Memorial Middle School.
* Lauren Iosue and Justin Fugitt of Heritage Middle School.
* Kyle Porter and Samantha Schonhardt of Weaver Middle School.
* Karlee Heheman, Saad Asim, Amanda Fodor and Chris Kramb of Bradley High School.
* Nicholas Powers, David Dennis, Jake Stacey and Emily Krumpe of Darby High School.
* Lindsay Schad, Raphael Melke, Rida Mansoor and Jarrett Kenny of Davidson High School.
In addition, Hannah Hunt and John Hall were the winners of the 2013 Oratorical Contest. They received $250 cash prizes from Hilliard Optimists. Second place winners Casey Bauchmoyer and Nicole Hampton received $150, and third place winners Rachel Jakes and Yash Somani received $100.
The 2013 Essay Contest winner was Jennifer Morris. She was awarded $250 at the youth appreciation banquet, held Sunday, May 5, at Memorial Middle School.
Second place and $150 were awarded to Emily Burkhart, and Isaac Green earned third place and $100 from Hilliard Optimists.