Three Worthington school students and two community residents were honored with Leadership Worthington's Leadership for a Lifetime awards at the organization's annual meeting.

Three Worthington school students and two community residents were honored with Leadership Worthington's Leadership for a Lifetime awards at the organization's annual meeting.

"These individuals are simply remarkable in the time and effort they passionately give to this community," said Keenan Blanke, president of Leadership Worthington. "But most of all, they are an inspiration to all of us by how much they accomplish and how much they care."

Lauryn Hickman is the Elementary School Award recipient. A sixth-grader at Worthington Estates, she was recognized for her ability in seeking to understand others. She is a visitor guide at her school, participates in the Seven Habits of Highly Effective Students program, helps primary grade students, assists the school's book fair activities and is an active participant in the choir and school musicals.

Samantha Crozier is the Middle School Award recipient. An eight-grader at McCord, she is founder, president and activities director of Chasing Hope, a student-led nonprofit volunteer organization that raises money to donate to the YMCA Family Center in Columbus. She organizes and recruits volunteers to visit the shelter twice a month, and negotiates with local activity-center venues for the group's monthly social events. Chasing Hope donated $2,400 to the YMCA Family Shelter raised from the events.

Crozier is a member of the volleyball, basketball and softball teams.

Frances Lin is the High School Award recipient. A student at Thomas Worthington, she is proficient in Mandarin, English, French and Latin, and dreams of being a high level interpreter. Since 2005, she has volunteered more than 570 hours at the library, from organizing shelves and assisting with programs, to reading books and preparing recommended book lists. At Riverside Hospital, she volunteered more than 250 hours, delivering messages, assisting with discharges and playing the piano in the lobby.

Lin ranks first in her class of over 400 students, taking numerous honors and advanced placement classes.

Richard Macer is the Volunteer Winner. A longtime Worthington Lions Club member and retired educator, he promotes citizenship in the school, church and community and works tirelessly with the Martin Luther King Breakfast, St. John's A.M.E. Church, and Partners for Citizenship and Character. At church, he mentors youth groups toward higher education, and through the International Lions Club received the Melvin Jones Fellow award, the highest honor presented by the organization. Macer also serves on the Worthington Community Relations Commission.

Natalie Moore is the Volunteer and Team Leader Winner. Moore is connected with BNI of Central Ohio, President's Club of First Place Bank, Community Impact Council for Kids in the Kitchen with the Junior League of Columbus and the Worthington Youth Boosters.

Joseph Finocchi, owner of the former Worthington photographic landmark, Finocchi Photography, also was paid tribute by receiving the Distinguished Community Leadership Award. He was honored for 20 years of volunteering his professional services for individual student photographs of students in the adult programs and for supporting the organization's vision for the future of Worthington.