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Five residents honored for 'Leadership for a Lifetime'


Two adults and three youths were named winners of Leadership for a Lifetime Awards at the close of Service Day on May 4.

Jennifer Wene, Penny Jones, Casey Keegan, Graham Heaton and Gordon Liu are the 2013 winners of the awards, which have been given annually for the past 19 years by Leadership Worthington.

Winners are nominated by community members and selected by a panel of LW alumni.

Wene is Worthington City Schools' director of academic achievement and professional development, a position she has held since 2004.

Previously, she was principal of Slate Hill Elementary School for 13 years and began with the Worthington schools as director of special education in August 1984.

She also has been active in Partners for Citizenship and Character and the Healthy Worthington Food Pantry and Resource Center.

Jones is an active volunteer with the schools.

Her resume includes helping create the Evening Street School Wellness Walk-a-thon; serving as an Evening Street PTA board member; working with Drug Safe Worthington; participating in the Worthington Educators Forum; volunteering with Project MORE; and serving in the Kilbourne Middle School PTA as treasurer.

Casey ranks at the top of her Thomas Worthington senior class with a 4.129 grade-point-average.

She is director of the Thomas Worthington television production program and was one of the creators of a well-received video about how to prevent suicide.

Graham is a student at McCord Middle School, where he is active in student council, Bible study, Math Counts, Robotics Club, OLAAT (the anti-bullying campaign), Project MORE; theater sound and lighting, cross country, track and lacrosse.

A sixth-grader at Granby Elementary School, Gordon is president of student council. He also volunteers with Project MORE, devoting three mornings a week to tutoring a first-grader in reading.