Worthington News

Leadership for a Lifetime award recipients announced


From a sixth-grader to an established business leader, Leadership for a Lifetime award winners covered all generations this year.

The awards are given annually by Leadership Worthington. The 2014 awards were announced on Service Day, May 3, and were presented during a ceremony May 8.

Winners are nominated by community members who have been impressed by the nominee's service and integrity. An 11-member committee makes the final choices.

Lori Povisil and Bill Owens won the 2014 adult awards.

The youth awards went to Jasmin Singh, Jane Farrell and Christina Charley.

Povisil is in her second year as the Worthington City Schools' safe and drug-free schools coordinator. Previously, she was a teacher who founded the anti-bullying organization called One Leg at a Time.

According to written information from LW, Povisil "has an innate ability to rally students, adults and district schools to take ownership and be proud of their choice to be anti-bullying and drug- and alcohol-free."

Owens is a Worthington native and owner of Owens Construction. He is president of Partners for Community and Character and sits on the Worthington Area Chamber of Commerce board of trustees.

Owens is "known for his high business, professional and personal standards of work and leadership," according to LW.

A senior at Thomas Worthington High School, Singh is student council president and plays lacrosse and soccer. She also is active in a program called iCanBike, which teaches children and adults with disabilities how to ride a bike.

"She empowers others, is quick to lend a hand and to engage and encourage," according to LW.

Farrell is a student at Worthingway Middle School, where she is active in Cardinal Pride Day, Project MORE, soccer, volleyball, tennis, student council, choir and musicals.

"She makes everyone feel welcome with a smile and a great sense of humor," according to the LW program literature.

Charley is a sixth-grader at Slate Hill Elementary School, where she is active in Penny Harvest and recycling. Outside of school, she is involved at church, in scouting and at the Worthington Food Pantry.

According to LW, Charley "goes through life with a sense of dignity, responsibility, respect, honor and grace."