OTTUMWA— Even in the face of a global pandemic at the end of their senior year, a group of 21 Ottumwa High School seniors donated over 5,000 hours of community service to a variety of organizations.
Started in 2010, the Silver Cord program provides an opportunity to recognize students for service hours they have completed during high school. Students must earn at least 200 hours to wear a silver cord at graduation.
Macy Duff earned 393 volunteer hours during her four years. Her volunteer activities included Clover Kids, mission trips, teaching Bible School, and working at Blessings Soup Kitchen. “I enjoyed giving back to the community,” said Duff. “I love helping young kids.” With a career goal of elementary education, she feels the experiences she gained helped with that decision. “Silver Cord is a great program to be involved in,” she said. Her advice to OHS students, “Go above and beyond” the 200 hour minimum.
Tyler Brown gave back 346.25 hours to his community through volunteering at the World Series baseball tournament, LEGO League, Camp Invention, and elementary track meets. “I participated in LEGO League because I like working with the students,” he said. “They are super energetic and fun to work with. It also gives me something to do.” He plans to pursue a career as a physical therapist and feels his volunteer experiences helped him make that decision. “I like interacting with people and trying to help them improve their life.”
Recipients and hours served include: Alli Bookin-Nosbisch, 223; Grace Bookin-Nosbisch, 202.25; Madison Brandt, 223.75; Ashton Brown, 207; Tyler Brown, 346.25; Tyler Clubb, 226.5; Macy Duff, 393; Melanie Fischer, 240.75; Ashley Fish, 212; Lilly Frazier, 245.5; Jillian Heaton, 236; and Karena Johnson, 271.5. Also Madelyn Jones, 200; Hasya Joshi, 230.5; Madison Lunsford, 216.5; Amber Poole, 210; Laney Shearer, 203; Lily Streeby, 225.5; Cera Stroh, 202.5; Katherine Stroh, 202.5; Anna Wetrich, 321.5; and Taylor Young, 231.