The nominations for the American Red Cross Heroes Youth Award in Clinton and Highland counties have been announced. There are two nominees from Clinton County, Ashley Murphy and Lyndsey Kelly.
The Heroes Youth Award is one of several awards which will be announced at the annual Clinton and Highland County American Red Cross Heroes Breakfast on Wednesday, March 28, at the Roberts Centre, 123 Gano Road, north of Wilmington. Doors open at 7 a.m. Heroes Awards in eight categories will be presented.
Ashley Murphy was nominated by Phil Swindler of Swindler’s and Sons Florist and Interact Club liaison. Murphy is being nominated for her service in the community and with the local American Red Cross Office, as well as her academic and extracurricular achievements.
“I think it is rare to find a student that will invest at least six to eight weeks of their time in regimented leadership and responsible citizenship programs, however that is exactly what Ashley has done the last few summers while attending Culver Academy,” Swindler said. “Ashley is hardworking, committed and focused. I have heard her speak to our Interact Club about Red Cross opportunities and her passionate appeals to action have lead many students to take part in Red Cross activities. I think Ashley would consider herself a very ordinary high school student, but what separates her from her peers is a willingness to sacrifice her time for the benefit of someone else. She has done this quietly for years, but this award should go to someone who does it humbly and not for a resume builder. Ashley is caring and considerate when working with people, but tough and competitive as an athlete. I wish I could quantify her impact on the Wilmington High School community, but her commitment to the Red Cross mission will leave a trail of committed students long after she has left.”
Murphy attends the Clinton and Highland County American Red Cross Leadership Council meetings as a Wilmington High School representative. She tries to spread and expand the Red Cross mission and values throughout her peers at school and in her extracurricular activities. She has been involved with Red Cross since 2011 and tries to include her time and assistance in events going on throughout each year.
Murphy is also a member of the Interact Club at Wilmington High School which is a volunteer service club. She enjoys taking ideas from her attendance at Red Cross meetings and incorporating them into events and other activities going on within her Interact Club. She has been a member of the Interact Club and Junior Council of World Affairs Club (JCOWA) at Wilmington High School since September 2011.
Murphy has enjoyed swimming since she was very young. She has been on the high school swim team for three years. Before entering high school, she swam on a USA Club team called the Dayton Raiders for five years. She received the Gold Goggles Award for High School Swim Team in 2009 and 2010.
Murphy has shown horses at open shows and at Appaloosa breed shows since she was seven. Some of the special awards that she has received are: Outstanding Youth of the Year for the Appalachian Appaloosa Horse Club in 2011 and Miss Buckeye Appaloosa for the Buckeye Appaloosa Horse Club in 2009 and 2010.
Murphy lives with her father Jeffrey, mother Paula, and younger sister Lindsey. She has a dog named Taffy and an Appaloosa horse named Stiltz. Her future plans include going to college. She plans to major in pharmacology, which will take six to eight years to achieve her degree.
Lyndsey Kelly was nominated by Deputy Connie Roberts of the Clinton County Sheriff’s Office.
Kelly is being nominated for the efforts she made to help support members of our military. In November 2010, she started a project to supply care packages to troops overseas. The packages included Girl Scout cookies, ramen noodles in a cup, candy, magazines, toiletries, snack foods, DVDs, and other items. She worked with her mother to make homemade chocolate chip cookies to sell at school during lunch time to her peers to raise money for the shipping costs of the troops “goodies” which filled up nine boxes total.
Her mother, Bonnie Kelly, states, “Lyndsey is an ordinary child who executed something that a lot of adults could not handle. This project was all her idea. She wanted to send a care package to someone. As we talked and researched, she decided to ask her teacher if her classmates could help her. She was instrumental in involving her entire elementary school and then finding a unit to send the care packages to. She did all the correspondence via email to the captain of the unit, with the help of her third grade teacher, Emily Pinkerton. Mrs. Pinkerton was very supportive of Lyndsey and her efforts.”
Kelly was “coined” by Master Sergeant Justin Deisch at Wright Patterson Air Force Base for her efforts in providing care packages for the Medavac crews of the Army overseas in April 2011. The coin has the three ranks of master sergeant, chief master sergeant, and senior master sergeant on one side, and the quotes “Integrity First,” “Excellence in all We Do,” and “Service before Self.” The tradition of “coining” started during World War II and is an honor.
Kelly has been trying to put together another round of care packages, but with the troops coming home she has not been able to complete this new project.
She has attended Mt. Olive Church of Christ for eight years and is active in youth group service projects. She is a member of a group of fourth and fifth graders at New Vienna and Sabina elementary schools called “Challenge.” They meet with a gifted class instructor, Barbara Glass, once a week at East Clinton Middle School. These students are involved in enrichment activities at the school.
Kelly attends New Vienna Elementary and lives just outside of town. Her parents are Bonnie and Dan Kelly. She has two older siblings — sister Olivia and brother Logan — and a cat named Midnight.
Kelly plans to attend Wright State University and major in the medical field. She wants to be a doctor or join the military and work in a hospital overseas.
“While I am in college I would like to be a waitress to earn a little bit of money and my dream car to get would have to be a Volkswagen Beetle Bug,” she said.
She plans to get married and have three children when she grows up.