Finalists named for video, essay contest

Kimball Electronics has announced the finalists for its Making A Difference video contest and student essay contest, as part of its 2019. The public is invited to the Dubois County Making A Difference Awards benefit show at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 10 at the Astra Theater. Winners will be announced at the event.

Schools, students, businesses and other organizations in Dubois County were encouraged to dedicate time to a project that makes positive social impact in the community during September. Those who participated created short videos capturing the spirit of their project. The videos will be played on Astra’s movie screen during the awards show.

Video finalists

Grade school category: Jasper Fifth and Tenth Street Schools, Dubois County Humane Society project; Ireland Elementary School, Chores For Charity project; student Eli Hartings recycling project; Holy Trinity fifth-grade Haiti project.

Middle school category: Southridge Middle School’s fundraiser for families of two students who recently died of cancer project; Jasper Middle School’s Fitness Walk project; Northeast Dubois Girl Scouts’ (Grades 6-8) Celestine Park upkeep project; and Jasper Middle School student Tania Mouline Castillejos Freedom Reins project.

High school category: Southridge High School’s recycling project.

General category: The WINEing Witches of Dubois County’s Memorial Hospital Women’s Center project; Downtown Fitness & Running’s litter pickup project; Jasper Middle School student Isaac Dooley’s giving books to jail inmates project; Kimball Electronics Worldwide Headquarters’ Dogs Day Out Dubois County Humane Society project (ineligible for contest but video will be shown).

Essay finalists

Essay contest themes were: 1) How I Personally Made a Positive Difference in My Community. 2) A Person I Most Admire Who Helps Others In Need. 3) The Charity I Believe in the Most — and Why? 4) How Can We Help The Earth For Future Generations?

Grade school category: Joselin Miranda, Emma Nowotarski, Sutton Brosmer, Deseray Price, Chanay Concepcion, Kendall Cronin, Tyler Alvarado Ramos, Henry Hostetter and Jasper Fifth Street School’s second-grade group essay.

Middle school category: Brooke Williams, Ava Claire Werne, Ellie Leonard, Susanna Kelly, Jaida Kendall, Reagan Weisheit, Madelyn Knies, Cole Lampert, Emma Leonard, Bernadine Dure, Zoie Warner, Ayla Elkins, Danika Kiefer, Jordyn King, Addie Dart, Ava Uebelhor, Thomas Seger, Leo Wolf, Kai Kunz, Jordan Voegerl, Monica Lorey, Abby Hollinden, Joel Wuchner, Thomas Habig, Davis Wuchner, Nolan Villwock, Ty Hamlin, Mady Buchanan, Leo Eckman, Meredith Knies, Molly Kramer, Levi Clauss, Cohen Gunselman, Emerson Franzel, Maris Drew, Isabella Harmon, Crystal Flores, Izzy Schwenk, Addison Simmers, Caleb Schnarr, Melanie Martinez, Brooklyn Rasche, Emma Popp and Isaiah Knies.

High school category: Hallie Sargent, Avery Knies, Halle Rue, Kendalyn Hurm, Margaret Robinson, Lauren Wigand, Kayli Hoffman, Benjamin Henke, Marianna Green, Isaiah Moss, Ella Wolf, Tanner Erny and Harper Day.

The first-place essayists will read their stories.

The public is encouraged to show up at the show to support these young people who are making a difference in local communities. Admission is $10. Online tickets may be ordered by going to

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