Thank you to our 2021 Senior Celebration sponsors: Wetzel Auto, First Bank Richmond, Richmond Power & Light, and Ahaus Tool & Engineering, Inc. and thank you to the 229 Chamber Members who donated to School is Cool!
On Thursday, May 6th, we hosted our 12th annual School is Cool Senior Celebration! We celebrated Wayne County high school seniors who achieved (near) perfect attendance for the 2020-2021 school year and gave away prizes to each one! Because of the circumstances the schools and students have faced this year, the usual perfect attendance threshold was lowered to 96% attendance to account for the hybrid schedules. Because of this, we had a record 223 students in attendance. Due to the number of students, the Chamber made the decision to host the event over Zoom once again in order to follow proper COVID guidelines so that we could celebrate safely!
With the help of our sponsors and partners, we gave away over $500,000 in prizes! Ivy Tech Richmond and Indiana University East offered a $1,000 scholarship to each student for a total of $446,000. And, of course, Wetzel Auto sponsored the car giveaway, valued at $19,000. This year, Gavin York from Northeastern took home the grand prize. Congratulations!
As mentioned, every student walked away with a prize! These ranged from gift cards to local businesses to tech items like TVs and iPads! Thank you to our sponsors for helping to congratulate our 2021 seniors!