Rosary High School senior Camryn Streid, daughter of Robbyn and Gene Streid of Elburn, was presented with the Brattin Civic Youth Award at the annual Pearl Harbor Day Luncheon on Dec. 4 in Aurora, the school announced in a news release.
This award is given to students who demonstrate the qualities of citizenship, leadership and service through their activities in the school, church or community, the release stated.
Sponsored by the Navy League and the Rotary Club of Aurora, the award is named for the late Ted Brattin, a World War II pilot and Aurora Rotary Club charter president who was dedicated to recognizing citizenship, service and leadership among youth, the release stated.
Camryn Streid and her sister, Lauryn, of Rosary class of 2016, founded the Real Swimmers Wear Pink program to help those whose lives are affected by breast cancer, the release stated.
Real Swimmers Wear Pink is an annual breaststroke clinic, raffle and bake sale hosted by the Rosary Beads swim team, the release stated.
The sisters lost their grandmother and great aunt to breast cancer and have made a commitment to help find a cure, the release stated.
“Camryn thinks on her feet, is articulate and can organize and invigorate a large group of people of all levels to work together to achieve a common goal,” Rosary guidance counselor Lisa Sustersic stated in the release.
Sustersic nominated Camryn Streid for the award, the release stated.
“Since its inception in 2010, Real Swimmers Wear Pink has raised more than $70,000, which has been distributed to a variety of organizations that aid in the fight against breast cancer,” Sustersic stated in the release.
“During her career at Rosary, Miss Streid has shown herself to be a highly mature, talented, confident, self-motivated and intellectually curious young woman,” Sustersic stated in the release.
Academically, Camryn Streid holds a consistent place on the honor roll and been inducted into the National Honor Society, the release stated.
Camryn Streid has also excelled in co-curricular activities, as she is currently a leader and individual state champion on Rosary's Illinois state championship varsity swim team, is a founding member of the new Local Heroes Club – which works to honor and aid service members and first responders – and has been a member of the Academy Bullets swim team for the past 10 years, the release stated.
In the past, Camryn Streid has also volunteered for Feed My Starving Children and the Elburn Lions Club, the release stated.
In November, Camryn Streid signed a national letter of intent to continue her academic and athletic career at the University of Cincinnati in Ohio where she will swim for the Bearcats, the release stated.
“Miss Streid is an asset to the Rosary High School community,” Sustersic stated in the release. “She has continually challenged herself and has excelled in whatever she has done. Her outgoing personality and natural leadership abilities have rightfully won her the respect and admiration of both staff and students.”
Rosary High School is a Catholic, college-preparatory high school for girls, sponsored by the Dominican Sisters of Springfield, the release stated.