I recently had the honor of serving as master of ceremonies at Evening of Applause, which saluted the students selected for the Chronicle Achievement Program.
This is personally noteworthy for me because it is the first time that I can remember ever holding a microphone. And although I was incredibly nervous about my debut as emcee and fulfilling the responsibilities that role entails, I was able to work through it.
After all, I wasn’t the center of attention, which is great because I am absolutely terrified of that prospect. The accomplishments of the students selected for the Chronicle Achievement Program were everyone’s main focus and that’s as it should be.
The numerous successes of the scholars recognized by the Chronicle Achievement Program are breathtaking in both the diversity of what they have done and what it means to not only themselves, but also to their local communities.
With all of the hard work that already has been demonstrated on the part of the students, I’m certain they will continue to do great things with their lives.
Seriously, the achievements of these young people are amazing. The amount of dedication, positivity and goodwill the students bring to the area and their school communities is astounding. These kids are going places.
The fact that I was able to present scholarships of $500, $1,000 and $1,500 to three students made the evening all the better.
To view great pictures taken at the event by Photo Editor Sandy Bressner, take a look inside the paper.
Zachary Van Vuren is weeklies editor for the Kane County Chronicle, Elburn Herald, Sugar Grove Herald, Kendall County Record and Suburban Life Media. Contact him at email@example.com or 630-845-5368.