Krumanaker, Brown earn Optimist honors

Andrea Krumanaker (left) and Eli Brown
Andrea Krumanaker (left) and Eli Brown Photos provided.

The Optimist Club of Huntington has recognized Huntington Catholic School eighth graders Andrea Krumanaker and Eli Brown with its Youth Appreciation Award. These students demonstrate outstanding dedication and service to their school, the community and its citizens.

Krumanaker’s extracurricular activities include cross country (received an award for being a leader this season), girl scouts (working on Silver Award, collecting box tops to repair a school statue), church Christmas choir, baking for Open Door and delivering meals, visiting nursing homes and involved in the Pioneer Festival.

Her eighth grade homeroom teacher, Ingrid Mattes, says, “Andrea has a heart of gold. She is quick to think of others and their needs. She helps promote a good atmosphere at school and also helps out by babysitting outside of school.”

Brown’s extracurricular activities include sports (soccer, basketball and cross county), church youth group, 4-H, Student Council, volunteering for the fish fry, Pizza Hut fund-raiser and Pioneer Festival.

“Eli is always respectful and likes to help with whatever is needed,” Mattes says. He sets a good example with his positive and down-to-earth attitude. He helps out not only in school but also with his family, helping his uncle with construction and taking care of animals. He is a good, all around citizen.”

These students will be honored at a luncheon on Thursday, Jan. 25, at Huntington University.