Benjamin Blomeke and Emma Woolard, both eighth grade students at Huntington Catholic School, are the recipients of the Huntington Optimist Club's Youth Appreciation Award for January.
The awards are presented to students who demonstrate outstanding dedication and service to their school, the community and its citizens.
Blomeke is the son of Kathy and Tim Blomeke, of Huntington. Woolard's parents are Jason and Angie Woolard, of rural Huntington. Both students were nominated for the award by Samantha Smith, a teacher at Huntington Catholic School.
Blomeke "excels in everything he does," Smith says.
"Benjamin is not only a prodigy in academics and sports, he is also the type of person who is immediate friends with everyone he meets."
Woolard, Smith says, is a student leader who "embodies the motto of Optimist Inernational: There is not one person who does not consider Emma a friend."
Blomeke is involved in golf, basketball and cross country and plays piano.
Woolard serves as student council president. She is active in volleyball, basketball, golf, softball, swimming and soccer. She also plays in the band, plays piano and is involved in horse riding.
Complete caption; Benjamin Blomeke (right) and Emma Woolard (second from right), both students at Huntington Catholic School, received the Huntington Optimist Club’s Youth Appreciation Award for January. With them are Paula Whiting (left), treasurer of the Optimist Club, and Jason Woolard (second from left), Huntington Catholic School principal.