Each year, Hendricks Power partners with Indiana Electric Cooperatives to host the Youth Power and Hope Awards. The program recognizes middle school students leaders making a difference in their communities.
Winners each receive $500 and are featured in the January issue of Indiana Connection, a statewide magazine. Winners were honored
December 7th during a special program in downtown Indianapolis.
One of this year’s talented recipients was Nathaniel Origer of Danville. Origer is an eighth-grade student at Danville Middle School and the second recipient from Danville to receive this award.
Nathaniel has been heavily involved in his school's student council. Throughout his three years serving on the council, he has assisted in a wide variety of events, fundraisers, and community efforts. Some of these include a fundraiser for Riley Hospital, halftime entertainment at sports games, beautifying local parks, and much more.
Origer was also voted Treasurer of the student council and hopes to get re-elected. In addition to his efforts at school, he also volunteers at his church where he assists in Sunday services, fish fry fundraisers, and vacation bible school trips. He also volunteers with the National Junior's Honor Society.
When asked why Origer helps people in his community, he responded, "...it makes me a better person and makes the world we live in just a little bit happier and friendlier when we help each other out."
Thank you for all you do for our community, Nathaniel! We are glad to have students like you in our community making a difference.
Do you know a middle school student dedicated to improving their
community? Applications for the 2022 Youth Power and Hope Awards will be available in June of 2022 on our website!