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3 Counties honor 20 Under 20 at Awards Event

ST. HENRY — School administrators and businesses from three different western Ohio counties came together to honor their young people at the third annual 20 Under 20 Awards Wednesday evening.

From the April 27, 2018 edition of The Daily Advocate

By Tony Baker, Staff Reporter

ST. HENRY — School administrators and businesses from three different western Ohio counties came together to honor their young people at the third annual 20 Under 20 Awards Wednesday evening.

Mercer County Economic Development director Jared Ebbing started the evening off by talking about the joint effort by Darke, Mercer, and Auglaize counties that made the awards possible.

“We’ve got three counties coming together – there are a lot of good things happening around here right now, and we should be proud of that,” Ebbing said.

Ebbing also took the opportunity to address the young people being honored.

“You’re our future,” Ebbing said. “How we want our community to look in five years, or ten. That’s entirely up to you.”

Ben Hartings, currently of Lewis Center, Ohio, served as keynote speaker for the event. Hartings, a native of St. Henry, has published books about surviving cancer and coping with the death of his young son, James, from Potter’s Syndrome.

“For the people here tonight – this may be your first award, but it probably won’t be your last,” Hartings said. “But why do we give awards? Why do we recognize people? We all come from immigrants; every single one of us, we stand on the shoulders of giants. And that history is what makes our community great.”

Just as modern-day Americans look to their ancestors for inspiration, Hartings said, the children of the future would one day look back at the people being honored today. Hartings encouraged those honorees to take stock of the support systems they have around them......

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