Annual awards were presented (Thursday) by the Gibson Area Chamber of Commerce.
Lifetime Achievement Award...
Ron and Melanie Warfield of Gibson City were named recipients of the 9th Lifetime Achievement Award. Recipients are recognized for community involvement over several years. The Warfields, it was pointed out, serve as volunteers at Gibson City-Melvin-Sibley schools and Gibson Area Hospital. They're also active in the chamber and local Rotary Club.
Ron Warfield is also a former president of the Illinois Farm Bureau.
Citizen of the Year Award...
"Citizen of the Year" recognizes the volunteers efforts of Miranda Leonard, activity and social services director at the Gibson Area Hospital Annex. Her nomination pointed out Leonard's involvement as a volunteer with the Meals on Wheels program and as a Sunday School teacher. She's also served the GCMS school board, the PTA, the Gibson Area Hospital Auxiliary and as a volunteer with the Little league Board and Lions Club.
More than 200 people attended the annual event at the Kruse Center in Gibson City.
Junior Citizen of the Year...
Six GCMS High School seniors were nominated for the Junior award. The honor went to James Fairfield.
Fairfield's honor recognized his leadership at home and school. He's a student athlete with aspirations for college. His plan is to attend Illinois State University and then pursue law school.
Among others getting certificates for their nomination were Emily Allen, Key-Shawn Girkin, Abby Bowen, Zach Johnson and Andrea Worthington.