Local students, Brantingham honored at annual Kiwanis banquet

Culver's Kiwanis Club held its annual awards banquet last Thursday, during which local students were awarded scholarships and lauded for their achievements.
Club member Jim Weirick, noting the event is the Club's chance to give the youth-related funds it raises all year to local students to help further their education, presented scholarships to recently-graduated Culver Comm. High School students Clarissa Baker, John 'Alex' Shaffer, and Cassandra Dehning. Baker said she plans to attend Indiana University in the fall in the school's exploratory program, while Shaffer said he will attend Manchester College to study the Psychology of Broadcasting. Dehning, out of town at the time, was unable to attend, but will be presented her scholarship at a later date.
Barbara Winters presented the Barbara Winters Scholarship for Excellence -- which she said is "one of the highlights of my year" to Jackie Bauer, explaining she heard Bauer speak recently at the Chamber of Commerce Top Ten dinner and Lions Club student awards banquet and was "very impressed."
Winters added when she read Bauer's application, she knew the Purdue-bound future Animal Science and Biotech major "had all the excellence I would hope this award would indicate." Winters also noted Bauer was a runner-up for the prestigious Lilly scholarship in Pulaski County, and said she'd had Bauer's parents, Ted and Amy Bauer, as students herself during her teaching days.
Kiwanis member Dusty Henricks introduced the Kiwanian of the Year, Dick Brantingham. He said Brantingham moved to Culver full-time in 2002, the same year as Henricks.
"I've been on a number of committees around town," said Henricks, "and he's always the chairman!"
Brantingham has also been very involved with Culver's Tree Commission, he added, which in five years has planted 243 trees in the town. At present, Brantingham -- who thanked Henricks and the Club for the award -- is also President of the Second Century committee, a branch of Culver's Chamber of Commerce.
Kiwanis President Julie Bess emceed the event, which took place at the Yach Club banquet facilities at the Culver Cove.