In this year's program, 91 out of our 92 Indiana Counties particiapted in the program which culminated in March. One winner was selected from each participating county and from those county winners a statewide winner, as well as a second and third place. The statewide winner received a $1,000 US Savings Bond; second place receives a $750 bonds and third place a $500 bond. All remaining county winners will receive $100 bonds by the association. In addition award winners received "You Make a Difference" Certificates from Governor Mitch Daniels, engraved plaques and other gifts.
Many of the county awards were presentd by area Indiana State Police officers at end of year Awards Programs at the winner's school. The Clay County winner was Kerstie Shaw and is pictured with Indiana State Police Supt. Paul Whitesell and Indiana First Lady Cheri Daniels.
On June 11, all county winners, their families, school officials and legislators, were invited to the Indiana State House for the Statewide Awards Program. Guest speakers for the prograam were Indiana's 1st Lady Cheri Daniels, new Superintendent of Public Instruction Dr. Tony Bennett, and Indiana State Police Superintendent Paul Whitesell.
The event was standing room only Following the presentation of awards, an entertaining program geared to youth was presented by Amazon John and his Silly Safari.