Student Citizen of the Year – Grace Thayer

With the holidays and break now passed News from the Nest  wanted to make sure and give a shoutout to THS senior Grace Thayer for winning the 2019 Student Citizen of the Year Award.  Anyone who knows Grace and the impact she makes in big and small ways would not be surprised by this honor.

The Templeton Chamber of Commerce announced the recipients of its Impact Awards — Citizen of the Year is Melissa Johnson, Business of the Year is McPhee’s Grill, Public Safety Person of the Year is Fire Chief Bill White, Business Beautification Award went to Tommy Medeiros, and Student Citizen of the Year went to THS student Grace Thayer.

Students were nominated for the honor by community members and the Templeton Recreation Department and winners are ultimately selected by the Chamber Board and Director.

Templeton Chamber

Melissa Johnson, Templeton Citizen of the Year and Templeton Recreation Director, had this to say about Grace when presenting her the award. “Grace works for Templeton Recreation in the Snack Bar on Soccer Saturdays and as an umpire for the softball program, in addition to volunteering for a variety of events we host throughout the year.”

Melissa went on to explain why she is the perfect employee.  “She is a dependable and trustworthy employee, always going above and beyond to make sure the job is done correctly.She arrives early to make sure she knows what it expected of her and she stays late to make sure those responsibilities are handled. Without having to be asked, she sticks around after her scheduled shift has ended to help train the less experienced staff members and helps to organize the high school softball team’s attendance at the Rec Softball Opening Day Ceremonies.”

“One of the things that most impresses me about her is the constant drive to always do her best and to always try to do better. She is an excellent communicator, a constant supporter, and a Templeton Eagle through and through,” said Johnson.

“It means a lot to have been honored in a community filled with so many amazing people.” Grace Thayer about being named Student Citizen of the Year

THS Athletic Director Lindsay Franklin who has Grace as an intern and has seen her influence on the THS Softball team said, “Grace is a wonderful teammate to have on your side.  She is mature beyond her years, and she exemplifies the team spirit of We Not Me.”

THS Softball Coach Keith Swank said, “If every player on the team worked as hard just to be on the field as Grace does, we’d be unstoppable.”

When asked about the honor of winning Student Citizen of the Year Grace said, “It means a lot to have been honored in a community filled with so many amazing people.  It especially means a lot to have been nominated by Melissa Johnson, who has been a role model of mine for many years.  I have been fortunate to have been influenced and inspired by all the wonderful teachers, coaches, and community members we have in our town.”

Congratulations Grace.  We are proud of you.

More info about the night and other honorees were published in this Paso Robles Press article.

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