IH Student Selected for Public Service Award

IH Student Selected for City's Public Service Award
Posted on 05/16/2018
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Indian Hill High School student Lexi Magenheim was recently selected by the Public Service Recognition-Cincinnati Committee to receive the 2018 Student Public Service Award during Public Service Recognition Week.

The 30th recognition celebration took place on Fountain Square in downtown Cincinnati on May 10. The event was hosted by Master of Ceremonies, Kevin Robinson, meteorologist with WLWT TV 5 News. Public Service Recognition Week is a time set aside to pay tribute to the profession of public service and to recognize those individuals who have done an outstanding job during the year.

Lexi was nominated by Anne Kuhn, supervisor for KidsFed program at Indian Hill High School, and below is an excerpt from that nomination:

Without a doubt, she challenges herself academically.
 She enrolls in the most difficult courses with excitement and curiosity. She works with tenacity and perseverance. She takes setbacks in stride and learns from her mistakes.  She excels academically due to her work ethic, ability to ask for help, and pure intelligence.

The nominee is also gifted athletically. She sets high standards for herself but supports her teammates as well. She enjoys accomplishing her goals but remains humble as she recognizes there is always room for improvement.

The nominee is a truly unique individual. In my 28 years of teaching, I have never met a student who has impressed me so much on a continual basis.  There are not enough positive adjectives to describe her. She is sincere and genuine. She is truly happy and her smile is contagious.  She is full of energy and optimism.  She has had a positive impact on my daily interactions with others as well as my journey through life. I believe I have learned more lifelong lessons from her than she has from me. 

The nominee, in conjunction with two other students, coordinated a school-wide event to pack over 4,000 bags of food sacks in less than two hours to be delivered to economically disadvantaged students. This was a huge undertaking requiring months of preparation. The nominee was involved in every step of the planning...The event was a tremendous success largely due to the nominee’s organizational skills, drive to help others and leadership capabilities.

The nominee continues her involvement with the over-arching organization to help end childhood hunger.  In fact, the success of the original event has led others to get involved on a more regular basis. Our school now hosts monthly packing drives at least one weekend every month and we will continue the larger event on an annual basis.  The nominee has made a positive impact toward ending childhood hunger, leading others to find joy and satisfaction in community service and encouraging students to pursue their own passions.