On Wednesday, May 3rd, Chillicothe High School will hold its Second Annual Keys to Success Awards Ceremony. In 2015 Superintendent Jon Saxton and CHS Distinguished Alumnus Gary Von Kennel created a program aimed at encouraging students to make positive choices in an attempt to create a “movement” to “take back” Chillicothe after reports had circulated internationally about the opiate addiction problem in this once-thriving first capital of Ohio city. A group of highly committed volunteers joined to serve in advisory capacities and local entrepreneurs Bill, Bart, and Linda Herrnstein, owners of Herrnstein Auto Group in Chillicothe, donated a 2016 Dodge Dart to be awarded to a deserving student.
In its inaugural year about one hundred students agreed to strive for decent grades, to be good citizens, and to submit to a series of drug tests to prove they were living “drug free” as members of the Keys to Success “club.”
On May 3rd nearly 400 CHS students will be recognized for their involvement in Keys to Success. Dozens of prizes including gift cards, ipods, Bluetooth speakers, a bike, Beats earphones, a 55” TV, and much more will be awarded. A scholarship, sponsored by graduates from the Class of 1981is being provided for 3 outstanding CHS Seniors with $2,500 going to the 1st place recipient, and this year one lucky Junior or Senior member of Keys to Success will take home a brand new 2016 model Kia Koup from Herrnstein Auto Group!
The Keynote speaker for the event will be Brad Hurtig, a nationally acclaimed speaker who was featured on ESPN for his outstanding athletic accomplishments after a devastating accident resulted in him losing both his hands. Brad’s inspiring story, and resolve to “find a way” speaks to all students about overcoming adversity and becoming successful. The program will begin with Brad’s talk at 9:00 followed by the Awards presentation and recognition of members of the 2016-2017 Keys to Success program.