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Willard announces 2019 Distinguished W Award recipients

By Norwalk Reflector staff • Aug 29, 2019 at 12:00 PM

WILLARD — An artist, business manager, top law enforcement official, senator and a two-time cancer survivor are among the 2019 recipients of the Willard City Schools Distinguished W Award.

The distinguished alumni are: Animator Steve Axtell, president of Axtell Creations, Pepperidge Farms operations manager Victoria Branham, Huron County Sheriff Todd Corbin, former Superintendent David Hirschy Sr., former Ohio Sen. Harry Jump, former Willard Fire Chief Jim Ratliff, livestock specialist Gary Ricketts and author Sean Swarner, a two-time cancer survivor.

“These former students have had a global impact and our teachers have inspired many to follow in their footsteps. To honor and recognize these individuals, the Willard student council and the Willard Teen Leadership Corps have partnered with Willard City Schools to establish the Distinguished W Award,” co-organizer Jason Ratliff said.

The recipients will be honored at 6 p.m. Sept. 26 in the Willard High School auditeria. A small reception will follow the ceremony. The recipients also will be recognized at halftime of the Sept. 27 homecoming game vs. Lucas.

Also, an open house to greet the award-winners will take place after the game from 9 to 11 p.m. at the Willard Varsity Club, 3598 Bullhead Road, Willard. The public is invited and encouraged to attend.

“The Willard City Schools district’s tradition of excellence began in 1880,” Jason Ratliff said. “Since that time, Willard City Schools has helped produce civic and professional frontrunners in education, medicine, science, law, business, military, entertainment, art, literature and music.”

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