Blackburn, Groves are Optimist award winners

The Huntington Optimist Club recently honored two Crestview Middle School students with its 2018 Youth Appreciation Award. Dane Blackburn (second from left) and Kate Groves (third from left) received the honors. Joining them for the photo are Crestview Principal Chuck Werth (left) and Huntington Optimist Club President Paula Whiting.
The Huntington Optimist Club recently honored two Crestview Middle School students with its 2018 Youth Appreciation Award. Dane Blackburn (second from left) and Kate Groves (third from left) received the honors. Joining them for the photo are Crestview Principal Chuck Werth (left) and Huntington Optimist Club President Paula Whiting. Photo provided.

Crestview Middle School students Dane Blackburn and Katherine “Kate” Groves were recently awarded the Huntington Optimist Club 2018 Youth Appreciation Award.

Two students from each middle school in the county and three students from Huntington North are awarded the honor by demonstrating outstanding dedication and service to their school, the community and its citizens. The youth are recognized by the Huntington Optimist Club at a meeting.

Blackburn is the son of Kevin and Evie Blackburn. He was nominated for the award by the Marathoners Academic Team.

At Crestview, Blackburn participates in cross country, track, jazz band and robotics team. He was the 2018 Crestview Spelling Bee champion after having been runner-up for the last two years.

He participates in youth group at Life Church in Huntington and likes to play guitar.

Crestview faculty members say Blackburn is a natural leader and a role model, who exhibits outstanding leadership skills in the classroom.

Groves is the daughter of Jamie and Jodi Groves, and was nominated for the award by the Blue Thunder Academic Team.

At  Crestview, she participated in volleyball and student council.

She attends SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church and participated in their Sunday School program, “Confraternity of Christian Doctrine.” She also volunteers for many Knights of Columbus community service events.

Crestview faculty members say Groves is an exemplary student in all of her classes. She challenges herself, they note, asks critical questions and excels academically in all that she does. She is a leader in the classroom and sets a good example for her fellow students.