Kelsey Dilday, of Minooka, received this year's Scholarship Award from Minooka Federated Woman's Club.
Kelsey, who attends , has been a 3 year member of the Speech Team acting as captain and 2-time All-Conference Tournament Champion; 2 year member of the National Honor Society and Spanish National Honor Society and involved in Scholastic Bowl her senior year.
She loves to read and write and enjoys scavenger hunts when not involved in school projects or working as a dental hygienist's assistant for James McGehee, DDS.
The topic of the essay she submitted was "Service" and begins in part "..service is good for not only the community, but also for the people who participate in doing the service." Kelsey is very familiar with "service" having started at an early age accompanying her mother, Pam, to the Daybreak Homeless Shelter while in grade school and in high school, traveling to poverty-stricken areas of Kentucky, Tennessee and West Virginia as part of the Appalachia Service Project thru the Minooka United Methodist Church to help fix their homes.
She will be attending Purdue and majoring in English for pre-law.
Kelsey hopes to become a lawyer specializing in Constitutional Law and Government. Her role model continues to be her mom, Pam, and, most recently, her inspiration and encouragement has come from her teacher at Minooka High School, Glenda Smith.