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Leadership Clark County to present awards today

A local nonprofit organization will honor three recent graduates for their community service during the 34th Leadership Academy class graduation and awards dinner.

Leadership Clark County is a nonprofit entity that encourages community service and tries to develop leadership skills for area residents who graduate from the program. The organization will host its awards dinner at 5:30 p.m. today at the Courtyard by Marriott.

John Detrick, Clark County commissioner, will be recognized as the Distinguished Community Leader of the year. Detrick has long been an advocate for the county and has provided support for several projects throughout the community over the years, said Melissa Riley Patsiavos, executive director of Leadership Clark County.

Leann Castillo, director of the National Trail Parks and Recreation District, will receive the 2013 Leader of the Year award for her work to help open the Chiller Ice Rink in downtown Springfield.

Mike Stannard will be named Alumnus of the Year for his lengthy service to the organization, Patsiavos said. Stannard is the president of the Leadership Clark County board of directors and volunteers for several committees within the organization.

Jay Lawrence, general manager at Jeff Wyler Springfield Auto Mall, will provide the keynote address at the award ceremony today. Steven Leep, of the Ohio Valley Surgical Hospital, will serve as this year’s class president while Victoria Hays, of Fabricating and Welding, will serve as vice president.

Tickets to the dinner are $50, and reservations are available by calling 937-631-3744.

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