By Liz Beavers
Tribune Managing Editor
KEYSER - Marissa Guy was named the 29th Katharine Church Award recipient during a dinner held Monday evening at the Keyser Moose Lodge.
Sponsored by the Keyser Rotary Club, the award is named in memory of musician, educator and long-time Rotarian Katharine Church and honors three outstanding senior female student-athletes at Keyser High School.
Normally a much larger affair at the Davis Conference Center, Monday’s dinner was kept invitation-only at the Moose Lodge in order to comply with social distancing recommendations.
Marissa Guy, daughter of Missy and Eric Guy, was nominated for the honor along with Allison Jones, daughter of Tabitha and David Jones, and Courtney Minnick, daughter of Tonya Hanlin and Travis Minnick.
Guy began her acceptance speech by commenting that being nominated for the award was one of the biggest highlights and honors of her life, and noted that Katharine Church inspired her "to continue my education and help others through my chosen career."
She plans to graduate from Frostburg State University with a master’s degree in nursing, and work as a nurse practitioner.
Referring to the recommended COVID-19 quarantine which shut down their senior year of school and all associated activities, she said she used much of the time to strengthen her relationship with God.
Allison Jones called Mrs. Church "an inspiration to those around her" who is "still impacting many lives," and Courtney Minnick commented that Mrs. Church "had an optimistic mindset" and "always recognized the good in everyone."
Mick Brooks, newly-elected governor of the Moose, opened the evening by welcoming everyone to the lodge and introducing the Moose and auxiliary members present.
Kirk Kesner, 2019-2020 president of the Keyser Rotary Club, which sponsors the award, also welcomed those present and Logan DelSignore, 2020-2021 president of the Keyser Rotary Club, closed the program by urging the three young ladies to remember their roots.
"I believe the future of Keyser is bright," he said, adding that the three young ladies nominated for the award are perfect examples of why he believes that future will shine.
Superintendent of schools Troy Ravenscroft and Keyser High School principal Lois Spencer also briefly spoke to the nominees, and long-time award chair Dinah Courrier gave a brief history of the award and some of the previous nominees.