Brandon Bartlett interviews Fall Festival Youth of the Day Chairman

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The West Side Nut Club Fall Festival is as much about community as it is with fried foods and rides.

Every year, the West Side Nut Club partners with local schools to highlight the leaders of tomorrow.

Youth of the Day Chairman Jeff Thompson joined Eyewitness News First at 4 to tell us about how the Nut Club recognizes outstanding students.


Brandon Bartlett: Thanks for being here with us. Tell us, what is the Youth of the Day?

Jeff Thompson: Youth of the Day is an award that we started years ago – presented to three middle school students from Evansville and three high school students from Evansville. It’s based on cum laude, social activities, and community activities – what the kids get involved with, what they get out there and do, and to show where they’re at and where they’re headed.

BB: Who chooses the students?

JT: It’s chosen by a designated committee. We found an outside group. We use different teachers to find and pick out the students. The kids are all nominated by principals and then we pick out the good ones.

BB: Why is it really important to showcase local youth?

JT: The Fall Festival is all about supporting the whole community. A lot of these booths down here are youth oriented. So the money’s going back to the kids and that’s something that we really focus on. We give a lot of money to the high schools, to all the public schools, to all the middle schools, and so on and so forth. It’s just another way of giving back to them.

BB: And the ceremony is tonight?

JT: It is tonight at 7 p.m. We will have the individuals up on the stage and we will present them with a plaque and a scholarship check and they can use that wherever they want to and it’s going to be fun.

BB: And these are students that really excel?

JT: It is. I went through all the nomination sheets. We’ve got a lot of great individuals out there. It’s great to see who we have coming up in the future.

BB: And I think we have pictures up there.

JT: The winners actually were Carson Morrow with Perry Heights, Mary Beth Sullivan from Holy Redeemer, and Madelyn Hayden from Westside Catholic. We’ve got Chloe Perry from Bosse, Alli Wilsbacher from North, and Addison Emig from Central.

BB: Perfect! So people should come down to the Main Stage?

JT: The Bosse Main Stage and we will have the Commerce Bank Youth of the Day presentation at 7 p.m. and we look forward to seeing everybody down there. Get down here anyway, get in on the half pot, the food, the rides. We’re having a great time.

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(This story was originally published on October 10, 2019)

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