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Paynesville Press - February 25, 2004

Seniors honored by Lions for their community service

By Michael Jacobson

Seniors Adam Ingalsbe and Kayla Welle, pictured below, were selected for Lions Service Awards in February for their community service and volunteer efforts.

Adam Ingalsbe and Kayla Welle Each year, the Paynesville Lions Club recognizes seniors at Paynesville Area High School for their volunteer work, both at school and in the community.

Both Ingalsbe and Welle said they were excited and honored to receive the award. Ingalsbe said volunteering is important to him because he likes to help other people.

Volunteering, said Welle, "makes me feel better about myself inside. It's just an uplifting feeling."

Her favorite memory from her service work "is being with kids and seeing them learn from what I have personally taught them," she said.

Ingalsbe's favorite memory is "working at the food shelf for scout food drives and for confirmation" and also "working in a soup kitchen in Minneapolis on a church trip."

Ingalsbe, the son of Barb and Dave Ingalsbe, is a PAL at the elementary school and is a member of the National Honor Society. He plays basketball, sings in the choir, and plays in the band. He also is an Eagle Scout, having completed improvements at the rifle range for his project.

At Paynesville Lutheran Church, Ingalsbe sings in the Worship Band; helps in the nursery, with youth church services, and with day Bible camps; and works at church service projects like food shelf drives, cleaning road ditches, and raking yards. He also went on an urban mission trip to the Twin Cities, where he worked at the soup kitchen.

Welle, the daughter of Dale and Rose Welle, is a peer helper, a student aide at the middle school, and a peer tutor at the elementary school. She is a member of the National Honor Society and is the secretary for the student council. She co-chaired a blood drive at the high school.

At school, she was also a cheerleader for two years, and she writes for the school paper.

At St. Louis Catholic Church, Welle teaches religion classes and helps with Vacation Bible School. She also is the reigning Second Princess for Paynesville, and she helps at a local daycare.

In addition to Ingalsbe and Welle, seniors Maureen Flanders and Peggy Thompson were chosen for the Lions Service Award in October and seniors Callie Frieler and Amanda Stelling were honored in November.

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