Greene County News
BEAVERCREEK — Greene County Children Services and Michael’s House Child Advocacy Center jointly hosted the annual Blue Ribbon Breakfast Wednesday to honor outstanding child advocates in the community. The winners of Children Services’ third annual Child Abuse Prevention Art Contest were also announced at the event.
The Blue Ribbon Breakfast is held each year in April to coincide with National Child Abuse Prevention Month. During the event, Child Advocate of the Year Awards are presented.
The keynote speaker was K.L. Randis, whose 2013 autobiographical novel, “Spilled Milk,” was an Amazon bestseller in the category of child abuse for eight consecutive months. Randis is a nationally known speaker on the topics of child abuse and domestic violence.
Awards and recipients:
– The Child Advocate of the Year Award in the “Community” category went to Matt Filbrun, substance abuse counselor at TCN Behavioral Health.
– The Child Advocate of the Year Award in the “Law Enforcement” category went to Detective Lesley Stayer of the Sugarcreek Township Police Department.
– The Child Advocate of the Year Award in the “Children Services” category went to Shelley Brecount, an assessment supervisor with Greene County Children Services.
– The grand prize winner of the art contest was Bruce Lemon, a student at Shawnee Elementary School in Xenia. He received a $100 prize, and his artwork will be featured on the cover of the 2017 Children Services calendar.
– Four students received $50 prizes for their artwork: Macy Hawkins from St. Brigid School in Xenia; Alyssa Dunson from Shawnee Elementary School in Xenia; Hailey Whitehead from Arrowood Elementary School in Xenia; and Samantha Klinc from St. Brigid School in Xenia.
– Eight students received $25 prizes for their artwork: Renee Jones from Arrowood Elementary in Xenia; Audrianna Angel from Arrowood Elementary in Xenia; Nathan Schiffler from St. Luke School in Beavercreek; Moira Ackenhausen from Xenia Christian School; Caroline Kensinger from Xenia Christian School; Kayla Bonenberger from Cedarville Elementary; Colton Louderback from Shawnee Elementary in Xenia; and Gavin Howard from Summit Academy in Xenia.
Content provided by Greene County Children Services.