Award recognizes ‘service above self’


Get ready for an 8.5”x11” paper shortage.

Soon, high school juniors from near and far will be scooping up every available piece of parchment in order to attach accolades, glowing references, community service examples and kudos to their official application.

The smart students know to search for paper, fill out the application and turn it in before the deadline as the prestigious award is worth every ounce of effort they can muster.

The William D. McFadden Student Service Award, sponsored by the Rotary Club of Carmel, is now taking applications.

The award recognizes juniors only, and there is a significant cash award designed to be used post-graduation. If you are a junior at Carmel High School or you know of a worthy junior, then, by golly, text, e-mail or smoke signal this information to him or her as soon as possible.

The $2,000 cash prize is up for grabs.

Rich Taylor is chairman of the committee responsible for this year’s effort to recognize an outstanding junior who best exemplifies the life of William (Bill) McFadden. Although he has been suffering from some health issues recently, an entire community owes him a debt of gratitude.

Taylor said, “This award was established to recognize high school students involved in their community in a way that exemplifies the Rotary motto, ‘Service above self.’ Together, Bill and Judy Ford sponsored many foreign exchange students at CHS, so honoring juniors in this way is an especially fitting tribute to Bill.”

Bill McFadden served on the last Town Board in 1974 before Carmel became a city with an elected city council. Besides being very involved with children and teens in Carmel, Bill was the team leader for a group of Rotarians travelling to Norway whose mission was to build peace and world understanding among communities.

Taylor said, “We know Carmel is flush with youth who are doing so many great things for our community. They should be acknowledged.”

To learn more about the award and the requirements, go to You can also contact Rich Taylor at 818-7167 or [email protected], or contact your school counselor for more information. Applications must be postmarked by April 11.