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Business owners given award

Shown, from left, at a recent Mayfield School District gathering are seventh-grader Britain Goodemote; high school Principal Christopher Wojeski; junior Ethan Gallup; Lou and Nancy Stutzke, of Fuel-N-Food; seventh-grader Hunter Jones; and Sandra Brower, a member of the leadership board of Academy of Character Education at Russell Sage College in Troy. Lou holds a certificate of appreciation from the academy. (Photo submitted)

MAYFIELD — Lou Stutzke, co-owner with his wife, Nancy, of Fuel-N-Food, was nominated for the Champion of Character Award during a recent gathering of Mayfield School District’s Character Education Program’s second year, according to a news release.

The program, called SPARRK, encourages service, attitude, perseverance, respect, responsibility and kindness among students, faculty and parents.

Stutzke received a certificate for the nomination. Seventh-graders Britain Goodermote and Hunter Jones talked about his service through sponsoring the Walleye Challenge and other community events; perseverance and responsibility for buying a gas station at 21 and developing it into a landmark and community hub; and kindness, attitude, and respect by greeting his customers with a smile and knowing them by name.

The award is one of two character initiatives of Russell Sage College in Troy that also includes the Academy of Character Education.

Sandra Brower, a member of the leadership board of the academy, explained the role of both of the academy’s initiatives, which also includes the annual Youth Leadership Summit.

Mayfield junior Ethan Gallup talked about the summit, which eight Mayfield students and two staff attended, and the Character Education Committee’s desire to recognize business and civic leaders, such as Stutzke, who have had a positive influence on students and the community.

The gathering at the annual Junior/Senior High School Band and Choir Holiday concert was an opportunity for Gallup to share with attendees a sampling of school- wide events held in the past year: promoting positivity for our students and staff through presentations and morning announcements by fellow students, visiting the Fulton Senior Center to sing Christmas Carols, and cleaning up the grounds at the Riceville Homestead.

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