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Superhero Photo Contest Winners

1st Place Winner: K - 6th Grade
Sophia Giebel, 2nd Grade
First Place Winner, Sophia Giebel.

Sophia accepts her prize and award from NexTier Bank CEO, Clem Rosenberger, at Family Bowlaway Fun Center for our VIP Superhero Event.



Drawing by Sophia Giebel.

"Real life superheroes are brave - like police officers and fire fighters and they help people - like teachers and doctors."



2nd Place Winner: K - 6th Grade
Emmett Carbungco, 2nd Grade
 Second Place Winner, Emmett Carbungco.

Emmet accepts his prize and award from NexTier Bank with his sister & superhero, Tessa.



Photo of Emmett's sister, Tessa.

“My sister Tessa is my real-life superhero because she is so brave when she has to go to the hospital. She was born with Spina Bifida and has been to the hospital several times. She is my best friend and all my friends think she is cool. She is always happy and joins in even if she can’t do everything we do. I love her and will always look after her.”



3rd Place Winner: K - 6th Grade
Jack Llewellyn, Kindergarten
 Third Place Winner, Jack Llewellyn.

Jack accepts his prize and award from NexTier Bank CEO, Clem Rosenberger, at Family Bowlaway Fun Center for our VIP Superhero Event.



Photo of Jack and his dad, Timothy.

“My dadda is my superhero because he does superhero things! He squirts out fires and saves people from the fire. He also flies like a superhero when he is on the fireman ladder. My dadda also saves me when I get a boo-boo and gives me a band-aid!”



1st Place Winner: 7th - 12th Grade
Rhapsody Whalen, 9th Grade
First Place Winner, Rhapsody Whalen.

Rhapsody accepts her prize and award from NexTier Bank CEO, Clem Rosenberger, at Family Bowlaway Fun Center for our VIP Superhero Event.



Drawing by Rhapsody Whalen.

"What makes a hero might not be recognized by many people. Some may see heroism as achieving “true greatness or having “outstanding ability” or maybe becoming a “life-saver.” Most people fail to notice that heroes walk past them on a daily-basis.

My hero can’t fly or stick to walls. she doesn’t have the ability to read minds or stop moving trains. My hero, although simple in appearance, has qualities that make her special to me. My hero is a close friend of mine. Life wouldn’t be the same without her. Her kindheartedness and generosity far exceed normal levels. Her smile is contageous and she can make the mood of a room brighten almost instantly. My hero hates seeing others in pain, physical or emotional, and she always tries to make you feel better, while still managing to respect your privacy and boundaries. She always goes out of her way to help others, even if it adds more chaos to her hectic schedule. Her determination is a never-ending flame. When she sets her mind on doing something or achieving some type of goal, she does it. She’s a hard worker and she challenges herself every day. My friend and hero have a bouncing, hard-working, personality that is impossible not to love.

Unlike the heroes in action films, my friend is an “ordinary” girl. She doesn’t necessarily have powers, but I know something in my life would be missing without her."



2nd Place Winner: 7th - 12th Grade
Mason Grenci, 9th Grade
 Second Place Winner, Mason Grenci.

Mason accepts his prize and award from NexTier Bank CEO, Clem Rosenberger, at Family Bowlaway Fun Center for our VIP Superhero Event.



Photo of Mason's Grandma Audrey Mathews.

"I have learned a lot from my Grandmother over the years, however, the most important things that she taught were learned through watching her live her life, and recently, prepare for her death. My grandmother is my superhero because she is selfless and strong. Three weeks ago my Grandmother was placed on “in-home” hospice; her mind is strong but her body is failing. My Grandmother has always been a worker and a caregiver. Even at the end, she’s still working hard to ensure comfort to her family and friends. She’s in good spirits and at peace. She lives everyday to her fullest, with strength in her faith and family. My Grandmother has taught me many great values through how she has lived. She makes the best of each and every day, treating the day as a new opportunity and facing it with an optimistic attitude. Even at the end of her life, she has no regrets, and is a strong believer that happiness depends on attitude and perspective. She sees the end of her life as a new beginning. Several days ago my Grandmother said, “I’m not praying for myself, I’m not praying for a miracle, I’m praying for a happy ending.” These words are a true reflection of how selfless my Grandmother is, even during the hardest part of her life. I continue to learn more from her actions everyday and she has been a large influence on my life. She is truly a real-life superhero."



3rd Place Winner: 7th - 12th Grade
Brooke Lassinger, 8thGrade
 Third Place Winner, Brooke Lassinger.

Brooke accepts her prize and award from NexTier Bank CEO, Clem Rosenberger, alongside her friend and Superhero, Alexis, at Family Bowlaway Fun Center for our VIP Superhero Event.



Photo of Jack and his dad, Timothy.

"Having the super powers of intelligence, responsibility, and the ability to spread happiness, Alexis Sedlak is my real-life hero. Alexis has to be responsible for she lives on a farm. She has to complete her necessary household chores, as well as complete and participate in her usual schoolwork, dance classes, and baton classes. She performs exceptionally well on schoolwork, maintaining an average of A’s, and is enrolled in advanced English, science, and math classes. Having the capability to turn anyone’s frown into a smile is a task she can complete any day of the week. I am so glad to say that Alexis is not only my hero, but my best friend as well."