Girard Days honors two as Citizen of Year
With much anticipation, the winners of the 2015 Citizen of the Year were announced Saturday night during the Girard Festival Days. The crowd of Girard area residents quieted and the impressive list of commendations for, not one, but two, individuals were listed. The list was long, astoundingly long, for 2015 honorees Wally Horrighs and Julie Westerhausen.
“Thanks, it’s a great honor to even live in Girard,” said Horrighs as he accepted his award. Westerhausen made her way to stand beside him and added, “We like to be behind the scenes, and it is an honor to be up here with these people.” Horrighs and Westerhausen stepped on stage and stood beside a dozen past recipients of Citizen’s of the Year honorees, filling it with those who have made Girard the thriving, committed and proud community it is today. Last year’s Citizen of the Year, Mike Cowden introduced the duo with a sampling of their dedication to the community. Dedicated volunteerism to North Mac students, sports, extracurriculurs and beyond were some of the aspects Horrighs and Westerhausen were honored for. Horrighs has coached over two decades of soccer to youth of all ages. He serves as a mentor, tutor, and funds raiser for numerous sports fields, leagues and teams. He was avid in upgrading the Girard football field and began the Friday night football dinners for the players. Also, he serves an important role in pumpkin production for the annual Pumpkin Chunkin each fall. Each August, he volunteers with Cops and Bobbers at the state fair to teach youth to fish. A strong, versatile work ethic was the first attribute named when describing the good Westerhausen has contributed to the community. Her work at numerous jobs helping with school events including prom, post prom, homecoming, drama and a number of dinners through the school. Serving as cheerleading coach, stepping us as a soccer coach and working as the PTO president are more of her leading roles. She is also active at her church where, among other roles, she is an elder, deacon, children’s programmer and choir member.