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Northwood senior Sarah Raymond already a leader

“Sarah Raymond, a senior at Northwood High School, is not a leader of tomorrow. She is a leader today at just 18-years-old,” states Anny Toney of Leadership Toledo.

Raymond was chosen the Young Person of the Year at the 21st Annual Prism Awards on March 27 at Sunrise Park and Banquet Center in Millbury. She was joined by First Federal Bank Vice President and Branch Manager David Hymore, the Person of the Year. Both received standing ovations after being introduced to 165 guests at the Prism Award ceremony.

In 2011, Raymond was chosen to represent NHS in Youth Leadership Toledo, a program focused on developing young leaders.

Northwood High School student Sarah
Raymond shares a laugh with Chrys Petersen
after being selected as Young Person of the
Year. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)

“From the beginning, Sarah had a ‘go get em’ attitude on everything that we did,” Toney said. “Rarely was there a time she would say no when approached with a challenge.” It was Toney who nominated Raymond.

After her sophomore year, Raymond joined Youth in Philanthropy Encouraging Excellence, where Toney said “she was crucial in the group’s ability to raise over $20,000 to give back to youth serving organizations.”

In the second half of the year, Raymond was nominated to be vice president of the group. Just two weeks ago, Raymond organized a spaghetti dinner which brought in over $400. She has been chosen to serve as one of four of Leadership Toledo’s youth board members. In 2013, she received the Presidential Service Award for over 200 hours of community service.

“The number of leadership seminars that Sarah has attended is amazing,” Toney stated.

In 2012, Raymond went to the Hugh O’Brian Youth Leadership Conference in Ada, Ohio. She was nominated by her school for the conference, which is for high school sophomores across the state.

One year later, she went to the World Leadership Congress in Chicago and this past November, she attended the Advanced Leadership Academy, yet another national leadership program.

“Leadership Toledo is where we know Sarah best, but there is so much more that she has been involved in,” Toney continued.

For three years, Raymond has been a member of Northwood’s student council, where she has helped organizing school wide events.

For three years, she has been part of Key Club, at times president, and she helped set up Tent City, an organization focused on helping the homeless. She also helped with organizing blood drives, leaf rakings, food drives and she served at local soup kitchens. Last year, Raymond was a junior coach for Girls on the Run, a program dedicated to helping young girls with self-image and inner beauty.

“As you can see, Sarah keeps busy, and there is much more I could list,” Toney wrote. “Most importantly though, she does all of this community service and community building because she believes in it.

“Her enthusiasm is contagious and every time I see her, I cannot help but to smile. This girl has volunteered and dedicated more of her time by the age of 18 than some will do in a lifetime. She is definitely a young leader that we should all look up to.”

Person of Year

Hymore, a lifelong Oregonian, was nominated by Craig A. Curtis, one of First Federal’s commercial lenders.

Sarah Beavers, Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber and Chrys Petersen, congratulate Dave Hymore as the Person of the Year. (Press photo by Ken Grosjean)

Hymore has been in either the banking field or in the private industry accounting field his entire life. He joined First Federal Bank in the fall of 2005 when he was named the Community Banking Manager of FFB’s Oregon Branch.

“Dave continues to work to improve Oregon,” Curtis states. “First Federal Bank has grown substantially under his leadership, both in deposits but also in all types of lending. I know that Dave is considered by many in the community as a ‘counselor’ who a person can go to and discuss a problem or situation — whether it is financial or not. His office is always open for this role.

“My role with Dave began in late 2005. Over the past eight years plus, we have actually been ‘co-lenders’ with most of our customers, as we truly work as a team to help a customer or prospect with financing and banking needs. Dave rarely will take any credit for all of the bank’s success in the Oregon- Curtice-Northwood and now Genoa areas, but he has been the driving force and the leader for the past eight years in our success and our customers’ success.”

Hymore is a long-time member and former membership chair of the Oregonian Club. He is also active in the Eastern Maumee Bay Chamber of Commerce and is a board member of the Oregon Economic Development Foundation.

“He gives countless hours to these organizations as well as other local charities,” Curtis stated. “Dave also has been a little league coach for several sports in the area; first when he was in his late 20’s and early 30’s with little league football; and later helping when his two daughters started playing sports.”

Hymore graduated from Cardinal Stritch High School, where he was quarterback of the school’s football team. He went on to the University of Toledo, graduating with a business degree in the early 1980s.

Hymore continues to live on Antonio Street with his wife Darcy and daughters Olivia and Hanna.




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