On Monday Oct. 31, friends, family and coworkers gathered at John Megel Chevrolet in Dawson County to celebrate Logan Summers as he was presented with the “Hometown Hero” award by local financial advisor Alex Williams with Modern Woodmen of America.
According to Williams, the Hometown Hero award is something that Modern Woodmen does to allow local advisors to recognize those people in their community who help to make the community a better place.
"I’m honored that we get to honor people in the community that go above and beyond and who don’t typically get recognized; it’s a really fun part of my job,” Williams said.
Summers is in Dawson County High School’s Learning Independence for Employment, or L.I.F.E. at Dawson, program, which is aimed at helping exceptional students overcome their unique obstacles and bridge the gap between high school and a career. As part of this program, he has worked for three years as an intern at John Megel Chevrolet, two as an unpaid internship before he was offered a job by the business.
Summers was nominated for the Hometown Hero award by Ashley Caray, the high school’s Community Based Instruction (CBI), Community Based Vocational Instruction (CBVI) and Transition instructor.
“He’s still learning, but he’s overcome so many obstacles and boundaries so a lot of us nominated him for all his hard work and training and taking feedback and life lessons and learning,” Caray said.
In a brief ceremony, Williams presented Summers with the award and commended him for his hard work and perseverance to overcome his boundaries.
“Logan you were nominated, so congratulations for going above and beyond and overcoming all the obstacles and pushing those boundaries that you have,” Williams said.
As part of the award, Modern Woodmen is donating $50 to a local organization of Summers’ choosing, and John Megel Chevrolet offered to match the donation, making it $100 total. Summers chose local nonprofit K.A.R.E. for Kids to receive the money.
Summers was surprised to learn that he had been selected for the award, but expressed his excitement at being chosen for it.
“It feels good,” he said.
Summers’ mother, Elizabeth Eidson, said that she’s incredibly proud of her son for all of his accomplishments, including earning the award, and thankful to have such a supportive community and school system.
“I’m just proud of him,” Eidson said. “He’s worked really hard to be here, he enjoys what he does, he’s learned a lot and we’re very grateful for the program at the high school — everyone has been very patient with him and kind.”