A leader amongst his peers, Nigel Kaiser has spent years in service to others. He has not only applied himself to being a committed student and athlete, but he has also spent years living his commitment to service. He has worked on mission trips, Habitat for Humanity projects, as a server at St. Paul’s Church, at Table of Blessings, and assisted with numerous fund raisers. In addition he was involved in football, wrestling and track as a student athlete and was a member of the Spanish Club, National Honor Society
“I think community volunteering is important because it brings people together and makes the community a better place,” said Kaiser. “Perry County has a lot of volunteers which is why this community is as remarkable as it is.”
For years Kaiser has balanced excelling at academics with service. He applied himself in ways that exceeded expectations.
“No matter the situation, he gives his all,” said Zachary Schilling, Kaiser’s teacher and coach. “He goes into every competition as a true leader with confidence and determination. He is always a motivator for his fellow teammates and is respectful of his opponent.”
True to his character of service to others, Kaiser identifies needs and steps forward to initiate change. St. Paul Church’s Parish Catechetical Leader Megan Rust shared her experiences working with Kaiser while on Mission.
“I had the privilege of working closely with Nigel and his peers on this trip. He demonstrated many qualities of a good leader. A homeowner’s grass was in need of being mowed. Nigel took it upon himself to get the mower in the garage and make sure the homeowner had a beautifully cut lawn. This was not part of our responsibilities on the job site. Nigel encouraged his peers to work hard an do the best job possible.”
Kaiser plans to attend Western Kentucky University in the fall.
While earning his academic honors diploma from Perry Central, George Burden learned from experience the value of volunteerism.
“For me volunteering helps individual learn respect; responsibility. Futures citizens need to understand these words. Volunteering has brought me the power to help others. It allowed me to become a better person and a more respectful citizen,” said Burden.
During his high school career Burden was a member of the Spanish Club, Future Farmers of America, Commodores in Christ, and STAND. He also worked as an intern within the school learning the many duties of assisting an instructor. He served his church by performing numerous cleaning duties and also volunteered to assist the disabled. Throughout this time Burden also managed to find time to hold down part time jobs in the area which taught him additional skill-sets.
Adam Stowe, Burden’s Social Studies instructor shared, “He is an active student at Perry Central and has been a wonderful influence on other students. He will go the extra mile when needed and works well participating / leading a team of people.”
Expanding on Burden’s commitment to success, Nancy Poehlein (Perry Central Art Instructor) added, “… George is a self-motivated student who has very original and creative ideas. Once he begins a task, he sees it through to the end. George communicates well and is often vocal in expressing his ideas. He pays attention to detail and meets deadlines. He usually goes over and beyond average expectations in his work, paying attention to details to ensure accuracy.”
Burden shared his opinion of the importance of service. “Volunteering is one of the most important things you can do as a citizen. Volunteering allow you to connect with your community and make it a better place.”
Burden will be pursuing his collegiate career at either Middle Tennessee State University, the University of Southern Indiana or Western Kentucky University.
Schweizer Fest Inc. congratulates each of these individuals on their scholarship awards. We feel you both have a bright future in store, and we wish you the best. To date, Schweizer Fest, Inc has given a total of more than $36,000 in scholarships to Perry County students.
2020 - Madison Hayes – VUJC
2020 – Carina Kessens – University of Evansville
2019 - Grace Kreilein - Indiana University
2019 - Alexandria Etienne - University of Southern Indiana
2019 - David Reed - Western Kentucky University
2018 - Tricia Esarey - Ball State University
2018 - Alesa Roark - University of Louisville
2017 - Madision Mathena - Indiana University
2017 - Adam Dauby - University of Southern Indiana
2016 - Luke Hilgenhold - Western Kentucky University
2016 - Brielle Strobel - University of Southern Indiana
2015 - Emily Davis - Indiana State University
2015 - Bailey Powell - Indiana University
2014 - Hillary Hubert - University of Southern Indiana
2014 - Christopher Schaefer - Indiana State Univeristy
2013 - Darian Oliva - Indiana University
2013 - Jenniver Kemp - University of Southern Indiana
2012 – Isaiah Ernst – Vincennes University
2012 – Jennifer Dinkel – Purdue University
2011 – Lavina Schwartz – Indiana University
2011 – Katie Elder – Indiana University
2010 – Blake Kleaving – University of Evansville
2010 – Lauren Coyle – Indiana University
2009 – Megan Neyenhaus – Purdue University
2009 – Paige Gelarden – Indiana University
2009 – Tony Backer – University of Indianapolis
2009 – Jill Cassidy – Indiana University
2008 – Natalie Cole – Indiana University
2008 – Aaron Malone – Indiana University
2008 – Mandy Plassmeyer – University of Southern Indiana
2007 – Kayla Goffinet – Indiana University Southeast
2007 – Laura Rudolph – University of Southern Indiana
2007 – Stephanie Groves – University of Southern Indiana
2006 – Tomi Jo Utley – University of Evansville
2006 – Erin M. Fordyce – University of Evansville
2006 – Adrienne A. Hagedorn – University of Evansville
2005 – Jared Kleeman – Indiana University
2005 – Dana Jo Genet – DePauw University
2005 – Chelsea Wheatley – Indiana University
2004 – Nathan Borho – Purdue University
2004 – Lacey Hall – IUPUI Bursar
2004 – Chris Hawkins – IU Bursar
2003 – Kaitlyn Belcher – Indiana State University
2003 – Craig Damin – Ball State University
2003 – Jamie Rickenbaugh – University of Southern Indiana
2003 – Adrienne Harpenau – Indiana State University