Elmwood's Bechstein is this year's Butler Award winner PDF Print E-mail
Written by BILL RYAN Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 20 April 2013 09:21
Elmwood student Collin Bechstein receives the Franklin B. Walter Award from Kyle Kanuckel, superintendent of Wood County Educational Services. (Photo: Enoch Wu/Sentinel-Tribune)
Collin Bechstein was chosen as this year's Linette Butler Award recipient as an exemplary quiz bowl member.
The eighth-grade member of Elmwood Middle School's quiz bowl team received his award on Tuesday at the Board of Governors meeting of the Wood County Educational Service Center.
The student was nominated by his coach Katie Smith. The award is in memory of Linette, a former member of the Bowling Green Christian Academy quiz bowl team who "personified the mission of the quiz bowl program."  The award was named in her honor as she was "a dedicated and competitive player who displayed strong leadership skills and courage throughout her battle with her illness."
The 2013 recipient's nomination highlighted most of those same attributes, according to Smith.
As to spirit of competition, Smith wrote, "Collin is a good sport. ... He does not feel like he has to dominate the team and score the most points."
She also said of the Wayne resident that "he helps others by discussing match questions and encourages others to 'ring in' if they have an idea about an answer to a question."
Regarding his passion for quiz bowl, her nomination noted: "He thoroughly enjoys the practices and matches. He is a well-rounded young man and displays knowledge across the various categories that the quiz bowl questions come from."
As a member of quiz bowl for four years, Smith wrote of the student that his leadership has shown as he "strives for the best and always makes sure that his teammates are working together in order to be more successful. He encourages his teammates to use various strategies that will help Elmwood get the most points in a match."
She also noted how he "really puts the team first over himself when it comes to scoring."
As to his commitment and dedication, Smith wrote, "Collin has, maybe, missed only one practice in the last two years. He definitely puts quiz bowl at the top of his priorities."
She shared how he assists in setting up and tearing down for practice and is "usually one of the first kids to arrive at practice each day."
Each quiz bowl coach was asked to nominate one participant from their team, with a special selection team from the ESC reviewing the nominations. That team selected Collin as the latest recipient.

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