2019-2020 Torch Award Recipient

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Last month we highlighted MSC’s male Torch Award winner for 2019-2020. This month we’d like to congratulate the female Torch Award winner, Lydia Camp! Each academic school year Mitchell Swaback Charities, Inc. sponsors the Torch Award scholarship and honors two high schoolers enrolling in Harvest Christian Academy in Elgin, Illinois. “This award represents being a light to your classmates and your local community, just like Mitch was before he passed away,” commented Bob Swaback MSC Co-founder.

Applicants for this award submit a lengthy application and a written essay. In person interviews are also conducted and personal references contacted. This year MSC is proud to welcome Lydia Camp as the latest to receive this top honor.

“All of us at MSC are thrilled to congratulate Lydia on this year’s honors. She is a very mature, driven young lady who has top goals for the coming school year at HCA,” commented Nicolee Thompson, MSC Co-founder.

Lydia, a native to Elgin, Illinois, has been attending HCA for the past nine years. Lydia, an incoming senior, is involved with cross country, cheerleading, track and field, student council and National Honor Society. Lydia also spends countless hours volunteering and serving others. Lydia takes her academics seriously as she dives into AP honors classes next year with a desire to study abroad, majoring in international business or mathematics. Lydia looks to be a leader at her school in the classroom and on the track/field. As Lydia continues to pour into those on her cross country team, she knows she has a responsibility to mentor her younger teammates. “I plan to continue finding my strength from God and His word and to represent Him by sending notes of encouragement to the people around me and continuing to work hard in order to display the importance of commitment,” said Lydia.

“When I heard that I won the Torch Award, I was obviously very excited. It’s an honor that I will always regard highly. Going through the application and interview process for the award taught me to not be afraid to talk about what God is doing in my life and winning the award gave me confidence in the importance of being vulnerable and honest. Winning this award displays my growth as a person and an athlete over the past year,” Lydia commented.

Lydia, with her parents and younger sister, look forward to strong senior year in the fall as she carries the honor of being this year’s Torch Award recipient.

Congratulations once again Lydia, on winning this year’s top Torch Award honors!

Lydia Camp