Oak Hill senior gets Salvation Army's highest, national award

On May 2, 2021 Lydia Welch received the Catherine Booth Award, the highest award in The Salvation Army Girl Guard program in the United States. Captain Breanne Bowers traveled from the Indianapolis Divisional Headquarters to present the award to Lydia at the Marion Salvation Army and stated that Lydia is only the fourth person ever in the Indiana Division to receive the honor. Along with a medal and framed certificate, Lydia received congratulatory letters from top leaders of The Salvation Army in Indianapolis, Chicago, and the national headquarters in Alexandria, Virginia. Lydia is a senior at Oak Hill High School and the daughter of Glenn and Sarah Welch of Marion.

Captain Breanne Bowers, left, presents Catherine Booth Award to Lydia Welch, on her right. Standing behind as flag bearers are Marion's Lieutenant Jessica Smith and Girl Guard Leader Sarah Welch. 

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