Nicholson Award presented to Zwicker, Thor
Alyssa Zwicker and Matt Thor are the 22nd and 23rd recipients of the Tom W. and Lindsey G. Nicholson Memorial Award.
Zwicker and Thor were presented with the awards at graduation on Sunday, May 23, at Orion High School. Each received $750.
The award is conferred on two seniors, a boy and a girl, who consistently exemplify the best qualities of a congenial and principled lifestyle at school and in the community.
During her years at OHS, Zwicker served as president, vice president and class representative on Student Council, president of the Cooperative Education Club of Orion (CECO), treasurer of National Honor Society, coordinator of the Toys for Tots drive and member of Executive Council.
Zwicker also was secretary, historian and community service chairman of Orion FFA. She won the prepared speech division of the Section 3 public speaking contest, and she placed second in the state contest.
She served as treasurer of National Honor Society.
Zwicker was captain of the basketball team, and she also participated in volleyball and track.
She was a finalist in the Poetry Out Loud contest at OHS, where she was a participant in the Teen Reading Challenge. She also was in band and choir.
Thor was a member of the National Honors Society. He was recognized by the National Society of High School Scholars.
He attended American Legion Premier Boys State between his junior and senior years. He was elected to the House of Representatives.
He played football, basketball and track, and the student section chanted “Thunder” when they wanted to see him on the floor in a basketball game.
This fall, Zwicker plans to attend Augustana College, and Thor intends to continue his education at Western Illinois University.
Alyssa is the daughter of Jim and Carla Zwicker of Orion, and Matt is the son of Stephen and Charlene Thor, also of Orion.
The award was established in memory of Tommy and Lindsey Nicholson, who were juniors when they were killed in a car accident in September 1994.