FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Kelsey Avery Wheelhouse 20/20 Phone: 503-639-5917 E-Mail: [email protected] Friday, May 22, 2015 FRANKLIN BUILDING SUPPLY RECOGNIZES OUTSTANDING LOCAL HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS BOISE, ID – Franklin Building Supply recognized outstanding High School students throughout Idaho and Northern Nevada when they asked the community to nominate deserving candidates for their High School Hero Award. It was announced that two winners had been selected to receive awards for this season: Larell Brown, a senior at Greenleaf Friends Academy in Greenleaf, ID and Kip Stahlecker, a senior at Century High School in Pocatello, ID. Award ceremonies were held for both students; Brown at Greenleaf Friends Academy on Monday, May 11th and Stahlecker at Idaho State University’s College of Technology on May 18th. Both students accepted their awards surrounded by friends, family and faculty members from their schools. Franklin Building Supply donated $500 in both Brown’s and Stahlecker’s name to the academic department and non-profit 501(c)(3) organization of both student’s choosing. Brown chose to donate her money to Heart 2 Heart Ranch, where she volunteers teaching and mentoring disabled children. Stahlecker donated his $500 to 4H LiveWire Robotics, to which he serves as team captain, lead programmer, and robot driver and has been a member of the team since his freshman year. In addition, each winner also received a $150 cash prize for themselves, state wide recognition, and a special High School Hero sweatshirt. “We wanted a way to recognize outstanding high school students in all the communities that we serve and Kip and Larell really stood out to us,” states Rick Lierz, President and CEO of Franklin Building Supply. “Kip is a member of the National Honor Society, an AP Scholar and captain of his speech team. He has written 4 children’s books, is the lead programmer on his robotics team and has volunteered countless hours of community service, all while maintaining a 4.4 GPA. Larell has served as both student body President and Vice-President at Greenleaf Friends Academy, volunteers at the Heart 2 Heart Ranch teaching disabled children and was named KTVB’s Distinguished Student Award winner here in Idaho. She is the receiver of not only the Daughters of the American Revolution Award but of numerous other academic and leadership awards as well. She is co-captain of both her volleyball and softball team and has a 4.0 GPA.” Kip has been accepted to MIT where he will study Mechanical and Aerospace engineering next fall. Larell plans to attend NNU where she will earn a degree in biology and hopes to one day become a Veterinary Pathologist. Nominees were judged on the basis of multiple achievements including grade point average, academic activities, school related extra-curricular activities, and community and/or civic related involvement. Students will have another opportunity to win a High School Hero Award next fall. About Franklin Building Supply: Franklin Building Supply has been locally owned and operated since 1976 when the doors to their first location in Boise, Idaho opened. Franklin now serves more contractors and homeowners throughout southern and central Idaho, northern Nevada and eastern Oregon than any other pro-dealer in Idaho. Franklin proudly employs more than 300 team members and operates 17 facilities which include pro/retail building material locations, design center showrooms including Design Innovations in Meridian, and manufacturing facilities which include trusses, pre-hung doors, granite slab countertops, closets and cabinetry. For more information visit: www.franklinbuildingsupply.com .