West Lafayette students receive first ever Brilliant Firefly award

Eleven West Lafayette Intermediate Students are walking away with the very first “Brilliant Firefly” award.

Posted: Aug 23, 2019 9:09 PM
Updated: Aug 23, 2019 11:45 PM

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) — Eleven West Lafayette Intermediate Students are walking away with the very first “Brilliant Firefly” award Friday.

All of the kids were instrumental in making the Say’s Firefly the state insect.

They started writing hundreds of letters to the legislature when they were in 2nd grade.

Lt. Governor Suzanne Crouch presented the award honoring young Hoosiers for extraordinary community involvement.

One of the students gave a speech to the crowd and while she said she was nervous she won't forget this day.

"I feel really honored that I can be among the first people to receive the firefly award," said Kayla Xu. "I am really excited."

Going forward, each member of the Indiana General Assembly has the opportunity to nominate young Hoosiers in their district who have demonstrated outstanding community service, exemplary academic achievement and/or exceptional leadership in their communities.

Below is a list of students who received the "Brilliant Firefly" award.

Kayla Xu
Ethan Clampitt-Morales
Keve St. Hilaire
Emma Williams
Caitrin Duffy
Virginia Zhao
Richard Dowery
Yashi Varma
Oshin Lindsay
Jessica Xie
Mert Yavuz

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