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Madison Adams, a second-grader in Misty Ronyak’s class at Cherrington Elementary School, proposed the winning theme for the Rotary Club of Westerville’s 2024 Independence Day Parade: “Red, White and Blue …  America! For Me and You!”

With the winning submission, Madison will receive $100 and is invited to ride on the Rotary’s float during the big parade with a friend or family member. Madison is the daughter of Bryce and Melissa Adams of Westerville, and also has a 4-year-old brother at home, Mason.

Representatives from the Rotary Club celebrated Madison on Friday, May 17, with a pizza party for her class at Cherrington Elementary. Madison with her family also will be honored guests at the club’s weekly luncheon May 23 at the Medallion Club.

Kelley Moff’s fourth-grade class at Annehurst Elementary won the drawing for a second pizza party from the Rotary club, from among the Westerville elementary classes that had every student submit an entry in the Parade Theme Contest.

Westerville’s July 4th celebration, staged since 1962 by the Rotary Club of Westerville, is a day-long event.

It begins with a 5K Walk/Run and Kids Run at 7:30 a.m., continues with the State Street parade running from County Line Road south to Electric Avenue beginning at 10:30 a.m., then the Free Concert and Food Truck Festival from 5 to 9:45 p.m. at the Westerville Sports Complex, and culminating with the Westerville fireworks display at 10 p.m.

Special thanks to the Westerville City School District for its continuing support of the Rotary Parade Theme Contest, and to district Community Engagement Coordinator Charlie Boss for this story and photo.

CAPTION (ABOVE, from left): Rotary Club of Westerville Past President John Powell, Madison Adams – winner of the Parade Theme Contest to choose the theme for the Westerville Independence Day Parade – and Rotary President Nominee Dave Read. Madison’s class received a pizza party from the club May 17, and she with her family will ride in a place of honor in the 2024 Independence Day Parade, aboard the Rotary Club of Westerville float.



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