Local students earn cash prize from H.A. Dorsten

By: 
Seth Kinker
Staff Writer

H.A. Dorsten, Inc., a commercial construction company located in downtown Minster, was selected as the contractor of choice for three local schools. 

On May 22, H.A. Dorsten announced it was holding a contest for the graduating seniors of 2020 of those three local schools as a result of the pandemic and the effect it had on their senior year and graduation. 

One winner from each of the three schools, Minster, New Bremen, and Arcanum, was selected for a cash prize of $400, or 20 $20 bills based on submission guidelines which included a 30-60 second video telling H.A. Dorsten how they’ve personally shown resilience in the face of the pandemic and the impact it’s had on their lives. 

A video attached with the May 22 post had heartfelt messages from different members of H.A. Dorsten’s staff, congratulating them on completing one journey and beginning another. 

On Jun. 16, Macy Skelton of Arcanum, Justin Mox of Minster, and Sydney Paul of New Bremen gathered at the H.A. Dorsten offices downtown to receive their cash prize. 

“When we decided to do this, I didn’t know what to expect,” said Sean Dorsten, President of H.A. Dorsten to the three winners on Jun. 16. “We got some really good response, some excellent videos. It was very difficult to make a final decision because they all were so good but your three stood out to us the most, answering what we asked for as far as showing resilience in what you guys have gone thru. We wish you the best of luck in your endeavors in the future and you’re going to get $400 dollars today.” 

“Basically, to stay resilient, I was optimistic through everything and tried to stay positive,” said Skelton, who will be attending Bowling Green State University to study criminal justice with a specialization in forensic investigations, on her video submission. “This year has been hard; I lost my mom back in November so trying to work and stay active and keep my mind off of everything bad happening and focus on the good.”

“I recently went to the hospital because I was diagnosed with diabetes type 1,” said Paul, who will be attending Wright State to study accounting, when talking to The Community Post about her submission for the contest. “Just throughout the hospital stay, staying three days in the ICU, having IVs in my arms all the time was hard.” 

“I just learned through the whole process, I can’t live scared,” said Mox, who will be attending Ohio University to study business economics. “because that sets limits on yourself. We just have to go out, chase our dreams, and be true to ourselves.”