Jefferson senior Allison McClurg, left, receives her Prudential Spirit of Community bronze medallion from Prudential representative Kelsey Burke. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
Jefferson senior Allison McClurg, left, receives her Prudential Spirit of Community bronze medallion from Prudential representative Kelsey Burke. (DHI Media/Nancy Spencer)
DELPHOS — Jefferson senior Alli McClurg turned a harrowing experience into a positive day for fellow high schoolers in Delphos.

McClurg was the victim of a home invasion in August 2017. She awoke with the perpetrator’s hand over her mouth telling her to be quiet. McClurg felt uneasy since that event and knew some of her fellow students had things that were bothering them, too.

“I wanted to do something so that I could feel safer and help other kids,” McClurg said. “My mom started the Mentors3 program and I made that a project and other teams joined in.”

The Aware Fair included more than 30 booths with information on topics such as chewing tobacco products and cancer, vaping, smoking cessation, alcohol and cannabis awareness, options for pain management, yoga, healthy eating, self-defense, fitness and sports injuries that were offered in the gymnasium.

McClurg received her Prudential Spirit of Community bronze medallion from Prudential representative Kelsey Burke on Wednesday.

“Thousands of young people from across the country were considered for this award with just a select few from each state chosen for special recognition,” Burke said. “For Alli to take such an awful experience and turn it into something so positive is amazing.”

McClurg will receive her high school diploma this May, along with an associates of art from Rhodes State College. She has already learned she will receive an Outstanding Student of Associate’s of Art award as well.

She plans to seek her bachelor’s degree in education with a certification in K-5 intervention from the University of Bluffton.

She is the daughter of Gregg and Missy McClurg.