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Karen Schlueter was awarded the 10th Citizen of Character Award Wednesday at the Gage County Extension Office.

The Citizen of Character Award is presented to someone from the community “who goes above and beyond in working with youth and the community,” presenter Jane Esau said.

Schlueter works as a Teacher of Excellence, Beatrice Middle School Coach of Integrity, substitute teacher, track coach, high school volleyball referee, Gage County Fair volunteer, youth coordinator at the Presbyterian Church, Fellowship of Christian Athletes and 429 Factory board member.

The nomination stated: “I cannot think of someone more deserving than Karen. She is kind and caring, respectful and fair while being a model of consistent character. Her involvement with the youth of Beatrice and Gage County testifies her desire to help youth become better citizens and persons of good character.”

Esau finished the presentation by reading “The Power of One,” a statement she said Schlueter embodies.

“The little things you do each day have the power to affect a great many people,” Esau said. “You inspire us with your willingness and ability to help others, you take on the world one day at a time, continually searching for ways to make things better, seizing the opportunity to improve every day life.”

Schlueter joins the rest of her family as recipients of various character awards.

Her husband, Randy, was the initial recipient of the Citizen of Character Award in 2003.

Daughter Abby received a Youth Character Award in 2005 while son Ethan was awarded a Youth Character Award in 2009.

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