Turnpaugh honored with Barnabas Award for her servant heart

May 20, 2021

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Concordia Lutheran High School senior Kylee Turnpaugh was honored today with the Richard W. Moellering Senior Barnabas Award. Established by the Class of 1986, the award recognizes a senior who exemplifies encouragement and servanthood.

Barnabas was a missionary and co-worker of St. Paul. His name means “encourager.” His ministry in life was to be of service to his fellow man.

“(Kylee) always puts others before herself. She goes out of her way to ask others how she can help them. She shares her faith through her artwork, voice and actions. She is always willing to stop what she is doing and work with someone else who has a problem,” one nominator wrote.

Nine students in all were nominated for this award by the student body and faculty and staff. A committee of four faculty members and four seniors made the final selection. Turnpaugh was nominated along with eight other seniors: Luke Bentz, Kaylee Frerking, Hollie Johnson, Rhaya Kaschinske, Abby Mays, Jackson McKinney, Kaitlyn Nix and Nathan Pennekamp.

She was recognized during chapel today in front of the student body.  

Concordia Lutheran High School, located at 1601 St. Joe River Drive in Fort Wayne, Ind., was founded in 1935 as a private, co-educational Lutheran high school open to students of all faiths and backgrounds. With Christ at the center, Concordia continues to pursue educational excellence that equips individuals for lifelong learning and service as disciples of Jesus Christ. Learn more at www.clhscadets.com.