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Patterson honored with Barnabas Award for his servant heart

May 15, 2017

FORT WAYNE, Ind. — Concordia Lutheran High School senior Dylan Patterson was honored today with the 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.

“Dylan’s greatest strengths are his sensitivity to others and commitment to social justice,” the nominations read. “He has an outgoing and inspiring presence in our school and is remarkable for his caring and kindness toward others. This extra touch and attention to detail showed me how sensitive and attuned he is to the feelings of others.”

Seven 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. Patterson was nominated along with six other seniors: Alex Amaro, Savannah Bassett, Jacob Gottlieb, Derek Egolf, Gabe Kramer, and Tayana Rollins.

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