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By Carrie Poe

The Youth Performance Award winner for March is John Siedenberg, a senior at Williamstown High School.

Siedenberg, 17, is the son of John and Brigitte Siedenberg of Williamstown.

He has a younger brother, Jacob, who is a sophomore at Williamstown High School.

His class schedule this year includes AP calculus, AP English, physics, government economics, student technology learning program and chorus.

His favorite class is government economics.

“The teacher, Mr. Biddle, is hilarious. He makes learning easy to grasp,” said Siedenberg.

Aaron Biddle, his government economics teacher is listed as his favorite teacher.

“He isn’t the typical teacher; he breaks down the barrier of teacher and student. He doesn’t treat you like you are lower than he is,” said Siedenberg. “He actually trys to incorporate being funny through out the whole day so you won’t be bored.”

“John is an outstanding young man, an absolute pleasure to be around. He has tremendous talent and an amazing future ahead of him. He will be successful in whatever he chooses to do with his life. I am thankful for the opportunity to teach him and look forward to witnessing his future success,” said Biddle.

Siedenberg has been involved with 4-H for four years. He is the director of the 4-H Drama Club. He is also a member of the National Honor Society and last summer he went to Transylvania University for Governor School for the Arts for musical theater.

Outside of school, he is actively involved with his church and sings in the praise team at Williamstown Baptist.

When he is not busy with all his activities, Siedenberg loves to perform and write. He has been acting since he was little and has been singing for four years. He also has been involved with the Kincaid Regional Theatre in Falmouth for five years.

“I have been involved with drama since I was born, I am very dramatic,” said Siedenberg.

Siedenberg was nominated for the Youth Performance Award by Anthony Sarcione, a senior at Williamstown High School.

“John is a friend to anyone he meets and is concerned for others. He also tries his best in all his classes,” said Sarcione.

After graduation, Siedenberg plans on attending Morehead State University where he will major in theater and education.

“My dad has always been in theater doing backstage stuff so I have grown up around it,” said Siedenberg. “I love the ability to perform, I love the rush, I love getting attention, so (theater) is the perfect thing to do that.”

(The Youth Performance Award is co-sponsored by Performance Pipe and the Grant County News. The public is encouraged to nominate a deserving student. For more information on how to nominate someone call 824-3343.)