Feb. 2, 2017 – West Bend, WI – The West Bend Optimist Club presented its 2016 Explorer of the Year Award today to Evan Powers.
The 22-year-old is a West Bend West High School graduate. Powers is currently enrolled at UW-Waukesha County and currently studying criminal justice.”
“This is my third year in West Bend Police Explorers and I joined because I wanted to get real-life experience,” he said. “I’ve volunteered 200 hours to community service and I’ve learned I have to maintain a professionalism when dealing with people.”
Powers has also spent 100 hours on ride alongs with West Bend Police.
“He’s volunteered with the July Fourth Parade and he volunteers at the high school with special ed,” said mom Kim Powers.
Powers said he enjoys working at Wheels on Main the most. “We rotate shifts and it’s a great atmosphere,” he said.
Optimist President Mike Hartwell said they were really impressed with the amount of hours Powers committed to volunteer service. “Evan does a real good job with the hours he volunteers and that helps free up other officers for police work,” he said.
Hartwell said Powers is a good listener and consciousness about following through on every project. The Optimist Award was presented at noon on Thursday at New Perspectives Lighthouse in West Bend.
Photos courtesy John Best