Recipients of the Elizabeth D. Baier Youth Spirit Award

The Elizabeth D. Baier Youth Spirit Award was created in September 2007 in honor of Elizabeth D. Baier’s 25th Anniversary as Executive Director of the United Way of Posey County. Michelle Hudson, Past-President of the United Way of Posey County and a member of the selection committee, said,” The United Way of Posey County wanted to recognize Elizabeth for her service to the United Way, but we also wanted to honor her for her many years of leadership, community involvement, and volunteer services to Posey County. An award recognizing exemplary volunteerism by young people had been a dream of Elizabeth’s for many years, so the creation of the Youth Spirit Award in her name seemed to be the perfect way to honor her.”

Amber Allyn, a member of the Class of 2021 at Mount Vernon Senior High School, and Claire Koester, a member of the Class of 2022 at North Posey Senior High School, have been selected as recipients of the Elizabeth D. Baier Youth Spirit Award for 2021. The Award, in the amount of $500, is given annually to an incoming high school senior who is a resident of Posey County and who is involved in community activities in Posey County. Due to the coronavirus pandemic restrictions, no award was given last year, so this year both a member of the Class of 2021 and a member of the Class of 2022 have been recognized.

Amber Allyn, Class of 2021 at Mount Vernon Senior High School
Claire Koester, Class of 2022 at North Posey Senior High School

Amber is the daughter of Matt and Heather Allyn and is involved in many school and community activities. She is particularly proud of her leadership in the commissioning of the first mural on Main Street in Mount Vernon. She has demonstrated strong commitment to FFA, in which she has held offices at various levels; to her church, having led a successful coat drive; and to her school, where she has been a member of student council, National Honor Society, DECA, and Key Club. She has been involved in various fund raisings in and out of school, including serving as community chair for 14 News Sunrise School Spirit, where 20,536 pounds of food was collected, and serving on her school’s team at the Posey County United Way Day of Caring. Amber will be attending Butler University this fall, majoring in Entrepreneurship and Innovation with the goal of earning an MBA degree.

Claire is the daughter of Eric and Erin Koester and has been very active in her school and community. She sees giving back to the community and helping others as an important role in her life. She has received recognition in her school as a member of National Honor Society and student council, as basketball/volleyball MVP, and as a Rising Star of Indiana. She has shown leadership ability as a team captain in school and as president of the Ribeyre Gym Restoration Group. She has contributed her time and talent to Relay for Life, Big Brothers Big Sisters, and Saint Wendel & Francis for Youth. Claire’s goal for the future is to attend medical school at Indiana University and become a pediatrician.


The Elizabeth D. Baier Youth Spirit Award will be presented to Amber and Claire at the United Way of Posey County Leadership Giving Dinner in September. For more information regarding the Award or the United Way’s Leadership Giving Program, please call 812-838-3757, or email unitedwayposey@gmail.com.