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Mayor proclaims special day in village to honor local teen

Thursday, June 26, 2014

Leading off the new business portion of the June 16 board meeting’s agenda was, what many would likely argue, the most important item to be discussed for the evening. It was a proclamation, read into the record by Mayor Marilyn Johnson, proclaiming that June 16 was Yasir Hasnain Day in the Village of Forsyth.

The mayor, with a pronunciation assist from Trustee Bob Rasho, enthusiastically read off a litany of Yasir’s accomplishments. It’s a resume that might take most of us 113 years to put together but only took 13 years for this impressive young man, a freshman-to-be at Maroa-Forsyth High School, to accomplish. Here’s a sampling:

  • He plays saxophone in the school band and jazz band.
  • He’s taken piano lessons for six years at Millikin University School of Music.
  • He has been a member of the Math Counts team for three years, was regional champ this year and competed at state level.
  • He has been a spelling bee competitor since the age of 4. He placed first in the 2014 county and regional spelling bees and earned 13th place in semifinals at Scripps.
  • He was the school geography champ twice, finishing in top 100 this year, and competed at the state level.
  • For the National History Bee, he placed second in the region and competed as national qualifier in Atlanta.

After much applause from trustees and those assembled, including his family, Yasir asked if he could say a few words. Standing at a place and in a space where brevity is so rare a commodity, Yasir took the podium and stuck to his promise of a short speech.

“Wow,” was the first thing he said, a genuine and modest reaction to the idea of a day being named for him. He said he never expected such an honor, and he said that “it was a great honor to represent Forsyth” at the National Spelling Bee. 

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