INDIANAPOLIS – On Tuesday, State Senator J.D. Ford (D-Indianapolis) joined Lieutenant Governor Suzanne Crouch to present the Lieutenant Governor’s Brilliant Firefly award to both Sophie Quick and Samuel Seyer of Zionsville, both constituents of Sen. Ford’s. The Brilliant Firefly is awarded to young Hoosiers who have distinguished themselves by demonstrating outstanding community service, exemplary academic achievement and exceptional leadership in their communities.

“I nominated Sophie for completing her Girl Scout Gold Project,” Sen. Ford said. “This past year, Sophie planned a program at her school for the late Eva Kor to speak and spread her message of forgiveness. Sophie knows the importance of spreading awareness of the Holocaust, especially since anti-Semitic events have hit central Indiana in the past year. This program was a great service to the community, and I’m proud of Sophie’s work.”

“I also nominated Samuel for achieving the rank of Eagle Scout,” Sen. Ford said. “Sam has been involved with the Scouts since a very young age and had to overcome grief and other obstacles on his journey to Eagle Scout. Sam’s project included helping coordinate logistics for Camp Healing Tree as well as raising funds for Brooke’s Place for Grieving Young People. Sam, you are a true example for Hoosiers of the power of perseverance and determination in shaping one’s life.”

“District 29 is lucky to have these two young Hoosiers,” Sen. Ford said. “Our community is a better place because of them, and I am glad they were both honored in such a fashion.”

Lt. Governor Crouch also commented on the award presentation.

“It was such a privilege to hear more about Sophie and Sam’s extraordinary community service efforts, and to award them both with the Brilliant Firefly award,” Lt. Governor Crouch said. “I cannot wait to see what the future holds for these two remarkable young Hoosiers.”


Photos from the presentation can be found here.