Christmas is for the young at heart.
That's the impetus behind the nomination of 17-year-old Derick Nowacki
as Grand Marshal of the 2016 Warren Christmas Parade, which will be
held Dec. 2, from the Times Observer building in downtown Warren.
Nowacki is vice president of his senior class at Warren Area High
School, a member of the National Honor Society and a golfer and on the
It's outside the classroom, Nowacki mostly impacts his community and
separates himself as a leader. Quite literally.
Nowacki has recently promoted to chief of the Warren Law Enforcement
Explorer Post 312, a Boys Scouts law enforcement division with the
City of Warren Police. It's a great start for Nowacki, who is going to
attend college to major in Nursing, but he ultimately wants to become
a state police trooper.
He's experienced hands-on training in finger printing at special
events through his Explorers post, and has "learned to speak with the
public and relate to them on a personal level," he said.
"It means a lot to me to be the grand marshal," said Nowacki of his
nomination. "I have served the Warren community for a few years and
hope to continue serving the community for many more. I care greatly
about the people of Warren County and hope that they choose me to be
their grand marshal."
He joined Pleasant Township Volunteer Fire Department in 2014 as a
junior member, and attends classes on firefighting. He also joined
Glade Township Volunteer Fire Department to help with water rescue,
and is classified as an EMR (Emergency Medical Responder).
"He takes pride in his community and wants to come back after he
graduates from college," said his grandmother, Mrs. Josephine Scully.