The theme "Showcasing Our Ability @ Work" was front-and-center Thursday at the Ross County Pioneer Center's 17th Annual Awards event.

Guest speaker Robert Haas, a former U.S. Navy Commander who lost one of his legs in a service related injury, spoke about overcoming adversity in life and detailed how he has accomplished that in now working with amputees through his Amputee Recreational Support Group of Central Ohio.

Award recipients at the ceremony are as follows:

"Distinguished Student Achievement Award"- Teresa Hodge

"Distinguished Student Achievement Award"- Zac Bouillon

"Distinguished Adult Achievement Award"- Donna Bobo

"Pioneer Achievement Award"- Carol Uhrig

"Clark Alexander Award"- Patricia Spriggs

"Ross County Caregiver's Award"- Mike & Teressa Kemper

"Stauffer/Maddox Award"- Roosters Restaurant- Chillicothe

"Special Recognition Award"- WKKJ Radio

"Ohio Public Images Awards"- WBEX Radio & Chillicothe Gazette