Maggie Cornett (2018 youth winner) receiving her award from Jarynn Sampson (2017 youth winner)
Rising Star 2017 Winner Jarynn Sampson
in memoriam of Joe Mellen
September 19, 1958 – August 2, 2011
Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer Horizon Bank
Hoosier STAR Master of Ceremonies 2006-2010
Joe Mellen was much more than “The Voice of Hoosier STAR” as he brought life and energy to the stage. He was on the ground floor of this event working diligently on the committee year round. As a community leader, volunteer firefighter and a good friend to everyone he met, Joe possessed a positive attitude, enthusiasm, dedication, encouragement, congeniality, a sense of humor, an appreciation for the arts and an industrious work ethic. In his honor this “Rising Star” award is presented to the youth finalist who exemplifies the STAR qualities that Joe radiated on and off the stage.