MARINETTE — Tom Maxwell, vice president and former president of Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust, is the latest recipient of the Marinette School District’s monthly Community Propel Award. Maxwell accepted the award at the Marinette School Board meeting on June 16.

Maxwell and Farmers & Merchants Bank & Trust were recognized for their sponsorship of the Hi-Q, the oldest continuing academic quiz competition in the United States, as well as the $1,000 scholarships awarded annually to graduating seniors from each of six area high schools.

Maxwell said, “We believe the experience and support of academic competition encourages academic achievement, initiative, and good sportsmanship. We believe that the experience gained from this program as a participant or as a supportive spectator is invaluable.”

Maxwell regularly travels to many of the 18 Hi-Q matches each season, as well as the regional championships where the top five local teams compete to qualify for the national championship. He was a member of the Marinette School Board for 24 years, serving as board president for 19 years.