Special to The Star
The Meridian Star
The eighth annual Awards Tea hosted by the Samuel Dale Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution was held on Sunday, April 7.
The meeting was called to order by Regent Glenda Thomas. Opening prayer was led by 2nd Vice Regent Sarah Walters; the pledge of allegiance to the American flag was led by Flag Chairman Janet Sinyard; and salute to the Mississippi flag was led by member, Tiffanie Roberts.
The following awards were presented by Regent Thomas assisted by 1st Vice Regent, Ethel McHenry:
The DAR Good Citizenship award was given to the following 5th grade students who were selected by their teachers as the outstanding fifth grader at their school:
• Railey Mayatt: West Lauderdale Middle School
• Abby Carraway: Calvary Christian School
• Alexis Nicholson: Crestwood Elementary School
• Stella Cummings: St. Patrick Catholic School
• Anna Caroline Melton:Poplar Springs Elementary School
• Alexa Carle': Lamar Elementary School
The ROTC award is given to the outstanding ROTC senior student. This year Cadet Capt. Jacquaela Bailey of Kemper County High School was the recipient.
The DAR Good Citizen Award is given to an outstanding senior. The two winners this year were Abby Jo Nester of Clarkdale High School and Lallie Elise Bennett of Lamar High School. Lallie Elise Bennett also holds the honor of being the DAR Good Citizen for the State of Mississippi.
Two adults were also recognized for their contributions to the Meridian area. Ronnie Miller was the recipient of the Community Involvement Award for significant contributions to the arts through his teaching, acting, directing, and participation in various venues which promote quality entertainment for our community.
Scott Gray was the recipient of the Community Volunteer Award for significant voluntary contributions to the youth in our community through coaching with MYSO, working with the youth at West Lauderdale School, participation with State Games of Mississippi, many years of service to the Boy Scouts of America, and working with church youth groups
There were approximately 80 people in attendance along with the following Samuel Dale Chapter members: Frances Olander, Caroline Wilson, Dot Shank, Janet Sinyard, Elizabeth Kahlmus, Ethel McHenry, Sarah Walters, Ruby Robinson, Tiffanie Roberts, Amy Briscoe, and Glenda Thomas.