Honesty and Integrity awards given to area students

2019 Honesty and Integrity Awards were given by DeQuincy Masonic Lodge #279 on Saturday, May 4. Worshipful Master Lanty Wylie presented ten area high school students with the awards. Pictured above are: (front row, from left) Brody Pickering, Singer; Lanty Beau Wylie and Emily Matheson, DeQuincy; Grace Gillis, Starks; Terhyn Barlow, DeQuincy; Ashton Gibbs, Singer; Matthew Bronson and Zane Cooley, DeQuincy; and Ian Swain, Starks; (back row) Danny Clifton, Don Walker, Jerry McCaig, Mayor Riley Smith, Scott Wylie, WM Lanty Wylie, Tom Threet, and Jeff Haley. Molly Neyland of DeQuincy is not pictured.

Area eleventh grade students were awarded with Honesty and Integrity Awards by the DeQuincy Masonic Lodge #279 on Saturday, May 4.

The awards were presented by WM Lanty Wylie. Students honored were Brody Pickering and Ashton Gibbs, Singer High School; Lanty Beau Wylie, Emily Mattheson, Terhyn Barlow, Matthew Bronson, Zane Cooley, and Molly Neyland, DeQuincy High School; and Grace Gillis and Ian Swain, Starks High School.

The students and families were served a meal. Afterwards, the Masons presented a special program and then each student was recognized and presented with a certificate and a key that represents integrity.

The area juniors from Singer, Starks, and DeQuincy who received the awards were chosen not for their grades, but for the substance of their character. The high school counselors are asked to look for youth who stand out as kind and show an aptitude for goodness.

Area officials present were Mayor Riley Smith and Denise Maddox, principal of Singer High School.