18 students earn Youth Citizenship Awards

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The Daughters of the American Revolution’s Thomas Hadley Chapter has presented Youth Citizenship Awards to 18 Wilson County fifth graders.

Public and private schools select the honorees, and only one student per school receives the distinction. Awards are presented to fifth grade students who demonstrate the qualities of honor, service, courage, leadership and patriotism.

“We believe education of our youth in American citizenship is of supreme importance,” the Thomas Hadley Chapter’s Frances Humphrey wrote in a letter to participating schools. “It is most important to foster among schoolchildren a greater appreciation of the qualities of citizenship needed by our country.”

The local DAR chapter provides certificates and award pins for Youth Citizenship Award winners. Students are usually recognized during schoolwide awards day ceremonies.

Wilson County’s 2019 Youth Citizenship Award winners are:

• Emilee Finberg, Community Christian School

• Katherine Michelle Joyner, Wilson Christian Academy

• Lydia Denton, Greenfield School

• Samantha Reese, Vinson-Bynum Elementary School

• Savannah Comstock, Rock Ridge Elementary School

• Kimora Anthony, Vick Elementary School

• Zyharia Williams, Jones Elementary School

• Kelly Hernandez-Rosales, Hearne Elementary School

• Luke Daniel Quick, Wells Elementary School

• Makenzie McNair, Lee Woodard Elementary School

• Melania Dixon, Lucama Elementary School

• Madison Rose Ferrell, New Hope Elementary School

• Zheneavia Speight-Edwards, Stantonsburg Elementary School

• Katie Renee White, Gardners Elementary School

• Melayna Tyndall, Frederick Douglass Elementary School

• Sha’niyah Shantell Artis-McClain, Barnes Elementary School

• Jayda Williams, Winstead Elementary School

• Tristen Jamill Anderson, Eastern North Carolina School for the Deaf