ILWACO Nearly 150 students and family members were treated to hot fudge sundaes at Occident Masonic Lodge No. 99, F. & A. M. in Ilwaco this weekend to wind up the annual awards to 26 students named as outstanding citizens in grades four through eight in four area schools as selected by teachers and staff.
Local author and historian Sydney Stevens spoke about the ancestral role model she met through a diary found in her grandparents Oysterville home when she was in her teens. The lady became the subject of her inspirational book, Dear Medora.
R.W. Bruce E. Vesper, deputy grand master, Free & Accepted Masons of Washington, presented the awards. Event co-chairman Michael A. Carmel, of Long Beach, explained that the program gives recognition to students who are simply great people thoughtful, considerate kids who make the right decisions and influence others in a positive way, both by action and example.
Ilwaco Middle School: Anessa Woodby (8th), Phillip Gittings (7th), McKenzie Keach (7th); Jack Odneal (8th).
Ocean Park Elementary School: Isabella Frey (4th); Zoey Warner (6th); Johnny Pickering (4th); Luis Gordillo-Sanchez (4th); Favian Garcia (5th) and Melissa Merino-Ortiz (5th).
Long Beach Elementary School: Jerrad Lague and KLynn Busby (4th); Jack Marshman (5th); Chris Wood (6th); Sunny Kemmer (5th); Faith Simonson (6th).
Naselle-Grays River Valley School District: Emma Colombo and Kolby Glenn (4th); Emeri Wilson (7th); Cameron Burch (8th); Erik Lund (7th); McKenzie Glenn and Jacob Eaton (6th); Ethan Lindstrom and Anna Kulp (5th). Not shown, Ellie Chapman, 8th grade.