(BEDFORD) - The Bedford Lions Club recently honored 18 Lawrence County youths for their involvement in school, church and community activities.
Claude Parson reports, more than 100 people attended the event, which was the Lions Club's annual Youth
Appreciation Program. The location was First Assembly of God Church, and the emcee was Lion Bill Morris, who has chaired the program since its inception.
Bob Bridge, columnist for the Times-Mail, was guest speaker. He complimented the youths on making good life choices, adding that "it is reassuring to know we have such good, young leaders to count on in the future."
Bridge emphasized that "one good-hearted person can make a discernible difference," and left the youths with one of his favorite Ralph Waldo Emerson quotes: "It is one of the most beautiful compensations of this life that no man can sincerely try to help another without helping himself."
The honored youths ranged in age from middle school through high school. Each was cited as "an outstanding youth who has unselfishly given time and/or talent for the betterment of the community."
They were not only cited for academic achievement, but also for work with church, club and school groups, as well as involvement in various ways with other organizations.
The representatives of organizations nominating the youths mentioned their participation in athletic and church programs, their service as role models to youngsters, and abilities as leaders in many ways.
Bedford Lions Club members participating in the program in addition to Morris were Jim Pentzer, Larry Ritter, Clair Roub and club President Bob Ruble.
Framed certificates of achievement went to the following:
* Kylee Bush, daughter of Dan Bush and Toni Wade, sponsored by First Assembly of God Church, presented by Steve Terry.
* Evan Deckard, son of Tim Deckard and Kim Morris, sponsored by Free Methodist Youth, presented by Nick Mullis.
* Ben Embry, son of Phil and Robin Embry, sponsored by Youth for Christ, presented by Nick Mullis.
* Solomon Kirts, son of Cliff Kirts, sponsored by Cornerstone Worship Center, presented by Aaron Poole.
* Caitlin Mefford, daughter of John and Leslie Mefford, sponsored by Oolitic Middle School, presented by Bob Ruble.
* Joshua Mincer, son of William and Glenna Mincer, sponsored by Stone City Christian Academy, presented by Stephen Craig.
* Megan Mitchell, daughter of Greg and Cheryl Mitchell, sponsored by First Assembly of God Church, presented by Steve Terry.
* Elijah Mollett, son of Scott and Kelly Mollett, sponsored by Bedford Middle School, presented by Kelly Storms.
* Levi Nolan, son of Jeremy and Charity Nolan, sponsored by Oolitic Middle School, presented by Bob Ruble.
* Gavin Pierce, son of Chris Pierce and Wendy Rezvani, sponsored by Free Methodist Church, presented by Nick Mullis.
* Katt Reef, daughter of Michael and Wendy Reef, sponsored by Shawswick Middle School, presented by Loretta Bailey.
* Ashlyn Reynolds, daughter of Brent Reynolds and Amber Delphia, sponsored by First Christian Church, presented by Marsha Ochs.
* Tyler Roub, son of Clair and Jamie Roub, sponsored by First Baptist Youth, presented by Clair Roub.
* Kristen Salm, daughter of Scott and Connie Salm, sponsored by Youth For Christ, presented by Nick Mullis.
* Trenadee Staggs, daughter of Jeff and Leslie Staggs, sponsored by Bedford Middle School, presented by Kelly Storms.
* Molly Wagner, daughter of Ed and Susan Wagner, sponsored by Shawswick Middle School, presented by Loretta Bailey.
* Sarah Worley, daughter of Brett and Heidi Worley, sponsored by North Lawrence Girl Scouts, presented by Denise Sproles.
* Jakayla Wininger, daughter of Steve and Trisha Wininger, sponsored by North Lawrence Career Center, presented by Angie Timan.
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