DAR announces citizenship award winners

The Colonel Abram Penn Chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution has announced the winners of its Youth Citizenship Awards. These awards are presented every year to a student in each of Patrick County’s elementary schools.
• Blue Ridge Elementary School awarded the DAR Youth Citizenship Award to Brendan Ramsey Wednesday, June 1 at the annual seventh grade promotional ceremony.
The award recognizes and rewards individuals who possess the qualities of dependability, service, leadership and patriotism in their homes, schools and communities. These students are selected by their teachers and peers because they demonstrate these qualities to an outstanding degree.
Brendan DAR ashley manns DAR sierra hubbard DAR mckenzie belcher DAR emma faith jones DAR brendon ramseyis the son of Tabitha and David Ramsey of Ararat. He has two sisters, Abigail and Rebekah.
Brendan’s favorite subjects are math and physical education. He has participated in the BRES and Patrick County spelling bees.
After high school, he hopes to study computer coding, computer programming and how to create new technologies. In his free time, Brendan likes to play video games and enjoys being outside. He also enjoys tutoring his peers.
Brendan would like to be remembered for his passion for video game-making and for always doing his best in school. School officials are very proud of Brendan for this achievement and say that he is certainly a deserving winner of the prestigious award.
• Whitley Manns, a graduating seventh grade student from Hardin Reynolds Memorial School, received the Daughters of the American Revolution Award for the 2015-2016 school year.
Whitley is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Benjamin Manns. In her spare time, she enjoys singing, drawing and reading. She loves animals and hopes to play tennis in high school.
She has been on the academic list all year, receiving “A”s and “B”s in every subject area. She also received the citizenship award for making all 100s in conduct this school year and is being awarded for having perfect attendance. She placed in the top three of the spelling bee for the third year in a row.
• The DAR Youth Citizenship Award for 2015-2016 was presented to Sierra Hubbard, daughter of Lekisha and Jacob Hubbard of Meadows of Dan.
Sierra has been a student at Meadows of Dan Elementary School since entering pre-kindergarten. During her elementary years, she has participated in many school-related and extracurricular events, particularly girls’ basketball. She has always been extremely athletic as well as a great team player.
She has continuously worked toward earning excellent grades and maintained honor roll status. Throughout her time at MODE, she has been willing and able to support her fellow students and offer to help staff and teachers.
Sierra plans to continue her outstanding academic progress as well as play sports at Patrick County High School and attend college after graduation.
• Mackenzie Belcher was the recipient of the DAR Good Citizen Award at Stuart Elementary School.
She has a desire to become a meteorologist. She enjoys all sports, but softball is her passion.
Mackenzie is the daughter of Brent and Angie Belcher.
• Woolwine Elementary School’s recipient of the Good Citizenship Award is Emma Faith Jones. Dee Owens, principal, presented the award to Emma during the seventh grade promotion ceremony on June 1.
She also received the President’s Gold Education Award for Academic Excellence, the National Physical Fitness Award, and the Academic Award.
While at Woolwine, she played saxophone in the band, and played middle school basketball.
She is a member of High Point Baptist Church where she helps in the nursery. She is the daughter of Shaun and Natasha Jones, and has three brothers.

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