The Captain Ralph Stewart Chapter, Sons of the American Revolutions, presented the 2017 Good Citizens Award to eighth graders: Zachary Harrah, Michael Wiley, Kendra Ellison, and Kristien Boothe. The event was held on April 29, 2017 at the Guyandotte Missionary Baptist church at Jesse, WV.
Zachary is the son of Tammy Harrah of Beaver, West Virginia. An honor roll student throughout middle school, he is also on the Shady Spring Middle School Archery Team where he won the Willis Walker Award in the fifth grade. Outside of school he is an avid hunter and fisherman. His community activities include donating to the local animal shelter and he says helping others in any way he can. Future plans are to earn a college degree in business as well as certification in Diesel Mechanics so that he can become a business owner.
The Oceana Middle School recipient is Michael Wiley, son of Melissa and Carless Wiley of Oceana, West Virginia. His achievements include being on the Honor roll and chosen as Student of the Month three times. He is also an OMS History Bowl participant. He is a First Class Boy Scout and was recently honored by the Oceana Town Council for his scouting accomplishments. Michael is a Power House attendee and a SADD member. The future plans for the very talented young man include either moving to Los Angeles to become an actor to studying Computer Science at West Virginia University.
Kendra Ellison is the daughter of Frank and Hannah Ellison of Cyclone, West Virginia. Her school accomplishments include participating in Student Council and being selected Student of the Month multiple times as well as earning Honor Roll and Brain Trust. Outside of school, Kendra attends church where she helps with Vacation Bible School, is on the drama team, performs skits and helps decorate for special church events. This accomplished young lady is both, a self-taught artist and piano player as well as soon to be published poet. She plans to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree. Her possible career choices range from mental health counseling and cosmetology to photography.
Kristen Boothe is the daughter of Dale and Jennifer Boothe of McGraws, West Virginia. During her school years she has earned Honor Roll several times. Recently she was chosen to represent Glen Fork Elementary & Middle School at the “Youth in Government” event at the West Virginia State Capital. Her future plans are to obtain a college degree in a yet to be decided area.
SAR Chapter members Bill Lester, Calvin Hannah, and Robert Tilley are co-chairman of the project. This year’s winners were selected by the faculty at their respective schools based on their dependability, service, leadership and patriotism as well as their contributions to life in the home, school, church, and community. The John Cooke Chapter, Daughters of the American Revolution co-hosted the event by honoring their citizenship winners from the two county high schools.
The SAR chapter also honored Logan Bland, a junior at Wyoming East High School. He participated in the national SAR George S. and Stella Knight Essay contest. His essay entitled “Secret Heroes of the Revolutionary War” was chosen the winner at the chapter and state levels. Certificates, medallions, and monetary gifts were presented by the Captain Ralph Stewart Chapter SARS as well as the West Virginia Society Sons of the American Revolution. Kate Cox and Christy Cardwell, teachers at Wyoming East, were also recognized.