Students recognized for being good citizens

Published 7:00 am Saturday, February 15, 2020

Three high school seniors were recognized Saturday by the Picayune chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution with the Good Citizen Award.

The award is given out annually to high school seniors from Pearl River Central High School, Poplarville High School and Picayune Memorial High School.

Students are chosen for the award by their teachers and peers, said DAR Regent Juanita Gex.

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“We recognize students for their good work, patriotism and dependability,” said awards chairman Virginia Mitchell.

Family and friends attended the celebration to support the three award recipients. The awardees parents each pinned their daughters’ medals while Mitchell shared the students’ accomplishments.

Pearl River Central student Patricia Ann Bolar was recognized. Bolar is involved in many service activities, including Buddy Ball and Little Angel Camp, and has held many leadership positions, including president of the PRC Student Council and captain of the Blue Angels Dance Team.

Bolar’s dance teacher Sadie Penton was at the awards ceremony to cheer her on.

“I’m very proud of her. She’s very, very deserving of this,” said Penton.

Picayune Memorial High School student Keena Jackson was awarded for her involvement of the Maroon Tide Student Council since seventh grade, and is vice-president for the 2019 to 2020 school year. She is in the top 15 students in her graduating class and is an active member of the St. Matthew Missionary Baptist Church.

Jackson said she was excited to be selected out of the many students in her school, and was very grateful to receive the award.

Poplarville High School student Brooke Ladner was the third award recipient. Ladner is an honor roll student with a 3.8 GPA. One of her favorite activities is rodeo and she has been a Mississippi High School Rodeo Association member her entire high school career.

Ladner’s grandmother Dorothy Brooks said she was proud to see the 17-year-old receive the award.