Samuel Doak Chapter National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution presented community service awards to three Lakeway area high school students during a ceremony Thursday afternoon at the Cornerstone Building of the First United Methodist Church as part of of the Doak Chapter meeting.
James Ross received a Community Service Award for an Eagle Scout project he completed this year. Her award was presented by Registrar Barbara Baker.
Regent Carol Long presented a Grainger High School JROTC award to Jade Kuykendall. A JROTC East/West High School award was presented by Long to Kyle Ross during East High’s awards program on Thursday morning.
For his Eagle Scout project, Ross built shelves for the Habitat for Humanity center and a thrift store off State Route 160 in Talbott that also helps repair homes in the area.
“Most of the stuff they get, they get it through donations,” Ross said. “All of these (donations) are about 10 times the size of the (meeting) room on the floor.”
Habitat has a thrift store there where they sell donated items to raise money to help people repair and improve their homes. The storage area containing items for the thrift store was very cluttered and disorganized due to many donations, making it difficult for staff to access the items they needed to move into the store.
Ross built 10 storage shelves 8ft long x 4ft wide with 4 shelves each. These shelves were painted in the colors of Habitat for Humanity, green and blue. He also built two shelves for the store. These shelves were 7 feet long and were colored to match the existing shelves. Once the shelves were complete, he and his assistants helped Habitat staff sort and load the shelves.
James Ross’ parents David and Hope Ross and BSA Scouts Troop 91 leader Larry Swinson were on hand to show their support for James. Although Ben Simpson, President of Scouts BSA Troop 91, Eagle Scout Committee for First United Methodist Church, and Habitat for Humanity Community Outreach Coordinator Sandra Wieber were unable to attend, they wrote a letter recommending James for the award. Ross received a certificate, CSA pin and check.
sergeant. Brian Owens represented the JROTC program for Grainger High School and spoke about the accomplishments of Jade Kuykendall.
“I was an instructor for two years at Grainger High School,” Owens said. “When we looked at this year’s awards, Jade was a no-brainer. She’s a very aggressive leader, one of those people who, if you ask her to do something, does it. If she has to help someone, a student or a teacher, she is always there. It’s a small sign of what she does, but she goes out of her way to make sure she is always on top or trying to help someone. another to become the best.
Samuel Doak Chapter presented a certificate, a bronze ROTC medal and a check to Kuykendall and Ross.
An ROTC Bronze Medal is awarded to a junior or senior student in a junior/high school JROTC program or an undergraduate graduate student who has participated in an ROTC program. For consolidated JROTC programs, a medal may be awarded to an outstanding cadet from each school participating in the program. The medals are worn according to the JROTC protocol.