Elks celebrates community youth

| May 4, 2018

The Coshocton and River View high school Elks Teens of the Month were honored with a youth banquet on May 3 at the Elks Lodge. Each student was chosen by their school. Jen Jones | Beacon

COSHOCTON – The local Elks lodge knows how important the youth of the community are and on Thursday, May 3, they celebrated several accomplishments of local students with a banquet and awards ceremony.

Mike Wilson said, “We will be honoring youth of Coshocton County who participated in soccer and hoop shoot outs and the Elks Teens of the Month from River View and Coshocton high schools.” Wilson explained that the Teens of the Month are chosen by each high school for every month from September to April.  Each district also chooses a student of the year.

“The Grand Lodge decrees every year that the first week of May is Youth Appreciation Week,” said Wilson to open the evening.  “We want you to know how much we appreciate you and your parents for all you do.”

Awards were also presented to the winners of the Americanism Contest. Each entry was an essay titled “Why our Veterans are American Heroes.” Jim Baylor said that there were two divisions of the contest: Division I – fifth and sixth grades and Division II seventh and eighth grades. River View had 488 essays submitted for the contest.

Winners were: Division I – Taylor Brown, Eva Miller-Stanton and Choey Geog, who also won at the district level and Division II – Destiny Frye and Isabella Justice who also won at the district level. Geog and Justice shared their essays at the banquet.

Soccer shoot winner Ari Snyder was recognized, followed by the Hoop Shoot winners: Girls – 8 & 9 year old – Jacey Hess; 10 & 11 year old – Audrey Border; and 12 & 13 year old – Kaelynn Robinson; Boys 8 & 9 year old – Wyatt Stanton; 10 & 11 year old – Colton Conkle; and 12 & 13 year old – Trent Warden.

Coshocton High School’s Teens of the Month were: Elle Coffman (September), Madison Miller (October), Allen Davis (November), Tara Salmons (December), Ashley Roahrig (January), Liam Enterkin (February), Megan Stonbraker (March) and Audra McClain (April). McClain was chosen as CHS’s Teen of the Year.

River View High School’s Teens of the Month were: Liz Porteus (September), Brianna Yonley (October), Devon Fortune (November), Mackenzie Huff (December), Raynor Shoemaker (January), Skyler Stewart (February), Chase Whitehair (March) and Cole Wilson (April). Yonley was chosen as RVHS’s Teen of the Year.

At the end of the awards ceremony, Wilson said, “Youth are our hope and future for tomorrow. We need you – our country needs you. God Bless you all.”

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