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North Adams students receive Masonic awards

Two local students and a retired educator were recognized at the Historic Seventh Masonic District’s Grand Master’s Banquet on Feb. 5 in Winchester.

Emily Jade Spriggs and Aaron Shane Pertuset were presented the Grand Master’s Excellence in Youth Award by Grand Master, Robert C. Rill Sr.

Spriggs, a senior in the 2016 class at North Adams High school will be graduating with honors as Valedictorian this spring with a 4.0 GPA. She is a member of the National Honor Society and Treasurer of the Beta Club.

Spriggs has also received awards for: Softball – All League, First Team All District, Second Team All District, All State Honorable Mention, and Golf – All League, First Team All District.

She also helps with the Beginners class at her church and chaperones trips with them, and participates in the Leadercast program at SSCC.

Aaron Pertuset, also a senior in the 2016 North Adams High School graduating class, is in the top ten of the class and on the A/B honor roll. He has received multiple awards, including: OSSCA Scholastic soccer coaches “Academic Excellence Award” while maintaining a 3.7 GPA and playing OSSCA D.III-Ohio Soccer.

Additionally, Aaron helps coach pee wee youth teams and teaches children about the game and how to be a good role model on and off the field.

In his church, he participates in community outreach programs, including community lunches and teen outreach; Christmas concerts and church visitations.

He has been awarded the Leadership Adams Youth Academy Alumni and Asbury Scholarship.

During the banquet a Community Service Award was presented to Steven M. Darby of West Union. Darby is the pastor of the Dunkinsville United Methodist Church. He is officially retired, but remains active coaching high school varsity community football programs at West Union, and is a 4-H Horse Club advisor.

Darby is a graduate of Miami University (Bachelor of Education), Xavier University (MA Educational Administration). Additionally, he has completed post graduate work at Xavier and the University of Dayton.

His professional career includes: High school teacher, Assistant Principal, Principal, Athletic Director, Guidance Counselor and Mentor.

He has also been the pastor of the Seaman United Methodist Church, Lay Preacher in Adams, Brown, and Highland Counties, and developed a witness team called the Messengers. He resides in West Union with his wife, Nancy and was unable to attend the awards ceremony, being hospitalized after injuries suffered in a recent auto accident.

Masonic Grand Master, Robert C. Rill Sr., right, presents Jade Spriggs the Grand Master’s Excellence in Youth Award.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_JadeSpriggs.jpgMasonic Grand Master, Robert C. Rill Sr., right, presents Jade Spriggs the Grand Master’s Excellence in Youth Award. Photo courtesy of the Seventh Masonic District

Aaron Pertuset, left, was presented the Grand Master’s Excellence in Youth Award by Grand Master, Robert C. Rill Sr.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_AaronPertuset.jpgAaron Pertuset, left, was presented the Grand Master’s Excellence in Youth Award by Grand Master, Robert C. Rill Sr. Photo courtesy of the Seventh Masonic District
Steve Darby receives the Masonic Community Service Award

By Patricia Beech

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