Two students and two workers at St. John Primary and St. Theresa Middle schools were recently presented the Neighbors Ways Awards from Neighbors Federal Credit Union.

Ann Marie Erie of Neighbors Federal Credit handed out the awards Feb. 6.

For the past several years, St. John Primary and St. Theresa Middle schools, in conjunction with the Neighbors Federal Credit Union, have presented the awards to students and staff members who best exemplify the ideals of “integrity, respect, trust, stability, community involvement, honesty, empathy, ethical behavior and fairness,” a release from the school says.

This year’s eighth-grade recipients were Taylor Empson and Madeline Lato. Empson is the son of Ryan Empson and Tracy Ducote.

Empson was described as a “very Christ-like” student who knows much about his faith and shares it with everyone. Lato was described as a caring, kind, compassionate person who makes herself available to her classmates, teachers and administrators.

Also honored were staffers Renae Schexnaydre, an instructional assistant for third grade at St. John Primary, and Mrs. Tiffany Penton, librarian at St. Theresa Middle.

Schexnaydre is the wife of Troy Schexnaydre and mother of Aaron and Matt. Aaron is a freshman at Southeastern University, and Matt is a junior at Catholic High School.

“Schexnaydre is always behind the scenes, hard at work, taking care of the students,” the release says. “Her dedication to the school, staff, students, and her family is something all should emulate.”

Penton is the wife of Jeremy Penton and mother of Beau and Grant, who attend St. John Primary.

“Penton exemplifies the core values associated with this award in her daily positive attitude, her genuine welcoming greeting, her desire to serve in any way she can, and her determination to display Catholic values in her actions in our school community,” the release says.