Area students receive Masonic award _lowres

Photo provided by Sue Lemings -- Slaughter Masonic Lodge 475 F&AM presents its annual Honesty and Integrity awards Oct. 16 at a banquet and lodge meeting. The ceremony included, from left, guest speaker, Slaughter Police Chief Walter Smith, award recipient Thomas Lemings, Worshipful Master Frank Lemings, award recipient Bryan Andes and Grand Lodge Junior Warden Will Gray.

Silliman student Thomas Blake Lemings, 17, and Central Private student Bryan Craig Andes, 17, received the Masonic Honesty and Integrity Award on Oct. 16 from the Slaughter Lodge 475 F&AM.

The award is a part of the Masonic fraternity’s program to recognize honesty and integrity in the lives of local youth. Each lodge chooses its own students according to grades, dependability, participation, responsibility and how they interact with other students and teachers, explained Frank Lemings, worshipful master.

The award presentations were made to this year’s two recipients at a meeting of the lodge attended by friends and relatives of the students as well as members of the fraternity.

Frank Lemings opened the ceremony by asking Will Gray, Grand Lodge junior warden, to speak to the group about his Masonic education and what it means to be a Mason.

Guest speaker was Slaughter Police Chief Walter Smith, who talked about how being a Mason has made a difference in his life.

Smith praised the students for merits and achievements, and applauded the talent and hard work that led to them receiving the award.

“Great emphasis is put on the importance of this award,” Smith said.

Andes is the son of Andrea and Matt Davis and Andy Andes. He is a member of Zoar Baptist Church.

Thomas Lemings is the son of Stephanie and Jeff Lemings and is a member of Port Hudson Baptist Church.

Both students like to hunt and fish, Frank Lemings said.