St. Albans Lodge 28 Free and Accepted Masons in Jackson presented the annual Honesty and Integrity awards on Oct. 10 to students Reed Edwards, of St. Francisville, and Foxworth "Fox" Vidrine, of Jackson.
Guest speaker at the ceremony was East Feliciana Parish Clerk of Court David Dart, who received the award in high school, along with East Feliciana Sheriff Jeff Travis, a senior warden with St. Albans.
Dart received his award from Olive Lodge 52 in Clinton, while Travis received his from St. Albans.
"I must point out what a tremendous role the Masons have played in forming and directing the hearts of young people for generations. I'm not sure if you know the depth of positive influence that you've had, but I can remember not so many years ago when I was in high school and received a call that I had been selected to receive the award," Dart said. "I can still remember the shock and amazement that I experienced."
Dart pointed out that Travis could likely relate to the same experience.
"I was amazed that anybody, not to mention a group of men who I had looked up to, would believe so much in me as to give me such a prestigious award. I felt a conviction to do better, as these men saw something in me that I didn't see in myself," Dart added. "I appreciate what the Masons do; they have an impact far beyond what they may realize."
The Honesty and Integrity awards recognize young men and women in 11th grade for academic achievements and those acknowledged by their peers and teachers as embodying the concepts of honesty and integrity.
Edwards attends West Feliciana High School where he is an A-honor roll student, maintains a 4.18 GPA and is a member of the Senior Beta Club, soccer, cross-country and baseball teams.
He lives in Star Hill with his parents, Todd and Kelly Edwards, and attends Jackson United Methodist where he volunteers during Vacation Bible School.
Edwards belongs to Boy Scout Troop 51 and is planning his Eagle Scout project while working with Audubon State Historic Site to build handicap ramps for the park's main building.
Vidrine, who attends University High School in Baton Rouge, has a 3.94 grade-point average. He is a member of 4-H, a member of the French and Youth Life clubs and is on the U-High and Marucci baseball squads.
He lives with his parents, Jody and Susan Vidrine, in Jackson and attends Jackson United Methodist, where he is a member of the youth group.
Vidrine belongs to Boy Scout Troop 51, as well, and is working on his Eagle Scout project, identifying trees and making signs at Audubon state park.