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MASONS HONOR STUDENTS, EDUCATOR WITH LAMAR AWARD

April 19, 2017
 
Three Granbury students and a teacher were recognized for their personal achievements by the Granbury Masonic Lodge No. 392 during a presentation at the Granbury ISD school board meeting on April 17, 2017.
 
Representing the Masonic Lodge, Gary Merritt praised the four recipients of the Mirabeau B. Lamar Award.  Named for one of the presidents of the Republic of Texas, the honor is bestowed on outstanding achievers who have overcome personal difficulties or hardships as well as those who accept the challenge to excel in helping make our communities, state, and nation stronger. Merritt was joined for the presentation by Lee Shifflett.
 
Honored were Granbury High School students Payton Holmgreen and Samantha Reiner, Acton Elementary School student Christian Garcia, and Granbury Middle School teacher Atyka Ditto.
 
Lamar Award - Payton Holmgreen  
 
Holmgreen suffered a swim injury earlier in school year.  She worked hard to overcome her injury, according to social studies teacher Cindy Leatherman, who nominate.  The senior class president, Holmgreen is a student leader and respected by her classmates through involvement in a number of activities, including student council, Key Club, Environmental Science Club, and StoneWater Church youth group.
 
Lamar Award - Samantha Reiner  
 
The other GHS nominee, Reiner, carried a twenty-pound bag of rice as a way to bring awareness to the cause of hunger in Africa.  Through Lakeside Baptist Church, she is raising money by selling homemade baked good to buy a goal to send to the continent.  Reiner plays the viola in a Fort Worth youth orchestra and hopes to major in music and later become a medical missionary, according to health science teacher Sonya Byrd.
 
Lamar Award - Christian Garcia  
 
Garcia, an AES third grader, was born without the ability to see but is blessed with a dynamic personality.  His positive attitude and strong academics led teachers Paula Adams and Katie Agor to nominate him for the honor.  Garcia shined at a Braille competition earlier year, plays the piano, and can occasionally perform a rap song to a cheering crowd.
 
Lamar Award - Atyka Ditto  
 
A sixth grade English/language arts teacher at GMS, Ditto helps make a positive school climate each day.  She singlehandedly started the school student council, which organizes a number of campus activities and community service projects.  Co-worker Aubrey Allen praised her colleague, stating that Ditto once gave the shoes she was wearing to a student in need.  “She cares for her students to an outstanding degree,” Allen commented.
 
Merritt praised each honoree for their accomplishments, as he awarded each of them a certificate and medal.