The annual Heritage Lites Presentation Ball and Dance was held earlier this year at the Hale Springs Inn in Rogersville. Each year, the presentation recognizes the youth members for their community service work completed throughout the area.
Lites who have met or exceeded their community service goals for the year are invited, along with their parents and guests. Awards are presented for exemplary service, and scholarship awards are announced. The event recognizes members who are graduating seniors along with their parents.
Seniors presented this year (pictured at right) include: Daniel Jaret Brooks, the son of Danny and Leah Brooks; Tuesday Elizabeth Brown, daughter of Chris Brown and Heather Mitchell; Grayson Douglas Cowan, son of Doug Cowan and Kelly Cowan; Sarah Adeline Gunter, daughter of Jeffrey and Amanda Gunter; Emma Caroline Kenner, daughter of Aaron and Amy Kenner; Allyson Grace Lindsey, daughter of Kevin and Lisa Lindsey; Abby Brogan Long, daughter of Craig and Tiffany Long; Allen Gordon Moncier, son of Karla and the late Bob Moncier; Emily Anne Price, daughter of Robbie and Elizabeth Price; Rylynn Ally Russell, daughter of Ralph “Rusty” and Regina Russell; Heidi Amelia Shanks, daughter of Stefan and Angel Shanks; Olivia Lucille Snodgrass, daughter of Ed and Kelly Snodgrass; and Kassandra Beth Starnes, daughter of Steve and Glenda Starnes.
Junior Lites (pictured at top left) meeting their community services goals and attending the ball were Kacey Burchfield, Jenah Cooper, Kagen Cowan, Rachel Eldridge, Keely Henard, Luke Jarnigan, Will Jenkins, Brittany Nielson and Carter Rice.
Sophomores Lites (pictured at middle left) present were Karah Alvis, Ethan Bledsoe, Kennedy Cowan, Garrett Greene, Maria Howard, Hayden Long, Andrew Miller, Jacey Moncier, Kyle Price, Harper Russell, Graham Solomon, Caroline Testerman and Chloe Weems.
Freshmen Lites (pictured at lower left) attending were Lorryn Alvis-Andies, Ainsley Antrican, Laney Biggs, Cooper Bolton, Abby Carmack, Mallie Cole, Chloe Cooper, Laura Grace Jenkins, Austin Kirkpatrick, Isaac Lindsey, Celeste Loudy, Kimber Smith, Katie Sullivan and Grace Walker.
The Volunteer Service Award is presented to the individual Lite in each of the four grade levels who have logged the most hours in approved community service projects. This year’s awards were presented to freshman Laura Grace Jenkins, sophomore Callie Price, junior Will Jenkins and senior Emma Kenner.
The Volunteer Spirit Award was presented to Brittany Nielsen, a current junior Lite. Brittany exemplifies a willingness to serve, a “can-do” attitude and an above-and-beyond spirit of volunteerism as specified by the award criteria. Each year, one outstanding Lite is chosen to receive this Volunteer Spirit Award.
The Brite Lite Award is presented each year to the one Lite voted by their peers to exemplify the leadership and service characteristics of a Lite. Olivia Snodgrass was the 2016-2017 Brite Lite. This was the second year Olivia won this award.
The Heritage Lites organization is sponsored by the Rogersville Heritage Association and the Rogersville/Hawkins County Chamber of Commerce. The two groups joined together to award scholarships through an application process to Senior Lites for use at the college or university of their choice. This year, the number of scholarships and the financial support was increased and three deserving Lites - Sarah Gunter, Elizabeth Price and Kassie Starnes - were each awarded $500 scholarships and Olivia Snodgrass was awarded a $1,000 scholarship.
The night’s activities include a dinner served by McKinney’s Tavern followed by the traditional mother-son, father-daughter dance for Senior Lites and their parents. After awards, the Lites enjoyed karaoke and dancing in the courtyard of the Hale Springs Inn.