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Star Prairie Lions announce five 2018 Shining Stars

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The Star Prairie Lions Club created The Prairie Star Award four years ago. It is a program that recognizes 6-11 graders for unsolicited acts of kindness. Nominations are sought from school staff that witness such acts of goodness. This year's recipients are unique in their unselfish contributions to others. The Club will donate $100 in the name of each recipient to a charity of their choice.

Kamryn Brodie — Grade 6

Kind hearted Kamryn is defined by her organization of a church bake sale to support the backpack program at school, donating her Christmas money to Grace Place and helping at Ruby's Pantry. This 12-year old honor roll student makes giving of herself "something she just likes to do." Kamryn's $100 award from the Lions Club will go to the Ava Christianson Memorial Fund. Ava was a 9-year-old who died last fall in Prescott. The fund will create the Fairy Garden Wonderland Park in honor of Ava and other children who have lost their lives to cancer.

Elisabeth Anderson — Grade 7

Elisabeth Anderson was nominated for her sensitivity to others. She is described as a "consistent, conscientious support (to) her classmates in their learning." She advocates for peers and exudes a firm determination to help others. Crossing the gender lines, she competes as a wrestler and weight lifter. Here too, she exhibits good sportsmanship and encouragement to her teammates. Elisabeth has named Feed My Starving Children to receive $100 from the Club.

Ellen Stadler — Grade 9

At Promise Kept Therapeutic Riding Center in Baldwin, Ellen has dedicated her Saturdays to caring for horses and riders. She grooms horses, cleans stalls and mows pastures. On the human side, she assists riders with physical, mental or behavioral impairments who have come to ride as a therapy. Her quiet, reserved style is just right for the job. Ellen chose Five Loaves Food Shelf to receive the $100 check from the Lions Club in her name.

Teresa Tenner — Grade 10

The KEY Club (Kiwanis Employing Youth) gives Teresa the leadership opportunities to encourage her classmates to help others. Her energy sparked a student body fundraiser that gave a $500 donation to a family who lost a child to a house fire. Teresa volunteers with youth at her church. Her compassion, kindness and thoughtfulness are the essence of the Prairie Star Award. The Lions Club will donate $100 to the GAP Fund in Teresa's name. (The GAP Fund provides items for students in need to help break down barriers to educational success.)

Lydia Maier — Grade 11

Lydia was nominated for her efforts to help peers with mental and physical disabilities through GTT (Getting Teens Together). She accompanies them to movies, on event trips and with activities. Her smiling, positive spirit is patient and supportive. Lydia has named the Soul Space Farm Sanctuary (a rescue place for abandoned pets and farm animals) to receive $100 from the Club.