COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – An afternoon of awards, Chick-Fil-A, and recognition met three Muscogee County students Friday as the Sheriff's office hosted their Fall 2016 Rising Star Ceremony.
Muscogee County students Marianna Rendon-Ramirez from Forrest Road Elementary, Janessa Thompson from Rothschild Leadership Academy, and Jaco Whiteley from Spencer High were all appreciated for their academic achievements, extracurricular activities, and overall positive attitudes that radiate among their peers.
The students were nominated by their teachers for the special occasion.
The ceremony is all about letting these kids know being a good role model and community member doesn't go unnoticed.
Sheriff Darr says having a safe, positive, and successful community starts by teaching kids from a young age to be good citizens and leaders.
"When we start talking about recognizing, even the elementary level, and how important that is, setting that foundation at such an early age, that carries you through middle school and through high school, and hopefully continuing to do the right thing and continuing to set those good examples," Sheriff Darr said.
After the ceremony, students had the opportunity to take pictures with their families, law enforcement, and mascots.
Sheriff Darr says he sometimes runs into former students who were previously honored at a Rising Star Ceremony— saying it stuck with them and inspired them.