The Conway Noon Rotary Club honored students from eight different schools around the county during their regularly scheduled meeting Wednesday.
The club recognized eight grade students who exemplify the Rotary's motto, "Service above self."
Rotary office David Henze explained that the criteria used in selecting the students includes active participation in civic or community activities, such as volunteer service to their schools, churches, daycare centers, and homeless shelters, a good scholastic record with faithful school attendance, positive attitude and leadership qualities and the ability to motivate others to action for the benefit of the school and community.
"One of the reasons we are so excited to give out these awards every year is because it has been proven that the earliest you can convince young people to be active in the community, they carry that throughout [their] lifetime," Henze said.
"In our world today, we need a lot of folks to do that," he added.
The 16 students recognized by the club are:
Chloe Skinner and Jake Hill from St. Joseph
Loral Bailey and Will Sellers from Conway School District
Shelby Wooley and Colton Brockinton from Mount Vernon/Enola
Carly Eary and Cade Smithhart from Vilonia School District
Anna Allbritton and Kamren Halcrombe from Mayflower School District
Sadie Dublin and Chapman Cooper from Greenbrier School District
Anna Hartley and Malachi Kirby from Conway Christian
Andrea Edwards and Drew Dollar from Guy-Perkins School District
The students received certifications of their accomplishments from the club.