---- — DERRY — The Community Alliance for Teen Safety, CATS, rewarded local eighth-graders for their academic efforts, leadership qualities and community service.
CATS recognized the students during recent eighth-grade graduation ceremonies held at West Running Brook and Gilbert H. Hood middle schools, as well as at Chester Academy and Hampstead Middle School.
Students honored were Hannah Rogers, Hampstead Middle School; Alexis Reishus, Chester Academy; Delaney Conway and Victoria William, Gilbert H. Hood Middle School; and Anthony Tsekrekas and Abigail Robinson, West Running Brook Middle School.
The awards were given in memory of two CATS board members who died away in 2011. Dale Childs and John Gleason were both very active in promoting safe behavior for teens and their families, all part of CATS mission.
Gleason was a founding member of CATS in 1996, was a Derry state representative for 14 years, a School Board member, selectman, Planning Board member, and served on other boards and commissions.
He was named a Derry “Living Treasure” in 2005.
Childs worked with Hamsptead Middle School and served the CATS board for five years. She was a school resource officer and also worked in the town’s animal control and juvenile division for the police department.
“John and Dale gave so much to the community that it was important to reflect their values in the award,” CATS board president M. Kathryn McCarroll said.
This was the second year for the awards. Students received a certificate of recognition and a $100 gift card.
CATS director Sue Centner said it’s important to honor students who are doing so much good.
“It was a great honor to present the awards to such outstanding students,” she said. “It was wonderful to be part of the ceremonies that celebrate the accomplishments of all the graduates.”The Community Alliance for Teen Safety awarded honors to local eighth-graders during recent graduation ceremonies.