Kayleeann Knight and Taylor Westbrook, Smith River School eighth-graders, were honored with 22 other students last week at an awards ceremony hosted by Del Norte's Freemasons.

Two students - a boy and a girl - from each school received certificates of achievement and $100 checks on Jan. 15 from Crescent City's Freemasons Lodge No. 45. These students were singled out based on their academic achievement, moral character and work ethic, according to Freemason Bill Gray.

In figuring out who at Smith River School should receive the awards, Paige Swan and the school's eighth-grade teachers formed a selection committee. The committee looked at students' achievements during their entire career at Smith River School, Swan said.

"Taylor Westbrook is the president of Smith River's student council," he said. "(Kayleeann) helped us with our recycling program, she has basically helped us in any way that she saw fit or if we asked her."

Kayleeann has also participated in the school's big buddy program, tutoring a younger student, Swan said. She is also on the school's cheer and basketball teams.

Taylor has also been recognized for outstanding effort in his classes, Swan said.

"Basically teachers and students have described Taylor as self motivated polite sincere and an all-around great kid," he said.

The Del Norte County Freemasons Lodge No. 45 also recognized two students in the district for overall outstanding achievement. Lodge members and the school district hope to make the awards ceremony an annual event.

An article about the other award-winners was published Jan. 18. To read it, go to triplicate.com and click on "students honored."

Reach Jessica Cejnar at jcejnar@triplicate.com.