|AWANA members celebrate successful year|
|Written by Holyoke Enterprise|
Local AWANA club members were recognized in the group’s year-end program Wednesday, April 27 at First Baptist Church in Holyoke.
AWANA is a non-denominational children’s ministry for preschool through sixth grade youth. It meets weekly from October through April in Holyoke and includes Bible verse memorization, game time and story time.
After a short message from pastor Gordon Penfold and songs by the Cubbies, book awards and participation certificates were presented by leaders of the Cubbies (preschoolers), Sparks (grades K-2) and Truth and Training (grades 3-6) clubs.
Those presenting awards were Jessica Johnson, Mac Macaulay, Kim Killin and Phil Vasa.
Fifth-grader Drew Stewart earned his second book award, as well as an excellence award. Fourth-graders Andrea Becerra and Reghan Worley earned their first book awards.
Sparky award winners were Jillian Warren, third book and review; Jesse Vasa, Rylan Worley and Rylee Schneller, third books; Allison Warren, Danielle Wilkening, Cade Killin and Tristen Ferguson, second books and review; Ashley Rahe and Jillian Warren, second books; and Alicia Astorga, Asher Wright, Blanca Martinez, Demiah Hernandez, Eduardo Quintana, Erick Marroquin, Ethan Schneller, Isaiah Rahe, Koby Way, Levi Wright, Marysol Astorga, Riley Ferguson and Serina Almeida, first books.
Cubbies who earned awards were Jessica Owens, Gage Helgoth, Karlie Martin, Caden Sporhase, Tucker Keith and Chase Johnson, third year; Joshua Wright, second year; and Payten Ferguson, Eduardo Solis, Kinsey Rahe, MicKenzie Warner, Maddison Warner and Hannah Keith, first year.
Sparks participation certificates went to Alexie Metzger, Angel Martinez, Angelina Solorzano, Ashton Robles, Blye McCallum, Brian Monreal, Dakota Pell, Emily Anderson, Ethan Johnson, Heather Anderson, Isaiah Hamberger, Jordynn Lemmon, Jose Astorga, Lane Lanckriet, Michael Pell, Nadia Monreal, Nayely Banuelos, Riann Worley and Tate Dille.
Attendance certificates went to T&T clubbers Noah King, Cole LeBlanc, Jerrid Reitz, Zander Salyers, Christopher Ballard, Drew Stewart, Alex Becerra, Spencer Bohlender, Aaron Michael, Crystal Astorga, Ally Bohlender, Makenzie Martin, Llelitza Ochoa, Osirys Perez, Shianne Willmon, Andrea Becerra, Sloane Bishop, Maegan Hamberger, Jordaine Lanckriet, Reghan Worley, Juliana Hernandez, Kaitlyn Kent, Rebecca Owens, Mariah Pell, Megan Humphreys, Brook Prottsman and Cierra Stricker.