Since 2018, The Academy of Moore County and Roman Eagle Masonic Lodge 550 have established a Masonic Merit Scholarship to recognize fourth and fifth graders who have demonstrated academic progress during a term.
There are eight winners per year, two per term, sharing the prizes.
On Aug. 16, the awards were given to two worthy students of the Academy, Tristan Gordon and Alison Fierro-Apolinar.
Feature photo: Crystal Bonville (left), assistant director of education and program coordinator; Tristan Gordon and Alison Fierro-Apolinar, the two award recipients; Dr. Buie, director of education; Dr. Janet Lowry, board chair; Ashley Hight and Carmen Vaughan, third-grade teachers. In the background, Tom Beddow, board member.