COVINGTON —At the Covington Elk Lodge's annual Youth Night Award ceremony, the Lodge presented the J.W. Rutledge Educational Award to the organization “Gentlemen in the Making," a young mens’ club at Eastside High School.

The award was accepted by instructors Rodrick Baker and Jeffrey Johnson, who actively lead the young men in preparing for a successful future in their chosen goals.

Each year this award for $1,000 is offered to each area high schools, and Eastside submitted three nominations.

The award is named for past exalted Ruler J.W. Rutledge, who was formerly a Newton County High School principal.

J.W.’s wife Becky, is currently a Covington Elk.

In addition, awards were presented to two Veterans Middle School students, Nadia Dixon and Brayden Turner, for their first place essays of “What Freedom of Speech Means to Me."

Ending the night were presentations of our Covington Elks Lodge Scholarships:

NE District, Georgia Elks Association 

Boys Division: Danila Dokuchayev, Alcovy High School.

Girls Division: Elphic Jasmin, Social Circle High School.

Elks Care, Elks Share Scholarship 

First Place: Micah Webb, Newton High School.

Runner Up: Joseph Bickel, Eastside High School.

Runner Up: Christin Brown, Newton High School.

Larry Capes Memorial Scholarship 

Winner: Pierce Downs, Eastside High School.

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Covington native and proud Valdosta State alumna, Hunter has previously worked with The Covington News and Valdosta Daily Times. She started working for Rockdale/Newton Citizen in June 2018.

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