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ABCHomes residents recognized at awards banquets

While every resident at the Arkansas Baptist Children’s Homes and Family Ministries (ABCHomes) is remarkable, several were recently recognized for their personal achievements during the annual Baptist Home for Children and Boys Ranch Awards Banquets.

Dressed to the nines, eight Baptist Home residents received awards during the May 5 banquet, held at the Village Steak House in Star City.

Three students received Citizenship Awards: Gunner, Elizabeth and Seth. The annual award is presented to students who best exemplify leadership, dependability, competence, a cooperative spirit and involvement in the Home, church and school activities. Baptist Home staff members choose these award winners.

The “Friendship Award” was presented to Aleigh, Brandon and Lacey. Recipients are chosen by their peers.

Dillon and Lucia won the “Jacob Award,” presented to two students who exhibit Christian lifestyle through a daily quiet time, Bible study, Bible knowledge, positive participation in church and good character. Recipients are nominated by houseparents and chosen by Baptist Home staff.

Also recognized were residents of Barton East Family Home for having the highest grade school GPA.  The Highest GPA award is presented to the Family Home with the highest grade point average score during this past school year.

David Perry, ABCHomes executive director, also praised Monticello High School Seniors Brandon, Elizabeth, Josue and Katie for their graduation milestones (see story, pgs. 6-7).

The Boys Ranch banquet, held May 12 at North Arkansas College in Harrison, featured much recognition.

Isaiah received the Friendship Award, while the Citizenship Award went to Tim. The “Rancher of the Year” was Austin.


The Spiritual Growth Award was given to Hunter, a Choctaw Cottage resident; Sheldon, a Cheyenne Cottage resident; Nick, an Arapaho Cottage resident; and Draven, a Cherokee Cottage resident. These awards are presented to residents who exhibit growth in their Christian lifestyle through a daily quiet time, Bible study, Bible knowledge and church participation.


In other recognitions, Hunter and Weston won awards at Bergman High School for their performance in reading, while Jordun and Austin won awards in world history and geology, respectively.