Minden Lodge No. 51, F. & A.M. presented the Louisiana Grand Lodge, Masonic Honesty and Integrity Award to two area high school students earlier this month.
The Honesty and Integrity Awards Program was instituted in 1977 by the Grand Lodge of Louisiana to recognize the deserving youth of today who possess the qualities to become our leaders of tomorrow.
The criteria can best be defined as, "Honesty is doing the right thing when everyone is looking; integrity is doing the right thing when no one is looking."
The Honesty and Integrity Award is one of the highest awards that can be given by the Grand Lodge of the State of Louisiana, Free and Accepted Masons.
Award recipients are Bailey Hassell of Minden High School and Luke Watson of Doyline High School. The guests and brethren assembled in the Lodge Hall and were welcomed by Brother Al Carver, Master of Minden Lodge.
After the welcome, District Deputy Grand Master, District Two, State of Louisiana, R:W Brother Wayne King was introduced and presented a brief history and explanation of Freemasonry and the origin of the Honesty and Integrity Award program.
King also spoke on the meaning of Honesty and Integrity and the significance and importance it holds in everyday lives.
Each recipient was individually recognized by the lighting of a candle, a rap of the gavel sounded in their honor, and then each were presented with a framed certificate and commemorative key by Brother Carver.
The parents of the recipients were also recognized and congratulated on their respective child. "Great children are the product of great parenting," King said.