Luncheon recognizes area students for leadership and community-service work

PARKERSBURG, W.Va. (WTAP) - More than 120 students from eight West Virginia counties were recognized for their leadership and community service at a luncheon Thursday afternoon at West Virginia University Parkersburg.

Throughout the school year, students in grades six through 12 completed service projects as part of the Super Teens Achieving Regional Success program, also known as STARS.

Tyler Consolidated High School students took home the gold medal representing the “Superstar” award. It was the third straight year the school has earned the highest score for their work.

In addition, a representative from CVS Health spoke to the students about the impact of making both good and bad choices in life.

Organizers said the goal is educate the students so that they can return home and use the knowledge they’ve gained to help guide their peers.

“These students are finishing up their year project, and they've come together to celebrate that. And then they go back as role models to their community to do positive youth development," said Stella Moon, program coordinator for West Virginia’s Adolescent Health Initiative Region V.

The program is a collaboration involving the Adolescent Health Initiative Westbrook Health Services and CVS Health.