Elks Club Honors Pair of Tyler Teens
SISTERSVILLE – Two Tyler County native sons were honored recently by the state’s Elks club.
During formal ceremony Saturday in Charleston, Julian Work was named as Elks Teen of the Year while Creed Ammons as the Junior Teen of the Year.
“We’ve had other winners, but never two at the same time,” said Chris Deaton, chairman of the local Elks’ Junior/Teen of the Year Program. “This is a big honor. These two teens represent what’s best about Tyler County.”
Deaton said Work was selected as Teen of the Month last September as the local Elks lodge. Ammons captured that honor in March. Their names were forwarded to district and state Elks lodge leaders to be judged. Work won a $1,000 scholarship while Ammons captured a $500 scholarship.
“It was a tough competition, but these two Tyler County teens were able to rise above,” Deaton said.
Work, who now attends West Virginia University, is the son of Jeff and Brandy Frye and Jimmy Work. Point worth noting, Work was the Elks Junior Teenager of the Year when he was in eighth grade at Tyler Middle School.
Ammons, now a freshman at Tyler Consolidated High School, is the son of Leon and Deanna Ammons.
Both Work and Ammons have formidable achievements while attending Tyler schools.
Work graduated in May from Tyler Consolidated High School. While at TCHS, Work’s activities/honors include: NHS President, TSA Vice-President, Student Council Secretary, Hi-Y, Perfect Attendance, WV All State Band, St. Marys Community Concert Band, Field Commander Knights Marching Band, Concert, Pep and Jazz Band, Math Field Day and Science Bowl Teams, and Academic Hall of Fame. After graduation Work served as an alumni counselor at WV American Legion Mountaineer Boys State.
Work shared the Silver Knights’ valedictorian honors with Brannon Jones. After earning more than $130,000 in various scholarships, Work set his sites on WVU where he is studying petroleum and natural gas engineering. He is the recipient of the EQT Students of Excellence Full Ride Scholarship, Samsung American Legion State Scholarship, Elks Most Valuable National Finalist Scholarship, WVU Engineering Scholarship, WVU Presidential Scholarship, Sistersville Elks Teen of the Year Scholarship, Governors School for Math and Science Scholarship, and is Promise Scholarship eligible. Work’s scholarships total over $130,000. Work plans to play trombone in the “Pride of West Virginia” WVU Marching Band.
Though Ammons high school academic career began last week, he was a high achiever during his time at Tyler Middle School. Ammons ran cross country See related story about his promise as a member Silver Knights’ cross country team on page 9. He had very high grades as recognized by Peoples Bank, but most recently, scored top honors at the Tyler County Fair. Not only did Ammons capture a Reserve Champion ribbon for raising a top quality lamb, but took home Senior Showmanship for raising a gigantic black steer. These honors suggest that Ammons may collect more ribbons and honors as member of the Silver Knights’ chapter of Future Farmers of America.