Eastern Star

Vickie Doherty, left, treasurer of Casa Grande Chapter 28 Eastern Star, and Kathy Zak, worthy matron of Chapter 28, present an award to Elizabeth Brubaker.

CASA GRANDE — Elizabeth “Lizzy” Brubaker, an eighth grader at Arizona City Elementary School, has been awarded the annual Edith Goddard Award from Casa Grande Chapter 28, Order of the Eastern Star.

She was recommended for the award by her vice principal, Tracy McCain.

“Lizzy comes from a large family,” McCain wrote in recommending Brubaker for the award. “She is helpful to her family in many ways, including helping with her younger sister.”

At school she often goes out of her way to help younger students who are hurt, lost or in need of assistance.

“Lizzy is known to be friendly to everyone,” McCain wrote. “She doesn’t draw attention to herself but is kind, caring and works in the background to help others.”

She is described as a great student and an athlete.

“Recently her family has gone through a difficult time as her father has dealt with health issues and her grandmother passed away,” McCain wrote. “Lizzy has done her part to help her family get through this difficult time while still maintaining great grades and great attitude. She is a quiet role model to others.”

Each year, the chapter selects a student who is “helpful to her family, church and school. She must be willing to go out of her way to help others,” an announcement about the award from the local Eastern Star chapter said.

The award is named after Goddard, who was born in Pennsylvania in 1884 and was known for her unselfish love of people. After Goddard’s death in 1955, her husband set up the Edith Goddard Award in her memory to honor an unmarried girl between the ages of 13 and 15 who demonstrates an “unselfish personality along with a natural desire to be a worthy person.”

The winner of the award receives a $1,000 prize.

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Melissa St. Aude is the Arts & Entertainment editor at PinalCentral. She can be reached at mstaude@pinalcentral.com.