SMS students honored for patriotism, service

In keeping with a school-wide tradition, three Sequim Middle School students were awarded the Maxene Brandt Patriotic Youth Award near the end of the 2020-2021 academic year.

Sixth-grader Clare Turella, seventh-grader James Dorrell and eight-grader Skylar Krzyworz were awarded the honors that were created to honor those middle school students who show patriotism through working in their community, being caring individuals and striving to do their best in school.

The awards come with a certificate, the students’ name on a plaque displayed in the school office, and a $50 gift card.

Maxene Brandt and her husband were active in the community of Sequim and the VFW (Veterans of Foreign Wars). She took a high interest in Sequim youth, and her daughter Susan Brown of Horsham, Pa., worked in a middle school for 20 years. The awards were initiated in 1997.