McKenna Elyse Hatch, a student at St. Michael-Albertville High School, recently received the Young Womanhood Recognition award sponsored by The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. This award is a culmination of over two years of individual goals and achievements.
As a part of this award, McKenna worked on developing personal habits of prayer, scripture study, obedience to the commandments, and service to others. She was also required to set goals and complete a major project in eight areas, or values, as they are called in the program: Faith, Divine Nature, Individual Worth, Knowledge, Choice and Accountability, Good Works, Integrity, and Virtue. She kept a personal journal and also completed an interview with her religious leader.
According to McKenna, the program, “encouraged me to make goals and work on them and to take responsibility for my own choices.” One of McKenna’s value projects was to participate as a leader in the WEB program at Middle School West, which required hours of preparation and interaction with incoming 5th graders to the school.
McKenna is a soccer player and long distance runner for teams at St. Michael-Albertville High School. She also plays the piano and enjoys singing and doing crafts. McKenna is the daughter of Sidney and Jillinda Hatch of Albertville.
The Young Womanhood Recognition award is the highest honor given in the Church’s Young Women organization. The program is designed to help teenage girls ages 12 to 18 develop their talents, serve others, strengthen their families, and grow closer to Jesus Christ.
The Young Women organization for The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints is a worldwide program with a membership of over 500,000.
Compiled By Jillinda Baldwin Hatch