Annabelle Smallwood

Annabelle Smallwood, a Trinity Christian Academy graduate and a freelance writer for The Paris News, is pictured with her 2019 Rising Lone Star award from Rep. John Ratcliffe.

WASHINGTON — Rep. John Ratcliffe, R-Texas, has announced the 2019 Rising Lone Star winner from Lamar County is Annabelle Smallwood.

Smallwood was a student at Trinity Christian Academy, from which she graduated as the class’ salutatorian. During the school year and into the summer, Smallwood is working as a local freelance journalist for The Paris News.

“I’m super thankful and excited to receive this award,” Smallwood said. “Throughout my years of high school, I was constantly looking for leadership opportunities which would improve my skills. To see it all pay off in the form of this award means the world to me.”

Ratcliffe launched the Rising Lone Star award program to recognize high school students throughout Texas’ 4th District who exhibit outstanding leadership or service in their schools and communities. The recipients are nominated for the Rising Lone Star by their principals, administrators or counselors.

“I launched the Rising Lone Star program to showcase young folks from across our 18 counties who set themselves apart from the pack as distinguished leaders,” Ratcliffe said.

“I’d like to congratulate one of this year’s winning students, Annabelle, for standing out as the best and brightest in her class. I wish her the best of luck in her future endeavors as she graduates high school. I’m confident she will go on to make Texas’ 4th District very proud.”

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