Each year, the Mother Evelyn O’Neill Award ceremony honors two community leaders and activists – one adult and one student. The 2016 adult recipient is Charlotte Davidson, a community leader committed to advocating for children and families in poverty. Davidson dedicates her time to organizations including the Social Action Committee of Village Church, the Watchdog Organization, Do the Right Thing for Kids, the Front Porch Alliance, the Faxon School and GAGV (Grandparents Against Gun Violence). The student nominees included seniors Mary Hilliard, Claire Jefferson, Maddy Medina, Tricia Melland and Lauren Ryan and sophomore Tone’Nae Bradley-Toomer. STA named Melland as the honorary student recipient for her dedication to organizations such as the Ronald McDonald House, Children’s Mercy Hospital, and Beads of Courage.