During Gordonsville High School’s graduation on Friday, May 19, 2023, the Southside Lions Club presented the Taylor-Wills Memorial Citizenship Award to Mr. Andrew Williams.
Each year, the Southside Lions Club presents this award to commemorate the memory of Joe Taylor and Shannon Wills, two Gordonsville High School graduates who lost their lives during the Vietnam War.
Joe Kenneth Taylor was a 1960 graduate of Gordonsville High School. He died on February 22, 1966, at the age of 24.
Roy Shannon Wills was a 1968 graduate of Gordonsville High School. He died on July 14, 1969, at the age of 19.
The Southside Lions Club established the Taylor-Wills Memorial Citizenship Award to be presented annually to an outstanding member of the Senior Class of Gordonsville High School who possesses the qualities of patriotism, bravery, leadership, citizenship, reverence, friendliness, and a desire to achieve.
Andrew Williams was selected by the Southside Lions Club per recommendations submitted by Gordonsville High School faculty and students.
The award was presented to Mr. Williams by Anthony Apple at Gordonsville High School’s commencement ceremony Friday night.