The Brainerd Jaycees won several awards at the annual convention Jan. 11-12 in Bloomington.

The chapter placed eighth in Minnesota in the parade of chapters.

Several members of the board of directors were honored for their efforts, including Benji Thoennes, bronze key recipient; Andrew Sanchez, gold board member; and Cassandra Clarken, passport to civic leadership second-degree recipient.

Other members receiving honors were Brianna Pliscott, helping hand recipient for her work with the Brainerd Junior Jaycees; Michael Ringwelski, first-timer program participant; Andrew Sanchez, seven-member recruiter; and Brandon Clarken, passport to civic leadership second-degree.

Cassandra Clarken, Toni Bieser and Angie Nelson of the Brainerd chapter received presidential medallions, an honor bestowed by the Junior Chamber International Minnesota state president and given to only 75 members annually.

Sanchez also was awarded the highest recognition an individual can receive within the JCI Minnesota organization, the Minnesota Statesman Award.

The Brainerd Chapter also had two members receive a JCI Senatorship, which is the highest honor that can be bestowed upon a current or past member by JCI for outstanding service to the organization. It provides a unique means for recognizing a member’s outstanding achievements. Gabe Johnson and Tad Johnson both received this honor.

The Brainerd Jaycees are an organization for men and women ages 18-40 to develop leadership skills through community service. This chapter of more than 90 members donates more than 75,000 hours and $200,000 to the Brainerd lakes community annually.