Three honored by director of schools for good citizenship

An elementary, middle and high school student took home a special award after the May meeting of the Blount County School Board.

The Director of Schools Citizenship Awards were presented to Leah Thomas, Gracie Author and Amy Eastridge by Director of Schools Alvin Hord.

Hord started the award as a way to honor students for demonstrating commitment, dedication and volunteerism to the community. Now in its fifth year, the award was presented during the school board meeting to the three students.

Leah Thomas was nominated by Walland Elementary School fifth grade teacher Jerylin Myers. Myers said Leah is a caring and responsible student who is active in the school community. She acts as a hall monitor, a buddy for a friend who was recently diagnosed with juvenile diabetes, is vice president of her 4-H club and is a teacher’s helper for the kindergarten classes. “She is never without a smile on her face,” Myers said.

From Heritage Middle School, Gracie Author was nominated by her eighth grade teacher Jon Young. Gracie is in the honors program, president of the Heritage Middle School Student Council and serves as the water-girl on the football team. Young said she has never missed one football practice. Gracie also has won numerous science awards and helps organize backpack and school supplies drives for less fortunate students. Young said that she is a “wonderful” role model for her peers and community.

Amy Eastridge, a junior at William Blount High School, was nominated by Missy Myers. Myers said Amy stands apart from her peers with her volunteer spirit. Amy serves as the chairman for the local United Way Youth Council and organizes events and fundraisers for her community. One of them is a Halloween event, Tricks-for-Cans, where she collects canned food instead of candy for food banks.

Chairman Don McNelly said he was proud of the group of students and expects to hear “great things from them.”

Also honored was Courtney Whited, a Carpenters Middle School student, for her participation in U.S. History Day.

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