Hawkins County school board members, high school principals and the director of school posed with the 2015-16 student representatives to the BOE after being introduced at the Sept. 3 meeting. (photo by Jeff Bobo)
ROGERSVILLE — Student representatives to the Hawkins County Board of Education were introduced to the board during its Sept, 3 meeting held at Volunteer High School.
This is the fifth year that Hawkins County high school seniors have been appointed to serve as student representatives to the BOE in a program that was originally proposed by board member Debbie Shedden.
Shedden, who continues to shepherd the program, introduced the seven new student reps who will serve throughout the 2015-16 school year during the Sept. 3 BOE meeting.
“The Hawkins County board of Education recognizes the importance of student views, and their input regarding issues and concerns that affect their schools,” Shedden said. “The students representatives to the board will serve as advisory, non-voting representatives, but may express themselves on issues concerning their schools. These issues may come from student forums held in each school to facilitate communication between the board and students.”
Throughout the 2015-16 school year, two representatives form Volunteer High School and Cherokee High School; and three representatives from Clinch School; will attend the monthly BOE meetings.
Traditionally each student rep has been asked to give the BOE a report form his or her school once or twice each year.
The Hawkins County BOE student representatives for 2015-16 include:
- Rebecca Kinsler from Cherokee who is an active member of the Beta Club, student council, an elected class officer, and a leader in the recently founded anti-bullying program “Move to Stand.”
- Miranda Evans from Cherokee who is one of the captains of the varsity cheerleading squad, a class officer and member of the student council, Beta Club, and HOSA.
- Emily Long from Clinch H.S. who plans on attending Carson Newman University and Lincoln Memorial University to obtain a degree in occupational therapy which will allow her to work with children with disabilities.
- Hailey Stephenson from Clinch H.S. whose career choice is undecided by she has a strong interest in archaeology.
- Jacqueline Frost from Clinch H.S. who is an honor roll student and will be graduating this year at the top of her class.
- Christopher Vaughan from Volunteer who is the SGA vice president, a member of the Stanley Valley and Carters Valley volunteer fire departments, and a Police Explorer with the Hawkins County Sheriff’s Office.
- Logan Markham from Volunteer who is SGA president.
Shedden added, “This is always a proud moment for our board to recognize these students who are willing to give their time, but they also academically achieved being able to be nominated as a student board representative.”
The BOE heard several other recognitions during the Sept. 3 meeting including:
- Morgan Marshall who was honored for her outstanding record as a member of the Volunteer High School softball team. Marshall was named to the 2015 Tennessee Sports Writers Association All State Softball Team for the second consecutive year.
A few highlights of her career include school records for most wins in a season (25); best win-loss percentage (25-3); best ERA (0.71); two perfect games; three no-hitters; 325 strikeouts in one season; and 19 strikeouts in a game.
She also holds career records at Volunteer including most wins (57); ERA (1.08); four perfect games; five no-hitters; and 760 strikeouts.
- Miranda Evans, a senior who is this year’s president of HOSA at Cherokee High School, for being invited to compete at the National HOSA competition July 23-29 in Anaheim, Calif.
She placed first in her category, Medical Assisting, for the second consecutive year in state competition to earn her trip to the nationals.
She also finished third in state in Dental Science her freshman year, so this was her third consecutive invitation to compete nationally.
- Cherokee High School members of the FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America) Kinsey Trent, Tatum Trent, Morgan Trent and Bethany Osborne were honored for competing in state competition.
Osborne placed first in state in the “Client Service” category; while Kinsey Trent, Tatum Trent and Morgan Trent placed second in state competition in the “Business Plan” category.
All four also participated in the national competition this summer in Chicago.
- Volunteer H.S. cheerleaders Ashley Berlin, Tianna Poirier, Kayle Gibson and Jasmine Ford, who were honored for earning “All American Cheerleader” honors during a camp held at the University of Tennessee in July.