Mont. Co. students recognized at Blacksburg Country Club
Fifty-two of Montgomery County’s outstanding high school juniors and seniors were feted at the Blacksburg Country Club Monday May 7 as guests of the Rotary Club of Christiansburg – Blacksburg.
Also in attendance at the gala event were their parents, high school principals and guidance counselors.
Former club president Eldridge Collins made the presentations assisted by Mark Vanderberg and club president nominee Steve Oliver.
Thirty-six junior students received the Academic Achievement Award for being in the top 5 percent of their class. Collins congratulated the students for their academic success and challenged them to continue to be outstanding students so they might return next year and win even more prestigious awards and be in line for scholarships.
Each high school is asked to select two outstanding seniors who have excelled in Career and Technical Education. Often these students begin careers immediately after graduating from high school. Bradley Sarver from Auburn High School has studied wood products and is a skilled craftsman in the workshop. He plans to continue his education at New River Community College with a possible career goal of becoming a medical technician or nurse. Chelsea Dulaney, also from Auburn High School has studied internet web design. She is also planning to attend NRCC to learn more about computer programming. These two students demonstrate high school diplomas for technical education are no longer a terminal degrees but may well lead to further studies. The winners from other high schools were: Eastern Montgomery High School: Christopher Nichols and Erika Rakes; Christiansburg High School: James Williams and Courtney Jones; Blacksburg High School: Leilani Williford and Kristen Kaiser.
The Rotary Code of Ethics is the most prestigious award presented each year to a female and male student from each high school. The recipients have been deemed to best exemplify Rotary’s Four Way Test “1. Is it the truth; 2. Is it fair to all concerned; 3. Will it bring goodwill and better friendship; 4. Will it be beneficial to all concerned.” The recipients this year are: Auburn High School: Michael Brightwell and Anne Peters; Blacksburg High School: Michael Mecham and Katherine Honeycutt; Christiansburg High School: Jiyun Chang and BK Evans; Eastern Montgomery High School: Danielle Simpkins and Brandon Hall.
– Submitted by Ernest Bentley, The Rotary Club of Christiansburg-Blacksburg
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