Huntsville, TN (2010-11-09) Two local organizations have combined efforts to honor and recognize area high school seniors for their character. Monthly honorees will be eligible for a scholarship supported by a local bank.
S.T.A.N.D. (Schools Together Allowing No Drugs) and the Scott County Chamber of Commerce recently kicked off their newest campaign; a program geared toward recognizing high school seniors for showing kindness and respect.
“While academic aptitude is vital to landing a good job, a positive attitude is likewise important,” commented Stacey Kidd, Interim Executive Director of the Scott County Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber embraced the new program, which focuses on a student’s character, more so than his or her academic prowess.
“Kindness and respect are fundamental traits of leadership,” commented Trent Coffey, Executive Director of S.T.A.N.D. While these students may or may not be at the top of their academic class, the sponsoring organizations realize the importance of character in the future workplace. “Workers will positive attitudes are more productive and foster a better workplace environment,” Coffey added. These leaders are also less likely to engage in abusive social activities, such as alcohol or drug abuse.
Each month, between November 2010 and April 2011, a senior from each local school district, Oneida and ScottCounty, will be recognized for his or her character, trust, respect, and kindness. Students will be nominated by the teaching staff and the monthly recipient will be chosen by his or her respective school. The student’s academic standing will not be factored into his or her selection. A school committee will choose the monthly winners. Each monthly recipient will be recognized at the regularly scheduled meeting of the Oneida and Scott County Boards of Education, where they will receive awards from S.T.A.N.D. and a framed certificate from the Scott County Chamber of Commerce. Each monthly recipient will be eligible for a $250 post graduate scholarship, which will be funded by First Trust and Savings Bank. One scholarship will be awarded to a senior from each school district.