Local Student Receives TSBA's Upper Cumberland District Recognition Award

September 8, 2012
by: 
Dwayne Page
Erin Cantrell-Pryor standing next to Mark Willoughby

A local student, Erin Cantrell-Pryor received the Student Recognition Award Thursday during the Tennessee School Boards Association Upper Cumberland Fall District meeting held at Cannon County High School in Woodbury.

Each year TSBA honors one student from each of its nine districts who has achieved distinction in the areas of academics, community leadership, and engagement as part of its Student Recognition Award program. One of those nine students will win the statewide Student Recognition Award to be presented at the TSBA Annual Convention in November, which will include a $2,000 scholarship.

Erin, the 2012 Upper Cumberland District winner, is currently a senior at DeKalb County High School. Erin has been active academically as well as possessing a high degree of volunteerism within her community. Erin is working to attend college and plans to major in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Environmental Engineering. Erin has participated in science fairs since elementary school, winning numerous awards. She continued her interest in science by winning the grand championship of the Tennessee Tech Regional Science Fair and going on to compete at the INTEL international fair in Pittsburg. She was selected to serve as President of the Freshman Class and served on the Student Council and the 4-H congress.

Also during the TSBA Upper Cumberland Fall District Meeting, local boards of education heard updates on education legislation and Common Core State Standards, earned honors for their professional development activities, and recognized a dedicated school volunteer and an outstanding student.

Local school board members attending were John David Foutch, Charles Robinson, Kenny Rhody, Billy Miller, W.J. (Dub) Evins, III, Doug Stephens, and Johnny Lattimore along with Director of Schools Mark Willoughby.

The Upper Cumberland District meeting was one of nine similar sessions held annually in each of TSBA's development districts. The evening's program included an update on this year's session of the Tennessee General Assembly, a discussion of the Common Core State Standards by the Tennessee State Department of Education's Common Core Leadership Council, and a review of the superintendent evaluation. Board members also participated in a legislative survey with their electronic devices via an online/SMS texting program. The meeting included recognition of school board members who have achieved honors over the past year, a local school volunteer who is a finalist for a grant to their school of choice and a local student who is a finalist for a college scholarship given by TSBA.

A statewide, nonprofit organization, the Tennessee School Boards Association is a federation of all the state's school boards. TSBA's mission is to assist school boards in effectively governing school districts. Through the years, TSBA has helped school boards and their members reach their highest potential through Association programs, meetings and services. TSBA also provides school board members a collective voice in matters of legislation and public education concerns. For more information about TSBA, visit our website at: www.tsba.net.

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