State Lawmakers Pay Tribute to DCHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian

May 15, 2013
by: 
Dwayne Page
State Lawmakers Pay Tribute to DCHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian

DCHS Class of 2013 Valedictorian Taylor Leach and Salutatorian P.J. Carroll Tuesday were treated to a luncheon and presented resolutions in their honor adopted by the State House of Representatives and State Senate.

Copies of the resolutions were presented to the students by State Senator Mae Beavers and State Representatives Terri Lynn Weaver and Mark Pody.

Director of Schools Mark Willoughby and DCHS Principal Patrick Cripps also attended the luncheon.

The resolution honoring Leach is as follows:

WHEREAS, it is fitting that the members of this General Assembly should pause to pay tribute to those students who, through their natural talents and unflagging commitment to academic excellence, have distinguished themselves in the classroom; and

WHEREAS, Taylor Leach is one such exceptional student who was recently named Valedictorian of the 2013 graduating class at DeKalb County High School; and

WHEREAS, through diligent study, steady composure during examinations, and steadfast commitment of time and talent, Taylor has achieved outstanding academic success and has joined the ranks of the best and brightest students in Tennessee and our country; and

WHEREAS, in his remarkable high school career, Mr. Leach has earned an exemplary grade point average; and

WHEREAS, Taylor Leach has graciously dedicated his time and energies to numerous scholastic and extracurricular efforts, including serving as a member of the Beta Club, Health Occupations Students of America, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Running Club, and the tennis team; and

WHEREAS, active in his community, Mr. Leach has accrued more than eighty hours of community service, assisting at shut-ins and at the Lighthouse Christian Camp, and serving as a volunteer at the DeKalb County Fair; and

WHEREAS, he is also active in the youth group at Upper Helton Baptist Church; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Leach’s display of intellectual aptitude and ambition surely bodes well for his future success as a student at Tennessee Tech University, which he plans to attend; and

WHEREAS, his noteworthy achievement is a tremendous source of pride for his parents, Brad and Peggy Leach, his sister, his school, and his community; and

WHEREAS, Taylor Leach’s dedication to excellence is clearly deserving of the respect, admiration, and commendation of this legislative body; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED EIGHTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE SENATE CONCURRING, that we hereby commend and honor the 2013 DeKalb County High School Valedictorian, Taylor Leach, on his impressive academic achievement and extend to him our best wishes for a happy, successful future.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that an appropriate copy of this resolution be prepared for presentation with this final clause omitted from such copy.

The resolution honoring Carroll is as follows:

WHEREAS, it is fitting that the members of this General Assembly should pause to pay tribute to those students who, through their natural talents and unflagging commitment to academic excellence, have distinguished themselves in the classroom; and

WHEREAS, P.J. Carroll is one such exceptional student who was recently named Salutatorian of the 2013 graduating class at DeKalb County High School; and

WHEREAS, through diligent study, steady composure during examinations, and steadfast commitment of time and talent, Mr. Carroll has achieved outstanding academic success and has joined the ranks of the best and brightest students in Tennessee and our country; and

WHEREAS, in his remarkable high school career, he has earned an exemplary grade point average; and

WHEREAS, after graduation, he plans to attend Tennessee Technical University and aspires for a career in politics; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Carroll’s display of intellectual aptitude and ambition surely bodes well for his future success; and

WHEREAS, P.J.’s noteworthy achievement is a tremendous source of pride for his parents, Lori and Phillip, his school, and his community; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Carroll has achieved a great level of success thanks in part to the love and support of his family and friends; especially his mother, who he says is the most influential person in his life; and

WHEREAS, P.J. Carroll’s dedication to excellence is clearly deserving of the respect, admiration, and commendation of this legislative body; now, therefore,
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BE IT RESOLVED BY THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES OF THE ONE HUNDRED EIGHTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE SENATE CONCURRING, that we hereby commend and honor the 2013 DeKalb County High School Salutatorian, P.J. Carroll, on his impressive academic achievement and extend to him our best wishes for a happy, successful future.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that an appropriate copy of this resolution be prepared for presentation with this final clause omitted from such copy.

(Pictured front row: DCHS Principal Patrick Cripps, Valedictorian Taylor Leach, Salutatorian P.J. Carroll; Back Row: State Representative Mark Pody, State Senator Mae Beavers, State Representative Terri Lynn Weaver, and Director of Schools Mark Willoughby)

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