A local student, Kelsey Evins received the Student Recognition Award Thursday evening during the Tennessee School Boards Association Upper Cumberland Fall District meeting held at South Fentress Elementary School in Fentress County.
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.
Evins, the 2013 Upper Cumberland District winner, is currently a senior at DeKalb County High School. She has maintained a 4.0 grade point average while taking a rigorous schedule of advanced and dual credit courses and actively participating and volunteering in her community. In addition to her academic success and achievements, Kelsey is an active volunteer and talented individual. She uses her talents to raise money for her community. She is a volunteer entertainer at various activities in DeKalb County and surrounding areas that raise funds for the community and bring tourism to the area. She also works hard to improve her community by working in food pantries, clothes distributions, and participating in coat drives.
During the Fall District meeting, local boards of education in the Upper Cumberland Region learned about the changing landscape of education advocacy, heard updates on education legislation, and were provided with a Tennessee Reform update.
The evening consisted of board members earning honors for their professional
development activities and recognizing a dedicated school volunteer and an outstanding student.
The Upper Cumberland District meeting was one of nine similar sessions held annually in each of TSBA’s development districts.
The program also included an update on this year’s session of the Tennessee General Assembly and a review of the salary schedule, teacher licensure and evaluations from the Deputy Commissioner of Education, Dr. Kathleen Airhart. Board members participated in a legislative survey with their electronic devices via an online/SMS texting program.
Local school board members attending were John David Foutch, Charles Robinson, W.J. (Dub) Evins, III, and Chairman Johnny Lattimore.
(Top Photo: DeKalb School Board member Charles Robinson and Kelsey Evins)
(Bottom Photo Left to Right: School Board members John David Foutch, W.J. (Dub) Evins, III, Kelsey Evins (Dub Evins' daughter), TSBA Executive Director Dr. Tammy Grissom, and School Board member Charles Robinson)