GEC seniors recognized at Board of Education meeting

GEC seniors recognized at Board of Education meeting

SNOW HILL — The Greene County Schools Board of Education placed 11 seniors from Greene Early College in the limelight Monday evening.

Armed with certificates received from Greene County Schools Superintendent Dr. Patrick Miller, the students smiled proudly as their parents froze the significant academic moment in time on their iPhones before the Board held its general session.

GCE faculty members recommended the individuals due to their notable achievements inside and outside the classroom.

"This award is for student accomplishments in leadership, citizenship, innovation and academics," said Dr. Frank Creech, chief academic officer for Greene County Schools. "It's a wide variety of work the students have done who are being recognized tonight."

Students honored were:

- Randy Villagran, for his diligent work ethic and productivity that sets a standard for younger students to follow.

- Toni "Jordan" Whitaker's, whose initiative brought an idea to life. She organized a book club where the students read a book each month and meet to discuss it. The club has gained considerable popularity since its inception.

- Amberosia "Amber" Perry has emerged as a servant leader, the "go-to" person for community service and peer leadership.

- Marbella Ortiz stepped up when West Greene needed volunteers to help translate for their back-to-school open house. The self-initiated display of leadership showed new volunteers what is expected.

- The group of Ortiz, Crystal Shephard, Liset Trejo-Ruiz, Yhaani Joyner, Madison Pearson, Darby Grantham and Naomi Oakley volunteer as tutors and mentors to members of the freshmen class. They meet several times during the week to assist with assignments or talk through issues the newcomers may have adjusting to their respective classes.

- Chase Sumrell overcame obstacles to achieve his utlimate goal, which is to step into the workforce as a welder after graduation.

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