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Student of the Month

The Stewart County High School (SCHS) faculty has started implementing a new Student of the Month recognition award for outstanding seniors.  Each month of the school year a senior student will be named Student of the Month for SCHS.  These students are selected by the faculty for their outstanding character, citizenship, academic credentials, student involvement in activities/organizations, and because they serve as positive role models for underclassmen.

May Student of the Month—Shelby Campbell

The Stewart County High School (SCHS) faculty has selected Shelby Campbell as May Student of the Month for her academic achievement, outstanding character, student involvement, and for serving as an exceptional role model for underclassmen. Campbell plans to attend Tennessee Tech in Cookeville and major in journalism and minor in graphic design and photography.

Campbell is a focused and dedicated student who has an excellent academic record. She has taken advantage of the opportunity to earn college credit while in high school by taking dual enrollment courses in English, math, U.S. history, as well as an introduction to education course. In honor of her academic excellence, she earned the Black and Gold award for Economics.

She is a four-year member of the Bonanza Yearbook staff and is currently in her second year as Photography Editor. Business teacher and Bonanza Yearbook adviser, Mary Lambert, offered these thoughts about Campbell’s contribution to the publication remarking, “Shelby has many talents but one which stands out is her creativity. She is imaginative in her design approach. I have assigned her spreads that I knew would be difficult to create and still adhere to the theme. Her work always exceeds expectations. Her consistent pursuit of excellence in her work and her 100 percent commitment to creating a unique and innovative book each year has made her a valuable asset. She is able to bring the theme to life, but at the same time remain respectful of the student body and administration. She is a creative force who leaves an indelible mark on the publication.”

Campbell is a four-year member of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and BEARS (Building Every Asset Right from the Start) Team. She has been a participant in two STAR competitive events. In Food Innovations as a junior, she was part of a team that received a Gold ranking at the Regional, State, and National Leadership Conferences. As a senior, she was part of a group that earned a Gold ranking at the State Leadership Conference. Through her participation in the BEARS and Reading teams, she has had multiple opportunities to mentor elementary aged children. Campbell is also a member of the Math Club, Spanish Club, and Beta. Library Media Specialist and Beta Adviser, Lora Black, praises Campbell stating, “Shelby is an intelligent young lady and an active member of the SCHS community.  Her quiet but steady hand in capturing SCHS memories from behind the lens attests to her unselfish demeanor—always willing to allow others to enjoy the spotlight.  Her photographic legacy will live on for years to come.  I look forward to seeing what the future holds for this remarkable young lady.”

Serving her community is important to Campbell. She has been a volunteer for the Back School Bash community outreach program since 2008 where she has spent time packaging school supplies for students in grades K-12. Through her church, she has worked as a volunteer with Completely One Ministries, Good News Clubs, and Vacation Bible School programs.

Campbell has positive feelings regarding her time at SCHS stating, “Stewart County High School has taught me how to step out of my comfort zone and embrace the unexpected. I have loved my time here at SCHS and I will cherish the skills and memories I have made here forever.”

Shelby is the daughter of Joe and Shani Campbell.

April Student of the MonthKyle Wallace

The Stewart County High School (SCHS) faculty is proud to announce Kyle Wallace has been selected as April Student of the Month for his outstanding academic achievement, student involvement, and for serving as an exceptional role model for underclassmen. Following graduation, Wallace plans to attend Austin Peay State University to pursue a major in engineering while continuing to play music.

A member of the Class of 2018 Top Ten Percent, Wallace has a stellar academic record. He has taken advantage of the opportunities for rigorous course work through his enrollment in honors, dual enrollment, and Advanced Placement courses. In recognition of his achievement in the classroom, he has earned Black and Gold awards in Biology I, English I, and Emergency Medical Services. Another hallmark of Wallace’s persona is his exceptional character. English teacher, Lisa Luton, verifies this quality saying, “I've had the honor of knowing Kyle for many years, and I've never known anyone who is all-at-once as compassionate, helpful, intelligent, and talented as he is. He's the shining definition of what it means to be a well-rounded individual with an unmatched work ethic and kindness to spare. I have no doubt that Kyle will be successful in everything he does, but more importantly, I have no doubt about the positive impact he'll have on the other people in his life. The world is and always will be genuinely better because Kyle is in it, and that's worth more than any other accomplishment I can think of.”

Wallace is a three-year member of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). He is also a three-year member of the BEARS (Building Every Asset Right from the Start) Team, the community outreach part of the FCCLA organization whose focus is character education. Family and Consumer Science teacher, Nancy Myers, attests to his outstanding reputation remarking, “I met Kyle when he became a member of the BEARS Team. Students are chosen to participate in this group because they demonstrate high moral character and exemplary behavior. They participate as role models visiting our elementary schools and as representatives of the high school in various functions around the community. It didn’t take long to realize why Kyle Wallace was chosen. He is always kind, thoughtful, and responsible. He looks for ways to help others. He demonstrates his leadership abilities with a quiet strength that leads to cooperation and positive results. He combines these skills with intelligence and humor, and therefore is one who can be counted on to accomplish any task he’s given.” He also visits North Stewart Elementary in his role as a member of the Reading Team.

Involved in multiple organizations Wallace has served two-years as the Lady Rebel Softball manager. Currently, he is a Student Council Representative and a one-year member of the Math Club and a member of Beta. Previously, he has been a member of the R-Team and a participant in the Semi Colon Suicide Prevention Project. Wallace is also an accomplished musician and plays the fiddle, electric guitar, and acoustic guitar. He uses this talent to enrich the community through performances in multiple venues. He is a member of the Pleasant Hill Free Will Baptist Church praise band.

When asked to reflect on his time at SCHS Wallace expresses this sentiment saying, “This school has guided me to see the full potential I possess, and how to use that potential to be successful in academics along with the career and life I plan to fulfill.”

Kyle is the son of Kevin and Christina Wallace.

March Student of the Month—Madison Parker

Madison Parker has been selected by the Stewart County High School (SCHS) faculty as March Student of the Month for her outstanding academic achievement, student involvement, and for serving as an exceptional role model for underclassmen. Following graduation, Parker plans to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin and major in either elementary education or graphic design.

Parker is a four-year member of Family, Career, and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and currently is serving her second year, as a member of the Officer Council. Parker is also a three-year member of the BEARS (Building Every Asset Right from the Start) Team, the community outreach arm of the FCCLA organization whose focus is character education. As a member of this team, she is a regular visitor to the elementary schools where she speaks to students about the importance of developing positive character traits. She is also a member of Reading Team, which affords her the opportunity to provide assistance to elementary faculty with reading instruction. Family and Consumer Science teacher and FCCLA adviser, Nancy Myers, speaks highly of Parker stating, “I have worked with Madison throughout her high school career. She has many outstanding qualities including intelligence, creativity, and charm. Her continual optimism and positive attitude stand out to me. She approaches everything with determination and persistence, and she guides those working alongside her to solutions. She lifts the spirits of everyone around her. As I have watched her working on projects, I am amazed at the compassion she shows for others. Madison is responsible and a true leader.”

Ranked ninth in the Class of 2018, Parker has the reputation of being a dedicated and conscientious student. She received the Black and Gold award for Family Studies for her excellence in the classroom. Parker has been very successful in applying classroom knowledge through the STAR (Students Taking Action with Recognition) competitive event program at the State and National Leadership Conferences. In 2016, she earned third place at the state level in the Focus on Children event. As a junior, she placed first in Food Innovations at the state conference followed by a sixth place finish at the national level. Most recently, she earned first place at the 2018 State Leadership Conference in the Entrepreneurship event.

An active member of the SCHS community, she is a three-year member of the Bonanza yearbook staff, currently serving as Design Editor. She is a three-year member of the Spanish Club, and a member of Beta. Parker has been very involved with the SCHS theatre productions. For the Wizard of Oz, she applied stage makeup. For The Little Mermaid, she was the stage manager, applied makeup, and played the role of a sea creature. English teacher, Christina Anderson, affirms Parker’s contributions saying, “Madison is a respectful and responsible young lady. She is kind and is dedicated to various school and community organizations. Madison devotes her time to a variety of creative endeavors. Madison is that sweet songbird that everybody enjoys to see and listen to so that their day will be better.”

Parker summarizes her time at SCHS remarking, “My time at Stewart County High School has prepared me for life, as I have learned leadership skills and social skills through club activities. My teachers have shown me the importance of hard work and dedication. I have many unforgettable memories at SCHS for which I am forever thankful.”

Madison is the Daughter of Robert and Melissa Parker.

February Student of the Month—Mary Edwards

The Stewart County High School (SCHS) faculty is pleased to announce that senior, Mary Edwards, has been chosen as February Student of the Month for her outstanding academic achievement, student involvement, and for serving as an extraordinary role model for underclassmen. After graduation, she plans to attend Lincoln Memorial University to attain a bachelor’s degree in chemistry with a pre-med focus. Her long-term goal is to attend medical school to become a physician.

A member of the Class of 2018 Top Ten Percent, she is ranked fourth. Academics are a priority for Edwards, which is reflected in the 4.0 grade point average she has maintained throughout high school, as well as the Black and Gold academic awards she earned in Honors English III and Health Science. Through dual enrollment courses offered through Austin Peay State University (APSU), she has completed 33 credit hours and was honored by the university in 2017 with an Academic Achievement Award. Beginning in 2016, Edwards has functioned as a Tennessee Teen Ambassador for the Tobacco Prevention Program. She was selected as a 2017 American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Girls State delegate. A 2016 Cumberland Electric Membership Corporation essay contest winner, Edwards acquired an all-expense paid trip to Washington D.C. Christina Anderson, English teacher, praises her academic pursuits saying, “Mary Beth is an exceptional student. She is caring, creative, respectful, and responsible in all her actions. Mary Beth will always seek a challenge and will always inspire others to do the same. Mary Beth is that beautiful, unique flower that will grow past the garden walls, but will always know her roots.”

She has garnered the respect of the faculty and her peers. Rhonda Hendrickson, Spanish teacher, highlights her character stating, “Mary Beth is a young lady that is mature beyond her years. She is extremely focused, determined, and always makes choices that will positively impact her future. More importantly, Mary Beth is kind to everyone. She has many friends, and always has a positive word for her teachers and classmates. I am certain her confidence will take her far in this life, and I am honored to be her teacher.” At SCHS she is involved in multiple organizations. She has served as manager of the Lady Rebel basketball team for four years. She is a four-year member of HOSA: Future Health Professionals, Kids Against Tobacco Substances (KATS) Team, Future Business Leaders of America, and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes. She has also participated in Key Club, Spanish Club, and is a member of Beta.

Volunteerism is a hallmark of Edwards’ character. She has served in multiple capacities at Hopewell United Methodist Church. In 2017, she was an active student member of the Rural Health Association of Tennessee. As an FCA officer, she has assisted with the organization of the 2016 and 2017 tailgate parties. Beginning in 2014, she has worked as a community co-op food drive volunteer. In 2016, she received the Tennessee Governor’s Volunteer Star Award, an initiative designed to recognize outstanding volunteers from each county.

When asked to summarize her stint at SCHS, Edwards replied, “Stewart County High School has taught me to have confidence in my own abilities. Such confidence combined with education will provide competence in my future career.”

Mary is the daughter of William and Brenda Edwards.

January Student of the Month—Colby Warden

The Stewart County High School (SCHS) is delighted to announce that senior, Colby Warden, has been chosen as January Student of the Month for his outstanding academic achievement, student involvement, and for serving as an exceptional role model for underclassmen. Warden’s plan following high school is to attend the University of Tennessee at Knoxville on a ROTC scholarship and pursue a degree in chemical engineering.

His excellent academic record is widely recognized by his peers and the faculty. Warden has the distinction of being a member of the 30+ ACT Club which recognizes students for scoring a 30 or above on the test. It is important to note that he achieved a perfect score on the science portion of the ACT. In acknowledgement of his academic performance, Warden was awarded a three-day CEMC sponsored trip to Nashville where he had the opportunity to tour the state capital and attend a legislative session. Science teacher, Cathy Watson, praises Warden for his work ethic remarking, “Colby is one of those students that is every teacher’s dream. He is a very polite, hard-working young man that is an asset to every group he belongs to. He strives for top scores in both class and the ACT and other standardized tests. Colby will be successful in any endeavor he pursues.”

Warden believes in giving back to his community. This is evidenced through his donation of blood to The American Red Cross and volunteering as a ticket taker for the Fraternal Oder of Police Bass tournament. He is also a four-year participant in the local Shop with a Cop event. Science teacher, Allen Ralls, affirms his admirable character stating, “Colby Warden is the example of what we need here at SCHS if not the world. How he is able to balance and do well with his classwork, work, friends and family is amazing. I feel honored to be a part of his transformation over the last four years and will truly miss him, but look forward to the great things he'll accomplish after he leaves SCHS.”

In regards to his experience at SCHS, Warden had these words to say, “My time at SCHS taught me that consistency and work ethic are more important than any ‘gift’ one might have in terms of academics or athleticism. It has taught me that hard work gives everyone the ability to accomplish anything.” English teacher, Lisa Luton, echoes Warden’s sentiments saying, “Colby is the kind of student who you hope to be friends with after he graduates. He is incredibly smart and his peers know they can count on him for help with their homework just as much as they can count on him for a good laugh. His strong work ethic perfectly balanced by his relaxed and friendly demeanor make him the kind of person you just know will go on to do great things.”

Colby is the son of Chip and Tracy Warden.

December Student of the Month—Brandt Bramlett

The Stewart County High School (SCHS) is pleased to announce Brandt Bramlett has been chosen as December Student of the Month for his outstanding academic achievement, student involvement, and for serving as an exceptional role model for underclassmen. After graduation, Brandt plans to continue his education at either Austin Peay State University or the University of Tennessee at Martin and obtain a degree in engineering.

Bramlett is a focused and serious student with an excellent academic record and is known as an outstanding student athlete. He is a three-year member of the Rebel Baseball team and a one-year member of the Rebel Basketball team. In recognition of his scholastic achievement, he has received Black and Gold Awards in Honors Algebra I, Honors English I, Health Science, and Emergency Medical Services. Library Media Specialist, Lora Black, praises Bramlett’s work ethic remarking, “Brandt is a determined young man who is willing to work hard toward important goals. He values discipline and respects the wisdom of others, incorporating it in his pursuit of personal excellence. Above all, Brandt takes responsibility for his destiny, and I have no doubt that will bode well for him throughout life.” Because of his character and dedication to academics, Bramlett was also selected to be a part of the student coalition that met with the Tennessee Commissioner of Education, Candice McQueen.

He is a three-year member of Family, Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA) and the Building Every Asset Right from the Start (BEARS) Team. Through his participation on the BEARS Team, Bramlett is a regular visitor to the elementary schools where he speaks to first graders about leadership skills and the importance of developing and maintaining positive character traits. He is also a member of the Reading Team, which allows him to assist professional educators with reading instruction of elementary aged children. Family and Consumer Science teacher, Reading Team Coordinator, and BEARS Team sponsor, Nancy Myers, highlights his wonderful personal qualities saying, “Brandt Bramlett is one of the most outstanding young men I have known. He is intelligent and hard working as well as personable with both the student body and faculty. He has an innate desire to do his best with every goal he sets. Brandt has been working at the elementary school with me this year and has demonstrated his maturity and his character as he helps children with literacy skills. He is coaching them to success and motivating the children with his attention and encouragement. Brandt is a real leader in all aspects.” In addition to his involvement in these organizations, he is also a two-year member of Future Business Leaders of America, a member of Beta, and has served as a Shop with a Cop volunteer.

Bramlett speaks favorably of his time at SCHS commenting, “Because of outstanding administrative leadership and the commitment by the faculty of Stewart County High School I have learned to thrive academically and have been taught to become a successful young adult.”

Brandt is the son of Brian and Kelly Bramlett.

November Student of the Month—Caroline Parker

The Stewart County High School (SCHS) faculty is pleased to announce Caroline Parker has been chosen as November Student of the Month for her outstanding academic achievement, student involvement, and for serving as an exceptional role model for underclassmen. After high school, Parker plans to attend a four-year university to major in pre-medicine with the long-term goal of going to medical school.

Parker is a dedicated student who consistently strives for academic excellence. In recognition of her achievement, she has earned five Black and Gold academic awards in Honors Biology I, Spanish I, ACT Reading, Anatomy and Physiology, and Biology II. A 4.0 student, Parker also has the distinction of being a member of the 30+ ACT Club which recognizes students for scoring a 30 or above on the test. Parker was selected and attended the Governor’s School for Computational Physics. Through this program, she learned how to apply complex calculus and physics concepts to solve practical problems, write computer programs and codes using Fortran operating system, and communicated with employees of NASA and Oak Ridge National Laboratory to further her understanding of the real-world applications of coding. She was chosen to be a 2017 American Legion Auxiliary Volunteer Girls State delegate. This program allows young women to learn about state government, as well as how to affect their local communities positively through active citizenship and informed voting. Through her health science classes, Parker has earned the CPR and Basic Lifesaving Skills certification through the American Heart Association. Library Media Specialist, Lora Black, compliments Parker’s character and work ethic stating, “Caroline is one of the most meticulously determined individuals you will ever meet. She has her eye on the future, but she is grounded in today’s labor assuring a foundation for success. Above all, she is a quality person whose character is impeccable. I know she will continue to do great things with her life.”

Parker is a four-year member of HOSA: Future Health Professionals and has been a local officer for two years having held the office of Vice President and currently chapter Secretary. She is three-year competitor at the State Leadership Conference. Additionally, she worked as part of the HOSA National Service Project team which collectively raised over $500 for the National Alliance on Mental Health. Parker is also a three-year member of Family, Careers and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA). She is presently participating in the Advocacy competitive event for the National Alliance on Mental Illness. She is also a one-year member of the Building Every Asset Right from the Start (BEARS) team, a mentoring program designed to give high school students the opportunity to talk to first graders about leadership skills and character. Parker is also a member of the Reading Team and tutors elementary students with the goal of improving their reading proficiency. She is also a three-year member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), a one-year member of Math Club, and a member of Beta.

Parker is grateful for her time at SCHS remarking, “My time at SCHS has taught me to prioritize and juggle multiple obligations at once.” Science teacher, Allen Ralls, affirms Parker’s development remarking, “I am so proud of the lady Caroline Parker has become. When I had her as a sophomore she was very intelligent but was as meek as a mouse. Now she is this outgoing strong individual that will do well in school and in life. As a teacher, I feel we have the responsibility to develop our students academically but also with the skills to survive in the real world. Caroline possesses both.”

Caroline is the daughter of Robert and Melissa Parker.

October Student of the Month—Ezra McElroy

Ezra McElroy has been selected by the Stewart County High School (SCHS) faculty as October Student of the Month for his outstanding academic achievement, student involvement, and for serving as an exceptional role model for underclassmen. After high school McElroy plans to pursue dual degrees in psychology and criminal justice at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. His long-term career goal is to work for the Tennessee Bureau of Investigation.

Known for his reputation as a solid student athlete, McElroy is a two-year member of the Rebel football team and a four-year member of the Rebel basketball team. Recognized for his on-field football performance, he was named Region 3A Punter of the Year, and for his classroom success he received All-Academic Team honors. Criminal Justice teacher and Rebel football coach, Chanz Swartz, commends McElroy for his ability to balance academics and athletics stating, “To be a great student is a hard thing to do. To be a great student-athlete is even harder to do. Ezra McElroy is a GREAT student-athlete! He is a multisport athlete and has an outstanding GPA. As a coach, you always stress the importance of leadership. Being a true natural leader is something that cannot be taught. You either have it or you don’t; Ezra has it! Not only does he have it on the field, he also has it everywhere else. The way that Ezra carries himself as a young adult is exceptional! To be a great leader, you have to lead by example and that is exactly what Ezra does. He is a leader among men, and in my opinion that is one of the best traits you can possess in life. Ezra McElroy demonstrates every day the characteristics a true REBEL should have!”

McElroy is a three-year member of the Criminal Justice Club and currently serves as President. He has earned two Black and Gold awards for academic achievement in Criminal Justice I and Criminal Justice II. In May 2017 he was presented with the Career and Technical Education Honor Award for Criminal Justice. Math teacher Marcia Joiner, offers this appraisal of McElroy’s qualities remarking, “Ezra is an intelligent, hard working young man who stays on top of his schoolwork even during the hectic basketball season. Ezra is a gentleman with a bright future ahead of him.” McElroy is also a member of Beta.

McElroy’s noteworthy character is seen in his desire to serve the community through his volunteer work. On Saturdays, he volunteers as a coach for the Stewart County Jr. Pro Basketball program. For the past two years, McElroy has helped with the Fraternal Order of Police annual Shop with a Cop program. He has also worked as a counselor at Cop Camp the last three summers.

McElroy is appreciative of his SCHS journey noting, “During my time at SCHS I have been challenged by my teachers, coaches, parents, and myself. I have been held accountable for my failures and praised for my accomplishments. From that, I have learned to prevail in all with a positive attitude. I have grown as a student and athlete by accepting each obstacle and challenging myself to do my very best. I have learned to work with others to complete tasks in school and as a team. I believe these learning experiences will help me achieve success in college and my career.”

Ezra is the son of Marc and Shawna McElroy.

September Student of the Month—Clayton Williams

The Stewart County High School (SCHS) faculty is pleased to announce Clayton Williams has been chosen as September Student of the Month for his outstanding academic achievement, student involvement, and for serving as an exceptional role model for underclassmen. Williams’ plan after high school is to attend Murray State University to earn a degree in mechanical engineering.

Williams is known for his character and his commitment to academics. A 4.0 student, he earned a Black and Gold Academic Award for achieving the highest ACT Reading score. Williams also has the distinction of being a member of the 30+ ACT Club which recognizes students for scoring a 30 or above on the test. Selected as a 2017 Tennessee American Legion Boys State Delegate; Williams spent a week on the campus of Tennessee Tech University. The Boys State program allows each participant to become a part of the operation of his local, county, and state governments managed by students elected to various offices. Williams was elected to the offices of County Commissioner and as a member of the Court of Appeals. Science teacher, Allen Ralls, affirms Williams’ academic focus commenting, “Clay is one of the most humble students I've ever had. He doesn't stand out in my classroom because he doesn't boast about his accomplishments, but because of his work effort he stands tall among others with his knowledge and abilities. I look forward to seeing him grow as a young man and achieving whatever he desires.” Elected by his peers, Williams currently holds the position of Senior Class Vice President.

Williams is a three-year member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA) and has been a local officer for two years having held the office of Reporter, and currently as Bookstore Manager. Clay has competed for two years at Regional and State Leadership Conferences placing first in FBLA Principles and Procedures and eighth in Website Design. Business teacher and FBLA Adviser, Connie Baggett, commended Williams for his valuable impact on the organization stating, “Clay has a pleasant, determined and positive personality.  He is helpful, courteous, and has a gentleman’s demeanor. All of these terrific character traits, along with great grades adds up to a very successful student with such a bright future.” He is a three-year member of FFA having served as Junior Vice President for one year. Williams is a two-year member of the Building Every Asset Right from the Start (BEARS) team through which he has participated in the mentoring of elementary aged students. Additionally, he is a one-year member of the Spanish Club, and one-year member of the Math Club, and a member of Beta.

Giving back to the community is a priority for Williams evidenced through his volunteer activities. He worked as a volunteer for the BEARS team booth at the SCHS Literacy Night. As a member of the Dover First Church of the Nazarene he has worked fish fry events, and as a member of FBLA he helped set-up and serve guests for the Tennessee School Board Association meeting hosted by the Stewart County Board of Education.

When asked to reflect on his tenure at SCHS Williams remarked, “My time at SCHS has taught me to never slack off. This school has taught me that to work is to thrive, and I am now prepared to thrive. This will make my future achievable.”

Clayton is the son of Boyd and Lynn Williams.

August Student of the MonthSunshine Coombs

The Stewart County High School (SCHS) faculty is proud to announce Sunshine Coombs has been chosen as August Student of the Month for her outstanding academic achievement, student involvement, and for serving as an exceptional role model for underclassmen. Following graduation, Coombs plans to earn a bachelor’s degree focusing along the lines of political science, pre-law, and journalism. Her long-term goal is to continue her education at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville Law School.

Coombs is a four-year member of Future Business Leaders of America (FBLA), working as a local officer for three years and presently as Co-President. She is a two-year member of the state officer team and currently serves as the President of Tennessee FBLA. Coombs has competed in FBLA events at Regional, State and National Leadership conferences for the past three years. At the state level she has earned fourth place in Business Presentation, first place in Public Speaking I, and fourth place in Job Interview. In her role as Tennessee State President, she addressed the Southern Region delegation giving the Tennessee State Report at the 2017 National Leadership Conference in Anaheim, California. Connie Baggett, Business teacher and FBLA Adviser, commends Coombs leadership skills stating, “What is a leader? The person who leads or commands a group, organization, or country, AKA Sunshine Coombs. From our local FBLA officer team to the 6,000 plus members of the Tennessee FBLA organization, Sunshine leads and motivates students by her example. She is always in the first group to volunteer, no matter the task. Her style, poise, and intelligence are evident and inspire others, even in daily tasks at school. It has been my pleasure to work with Sunshine for the past four years. I see great things in her future and the futures of those she touches.”

An active member of the SCHS community, Coombs is involved in multiple organizations. She is a two-year member of HOSA: Future Health Professionals and was a member of the Parliamentary Procedures team which placed fourth at the 2017 State Leadership Conference. Additionally, she is a two-year member of the Lady Rebel softball team, and a member of Beta. As a member of FBLA she has also served as chairperson of the Ronald McDonald can tab collection, canned food drive, and Lights of Love campaigns.

In recognition of her academic excellence, Coombs has earned five Black and Gold awards in Computer Applications, Honors English I, Honors Algebra I, Honors English II, and Digital Business Communications. In 2017, she won second place in the Voices of Democracy Essay contest, and recently won third place in the TN Star Constitution Bee. Rhonda Hendrickson, Spanish teacher, offers high praise for Coombs declaring, “Miss Sunshine Coombs could not have been given a more perfect name. She is just that: a ray of sunshine that brings joy to her teachers, friends, and classmates. I do not believe I have ever seen a student that is not only involved in several different activities, but excels in all of them. However, this does not keep her from excelling academically. Extra-curricular activities do not hinder her ability to maintain high grades. Sunshine is one of the most well-rounded students that has ever entered my classroom, and I am proud to have been her teacher.”

Coombs is grateful for her time at SCHS remarking, “Stewart County High School and its teachers have built the humble, courteous, and ambitious foundation on which I stand.”

Sunshine is the daughter of Fairy Tomsic and Micky Coombs.

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