Stewart County High School

“Empowering Students to Achieve”

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.

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 office. 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.