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Cantrell-Pryor recieves Student Recognition Award
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A DeKalb County High School student received the Student Recognition Award Thursday during the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) Upper Cumberland Fall District meeting.Erin Cantrell-Pryor, a DCHS senior, received the honor at a meeting held at Cannon County High School in Woodbury.TSBA honors one student from each of its nine districts who has achieved distinction in academics, community leadership and engagement as part of its yearly Student Recognition Award program.One of those nine students will win the statewide Student Recognition Award, including a $2,000 scholarship to be presented at the TSBA Annual Convention in November.Cantrell-Pryor received the award based on academic excellence, as well as her volunteer work in the community.She has participated in science fairs since elementary school, winning numerous awards, won the grand championship of the Tennessee Tech Regional Science Fair and is set to compete at the INTEL international fair in Pittsburgh.She was elected president of her freshman class, and served on the Student Council and the 4-H Congress.She plans to attend college and major in Chemical Engineering with a minor in Environmental Engineering.The annual TSBA meeting also allowed local boards of education to hear updates on education legislation and Common Core State Standards and earn honors for their professional development activities.Local school board members in attendance were John David Foutch, Charles Robinson, Kenny Rhody, Billy Miller, W.J. (Dub) Evins, III, Doug Stephens, and Johnny Lattimore and Director of Schools Mark Willoughby.The meeting was one of nine similar sessions held annually in each of TSBA's development districts.The program included an update on this year's session of the Tennessee General Assembly, a discussion of the Common Core State Standards by the Tennessee State Department of Education's Common Core Leadership Council, and a review of the superintendent evaluation.Board members also participated in a legislative survey with their electronic devices via an online/SMS texting program.The meeting included recognition of school board members who have achieved honors over the past year, a local school volunteer who is a finalist for a grant to their school of choice and a local student who is a finalist for a college scholarship given by TSBA.A statewide, nonprofit organization, the TSBA is a federation of all the state's school boards.TSBA's mission is to assist school boards in effectively governing school districts.Through the years, TSBA has helped school boards and their members reach their highest potential through association programs, meetings and services.TSBA also provides school board members a collective voice in matters of legislation and public education concerns.For more information about TSBA, visit our website at: