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Roane County Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Roane County Schools, recognized 117 graduating seniors as Tennessee Scholars during a recent breakfast ceremony.
At the ceremony, each senior received a Tennessee Scholars certificate and medallion from The Roane Alliance President and CEO Leslie Henderson and Roane County Schools Director Toni McGriff.
Tennessee Scholars wore their medallions at their high school graduation ceremonies. Their high school diplomas also have a Tennessee Scholar seal, letting potential employers know these students have worked hard and maintained the standards of a Tennessee Scholar.
The Tennessee Scholars program is a Chamber-led partnership between area businesses and Roane County Schools.
“The goal of Tennessee Scholars is to increase the number of students graduating from high school with a rigorous, defined academic course of study that prepares them for higher education and the workforce,” said Allen Lutz, education and workforce development specialist for The Roane Alliance.
Tennessee Scholar students are required to take a rigorous course of study, including advanced math and science classes, maintaining an overall “C” average, having 95 percent or higher attendance, passing end-of-course tests, having no out-of-school suspensions, and at least 80 hours of community service during their four years of high school.
“A major purpose of this program is to help provide a better pool of future workers to our local business community,” Henderson said.
“Local businesses support this program because it is good for students, good for business, and the future of Roane County,” she added.
Costs of the Tennessee Scholars program are covered by donations from the community. This year’s donors include: Roane County United Way, TVA’s Kingston Fossil Plant, Regions Bank, All Star Promotions, Griffin Insurance Agency, Kiwanis Club of Roane County, Teresa Duncan, Jerry Stephens AGA Insurance, Roane County Chamber of Commerce, Roane County Schools, Roane State Community College, Tennessee Technology Center of Harriman and Innovation Valley Inc.
Roane County Chamber of Commerce is a partner in The Roane Alliance, the county’s economic development organization.
The partners who operate under The Alliance umbrella along with the Chamber include the Industrial Development Board and Visitors Bureau.