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School resource officers from the Floyd County Police Department awarded four high school seniors with achievement awards in honor of their character and example to others. This is the first year officers have made recognitions of this type, but the police department plans to grow it into an annual scholarship award.

The students were presented with certificates and dual black and blue cords that can be worn at graduation this weekend. Each school nominated students and final selection was made by an award committee based on three core principles described as SRO: selflessness, respect and outstanding citizenship. The Floyd County Schools will also note the award in student transcripts so that it can be used in college applications.

The awards were presented to the students during a luncheon at the police department on Monday May 23, 2022. Parents, school administrators, members of the Board of Education, Board of Commissioners and police command staff were present for the ceremonious event. Armuchee High School, nomination by Officer Mike Bell Jefferson J. (J.J.) House Coosa High School, nomination by Officer Dale Johnson Jasmine Pilcher Model High School, nomination by Officer Ginger Shelly Briggs Poyner Pepperell High School, nomination by Officer Jim McCormick Rachel Gilreath

“These students stood out among their peers as respectful, outgoing, positive and having an impact on their community,” said Officer Jim McCormick, chairman of the SRO Committee. “We so often only hear about the bad kids. It is refreshing when the school identifies a student who can always be of assistance when needed, he said speaking of his nominee from Pepperell.”

Officer Mike Bell described the award as a recognition of leadership. “It’s our way of recognizing students who are mentors and the role models we seek to be in our schools.”

The vision for the award committee is that a $1,000 scholarship be available for each student to apply toward any secondary education they plan, including university or technical college. “We want to build a program that rewards kids who are outstanding in the school setting and reward them with some type of financial relief in their ongoing studies after high school,” said Sgt. William Wacker, Armuchee SRO. Jefferson J. House Georgia Highlands College Plans to be a teacher and coach after college Four years football at Armuchee “J.J. is a mentor to others and even though he is a senior and won’t be around next year he is using his time to help his younger classmen,” said SRO Mike Bell. “He’s very respectful of others and always entertaining to be around.”

Jasmine Pilcher Shorter University Plans to study Early Education Robin Turner Scholarship and Community Partnership scholarship Fine Arts seal for Chorus Optimist Club Student of the Month National Honor Society SRO Dale Johnson states in his nomination that Jasmine was an intern with the middle school and assisted teachers and mentoring students. “I have had several teachers mention what a wonderful student and person Jasmine is and what a great choice she was for the SRO award.

Briggs Poyner University of Georgia Plans to study Forestry and Natural Resources Tennis FBLA, FCA One Act Play Competition Mr. Model 2021 People’s Choice AP Scholar National Honor Society Briggs was awarded the police department’s citizenship award in the spring for his quick action in helping a classmate after he witnessed a crash on the way to a school event.

Rachel Gilreath Berry College Plans to study in Secondary Education Marching Band Spirit Cheer Mock Trial Homecoming Court 2021 Miss Pepperell 2021 “On my very first day the staff at Pepperell told me that Rachel was someone I could depend on,” said SRO Jim McCormick. “We so often only hear about the bad kids. It is refreshing when the school identifies a student who can always be of assistance when needed.

(Coosa Valley News)

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