Chamber to recognize merits of high school students

Nola Sizemore Staff Writer

October 19, 2013

Harlan County Chamber of Commerce President Aimee Blanton told members at a meeting on Wednesday the education committee had decided to reenact giving awards of merit to deserving high school students.

“We need to recognize these students for the work they are doing in the community,” said Blanton. “A lot of students are involved in community service and other charity organizations.”

Blanton said the chamber will chose one student from each school district, and “it doesn’t necessarily have to be a senior.”

“They don’t have to have the highest GPA either, but their GPA will be figured in,” said Blanton. “There will be an application process with an essay and letters of reference required from teachers, businesses or the community.”

Blanton added the chamber is excited about having the opportunity to recognize students who go “above and beyond.”

“If you have a student absolutely on fire about doing things for the community, learning about businesses, very involved — we don’t want them to have to wait until they are seniors to be recognized. We’d like to have these awards given at the awards day at their school,” said Blanton.

“This will look good on their college applications. We’d also like to see the students receiving these awards attend a chamber meeting and learn what we do, along with what the business community is all about,” she said.

In other actions it was announced the Harlan County Christmas Parade will be held on Dec. 7 during the evening hours.

Also, businesses were encouraged to participate in the weekend backpack program by donating food items for school children to take home with them to eat on the weekends.

Blanton said items may be dropped off at Southern Wholesale or notify her and she will pick the items up from the businesses.

Reach Nola Sizemore at 606-573-4510, ext. 115, nsizemore@civitasmedia.com