2011 MS Academic Banquet
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Monday, March 14, 2011
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 Congratulations to the 2011 Middle School Scholars!
This year's scholars are —
 East Ridge Middle School’s Trisha, Kyle, Trey, Morgan, Abby, Chris, Landon, Patrick, William and 
 Lincoln-Heights Middle School’s Breanna, Taylor, Andrew, Sydney, Mariah, Chad, Rachel, Taylor, Brandon and Kenny.
 Meadowview Middle School’s Michael, Alfonso, Ginny
, Micah, Olivia, Kiona, Daniel, Sarah, Fatima and Zeydi.
 West View Middle School’s Drew, Megan, Austin, Geneviéve, Anna, Shaan, Martin, Morgan, Tory and Aleia.


Below is the article appearing in the Citizen Tribune, co-sponsor of the event:  
Celebrating the scholars
Tribune Staff Writer


 The annual celebration of Hamblen County middle schoolers’ academic excellence culminated in a banquet and presentation Thursday night.
 The 40 Middle School Scholars of 2011, 10 from each of the four county middle schools, gathered with their families at First Baptist Church of Morristown for an evening of recognition from the Hamblen County Board of Education, middle and high school principals and event-sponsor Citizen Tribune.
 Shantra Bryan, Ed.D., an alumna of West Elementary, Lincoln-Heights Middle School and Morristown-Hamblen High School West, was the featured speaker. Bryan talked to the students about being responsible and making good choices.
 “Every choice you make will lead you closer or further away from your goals,” Bryan said. “Think of this transition in 
your life as a journey.”
 As students make the journey, they must consider their choices in relation to achieving their goals, she said.
 Even though everybody makes mistakes, the key is not to make the same mistakes over and over 
 “You were created to be great. This is not referring to the celebrity glitz and glamour great;
this refers to the inner strength that exhibits itself…” she said. “Continue to strive toward excellence. Always have a high expectation for yourself.
 “Continue to chal
lenge yourself and don’t let anyone tell you that you’re not good enough or you can’t be something.”
 As these middle school students transition into high school next year, Bryan advised the students to keep three things in 
mind — scholarship, leadership and character.
 Scholarship is about continuing the love of learning, she said, while leadership is about maintaining purpose and attainable goals. Character is about the way the world sees you.
 No matter what happens, these students should remember their goals and dreams and continue working to achieve them, Bryan said.
 She received a world-class education in Hamblen County schools that helped Bryan achieve her dreams, she said.
 Bryan was inducted into the West High Hall of Fame last fall, 
and she is currently a teacher at Woodridge Elementary School in Stone Mountain, Ga. She is the grade level chair, leadership team chair, literacy and writing committee chair and after-school tutorial reading teacher.
 She was a 2004 teacher of the year.
 The choral department from Morristown-Hamblen High School East acted as 
ushers at the event, while Hamblen County Schools Instructional Coaches were the servers.