Hawkins This & That: Volunteer junior among Twenty Under 20 Class of 2020

Jeff Bobo • Feb 19, 2020 at 6:30 PM

CHURCH HILL — Volunteer High School junior Lauren Ross has been named among the Twenty Under 20 Class of 2020 presented by STREAMWORKS, which promotes rigorous STEM activities and competitions in the community.

The latest class, which was released Tuesday, celebrates the outstanding accomplishments of 20 individuals who are younger than 20 years of age. They have demonstrated exemplary achievements in community service, entrepreneurship, leadership, academics, and STEM activities.

This year’s class includes students from Kingsport, Johnson City, Greeneville, Jonesborough, Elizabethton, Mountain City, Gate City and Big Stone Gap.

Ross, from Mount Carmel, was Hawkins County’s only selection this year. She is currently ranked No. 1 in her class academically, serves as SGA vice president, and volunteers as a peer mentor with the Unified Sports Program and Special Olympics.

“Seeing extraordinary students do extraordinary things, STREAMWORKS works to ensure these 20 individuals are recognized for their innovation and leadership in their communities and schools,” said STREAMWORKS program director McKenzie Templeton. “Beyond the recognition of these students, this initiative will spotlight the critical necessity of STEM education throughout the region. Furthermore, these 20 individuals will serve as ambassadors in their communities and set the example of personal excellence for other youth to model.”

Ross and the other Twenty Under 20 recipients will be honored at a ceremony at Milligan College on March 10.

Lady Bulldogs place fourth in state

On the heels of winning their sectional championship, the Bulls Gap School Lady Bulldogs basketball team traveled to Smyrna this past weekend to compete in the Tennessee Middle School Sports Association state championship tournament.

There was a ceremony Friday morning in the gym to wish the team well, after which a caravan of vehicles carrying coaches and players was escorted out of Bulls Gap by a fire truck.

The Lady Bulldogs made a strong showing at the tournament, earning a fourth place finish.

HAZZARD Fest Returns in May

After two successful events in Rogersville in 2018 and 2019, Hazzard Fest returns in 2020 to Volunteer Speedway in Bulls Gap for an even bigger event.

The May 8-9 event will feature concerts, a car show, dirt track racing, comedy, and meet and greets with cast from TV shows including “The Dukes of Hazzard,” WWE, “Moonshiners,” “Appalachian Outlaws” and “Lizard Lick Towing.”

The concerts will feature country stars Darryl Worley, Andy Griggs, Jamie O’Neal, Whey Jennings, and “Luke Duke” Tom Wopat on May 8; and Clayton Q and others on May 9.

Among the celebrities scheduled to appear are Catherine Bach, Wopat, Byron Cherry, Tom Sarmento, and Cindy Wills from the original “Dukes of Hazzard”; WWE Hall of Famers Hacksaw Jim Duggan, Sgt. Slaughter, Ricky Morton, and Jimmy Valiant, along with Kelly Kelly and even boxer Butterbean; and Ewok, Van, Donnie, Teresa, Chuck, and Greg Shook from “Moonshiners” and “Appalachian Outlaws.”

From “Lizard Lick Towing,” they’ll have have Ron and Amy Shirley; and finishing the meet and greet lineup will be viral video stars Marge from “Marge & In Charge” and Anne and Brenda from the “Anne-N-Bren” show.

There will also be comedy sets each day starting on May 8th with The Hodgetwins and finishing up on May 9th with the Nitro Comedy Tour, featuring Catfish Cooley and Andrew Conn.

Hazzard Fest is family-friendly will offer two-day passes starting at $30 for adults.

Principal Appreciation Month

Every Hawkins County School celebrated Principal/Administrator Appreciation recently by making sure school leaders know that their efforts aren’t going unnoticed.

For example, McPheeters Bend Elementary School physical education teacher Katie Goulds reports, “McPheeters Bend celebrates Mrs. Bernard, our wonderful principal. She works hard every day to ensure that our students have a loving, safe environment in which to learn and reach their full potential. We love you, Mrs. Bernard.”

Mount Carmel Elementary School classroom interventionist Natasha Bice reports, “The Mount Carmel ‘A-team’ (Appreciation Team) led a Narnia-themed appreciation day for our Amazing Principal, Mrs. Amy Glass. Students wrote letters of appreciation, made posters, and are participating in random acts of kindness in her honor. Mrs. Glass shared a favorite lunch with her staff from Olive Garden and received a cup of treats from the A-Team.”

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