Governor Haslam To Address Hamilton County Schools Top Academic Students At Superintendent's Honors Banquet

Monday, March 24, 2014

Superintendent Rick Smith announced that Governor Bill Haslam will be the keynote speaker for the 33rd annual Superintendent’s Honors Banquet to be held on Tuesday, April 1.  

The celebration, sponsored by Hamilton County School’s Fund for Excellence, is scheduled for 7 p.m. at the Chattanooga Convention Center.  The annual tribute recognizes the top 10% of each graduating class at Hamilton County’s 17 high schools. Participants are selected based on their grade point average at the end of the first semester of their senior year. This year 262 students, along with their parents, will be honored.

“It is a privilege for me to recognize these students for their outstanding academic achievements,” Hamilton County Schools Superintendent Rick Smith said. “These students are the future of our community and they are being honored as the best of our senior class. Their accomplishments in high school will serve them well as they build on the foundation of their education in Hamilton County Schools.”

During the celebration, students will hear from the Fund for Excellence President Sherrie Ford, School Board Chairman Mike Evatt, and County Mayor Jim Coppinger.  Hixson High Schools Air Force JROTC will present our national and state colors and the Ralph Miller Orchestra and soloists, composed predominately of band directors, teachers and administrative staff from Hamilton County Schools , will provide special entertainment.

Along with a certificate commemorating their academic accomplishments, each student will receive a certificate affording them the opportunity to return to Hamilton County Schools as a teacher, upon successful completion of college and all the requirements for holding a Tennessee teaching license.


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