Chattanooga Student Receives Promising Young Leader Award

Thursday, June 5, 2014
Lori Cutler-Turner from The Arc TN presents Hannah M. Owens with the Promising Young Leader Award
Lori Cutler-Turner from The Arc TN presents Hannah M. Owens with the Promising Young Leader Award

Hannah M. Owens of Chattanooga received the Promising Young Leader award from The Arc Tennessee during the Twelfth Annual Tennessee Disability MegaConference Awards Banquet held May 30 at the Nashville Airport Marriott. 

Hannah, a graduating senior from the Chattanooga School of Arts and Sciences (CSAS) has been a volunteer and demonstrated her leadership abilities at several events of The Arc Hamilton County, dancing with and supporting people to have fun.  She participated in their Halloween party, Saint Patrick’s Day dance and Go-Fest.  She also participates in volunteer activities with the Chattanooga Therapeutic Recreation Department, the Hamilton County Fair and Mark Making, working with at-risk youth.

She created a comic-book superhero character who has autism for her senior project. Her senior research has centered on using various art techniques and methodologies to assist people with IDD to communicate more effectively. She plans to attend Middle Tennessee State University in the fall and has been awarded their Presidential Scholarship through the MTSU Honors Program. 



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