Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower congratulates the Cherokee County School Board Student Delegates for the 2021-22 School Year. From left to right, front row: Elyse Robbins of Sequoyah High School, Lillie Cate Ergle of Cherokee High School, Emily Collins of Etowah High School; back row: Ty Hubert of Creekview High School, Brian Bradley of River Ridge High School and Jason Adkins of Woodstock High School.
The Cherokee County School Board recently congratulated its new class of Student Delegates!
The School Board has included a Student Advisor position on its board since 1999, and, for the past 11 years, a Student Delegate from each high school also has been selected. These outstanding high school seniors serve for one year to give input and feedback to the School Board and to the Superintendent of Schools and his senior staff; the advisor role, which includes the opportunity to sit on the dais with the School Board, is rotated among the district's high schools. The innovative engagement program earned the School Board the Georgia School Boards Association’s 2020 Leading Edge Award.
The Student Delegates were introduced at last week’s School Board meeting and met with Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower to learn more about their important role.
“Our Student Delegates represent the best and brightest of our exceptional high school seniors, and we’re incredibly appreciative that they give up valuable time from their busy schedules to serve their community in this additional role,” Dr. Hightower said. “From helping shape online instruction to influencing cafeteria menus to impacting technology purchases, these student leaders’ give their classmates a voice in the decision-making process for the School Board and the School District.”
This school year's Student Advisor is Jason Adkins of Woodstock High School.
Jason is an active student leader at Woodstock High School through Student Government Association, National Beta Club and National Honor Society. His many accomplishments include being named a University of Georgia Certificate of Merit Recipient and Woodstock High School’s 2020 Student of the Month. Outside of school, he also serves in the community including as lead volunteer at Cedartown Animal Rescue, and Jason is a student pilot at Superior Flight School.
The Student Delegates are:
Lillie Cate Ergle of Cherokee High School
Lillie Cate serves Cherokee High School as a four-year Student Government Association leader and member of the Alpha Gamma service club, Tribe Spirit Club, Diversity club, yearbook staff, National Honor Society and National Literature Society. Her many accomplishments include being named a University of Georgia Merit Scholar and earning the AP Scholar Award with Honors. A school peer tutor, she also volunteers in the community including at Woodstock City Church and for the Service League of Cherokee County’s Riverfest fundraiser and Give A Kid A Chance.
Ty Hubert of Creekview High School
Ty is a scholar athlete leader, serving Creekview High School as Student Government Association class president, captain of the varsity football team and varsity lacrosse team, and president of the Rho Kappa National Social Studies Honor Society. He also is a member of the wrestling team, National Honor Society and Beta Club. His many accomplishments include the AP Scholar Award and being twice nominated for Governor’s Honors and twice elected to Homecoming Court. A Mu Alpha Theta school math tutor and Fellowship of Christian Athletes group leader, Ty also serves in the community including as a volunteer for House of Hope and Goshen Valley Boy's Ranch.
Emily Collins of Etowah High School
Emily is an active student leader at Etowah High School through Student Government Association, Beta Club, National Honor Society, National English Honors Society, Key Club and Mu Alpha Theta. Her many accomplishments include earning an academic letter, being selected for the Elite Women’s Chorus and being named co-director of the school East Wing Tutoring Center. The president of Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Emily also volunteers in the community including for Hillside United Methodist Church and has volunteered at Northside Hospital Cherokee.
Brian Bradley of River Ridge High School
Brian is a scholar athlete leader, serving River Ridge High School as a member of the varsity football team, National Honor Society and Beta Club. His many accomplishments include being named the Cherokee County Defensive Most Valuable Player of the Year. A Fellowship of Christian Athletes member, Brian also volunteers in the community including to support the Hillside Community Food Pantry, and he is a student pilot.
Elyse Robbins of Sequoyah High School
Elyse is an active student leader at Sequoyah High School through the debate team, for which she serves as the public forum captain, and as a member of the school’s inaugural AP Capstone class. Her many accomplishments include being selected for the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce’s Teen Leadership Cherokee program and her role in developing a debate team for neighboring Dean Rusk Middle School. In addition to her service at school, Elyse also volunteers in the community including as a small group leader for younger students at Woodstock City Church.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Brian V. Hightower meets with this school year’s Student Delegates prior to their first School Board meeting last week.