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Chamber honors 16 Vinton County Students of the Month

April 28, 2012

Submitted by the Vinton County Chamber of Commerce

The Vinton County Chamber of Commerce held a reception Tuesday to recognize the Chambers' 2011-12 Students of the Month. In front are Michae Snavely, left, Myrriah Mace, Jenny Brooks and Briana Thompson. In back are Teresa Remy-Detty, Joey Batey, Sam Clemons, Cody Saylor, Jim Salyer and School Supt. John Simmons. (Courtesy photo)

The Vinton County Chamber of Commerce held a reception Tuesday night to recognize the 16 Students of the Month for the 2011-12 school year.  The Chamber honors two high school seniors every month during the school year.

This year’s honorees are: Mace and Alex Eberts, September; Marcie Reedy and Brian Hivick, October; Joey Batey and Gabby Thurston, November; Curtis Lindner and Cody Saylor, December;  Cheyanna Johnson and Michea Snavely, January; Joshua Travers and Lindsey Hashman, February; Jenny Brooks and Sam Clemons, March; and Kimberly Kazee and Briana Thompson, April.

Each student received a plaque, a $50 savings bond and the opportunity to apply for a scholarship.

The Chamber recognizes the hard work and accomplishments of these young people who all balance their studies with extracurricular school activities, volunteer work and, in some cases, part-time jobs.

Vinton County Schools Supt. John Simmons spoke briefly at the reception on the qualities needed to be successful in life. He advised the students to find a special dream to strive toward and to remember that there is no shortcut to success — hard work, respect, leadership and simply outworking everyone else will take them far. He also reminded them that Vinton County graduates are first-class leaders all over the world and that they can go anywhere and be anything they want to be.

Teresa Remy-Detty spoke on behalf of the entire Remy family.  The Student of the Month program and the accompanying Student of the Year program were renamed for late board member and friend, Linda L. Remy. Teresa spoke about some life lessons she believed her mother would want the students to learn.  Her advice was to always maintain balance in life — to find time for family, work, volunteerism and all the things they find important. She also said that some of the greatest advice that her mother gave was to always stop and ask whether you are doing the right thing.

The Chamber of Commerce benefited for several years from Linda’s kindness, generosity and unfailing drive to always do the right thing. Her unexpected death last year left a terrible void in the Chamber and she is still missed.

The Chamber thanks Teresa, Simmons, the students and their parents for spending the evening with the Chamber. Thanks also to Chef Mary Reynolds of Flutes and Peppercorns for providing food to the guests.

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