MOUNT VERNON — As the school year winds down, it’s the season for 12th graders to reflect on their high school careers and make important educational and career decisions. It’s also the season to recognize achievements by area teens, and Knox County Career Center senior Courtney Strait gained special recognition Friday from the Exchange Club of Mount Vernon and Knox County.
Strait was one of nine Career Center students to be named as an Exchange Club Student of the Month during the current academic year, and Friday she was chosen from that select group as Student of the Year for 2012. The award was announced during a luncheon held at the Career Center, and it makes Strait eligible for Exchange Club District recognition. If she advances from that stage, she will move on to a national competition and the possibility of a $10,000 college scholarship.
“All of these students are very high scholastic achievers, and it’s exciting to see what the children of Knox County are doing,” said Exchange Chapter President Ginny Williams. “We’re proud to make this award to Courtney.”
Each Student of the Month was judged on academic achievement and community service with essay writing an important component factored in by the contest judges: Career Center Job Training Coordinator Christian Cagle and Exchange Club members Dick Porter and Jody Pritchard. Cagle told the audience the committee had an extremely difficult time choosing a winner and gave Kayla Page special recognition as runner-up to Strait.
Strait is a business and finance student and attends the Career Center full-time with the exception of an Agricultural Science course she takes at Mount Vernon High School. Page studies sports medicine at the Career Center. The other Students of the Month are Haley Adkins (Teacher Academy), Randall Brady (Computer Integrated Manufacturing), Kirby Brandenburg (Health Technologies), Dustin Feltner (Job Training), Clayton Frost (Residential Construction), Sierra Hunt (Cosmetology) and Clayton Sanchez (Auto Technologies).