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FHS Pride Recognition celebrates excellence

Farragut High School honored academic excellence with its annual Pride Recognition breakfast Wednesday, March 16, at Fox Den Country Club.

FHS Pride awards are given to students who have achieved academic excellence, are members of two or more school-sponsored clubs or activities and have performed community service. More than 150 students were honored at the ceremony.

“I am very proud of these young people,” FHS principal Mike Reynolds told the group. “Having these students achieve academic excellence makes you parents proud and makes our school proud.”

Reynolds said he hopes to see twice as many students at the next Pride breakfast.

Farragut Mayor Eddy Ford spoke to the audience about being the valedictorian of the Farragut High School class of 1957. He asked the students to stand and applaud each other for their accomplishments.

“This is what life is all about,” Ford said. “You were given a challenge in the beginning of the year and you worked hard to meet the challenge. We are here today to recognize you and tell you how proud we are of you.”

Ford praised Reynolds and his staff for their hard work and dedication to FHS saying, “Farragut High School is a great institution with great students and I applaud you.”

Assistant principal Nancy Johnson presented the awards with the assistance of Pride Recognition coordinator Kim Martin.

Johnson said that FHS has adopted a new motto — Farragut High School, building excellence and integrity in academics, athletics and arts. Accept nothing less — for the staff and students, which will be posted throughout the school next year.

Johnson told the students to accept nothing less and added, “I know we work you guys to death, but someday you will appreciate it.”

Parents Peter and Patty Dueber attended the breakfast in support of their daughters, Stephanie, a senior, and, Kaylee, a sophomore, who received Farragut’s Best Award for having all As, being members of two clubs and performing community service.

“I took off work today for this,” Patty said. “This will never happen again with both girls getting the same award together.”

Peter added, “We’re very proud of them.” Each of the students was called by name, given a certificate, as well as a star-shaped lapel pin or a Farragut Pride refrigerator magnet.

The ceremony concluded prior to first block.


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