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Seniors take home ‘Service to Humanity Award’

The Optimist Club of Knoxville presented seniors from Knox County schools the “Service to Humanity Award” during youth appreciation week, Nov. 13, at The Foundry downtown.

Students were selected based on their volunteerism and overall character.

The Optimist Club motto is “a friend of youth.” The Optimist Club of Knoxville hosts about 40 youth-related events throughout the year.

Bearden High School senior Zack Mangers has volunteered with Fantasy of Trees, Community Television Christmas auctions, Students Mentoring Another Class, Ronald McDonald House, Empty Stocking Fund, Key Club and is company commander for BHS’s NJROTC program.

Christian Academy of Knoxville senior Justin Emerson volunteered more than 400 hours with East Tennessee Children’s Hospital,150 hours with The Red Cross, 40 hours with Knox Area Rescue Ministries and more than 80 hours with The Nativity Pageant of Knoxville.

Farragut High School senior Amie Guo volunteered many hours with Second Harvest Canned Food Drive, The Soup Kitchen, Angel Tree, The Farragut Public Library, Empty Stocking Fund, Relay for Life, Buddy’s Race for the Cure, The Red Cross and The American Cancer Society. While at The Soup Kitchen, she vowed from that day forward to always see the positive side of life and to appreciate even the small things that often are taken for granted.

Hardin Valley Academy senior Hannah Scott, not pictured, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphocytic Leukemia as a child. Now “cured,” she is a long time supporter of “Light the Night” and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society’s annual fundraising walk. She has been recognized on a state level for her community service. She also volunteers with ETCH, Special Olympics, Santa’s Workshops, Mission of Hope, The Ronald McDonald House and others.

Knoxville Catholic High School senior Jacob Pais, not pictured, has volunteered more than 500 hours of service at ETCH, been a camp counselor at Camp Eagle’s Nest for two summers, founded “Riders of the Lost Ark” – a cycling club that raises money for multiple sclerosis, and volunteered nearly 150 hours of service to his Eagle Scout project through Boy Scouts.

Webb School of Knoxville senior McKenzie Roddy volunteers for Habitat for Humanity, The Love Kitchen and Fish Pantries. She is a lead member of Webb’s Upper School Peer Counselor Team, tutoring students and teaching them the importance of honor and integrity.


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