Third Annual
Coal Creek Scholars Day
17 December 2004

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Every community needs leaders.  Getting Coal Creek students to college
is one way to groom community leaders of the future.

Briceville School 4th and 5th graders with Coal Creek Scholars

We think the children are the hope for the future of Coal Creek.  If we get the students educated, they can take care of their own watershed.  When Briceville students see successful college students who were just a few years ago sitting in the very same desk where they are now sitting, it lets them know that they, too, can attend college in a few years.   

On Friday, December 17, 2004, former Briceville School students, now in college, met with Briceville 4th and 5th grade students at the third annual Coal Creek Scholars Day.   In the eyes of the 4th and 5th graders, the college students stand 10 feet tall and are role models.  The college students told about their college life and answered questions from their younger peers.  

Briceville Principal Tom Braden gave an inspiring talk to the class and the scholars who were former students of his.  Special visitor and former Briceville teacher Marshall McGhee also attended.  A few of the scholars' parents and grandparents also attended and beamed with pride at their first-generation college student family members.  Clinton Courier News reporter Johanne Jean-Jacques was also in attendance.

Scholars with Principal Tom Braden (front) and teachers Ms. Carroll and Mr. Woods

Photos, college brochures, and even Amy Dugger's recently awarded Lincoln Memorial University Homecoming crown were brought to share with the Briceville students.  A question and answer session followed the scholars' presentations.  This was  fun and inspiring!!!!

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Coal Creek Scholars who spoke to Briceville School Students to inspire them to attend college -- Pictured Left to Right -- Amy Dugger, Barry Thacker, Kristie Braden, Hannah Scarborough, Ashley Weaver, Andy Harness, Michelle Lindsay, and Rocky Bailey

Scholars sitting in front of classroom

students listen closely


Parent Geneva Dugger discusses the Coal Creek Scholars Program with Courier News Reporter Johanne Jean-Jacques

Scholar Ashley Weaver shares photos from Carson Newman
College with the students


Scholar Hannah Scarborough told students that after she graduates
from Carson Newman, she wants to teach at Briceville School

Grandparents and parents proudly listen to their college students inspire the Briceville kids

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