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Washington County students named Niswonger Scholars

Madison Mathews • Feb 7, 2013 at 10:10 PM

Two Washington County students have joined the prestigious Niswonger Scholarship and Leadership Program.

Seniors Raini Rowenhorst, a student at David Crockett High School, and Matt Grimm, a student at Daniel Boone High School, are two of five Niswonger Scholars awarded this year.

Rowenhorst was recognized for the achievement by the Washington County Board of Education on Thursday night.

Grimm will be recognized by the board next month.

The program is designed to provide educational and leadership development opportunities to enhance the lives of Scholars and their community.

Nominees come from the 17 area school districts in the 1st Congressional District and are selected by the Niswonger Foundation.

Scholars can attend any college of their choosing and enter into any major, but they must sign an agreement to return to Northeast Tennessee within a seven-year time frame to work and serve in their chosen profession.

Additionally, Scholars must attend leadership training, maintain a high GPA, perform 40 hours of community service each semester and keep a journal of their leadership activities.

Rowenhorst will be attending the University of Tennessee in Knoxville, studying psychology.

“I’m very glad that I get to serve Northeast Tennessee in any way possible. My biggest goal in life is just to help others, and I feel like I haven’t truly succeeded unless I’ve impacted the lives of other people and there’s no better place than Northeast Tennessee. There’s just such a great mentality here and everybody truly cares for one another, and I’m glad to get to be part of that,” she said as she addressed the board.

In other business, Director of Schools Ron Dykes updated the board on an upcoming school security program the system will participate in.

The program is offered through the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and will be done in partnership with the Washington County Sheriff’s Office.

The safety program will focus on responding to an armed intruder at one of the county’s schools.

Specialized training for officers will be held April 5 and 6.

All system employees will undergo training through the program May 20. Sixty of those employees will receive specialized training at David Crockett High School, and will train other employees at a later date.

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