Pody, Boyd honor CCHS Valedictorian & Salutatorian

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From left are State Senator Mark Pody, CCHS Principal Courtney Nichols, CCHS Assistant Principal Kay Barker, CCHS Valedictorian Erika Taylor, CCHS Salutatorian Lauren Underwood, Director of Schools William F. Curtis, State Representative Clark Boyd and School Board member Bruce A. Daniel.

Tennessee State Senator Mark Pody and Tennessee State Representative Clark Boyd hosted a Breakfast for Cannon County High School Valedictorian Erika Taylor & Salutatorian Lauren Underwood on Thursday Morning, May 9th, 2019 at T Cakes Bakery and Café in Woodbury, Tennessee. Also joining for this breakfast was Cannon County High School Principal Courtney Nichols, Cannon County High School Assistant Principal Kay Barker, local Businessman / School Board Member Bruce A. Daniel who sponsored the event, and Director of Cannon County Schools William F. Curtis.

State Senator Pody and Representative Boyd lead a very informative discussion with the two Cannon County High School Top Scholars regarding current issues and trends facing today's high school students. The discussion with all present participating, discussed the students' individual plans for college and beyond, plus their essential input regarding future educational and societal challenges.

Valedictorian Erika Taylor is the daughter of Eric Taylor of McMinnville and Priscilla Campbell of Woodbury. Salutatorian Lauren Underwood is the daughter of Brad and Amy Underwood of Woodbury where both are teachers at East Side Elementary School. Erika plans on pursuing a degree in Speech Pathology at Middle Tennessee State University, and Lauren plans on becoming an Elementary Teacher like both of her parents by majoring in Elementary Education at Middle Tennessee State University.

Cannon County High School Principal Courtney Nichols stated, "CCHS is very proud of these two outstanding young ladies and their candor and openness to Senator Pody and Representative Boyd. These young ladies have displayed integrity, a tremendous work ethic, and diligence in the classroom. CCHS and myself are extremely proud of these young ladies and their accomplishments!"

Cannon County Director of Schools William F Curtis stated, "These two young ladies are the best of the best. I was extremely proud, as both Erika and Lauren, interacted with our State Leaders. They are a personification of 'Restore the Roar' and our MISSION - 'Preparing All Students for Their Future' through our VISION - 'The New E3 - Engaged in Excellence Every Day.' I look forward to their achieving great things in their college experience and beyond!"

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