Nine County Seniors Selected for Chamber’s ACT Wall of Honor
Nine high school seniors from Carroll County were recognized by the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce for their academic excellence – by scoring a 29 or better on the national ACT test. The ACT (American College Testing) is a standardized test, used for college admissions, that equally measures students across the nation.
The Chamber honored these students for being in the top seven percent in the nation of all students who took the ACT exam.
Honored were Emma Pate, Mason Wallace and Chloe Sumrok of McKenzie High School; Grace Angelos, Erika Blaine, Grant Hilliard, and Elysia Rhodes of Huntingdon High School; Cody Maness of Clarksburg; and Colin Simmons of West Carroll.
This is the fifth group of students selected for the Chamber’s ACT Wall of Honor, which began in 2013. A total of 56 students have been recognized through the ACT Wall of Honor.
Each student received a wooden plaque to commemorate their accomplishment. Brad Hurley, president of the Carroll County Chamber of Commerce announced each recipient’s name and Terry Howell, a board member of the Chamber, presented the plaque.
The honorees and administrators from each of their high schools enjoyed a luncheon of steak and seafood. The event was held at the Carroll Bank and Trust Community Room in Huntingdon.
Emma Pate is the daughter of Jeremy and Gina Pate. She plans to attend Murray State University and major in Pre-Pharmacy with a focus in Chemistry. Emma then plans to attend the University of Tennessee Health Science Center to get her Doctorate in Pharmacy.
Mason Wallace, son of Bobby and Amanda Wallace, plans to attend Bethel University and major in Psychology. Mason will be a member of the Wildcat Marching Band.
Chloe Sumrok, daughter of Dr. Dan Sumrok and Shawna Holbrook, plans to attend the University of Memphis and major in Psychology and Illustration.
Erika Blaine is the daughter of Dr. Clint and Kelly Blaine. She plans to attend Brigham Young University in Utah and study Biological Engineering.
Grace Angelos is the daughter of Peter and Ginger Angelos. She plans to attend UT Chattanooga and study Biology.
Grant Hilliard is the son of Tim and Terri Hilliard. She plans to attend Ole Miss and study Biology Engineering.
Elysia Rhodes is the daughter of Johnathan Rhodes. She plans to attend UT Chattanooga and study Education, with a goal of teaching in English as a Second Language.
Cody Maness is the son of Elmer and Felicidad Maness and plans to attend MTSU and study computer science.
Colin Simmons is the son of April Simmons and plans to attend Tennessee Tech and pursue pre-med.
The group was challenged by Bethel University President Walter Butler to “not let anyone steal your dreams.”
Butler told of a friend who graduated high school with very low scores and was advised by his guidance counselor to pursue trade school, not education as he dreamed. A young lady stood outside the guidance office and encouraged the young man to not let anyone steal his dreams. The young man went to college and later taught at the same school as the guidance counselor. He then pursued and received a master’s degree and later a doctorate in education. At each graduation, he invited his guidance counselor. Now the man teaches at the university level, was the president of a college, and consults with Fortune 500 companies. He also married that young lady at the guidance office door.