Congratulations to Race McLean, MJCA senior! The National Football Foundation selects one player from each team at the HS and college level in our to recognize for their achievements both on the field and academically and give a scholarship to each of those players. Race was this years award recipient from MJCA, and was recognized at a banquet on February 29th.
Congratulations to MJCA junior, Emma Eck, who has been selected as the Wilson Co. representative the Governor's Volunteer Stars Award. She will be recognized at the Eighth Annual Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards on Feb. 28th for her outstanding work as a volunteer. The Governor's Volunteer Stars Awards (GVSA) is an initiative from Volunteer Tennessee that seeks to recognize outstanding volunteers from each of Tennessee's 95 counties.
Emma has spearheaded two community projects during her high school years. First, she designed and implemented the construction of a unique library space for a day home in Nashville for disadvantaged children. The library is themed Swiss Family Robinson and features a tree house with book shelves built into the sides of the trees. She enlisted the volunteer help of a muralist in Nashville, Kenna Eaton as well as an imagnieer artist, Kevin Hale for the construction of the tree house and other trees and a friend from school, Elizabeth Stacy helped her with painting and building. Second, when her family was going to Peru on a mission trip last summer, Emma wanted to offer a ministry too so she created a dental hygiene class for village children using a girl scout format for large community projects. She collected toothbrushes, talked to various hygienists in the area to gather ideas for teaching dental hygiene and created teaching materials. More than 800 toothbrushes were donated and a dentist in her church donated a large set of model teeth and and demo toothbrush. Best of all, when villagers came to learn how to brush their teeth and get a toothbrush, they heard the gospel from Emma's father. In hopes to inspire younger children to work in their community as well, Emma spoke to some third grade classes as well as a local girl scout troop about the project before she left and delivered a report to them after she returned.