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Wilson's Tennessee Scholars graduate

Kimberly Jordan kjordan@lebanondemocrat.com • Dec 15, 2015 at 2:48 PM

Wilson County celebrated the 10th annual Tennessee Scholars program Thursday at Cumberland University. High school seniors were honored for their academic achievement and community service.

To qualify for the honor, a student must complete four English courses, four math courses, three lab science courses, three social studies courses, a personal finance course, one fine arts class, two foreign language classes and two career technical education courses or two additional Advanced Placement courses.

Additional requirements for students include 80 hours of volunteer service to the community, maintaining a “C” average in all required classes, having a 95 percent attendance rate – which means the student cannot miss more than 36 total days in four years of high school – and have no out-of-school suspensions.

As guest speaker for this year’s program, Gov. Bill Haslam gave the students his congratulations.

“As governor, you get invited to a lot of places. The reason I chose to be here is the academic success you’ve achieved will be important to your future and your volunteer service displays a willingness to help others.

“I’m here to congratulate you, to thank you and to challenge you,” he said.

Lebanon Wilson County Chamber of Commerce President Sue Vanatta added, “The Tennessee Scholars program offers better jobs, stronger candidates for certain types of financial aid and scholarships, and with the parents’ encouragement and support, students succeed in this challenging academic program.”

Check out more photos from the graduation.

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