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Students Revered for Courage and Strength of Character

posted Nov 3, 2016, 8:17 AM by Greg Shull
Elementary and intermediate schools honored student Heroes at the annual Carl DeBrew Heroes Program at the LeGrand Center. The Heroes were selected by their school for being successful while coping with learning disorders, physical handicaps or other circumstances.

Annually, the CCS Educational Foundation teams with Laughlin Furniture Outlet to recognize inspirational students in Cleveland County Schools. Each Hero is presented to the audience as their inspirational stories are shared and applauded.

“As their stories of courage, character, kindness and perseverance are shared by the caring educators, we are humbled in our efforts to give recognition,” said Tammy Scruggs, vice president of Fifth Third Bank and a member of the CCS Educational Foundation Board of Directors. “One can clearly see that the true gifts are the ones these children give daily with the loving smiles, hugs, care and concern they show for others’ in spite of their own adversities.”

Our Heroes did not leave empty-handed as they received personalized medallions, certificates, t-shirts, and backpacks filled with goodies.

“What an uplifting night,” said Jamey Davis, vice president of the CCS Educational Foundation. “To be reminded that many more people have overcome great adversities is humbling and it is an honor to be part of the Carl DeBrew Heroes experience.”

“I am grateful to Cleveland County Educational Foundation and Mr. Carl DeBrew for creating this opportunity for us to be blessed as we honor these TRUE HEROES who are such a blessing to others,” Scruggs added.

The program will air in coming weeks on Cleveland Community College’s Channel 19 on the local Time-Warner Cable network and will be shared via social media through the CCS Facebook Page.

Heroes honored are as follows:
  • Amber Duncan of Bethware Elementary
  • Kalen Williams of Boiling Springs Elementary
  • Sofia Janohy Escalona-Montes of Casar Elementary
  • Cody Bull of East Elementary
  • Zachary Minowicz of Fallston Elementary
  • Gwendelyn Hopper of Graham Elementary
  • Justen Brackett of Grover Elementary
  • Madisonne "Bella" Ferro of James Love Elementary
  • Sydney Meeks of Jefferson Elementary
  • Noah Funderburk of Kings Mountain Intermediate
  • Kadence Preston of Marion Elementary
  • Sila Murdan of North Elementary
  • Carson Parker of North Shelby School
  • Brykeem Bess of Shelby Intermediate
  • Kaliyah Allen of Springmore Elementary
  • Jayleen Ussery of Township Three Elementary
  • Andrew Marcum of Union Elementary
  • Kevonte Degree of Washington Elementary
  • Hayden Huss of West Elementary

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