So when one of her teachers suggested that she enter the contest to make the artwork for the Kingsport City Schools Christmas card, she did — and she won.
Ellie, who was recognized at the Thursday night Board of Education meeting and presented with a framed print of her artwork and a stack of KCS Christmas cards adorned with her drawing, said it took her about 20 minutes to draw the tree image.
Also recognized were the Sevier Middle School girls cross country team and the Robinson Middle School varsity volleyball team. As previously reported, the two teams won state championships.
Sevier co-coaches Julie and Sean Potts presented their team with TMSAA (Tennessee Middle School Athletics Association) certificates. This marks the second state championship in a row for the Sevier cross country team.
The Robinson volleyball squad had a perfect game record, winning every one it played and losing only one set. Coach Bryan Dean attributed that loss to a coaching error, not the team.
The board also recognized Jackson Elementary for winning $1,000 recently in the Good Sports Always Recycle contest, sponsored by Eastman Chemical Company, Food City and Waste Connections in conjunction with the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
Jackson Principal Krissy Turner and Jaclyn Clendenen, Jackon’s school-based family liaison, said the money will be used to invest in what Turner called “tools and tubs” to support recycling in the cafeteria, classrooms and work rooms by students, faculty and staff. Turner said the program grew out of the Rock and Wrap It Up program, which takes perfectly good food and beverages that otherwise would be thrown away and retains them for use at the school or for donation to area community programs. Last school year, that program spearheaded by aid Angie Hyche, wife of school board member Eric Hyche, collected more than 1,000 pounds of food and drinks.
In addition, Turner said the money will go toward signs, labels, T-shirts and badges as well as a field trip to a waste management facility, and Turner also has plans to use some of the money to jump-start a rooftop greenhouse at the school
Also at the board meeting, the school system recognized Lamar Smith, supervisor of federal programs, for being a finalist for the Tennessee Department of Education’s annual Supervisor of the Year Award. The awards were given out in Nashville Oct. 27 during the Tennessee Educational Leadership Conference.