Church Hill girl's lemonade fundraiser will help feed children in seven Hawkins schools

Jeff Bobo • Aug 13, 2018 at 10:30 AM

ROGERSVILLE — The business world might want to keep its eye on Church Hill seventh-grader Myka Coward, whose lemonade stand fundraiser to benefit fellow students has increased its profits more than 4,460 percent in the past five years.

On Thursday evening, Myka was honored by the Hawkins County Board of Education for raising $2,100 so far this summer with her lemonade stand.

All proceeds will be donated to seven schools to make sure every child receives a hot lunch during the school year, even if they don’t have any money.

The fundraiser was inspired by an experience Myka had at the end of the 2013-14 school year.

She went to lunch one Friday and was told that there was no money in her cafeteria account.

When a student can’t afford a hot lunch, Hawkins County Schools provide what is called a “brown bag” so that the student doesn’t go hungry.

She received a cheese sandwich, an apple and a couple of crackers.

Myka’s unfortunate lunch experience inspired her to take steps to ensure that no Church Hill Elementary student ever has to take a “brown bag” again.

That first summer she earned $46, which covered 23 lunches for her fellow students. The following year she nearly tripled her total with $128.

Last year she raised $1,500, which she spread out among five schools including Mount Carmel Elementary, Church Hill Elementary, Church Hill Intermediate, Church Hill Middle, and Surgoinsville Elementary.

This past summer, however, Myka raised $2,100 which allowed her to add two new schools to the recipient list for a total of seven.

Myka attended Thursday’s BOE meeting with her parents and a group of friends, and she received a standing ovation from the board and the audience when her accomplishments were announced.

Special Olympian Gabe Morelock

Other BOE recognitions Thursday included Volunteer High School junior Gabriel Morelock, who was honored for earning a silver medal, two bronze medals and a fifth place ribbon in the 2018 Special Olympics USA Games last month in Seattle.

To qualify for a Special Olympics USA Games drawing, Morelock earned gold in the state competition and was fortunate to have is name picked from among those eligible. He began training as soon as he was selected and traveled to Seattle with Team Tennessee to compete in the USA Games.

Competing against athletes from across the country, Morelock placed fifth in the 200 meter run, second in the 100 meter run, and third in both the running long jump and the javelin throw.

Volunteer NJROTC Rifle Teams

The BOE also honored Volunteer High School’s NROTC Rifle Team members Jaden-Ann Fraser, Hunter Drinnon, Nicole Carvagno, Maritsa Wolfe, and Cassidy “Booch” Hawkins for winning a national team title and two individual national titles in back-to-back meets this past June in Illinois and Ohio.

At the NRA’s Junior Standing National Air Rifle Championships in Bloomington, Ill., Volunteer took first place in the overall competition, with Fraser leading the team en route to her third career individual shooter national championship. Maritsa Wolfe, a rising junior, also earned a career best second place individual shooter finish in the NRA competition.

Following the NRA meet, Volunteer’s NJROTC rifle team traveled to Camp Perry, Ohio, to shoot in the National Junior Olympic and CMP National 3 Position Air Rifle Championships, where the team placed fourth out of 46 teams in the National Junior Olympic Championships and third in the CMP Nationals.

Fraser again took a first place finish in the Junior Olympic Championships, her fourth career national title, and placed sixth in the CMP Nationals. Carvagno earned a first place in the National Junior Olympic championship for Age Group 2.

Cherokee High School FCCLA

The board also honored Cherokee’s FCCLA (Family Career and Community Leaders of America) members Neely Green, Hannah Jones, Amber Burleson, and Wendee Trevizo, as well as faculty sponsor Teresa Bishop for its performance at the FCCLA National Leadership Convention in Atlanta in July.

Green, Burleson and Trevizo earned a gold medal for their presentation on child abuse in the Illustrated Talk Jr. Division. Jones earned a Silver medal for her presentation on teaching in a sixth grade classroom in the Teach and Train Senior Division.


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