KINGSPORT — A winning Christmas card painting, a Tennessee golf champion, a standout cross country runner and certified custodians were honored during the Dec. 18 meeting of the Kingsport Board of Education.


Superintendent of Schools Jeff Moorhouse honored Mya Summey, a fifth -grader at Kennedy Elementary School, for her artwork being chosen for the 2018 Kingsport City Schools Christmas card. He presented her the artwork framed and cards so she could send some to her friends and family. Mya is in Callie Jeter’s art class at Kennedy and is the granddaughter of Renie McGuire.


Board member Todd Golden honored Dobyns-Bennett High School sophomore Isabella van der Biest for being named the 2018 Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association large school girls’ golf state champion, shown in a golf pose BOE President Carrie Upshaw said was “fierce.” The tournament was held at Willowbrook Golf Club in Manchester Sept. 25-27. Isabella is the daughter of Eudoro and Whitney van der Biest. Bill Darnell is the coach of the D-B girls golf team.


Upshaw also used “fierce” to describe the photo of another female D-B student, a cross country runner. Board member Susan Lodal honored junior Sasha Neglia for winning the Nike Cross County Nationals Southeast Regional in North Carolina Nov. 24. On Dec. 1, Sasha finished 15th overall in the Nike Cross Nationals in Portland, Ore. She is the first All-American female cross country runner from D-B, and last year was five seconds away from finishing among the first 21 runners, each of whom received the All-American designation.


Upshaw and Terry Cuthall, custodial services field supervisor for KCS, recognized nine KCS custodians for reaching the Certified Custodial Technician — Expert Level. They received the designation after a three-day Cleaning Management Institute (CMI) certification course offered by KCS in July. The course was provided for head custodians and aspiring head custodians. Afterward, they took tests.

They got hands-on learning about hard floors, carpets, restrooms, the chemistry of cleaning and customer service, as well as reviewing industry standards, health regulations, best practices  for cleaning, including daily routines and procedures, interim procedures and periodic/restorative procedures.

Those who reached Expert Level were Carolyn Falin, Andrea Goad, Dustin Greear, Janet Bright, Vicki Quillen, Gregory Thomas, Nolan Hensley, Austin Bowery and Joseph Delp.