Three Cherokee High School students were among those honored at the 59th Annual Teen Board Presentation Dance. The event, held Saturday, Aug. 3, is one of the largest teenage (black-tie) dances in the country where teenagers and adults enjoy the same social occasion. It is not just a dance or a social debut for teenagers. It has far greater meaning. The Teen Board of Knoxville is working to build leaders for the future.

The Teen Board of Knoxville is a private, non-profit organization for teenagers in grades 9 through 12. Its purpose is to get teenagers to work and take the lead in civic and welfare projects, and to lift their social and moral life to higher standards. After 59 years, adults have seen the results of this work in the good leadership shown by former members in colleges and universities. By learning to help those less fortunate at this age, they in turn have helped themselves develop a public and civic responsibility they are carrying on as adults.

The honorees from Cherokee are Mallie Cole, Laura Grace Jenkins and Grace Kelli Walker.

Mallie is the daughter of Rex and Missy Cole of Rogersville. She is the secretary of Heritage Lites and a member of 4-H Honor Club, 4-H All Stars, Beta Club, Student Council, First Priority Club and HOSA (Health Occupations Students of America).

Laura Grace is the daughter of Douglas and Pamela Jenkins of Rogersville. She is the president of Hawkins County 4-H Honor Club, a youth representative to Hawkins County Three-Star Economic and Community Development, president of the Hawkins County 4-H Sewing Club, and a member of the tennis team, cross country team, cheerleading squad, Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, debate team and Future Farmers of America.

Grace is the daughter of Dr. Kelli Cate and Mr. William Walker of Rogersville. She is a member of the cross country and track and field teams. She participates in community activities through Rogersville Heritage Life Association. She is an active member of Rogersville First United Methodist Church, and participates in the school’s First Priority Club.

The Presentation Dance is a reward for those local girls and boys who have completed their hours of service. We honor selected girls from other parts of the country who are rising seniors, by inviting them to be presented along with our outstanding teenagers.