Piedmont graduates Champs

Photo by Howard Reed

Photo by Howard Reed

All Piedmont Academy fifth graders graduated from the CHAMPS -- Choosing Healthy Activities and Methods Promoting Safety -- program last month.

Certificates were given to the participants. Austin Parish received recognition for the first place essay, Ashley Johnston was second and Will Tillman was honored for third.

Preston Tyler received first place for the poster creations, Starr Batchelor for second and Justin Cline for third. Wyatt Galloway was recognized as the CHAMPS Student of the Year in the class.

Deputy Pat Kennedy provided an overview of the ten-week course, and Sheriff Charles Roper challenged the students to always be mindful of the importance of abstention of illegal drugs and making good decisions. The sheriff commended the students for their achievement in successfully meeting the requirements for graduation.

The main goal of the entire CHAMPS program is to significantly reduce or eliminate the use of alcohol, tobacco and other drugs, as well as the use of violent behavior by young people.

Fifth grade students Mackenzie Mallard and Noah Shriver presented Deputy Kennedy with a gift from the students in appreciation of her hard work and dedication to the program.