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BOE names student board members

The Washington County Board of Education named four student board members for next year. From left to right, Caleb  Anderson, Jacob Jenkins, Emma Gouge and Emily Chaffin attended this month’s board meeting to meet the board members they will be working with next year. (Photo by Marina Waters)

STAFF REPORTS

The school year isn’t over yet, but four student board members are already looking ahead as they were named SCOPE students and next year’s Washington County Board of Education student board members. Below is a biography submitted by each student:

Caleb Anderson

I am honored to represent Daniel Boone High School on the School Board. I am currently a Junior and preparing for my Senior year. My leadership roles go all throughout my high school career. As a freshman I took interest in the medical classes offered. I fell in love with them and HOSA, which is the Health Occupational Students of America club. At the end of my freshman year I applied to be an officer in HOSA. I am certified in CPR, first aid, and Stop the Bleed. I have competed at the state level in Pharmacy Science and currently competing in Forensic Science. I now hold the title as President of HOSA. I am also involved in Student Council, BETA, and National Honor Society, where I regularly volunteer for the school and local community. I am proud to say I have taken numerous Advanced Placement classes, including AP English and Composition, AP U.S. History, and AP Government. I maintain a 4.1 GPA, and plan to take several college classes my Senior year.

Outside of school, I have held several part-time jobs, including two jobs at Food City and another with a family business. I hold the title of Vice-President of the Appalachian Fair’s Youth Board, and I am going on my fourth year as a member of the Board. There I assist in working at Appy’s Kitchen: A vendor whose profits go to provide scholarships to students. I also go around the fair dressed as “Appy the Duck.” When I am not helping the youth board, I work with my grandparents selling mini donuts.

When I have free time, I like to spend it working on my car, riding 4-wheelers, and hanging out with my friends. I have a strong passion for the automotive industry, and I am thoroughly considering becoming an automotive engineer after high school. My dream job would be to work for Ford Motor Company.

I am so thankful that I was chosen to represent Daniel Boone as a student school board member, and I am looking forward to a great year!

Jacob Jenkins

My name is Jacob Jenkins and I’m currently a Junior at Daniel Boone High School. I’ve maintained an unweighted 4.0 and enjoy math or any class where I have the opportunity for a lively debate with a teacher. I’m honored to be chosen as a student member of the Washington County Tennessee School Board. In addition to the school board I’m also a member of the National Honor Society, Beta Club and Truth Bible Club. This year I was one of a handful of students chosen to take part in the TN SCALES project which was a unique opportunity to learn more about the Tennessee Supreme Court and hear arguments of an actual court case. This appealed to me as I plan to eventually attend law school with a particular interest in defending our religious freedoms that have been encroached upon more and more in my lifetime.

I’m also a three-year varsity starter on the football team as a place kicker. This past year I received First Team All-Conference for the Mountain Lakes Conference. I’ve also received a Top Underclassman award as a freshman and an award for Special Teams this year. I also hold two weightlifting records for bench press at Daniel Boone.

In my free-time, I enjoy mission trips with my church and any outdoor activity with my family including snowboarding, riding jet skis, fishing or hiking.

Emma Gouge

My name is Emma Gouge and I’ll be representing DCHS. As we become more familiar you will see that a huge portion of my time is spent in a gym. 

I’m passionate about playing basketball and volleyball, something I’ve got to enjoy doing at a varsity level for three years so far. I’ve juggled being a student athlete throughout all my middle and high school years, but my grades and education are my main concern and something I take pride in. 

I’m currently taking AP English and US History. My mother had me beginning to read at an early age and in the summers she always took me and my three siblings to Reading Programs at the library; I’ve been an avid reader ever since. I’ve absolutely loved the English courses I’ve taken in the past few years.

 I also enjoy Math; I’m taking Pre-Cal this semester. Aside from athletics, I’m involved in the school as a member of DCHS Civinnettes and French club. 

My career goal is to be a Child Speech Pathologist. My family has played a large role in who I am and the goals I have for my life. I was the first child and grandchild on both sides of my family, so being around my many younger cousins and three younger siblings plays a role in my choice to want to work with children.

I plan to attend a four year college and get my bachelors degree before returning to ETSU to get the extra two years specialized in my profession. I’m undecided whether I will attempt to compete athletically in college, but it has always been a dream of mine to do so. But for right now, I’m excited to focus on spending this spring and my senior year serving as a student representative!

Emily Chaffin

Hello, I am Emily Chaffin! At school I have a great variety of classes that I really enjoy. I have been taking all advanced classes, taken a couple AP history classes, and my elective focus is agriculture. My favorite class is French class that I am currently taking. I have always wanted to learn another language, and I really want to travel a lot one day. 

I was recently chosen as Washington County’s 2019 Governor’s Volunteer Star, which is an award that recognizes someone for participating in and having a passion for a lot of community service. 

At school I am the President of our Key Club, which is a community service based organization; and I am the Secretary of our FFA chapter, which is an organization that teaches leadership through agricultural education. After highschool, I plan on attending

East Tennessee State University to pursue a career in the medical field, preferably a NICU nurse or working in labor and delivery. I have been inspired to follow this career path by my mom who is a nurse, because of seeing how her simple acts of kindness and caring impacts her patients lives. I want to be able to care for people who need it and make a positive change in their lives as well. 

In my free time, I enjoy doing anything outside, particularly yoga in the park with my best friend Jordan. I’m not picky about the activity I’m doing, as long as I’m getting to spend quality time with my friends or family.