During the January meeting of the Pamlico Board of Education, Pamlico County Middle School (PCMS) student, Tea Boomer, and Pamlico County High School (PCHS) student, Chase Hardison, were recognized as the Oriental Rotary Students of the Month for their school. Each month, this recognition is bestowed upon students who exhibit scholastic achievement, leadership, honesty, community service, teamwork, and empathy, among other notable characteristics.
Tea is a Principal’s List student who excels academically in the classroom. Her teachers describe her as an exemplary student consistently seeking out constructive feedback to improve her skills. A dedicated student who has a keen interest in succeeding academically, Tea has already begun to set future goals for herself which are to participate in her high school's ROTC program and to continue into the Navy after her graduation. Tea’s personal strengths are as impressive as her intellectual accomplishments. She’s an active outgoing presence in the classroom that maintains a cheerful open nature. Tea demonstrates empathy for opinions, feelings, and perspectives of others, all qualities that make her an outstanding student. Outside of the classroom, Tea is a participant in athletics and clubs at Pamlico County Middle School. She is a member of the volleyball, basketball, and track teams and participates in Beta Club. During her free time, Tea likes to read, ride horses and volunteer with her sister’s cheerleading squad.
"Chase is a phenomenal young man who has been successful while in school and I am confident he will continue his success after graduation from PCHS,” Principal Chris Meadows said. “Not only is he one of the smartest students I have ever worked with, earning a weighted GPA of 4.2, but he is also a very personable young man who is extremely positive and respected by both his teachers and peers. Chase is also a very hard worker that works part-time at our local NAPA store in Bayboro. He is also a volunteer fireman at Triangle Fire Department. While at PCHS, he has also been involved in several high school clubs and organizations including the Beta Club and the Science Club. I am very proud of him and I look forward to seeing him continue to excel academically and in life in general."
Students are selected for the award based on the Rotary Four-Way Test, which has been used around the world since 1943. It states, “Of the things we think, say or do: 1) Is it the TRUTH?, 2) Is it FAIR to all concerned?, 3) Will it build GOODWILL and BETTER FRIENDSHIPS?, and 4) Will it be BENEFICIAL to all concerned?” To further commemorate this honor, the Rotary Club will place a plaque displaying the name of each recipient of this prestigious award at each school.
Pictured (left to right): Larry Gracie, Rotary Representative, Tea Boomer and Chase Hardison.