Today, 450 students filled the Russellville High School Auditorium.   After finishing 10 weeks in the Super Citizen Program, they are gathered to celebrate their accomplishments and honor local heroes from the stage.

These students have learned their important roles in America’s future thanks to an immersive experience in civics, character, financial literacy and social studies. And in the closing piece of the program, Torch Teams (or “Helping Hands” for the younger students), students are applying those crucial lessons in the real world. They chose heroes who embodied the traits of amazing citizens and read essays from stage before presenting them with Authentic Liberty Replicas & Liberty Pins. They learned that “when you honor a hero, you become a hero!”

School board member, and educator for 37 years, Judy Pounders was honored as a hero today. She talked about what she witnessed in the event. “I’m so proud that we’re taking time to teach the very important trait of being a good citizen … treating each other right, taking responsibility for your own behavior, not blaming others, taking responsibility for your fellow man. It has far reaching effects. Good citizenship needs to be revived.” Pounders went on to thank sponsors for making the program possible in schools. “It’s the greatest investment and the greatest return you’ll ever see,” she said.

See the Torch Teams & Helping Hands Heroes honored today in the photo gallery below!

Today’s event and the donation of Super Citizen teaching kits was made possible by the Franklin County Community Alliance. With their help, we are teaching, inspiring and empowering our Next Great Americans.

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Were you at the event? See the photo gallery below to find yourself, to revisit the magic or watch it unfold for the first time >