Today, more than 475 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!”

Alabama State Representative Jamie Kiel was honored at the event.

ALFA Insurance Agent Laura Horton’s son was one of the students who read their essay onstage during the event, she said, “He is not one to get up onstage and read, so that was huge for him to take that step.”

Alabama State Representative Jamie Kiel was one of the heroes honored at the event. “It was a great moment for me to know that people appreciate what I do in Montgomery,” said Representative Kiel.

“We are test-driven now in the classroom, we are so focused on reading, math, science, but something else is missing in the civics component and being a good citizen. So I am super happy that we are able to get that back in the classroom.”


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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