Tate Stevenson was selected as the 2017 Tennessee School Boards Association(TSBA) Student Recognition Award winner for the South Central District. The award was presented at the TSBA South Central District’s annual fall meeting on Thursday, September 21, at Tullahoma High School in Coffee County.
TSBA’s Student Recognition Award recognizes students from across the state who have distinguished themselves in academics, community and service activities, and leadership roles and activities. Nominees must be juniors in Tennessee public schools at the time of the application deadline.
Tate is very active in his school and community. Currently, he is serving as the FFA Chapter President and Student Council Class Representative as well as the Beta Club Vice President. He is also serving on the First National Bank Student Advisory Board and the Youth Leadership Lincoln Board. He is a student member of the Stakeholder Involvement Committee with the Lincoln County Department of Education. In October he will represent Tennessee at the FFA National Convention in the Employment Skills Leadership Development Event in Indianapolis, IN.
This past summer he served as a Boys’ State Delegate and was selected as a State Representative for the city of Lenore. He also served as a United States Senate Page sponsored by Senator Bob Corker in Washington D.C. for three weeks. He was also named a Yale Young Global Scholar, spending two weeks at Yale University studying Politics, Law, and Economics.
During his Junior year at LCHS he served as Junior Class President, Chapter Vice-President of the FFA, Sergeant at Arms for the Beta Club, and Chamber of Commerce Student Advisory Board President. He was selected by Fayetteville Public Utilities as a delegate for the Tennessee Valley Electric Cooperatives Youth Leadership Summit that was held in Nashville.
Tate is an active FFA member and during his Junior year he placed 1st at State Convention in Employment Skills and was also on the Farm Business Management Team that placed 1st. Through his Sophomore year, he was a member of the Agricultural Communications Team that placed 1st at State and went on to compete at the National Convention and placed 10th overall and 2nd in presentation. He also competed in Prepared Public Speaking placing 1st at District and 4th at State. His Freshmen year he was a member of the Ag Issues Team that placed 2nd at State. He is also a member of the Future Business Leaders of America where he placed 1st at FBLA State Convention for Business Plan Presentation with his team member during his Junior year.
Tate has served on the Student Council since sixth grade, and has served as Treasurer, Vice- President, President, and Class Representative. Some of his volunteer work includes volunteering at the Lincoln County Chamber of Commerce, Cruzin’ Downtown, the Host of Christmas Past, Alpha-Kapa Home Tours, Cotton Pickin’ Days, FFA Alumni Chili Cook-off Fundraiser, Lincoln County Livestock Association Banquet, Lincoln County Crafters’ Association Craft Fair, Dairy Days, Kiwanis’s Pancake Breakfast, Pasta Premier, Lincoln County Archives, and Junior’s House Blue Ribbon Walk. While a Freshman, Tate co-founded the Respect Committee to improve school climate, culture, and morale.
Tate is ranked in the top ten percent of his class. He is enrolled in Advanced Placement and honors courses as well as joint enrollment classes at Motlow State Community College. He is a member of the Falcon High Flyers Club for having a 33 on the ACT. He is also a member of the National Society of High School Scholars. He is a Tennessee Governor’s School Scholar for Business and Information Technology 2016 graduate. He is also an active member of the Pleasant Hill Baptist Church Youth Group.