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Crain Achieves Eagle Award
Posted on May 27, 2016, by GAPMP
Hall County Parent Mentor Scott Crain witnessed another way that inclusion looks in a school systemw hen his son, Will, received the 2016 Johnson High Eagle Award for excellence in all areas of life.
Scroll down to read the comments made by Principal Stan Lewis
It is my distinct honor as principal to present the Johnson High School Eagle Award. The late great Johnson High School principal and county administrator Mr. Billy Ellis started this award years ago. For those of you who knew Mr. Ellis, you know he believed in striving for excellence in all areas of life—in the way we perform at work and in the classroom, in the arena of athletics, and also, and most importantly, in the way we treat our fellowman.
This year’s recipient of the Eagle Award exemplifies those attributes, demonstrating both in the classroom and off campus, what it is like to be a true Johnson Knight. Better yet, I am confident that this young person represents all that is good about mankind. He is a fine example of the human spirit and its ability to overcome incredible odds. He represents optimism and a can-do attitude. He is mentally and physically tough. He is unbelievably humble and incredibly kind. He has a heart that seems to always find room to love one more person or one more thing. He is an inspiration to me and so many others.
I would like to read a few of the comments that faculty and staff members provided about this student:
First, from one of his teachers: “It’s hard to put in to words what this young man has meant to me in my four years of teaching. He has so much joy that he brings to my classroom, and it is definitely contagious. He loves to help others and is always the first to volunteer for even the smallest of tasks. He is the most kind, most loving, and most positive person I have ever met. He demonstrates every day the courage and perseverance he possesses to reach his goals.”
And from another teacher: “This student’s contagious, positive attitude, his eagerness to help, and his friendly smile always give me a second burst of energy to finish the day and make the afternoon brighter.”
Yet another teacher: “What if we all lived every day with his simple philosophy of: I’ve got work to do, and people are counting on me!” He is such a selfless, wonderful human being!”
And this from one of my secretaries—a lady who has known this student for most of his life: “I cannot even begin to express my admiration for this young man. In all of the years I have known him, I have NEVER seen him have a bad day. He brightens every single day. He loves his parents and his sister; he is humble in all of his many accomplishments; he is a person of faith and he isn’t afraid to share that faith… My life has been forever changed by having this young man in it, and I will miss him dearly. Everyone needs someone like him in their life!” I want to repeat that last bit–because this is an adult speaking about how a teenager has made an impact on her life: “My Life has been forever changed by having this young man in it…everyone needs someone like him in their life.” Wow. That is powerful.
Clearly, this young man is a model for what Mr. Ellis envisioned when he created the Eagle Award, and without a doubt, he embodies all of the tenets of the Knights Creed: Honesty, respect, personal responsibility and using his talents to make a positive difference. And it’s that last tenet that he does so well. My day is simply not complete without a handshake and a hug from this incredible human being. I will miss him as he moves on to the next phase of his life; I will miss his infectious smile and his pride in being a Johnson Knight. As all of us move on, as we face new challenges and new adventures, we would do well to tap into that positivity that exists in each of us—that optimism that undoubtedly radiates from this young man every single day of his life. He makes it look so easy, but each of us know how challenging it can be at times. Perhaps his secret lies in remembering what it means to be a Knight—that we are here to make a positive difference in the lives of others. “Mr. Lewis, once a Knight, always a Knight.” This is what he says to me two or three times a week as I pass him in the hall or in the front office. With that attitude and that heart, there is no limit to the number of lives he will go on to impact for the better after graduating high school. Ladies and Gentlemen, please join me in congratulating this year’s recipient of the Eagle Award, a true knight if there ever was one, an Olympic champion, a prom king, and one of my personal heroes—Mr. Will Crain.