Ruby Falls awards Steiner Scholarships
Ruby Falls recently awarded two employees its annual John Thomas Steiner Sr. Memorial Scholarship. Students Alyssa Boates-Miller and Elizabeth Hayes each received $2,500.
The Steiner Scholarship honors the memory of Jack Steiner Sr., former president of Ruby Falls. Mo Steiner, his widow, represents the family in awarding the scholarships.
Boates-Miller is an accountancy major at the University of Memphis who has worked at Ruby Falls since 2010. She participates in Jesus Cares, a church-funded organization that provides Christmas presents and groceries to those who need them in the community.
Hayes is a biology and zoological studies major at the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga. She has worked at Ruby Falls for three years.
She attended Walker Valley High School in Cleveland, Tenn., where she participated in marching and concert bands and was a member of the National Honor Society. At UTC, she is a member of the Zoology Club, is completing an internship with Chattanooga Zoo and is involved with Campus Crusade for Christ and The House.
Griffin selected to Leadership Board of Trustees
Jamison Griffin, principal of Dade County Middle School, has been selected as a member of the Leadership Georgia Board of Trustees for the class of 2017.
The mission of Leadership Georgia is to identify and educate a statewide network of emerging leaders, ages 25-45, who will act on state community issues. It is affiliated with the Georgia Chamber of Commerce. Its alumni include U.S. senators, governors, state legislators and a Georgia Secretary of State.
Approximately 60 participants, selected from a pool of several hundred applicants, were chosen for the 2017 class. They will visit five Georgia communities in an effort to learn more about important issues affecting the state.
Leadership Georgia is led by an all-volunteer board of trustees selected from previous Leadership Georgia classes. Trustees serve a three-year term.
New Eagle Scout
Arrington Drew Haliburton, a member of Troop 43, achieved Eagle Scout rank during a Court of Honor held at the Tyner-East Brainerd Youth Recreation Center.
The son of Gaye and Marvin D. Haliburton is a freshman at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, majoring in logistics management. He is a 2016 graduate of Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences, where he was a member of the golf and baseball teams, member of the Paideia Society, chairman of the Student Relations Committee and a volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House.
For the community service project required of every Eagle Scout, he planned and implemented a pedestrian safety project at Brainerd High School. The Scout painted one-way arrows on entrance and exit roads around the school campus that designed traffic flow for picking up and dropping off students. He also painted safety crosswalks for students and faculty.
GPS teen competing in Geographic Bee
Harlan Porfiri, a sixth-grader at Girls Preparatory School, will compete in the Tennessee National Geographic State Bee on March 31 in Nashville. She is the daughter of Dave and Linda Porfiri.
To qualify, students in grades 4-8 took part in their school competitions. School winners took a qualifying test that was submitted to the National Geographic Society.
The National Geographic Society invited up to 100 of the top-scoring students in each of the 50 states and District of Columbia to compete in state bees.
Each state champion will receive $100, the "National Geographic Concise Atlas of the World, 4th Edition," and a trip to Washington, D.C., to represent their state in the national bee.