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Rann student nominated to Distinguished Youth

By Brandon Evans | Published Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Jordyn Smith, a fifth-grader at Rann Elementary, has never missed a day of class.

“She’s in fifth grade and never missed one day of school, including kindergarten,” said her mom, Debbie Smith. “When she graduates high school, she expects to be recognized as a student who never missed one day of school after 13 years.”

But before she gets to claim that award, Jordyn has another goal she hopes to achieve.

She was one of a handful of students nominated to be in the 2012 Distinguished Youth of Texas Program. She’ll be competing on Nov. 23-24 in San Antonio, and if she wins, she’ll receive a $1,000 educational savings bond. The Distinguished Youth of America Program will also present her school with a $250 check.

Students are selected for the program based on academics, personal achievements, leadership abilities and artistic and athletic talents. The students, ranging from grades three to five, will be judged on those same qualities and accomplishments during the two-day program.

In addition to perfect attendance, Jordyn has also regularly made the A honor roll and participated in UIL academic events.

A bake sale to help raise money for Jordyn’s trip will be 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 10, in front of Beall’s in Decatur. She is also looking for sponsors. For more information call Debbie Smith at (256) 366-6436 or Betty Young at (940) 627-0178.

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