UHS & EHS Key Clubs receive several awards at K-T District Convention

This weekend, our Unaka High School and Elizabethton High School Key Clubs traveled to Franklin, Tenn. to participate in Key Club’s K-T District Convention. They brought home several prestigious awards as individuals and as clubs. We’re proud of their activity, involvement, and dedication.

Individual Awards

  • Kaylee Bowers (EHS): Most Outstanding Lt. Governor in the District; Best All-Around Key Clubber in the District; and First Place, Individual Service to Ronald McDonald House
  • Britney Hodge (UHS): Outstanding Key Club President
  • Axi Erickson (UHS): Second Place, Impromptu Essay
  • Morgan Mann (UHS): Third Place, Individual Service to Ronald McDonald                                                                           House

Club Awards

Elizabethton High School

  • First Place, Non-digital Poster
  • Silver Award, Ronald McDonald House Fundraising
  • Trick or Treat for UNICEF Award

Unaka High School

  • First Place, Achievement Report, Bronze Category (35 members or less)
  • First Place, Single Service, Bronze Category
  • First Place, Traditional Scrapbook
  • Third Place, Club Video
  • Distinguished Club, K-T District
  • Most Outstanding Club in Division 7 (Northeast Tennessee)
  • Dues on Time Award
  • Ronald McDonald House Awards
        • First Place, Club Service to House
        • Second Place, Pop Tab Collection
        • Third Place, Monetary Donation
        • Gold Contribution to House
  • UNICEF Recognition, Contribution over $250


Recovery Soldiers Ministries: hope for addiction

Ben Cole, Recovery Soldiers Ministries Founder

After struggling with addiction himself for more than a decade, experiencing a car wreck and subsequently a year at a rehabilitation center, Ben Cole founded Recovery Soldiers Ministries in Elizabethton. Recovery Soldiers is an addiction ministry that provides residents a 12-month program to help them beat addiction, strengthen their faith, and reintegrate into a stable life and job. The ministry opened in February 2017 and can serve 25 men at a time. Since its inception, 12 men have graduated the program. The program is supported by area churches, individual contributions, and its thrift store. We’re glad to have such a strong leader managing this ministry and sharing the message that freedom from addiction is possible.

Kiwanis Club of Elizabethton invites businesses to support children through flag sponsorship

Kiwanis Club members (from left) Jim Wilson, Danny Smith, Tim Broyles, David LeVeau, and Bill Kyte are some of the members who distribute flags on national holidays throughout Elizabethton.

Kiwanis Club members (from left) Jim Wilson, Danny Smith, Tim Broyles, David LeVeau, and Bill Kyte are some of the members who distribute flags on national holidays throughout Elizabethton.

Presidents Day is Monday, a time to celebrate United States presidents, past and present. On this day and other national holidays, residents of Elizabethton will notice dozens of American flags on display in town. These are placed by members of the Kiwanis Club of Elizabethton and are a way to both honor presidents and to support Carter County and Elizabethton children.

Local businesses sponsor these flags and proceeds support the Kiwanis Club’s annual picnic for children with disabilities. Currently, the club places 82 flags on each holiday and invites other businesses to sponsor their own flags.

“We are proud to carry on this tradition and hope it is a reminder for people to honor the flag and our country,” said Flag Committee Chair Danny Smith. “Any business that wants a flag – we’ll be happy to accommodate them.”

Flag Day began years ago by the late Civitan member Dean Blevins. The Kiwanis Club took over the tradition a few years ago and is now looking to see it grow. Smith said while some businesses sponsor one flag, others sponsor as many as four. Sponsorship is $40 for the first year and $20 for subsequent years.

Flags are four by six feet in area and are mounted on 10 feet poles, which the club installs with flag holders. Those interested in sponsoring a flag may contact Smith at 423-335-4530.

Kiwanis was founded in 1928 and is proud to have 31 active members who organize several projects throughout the year that benefit local children. The Club now has six Service Leadership Programs in local schools including 2 Key Clubs, 1 Builders Club, and 3 K-Kids Clubs. Those interested in sponsoring a flag or joining the club may contact us at the links below.

New Community Partners Coordinator to create opportunities for students, community

Maggie Donnellan

Community Partners Coordinator Maggie Donnellan is the newest addition to the Bartleby Program at Elizabethton High School. She updated the club on her new job to serve as a liaison between school and community. This is a role at other XQ Super Schools and exists to create real-world experiences and opportunities for students. Donnellan is working to establish project partners, mentors, project judging panels, internships, college partnerships and more. Currently the school has completed dozens of community projects and secured three official college partners.


Runner inspires with story of perseverance following amputation

Katie Jenkins shows off her running blade.

After a car wreck and 21 subsequent surgeries, including amputation below the knee, Katie Jenkins has been through a lot. Despite this, she continues to inspire others with her story of perseverance, hope, and transformation. Now she works with Victory Orthotics and Prosthetics as a patient liaison and marketing coordinator, where she gets to inspire others on their journeys. We appreciate you sharing your story and educating us! She now plans to participate in the Color Run 5K Atlanta, and we wish her the best of luck!