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Aaron Braswell Receives John H. Crowder Award

Pictured are Aaron Braswell with his family and principal Dr. Jonathan Tyson after receiving the award.

Congratulations to Aaron Braswell for receiving the John H. Crowder Award for community service at the October Board of Education meeting. Aaron is a senior at Piedmont and was selected by stakeholders across the Piedmont cluster to receive the award. Recipients of this award have a strong academic record in addition to an established history of community service.

Each month, the Union County Public School Board of Education will recognize a high school student with a John H. Crowder Award for community service. In October, the Piedmont cluster selected Aaron as the recipient of this award. This is a living tribute to the late John H. Crowder, who spent more than 31 years serving the children of Union County. The criteria for winning the award are that students must be not only academically successful, but also must have an established history of community service in more than one area or with more than one organization. Individual schools have developed a process whereby teachers, counselors, parents and/or students may nominate a deserving student to be recognized with the award.

The following was read at the October Board of Education meeting: Aaron is in the top two percent of his class. He’s active in student council, a leader in the Fellowship of Christian Athletes, captain of the football team, plays on the varsity baseball team, has been inducted into National Honor Society and the Beta Club, has received an Academic Excellence Award for the highest GPA last school year, was the school’s prom marshal in 2013 and the graduation marshal in 2014. He is frequently chosen by his coaches for various leadership awards, including the Coaches Award in 2012 and the Iron Man Award in 2013.

Through PALS, which stands for Piedmont Athletic Leaders, Aaron volunteers Friday mornings to tutor and mentor at-risk elementary students at Unionville Elementary. He has organized community blood drives, helps with the Piedmont High School and the Unionville Elementary School barbecues, visits shut-ins, and helps with service projects for the elderly during the summer.

His service to the community, however, doesn’t stop here in Union County. Last year, Aaron traveled to Nicaragua to preach and helped build homes for impoverished families in Cristo Rey. He also helped the churches there feed and care for children in Cristo Rey. Aaron is also a talented musician, and uses his guitar in the Lee Park Baptist Youth Band.

According to Braswell, “I feel blessed to receive this award given in memory of a person who dedicated his life to serving the students in UCPS. Having a servant heart motivates me to give back to the community at every opportunity I get, and my desire would be to live a life of service just like Mr. Crowder did.”


Written by: Donna Helms, Web Editor [Portions submitted by Deb Bledsoe, UCPS Communications Office]
Posted: Oct 21, 2014 by Donna Helms

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