At its most recent meeting, the Tullahoma City Schools Board of Education took time to recognize three students for their achievements.

The school board honored East Middle School eighth-grader Joaquin Tenaglia Canut for being recognized by the Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) as one of the “brightest young students” globally. Joaquin was also recognized for this distinction last year; this was the second consecutive year Joaquin has received the Johns Hopkins recognition.

According to the CTY, Joaquin received the honor for an exceptional performance on the SAT, ACT or another similar assessment taken as part of the program’s talent search. CTY uses above-grade-level testing to identify advanced students around the world and provides a clear picture of their true academic abilities.

“This year, Joaquin was one of nearly 19,000 students from 84 counties who were part of this 2020-2021 talent search,” Director of Schools Dr. Catherine Stephens said at the meeting. “Less than 20 percent of the students qualified for this high honors. We are proud of Joaquin and his amazing academic talents and are thrilled to celebrate him tonight.”

The district also recognized two high school students for their performances in the Distinguished Young Woman program.

Amy Pham and Annsley Vaughn were recognized for their excellence in this year’s competition, which saw Amy named the 2022 Distinguished Young Woman of Tennessee. Annsley was named the 2022 Tullahoma Distinguished Young Woman and competed at the state level with Amy.

Amy previously earned the titled of 2022 Cumberland Valley Distinguished Young Woman of the year.

“Amy came home from the state competition with the state title and over $110,000 in scholarships to attend the University of Alabama,” Stephens said. “She will go on to compete for the national title in Mobile, Alabama, in June 2022. We are so proud of Amy and will be watching next summer as she competes for the nationwide title of Distinguished Young Woman.”

Annsley received scholarships in both the fitness and talent competitions when she competed at the state level, according to Stephens.

“We are so pleased to have Annsley with us tonight to celebrate her achievements and acknowledge her successful outcome as well,” Stephens said at the meeting. “Tullahoma was represented by two outstanding young women, and we are so proud of them.”

Amy and Annsley were also recognized by the Tullahoma Board of Mayor and Aldermen for their accomplishments in the Distinguished Young Woman competition. Each girl received certificates of recognition from Mayor Ray Knowis during the recent meeting of the city board.

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Erin McCullough has won awards for her news reporting, community lifestyles and education reporting in the three years she's been a journalist. She is a graduate of the University of Tennessee and currently lives in Tullahoma with her cat, Luna.

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