Not just by how they perform in the classroom, but by the way they carry themselves, and treat others.
The Tyler Rotary Club continues to recognize stand up individuals from school districts in Smith County.
The annual selections are based on a number of important principles including citizenship, courtesy, loyalty, honesty, service, dependability, sportsmanship, and leadership.
For the 2021-22 school year, Arp High School seniors A.J. Arrington and Ashley Lopez received the Tyler Rotary Young Citizens Club award.
Meanwhile, eighth graders Jaycee McCollum, and Cornelius Pierce earned the nod for Arp Junior High.
In addition, physics and chemistry teacher Chris Johnson was named the Tyler Rotary Club Arp High School teacher of the year.
History teacher Bobby Parker garnered the same honor for Arp Junior High.
Johnson is also the eighth grade boys basketball coach, while Parker is a junior high assistant football coach, and a high school girls basketball, and softball assistant coach.
Lopez recently became the Arp High School class of 2022 valedictorian, while Arrington emerged as the salutatorian.
A committee of teachers from each participating school chooses their award candidates based on the outlined characteristics.