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School District to receive $4K
WCS wins
Lisa Hobbs photo For its effort to provide students with access to high-quality career and technical education, Warren County School System was selected as the $4,000 grand prize winner in a regional contest. Pictured, from left, are Jacob Weddington, Rachel Johnson, and Will Cantrell, who are in Warren County High Schools Health Science Program.

Warren County School District is No. 1 in the region and will receive $4,000.

The school system has won the cash grand prize in the LEAN Frog Tri-State Best Practices Contest, a contest it entered touting the district’s STEM Education program that provides all students with access to high-quality career and technical education opportunities.

“We are extremely proud and humbled to be recognized as the grand prize winner of the Tri-State Best Practices Contest and we appreciate LEAN Frog for recognizing our district and the other finalists,” said Director of Schools Bobby Cox.

The competition was open to all schools in Alabama, Louisiana and Tennessee. In the first round, two schools from each state were selected as co-finalists and those six schools were judged against one another in selecting the grand prize winner. Co-finalists received $1,000 each, while the grand prize was $4,000.

STEM centers around mechatronics and helps students develop critical thinking skills, improves program-solving skills, and introduces students to career paths in engineering, robotics and industrial manufacturing.

Offering the program is a coordinated effort and would not be possible without community partnerships, says Cox.

“This would not have been possible without the vision of the Warren County Board of Education, our teachers and students and the leadership and support of our Business Roundtable and business partners. We have worked very hard to build and maintain an outstanding working relationship with our business community and post-secondary partners, Motlow State Community College and Tennessee College of Applied Technology of McMinnville, and it is through these partnerships we have been able to develop and enhance our STEM Education Program and expose our students to new and exciting technology.”

The financial winnings will be used to continue to improve the STEM program district-wide.