Julien Bynum of SPHS had the honor to represent Marion County in the Distinguished Young Women of Tennessee program in July.  She spent a busy week in Cleveland, Tennessee, along with other young women from various areas of the State, getting to know each other, rehearsing, serving the Cleveland community and participating in workshops that promoted being their best selves.  Distinguished Young Women's mission is to empower young women to develop their full, individual potential by providing scholarships, personal development opportunities and a positive peer network.  The DYW program began as America's Jr. Miss in 1958, making it the oldest and largest national scholarship program in the country.  Participants at local, State and National levels compete in the categories of Interview (25%), Scholastics (25%), Talent (20%), Fitness (15%), and Self-Expression (15%).  At the end of the week on July 19 and 20, the young women participating in Tennessee's DYW program took part in individual interviews and were then showcased in live performances in three categories. Scholastics were scored from previous submissions of high school transcripts.  At the end of the program, Julien had placed in all 5 categories before being named Distinguished Young Woman of Tennessee for the class of 2025.  She is the first Marion County representative in the history of the program to be granted this honor. When asked what she thought about being named as Tennessee's Distinguished Young Woman 2025, Julien said, "I am so honored to be the first winner from Marion County and I am also so thankful for all the Marion County state representatives who came before me that paved the way.  If it were not for all of the people throughout my life who encouraged me to be a part of the Distinguished Young Women Program, of which many participated in the State program themselves, I would have never known about this amazing opportunity or I may have not had the courage to try it. I am also overwhelmed with emotions from the outpouring of love from our entire community.  I would like to thank everyone for their support. It means so much!"  
The Distinguished Young Women of Marion County program is in the Spring of each year and is open to any junior girl who resides in Marion County, TN.  
We are so proud to share that our Alaina Headrick placed in the top 10 for the Regional Spelling Bee! Congratulations, Alaina!

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New Item IconTDOE and GELF Partner to Give Free Reading Resources to Tennessee Families 

In partnership with Governor’s Early Literacy Foundation (GELF), the department is opening up an opportunity for parents to order free at-home reading resources this winter for any of their children in grades K-2. 

Through this partnership, the department and GELF want to encourage at-home reading practice to help young learners become stronger readers outside of the classroom. Based on if a child is in kindergarten, 1st or 2nd grade, they will receive seven At-Home Decodable Book Series, which contain 20+ exciting stories full of sounds and words to practice, and age-appropriate, high-quality books from Scholastic. 

All Tennessee families can order one booklet pack for each of their kindergarten, 1st, and 2nd grade students using this site

This launch is part of the family component of the state’s Reading 360 initiative to help boost strong reading skills amongst Tennessee students. 


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The Marion County School System do not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, or disability in its activities and programs, including employment policies and practices.  The following persons have been designated to handle inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies: Title IX Coordinator: and Section 504 Coordinator: Becky Bigelow can be reached at 204 Betsy Pack Drive, Jasper, TN  37347 (423) 942-3434             


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