FHS has 9 on KCHD Youth Board

Farragut High School, Hardin Valley Academy, Bearden High School and Webb School of Knoxville are prominent among 30 Knox County high school students who have started their year of service on Knox Youth Health Board.

A collaborative effort between the Knox County Health Department and Coordinated School Health, Knox Youth Health Board serves as a forum for youth to affect the community’s well-being through volunteer activities and service-learning projects.

“The Youth Health Board is an excellent opportunity for students to gain leadership skills and develop a unique perspective on local public health issues,” KCHD Public Health educator Kelley Wilds stated in a press release. “We’re excited to begin our work in the community with this exceptional group.”

Farragut: Ayush Patel, Hannah Lee, and Karry Su, 12th grade; Aditya Bal, Bareesh Bhaduri, Awroni Bhaduri and Prajwal Jagadish, 11th grade; David Lee, 10th grade; and Srivedavalli Paladugu, 9th grade;

Hardin Valley: Ashlyn Ivey and Janelle McKinney, 12th grade.

Bearden: Emma Mitchell and Alissa Nam, 12th grade; Rachel Neal and Samaya Baljepally, 11th grade; and Shravya Tathineni and Saathvik Gorti, 9th grade.

Webb: Richa Nathan, 12th grade.

Members are selected each year from an applicant pool of high school students who demonstrate leadership skills, a commitment to the community and an interest in health-related issues.

Past activities include: working with KCHD to conduct retail tobacco compliance checks; volunteering with Knoxville-Knox County Community Action Committee and Mobile Meals to deliver meals to seniors; and writing letters to local legislators in support of tobacco cessation laws.