The Valdosta Daily Times
More than 30 honor roll students were recognized by Valdosta’s Lowe’s Distribution Center on Friday afternoon. These students, accompanied by their parents who are employees of the center, gathered at the Stone Creek Golf Club club house, were served a special lunch and received gifts and certificates to celebrate their successes.
Chris Lilly, regional general manager of Lowe’s Distribution Center, welcomed everyone to the luncheon with a short speech congratulating the children.
“Growing up, both of my parents worked really hard every day and they pushed me to get the best out of me, but I was never an honor roll student. It takes a lot of work for you, Lowe’s team members, to go to work and then come home and push your children to get A’s and B’s. I am proud of every one of you. I am proud of you as parents and I am proud of your children as well. We’d like to take time to celebrate with you. This is what it’s all about,” said Lilly.
Following lunch, every student was called up and presented with a certificate, a backpack and a day pass to Wild Adventures. A drawing was also held for gift cards, an iPad mini, an iPad, an iPod touch and three laptops.
Following the drawing, Lilly thanked everyone for coming by saying, “It warms my heart to see people work so hard and I hope to do this again next year. I am proud of all of you.” He also asked who would be back the following year, and all of the students raised their hands.
Devante Sanders then presented Lilly with a card from all of the students and families thanking him and the Lowe’s family for their support and for the luncheon.
This luncheon marks the second year in a row that the Lowe’s Distribution Center has recognized the academic excellence of their employees’ children. Students recognized during this year’s luncheon were: Amber Small, Sierra Raupach, Antoria Kier, J’Keya Watkins, J’Shanti Watkins, Erykah Herring, Nykiera Herring, Brandon Carter, A’mya Gomes, Kamari Wilson, Tatania Martin, Jamari Thomas, Maquees Mitchell, Natalie Juarez, Jaylin Little, Ja’Niyah Walker, Kennedy Lilly, Luke Negrete, Jamere Jenkins, Devante Sanders, Jaydah Johnson, Kesley Allen Jr., Isis Jones, Jeffery L. Campbell, Jamaree’ Brown, Casey Tucker Jr., Kelsey Carter, Gabriel Smith, Levin Shackleford, Kelly Raran, Louisse Raran, Louisse Raran, Sincere Colbert, Andriana Williams and Madison Waters.