By SABRINA GARRETT
The Wilson Post
Sherrys Run and student Jessica Fults were honored at the Monday night meeting of the Wilson County Commission for their volunteerism and efforts to improve the lives of local residents.
Carol Knight, who works in County Mayor Randall Huttos office, explained to commissioners that the organization and the Wilson Central High School senior were chosen by a board to represent the county at the Governors Volunteer Stars Awards. The Governors Volunteer Stars Awards is an initiative of Volunteer Tennessee which seeks to recognize one outstanding youth and one adult volunteer in each of Tennessees 95 counties.
Each county was to find our adult and one youth who exemplified volunteerism. It was difficult to pin this down, Knight said of the selection process chaired by Ken Sweeney. We started this process back in July by talking to schools and counselors. We came up with what we believe are excellent winners this year.
Fults, who donated inches of her blonde hair to Locks of Love, a non-profit organization that provides hairpieces to children suffering from long-term medical hair loss, received a standing ovation. She was joined by her parents, Jerry and Janice. I have been very blessed in my life and was called to give back to others, Fults said.
Sherrys Run was represented by Gary Whitaker, husband of the late Sherry Whitaker, who passed away after a battle with colon cancer.