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State Honoree

Emma Cermak


Emma Cermak, John Trotwood Moore Middle School, Nashville, has dedicated a major portion of her free time to helping mentally and physically disabled students. During the school year, she spent three hours a week helping a class of special needs students at the Harris-Hillman School, and over the summer her commitment expanded to 30 hours a week. She helps the disabled children eat, rubs their backs to calm them, and helps them sit upright to watch movies.

"The best reward was seeing the children smile after I helped them."