What Did You Do This Summer?

Tez Rogers began his summer by winning a new car!

Actually, the recent Mt. Pleasant High School graduate earned it through Maury County’s Strive to Drive contest.  “I couldn’t even think when they called my name,” Rogers told The Columbia Daily Herald. 

Strive to Drive is an ongoing academic initiative for Maury County, which encourages good grades and attendance for high school seniors from public and private schools.  Columbia Chrysler Dodge Jeep Ram Fiat presented Rogers with a new 2016 Dodge Dart, paid for by the dealership, taxes and all.  Rogers credits JTG specialist Lawrence Bull for his classroom success.

“He’s one the best teachers I’ve ever had.”  Tez added, “I learned quite a bit about filling out college applications and job applications.”  Rogers recently left his job at Cee Bee Grocery in Mt. Pleasant and now works at the Juvenile Detention Center in Columbia.  He plans to enroll at Martin Methodist College, focusing on a career in Criminal Justice.

And when Rogers does roll onto campus, he’ll do it in style.


Photo credit and story from The Columbia Daily Herald

By |2017-08-24T17:35:00+00:00August 24th, 2017|Academics, Stories of Hope, Uncategorized|0 Comments

About the Author:

Call it John Dwyer 2.0 After 29 years as a TV Broadcaster, Dwyer is President & CEO of Jobs for Tennessee Graduates (JTG). JTG, an affiliate of Jobs for America’s Graduates (JAG), is a non-profit organization dedicated to stewarding at-risk high school students toward graduation with follow through toward post-secondary education and/or job opportunities. Associated with JAG since 1981, JTG consistently obtains a graduation rate above 90-percent with a full-time job rate at nearly 70-percent. The most vulnerable, socioeconomically challenged young men and women, graduate with self-esteem with the realization and skill set to achieve success after high school. Does it get much better than that? Dwyer, is a resident of the Nashville area since 1996. He was sports director and/or a news anchor at TV stations in Nashville, Jacksonville, Florida; Ft. Myers, FL and his hometown of South Bend, Indiana. He is a 10-time Mid-South Region Emmy Award winner, along with winning numerous other awards. He is also a former Heisman Trophy voter. John is a 1985 graduate of Butler University, where he majored in Radio/TV while minoring in journalism. An avid running (or “plodder” as he likes to call himself), Dwyer runs in Nashville’s annual marathon. (Current tally: 7 Full, 10 Half). He accomplished a goal, once thought out of reach, be qualifying and running in the Boston Marathon in 2009. Married to Lynley, Dwyer resides in East Nashville with his wife and dog Lola. Dwyer served on the Make-A-Wish Middle Tennessee board from 2006-2012, and was board chairman for three years.

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