Reagan Rhodes, of Thomson, Georgia, is nine years old and is the daughter of Doctors Mychele and Steve Rhodes. A rising fourth grader, Reagan is active in The Crown C.A.R.E.S. (USA National Miss Anti-bullying Platform) initiative. This past school year, Reagan was the founder of her school’s Anti-Bullying Campaign. The campaign consisted of the development of a committee of students to identify strategies to combat bullying and numerous school-wide television broadcasts discussing the definition of bullying and bullying prevention. In addition, she led students in making posters to place around the school as well as designing an anti-bully bracelet for TES students. The campaign was a huge success and she was the lead visionary in these efforts. In addition to serving as the founder for the Anti-Bullying Campaign, Reagan utilized this opportunity to share all components of the USA National Miss Platform, the Crown C.A.R.E.S, with students at both Thomson Elementary School and Maxwell Elementary School. The platform of Creating a Respectful Environment for All Students provided students more exposure to appropriate behaviors on campus and how to treat one another with value and respect. In addition to her public service at school, Reagan excels academically.
Reagan was recognized in first, second, and third grades for having all A’s for the entire school year. At the conclusion of kindergarten, first grade, and third grade, she was recognized at Honors Day as being the Top Reading Student in her classroom. She was recognized at third Grade Honors Day as an all “A” Honor Roll student, Principal’s List Award Winner, Citizenship Award recipient, and for demonstrated excellence in the areas of social studies and music. Reagan also has been recognized by her gifted education teacher as exceeding all standards within the gifted program and exceeding each of her independent reading projects. Reagan’s overall conduct every year is noted as exemplary by each of her teachers. Reagan was named a Superintendent’s Student of the Month for exemplifying excellence in academics, having good attendance, and, most importantly, demonstrating an exemplary attitude at school. Her principal specifically noted Reagan’s initiative and vision in the creation of an Anti-Bully Campaign and a Lending Library as being exceptional and timely for her school and our community.
Volunteerism is an integral part of Reagan’s efforts. As a Type I diabetic since age 5, Reagan is the founder of Reagan’s Dogs for Diabetes, which provides stuffed animals along with a personalized letter from Reagan about being brave and having courage to newly diagnosed Type I patients at the Children’s Hospital in Augusta, Georgia. Reagan was featured as one of the children for the Children’s Miracle Network, which raises money for other youth facing medical challenges. In the story that aired throughout the televised campaign, she was interviewed at her home and then was featured in a second live television interview at the Children’s Hospital of Georgia with reporter Richard Rogers from Augusta’s WRDW-TV, News Channel 12. In addition, Reagan’s story has aired each subsequent year at her hometown’s Wal-Mart in Thomson, Georgia. This has been a continued effort to generate support and money for the Children’s Miracle Network and the Children’s Hospital of Georgia.
Reagan has participated in pageants for the past two years and has earned titles at the regional, state, and national levels. Her verve for service has been instrumental to her success. Just this past year, she volunteered at the following: Kiwanis Club School Supply Drive, Thomson High School Bulldog Invitational, Thomson-McDuffie Chamber of Commerce Block Party and Business Expo, “Stuff the Bus” Campaign, Operation Christmas Child, Thomson-McDuffie Christmas Tree Lighting, Cookies for Coaches, Manna, Goodwill, Thomson First United Methodist Church Acolyte, Gift Bag for Cancer Patient, Young Children’s Voices of Augusta Honor Choir, Read Across America, Thomson Elementary Tour Guide, Faces of Diabetes- Children’s Hospital of Georgia, Easter Basket and Meal, McDuffie County School System Special Olympics, Earth Day, and Thomson High School senior Honors Night.
A talented singer, Reagan received honors for talent in both national competitions in which she competed. Trained in voice, she has performed as a guest singer at schools, birthday parties, formal events, church, and at various charity events.
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