The Evans High School gym is not the only part of the building that sports banners in recognition of students' accomplishments.
The school also put up 28 banners this fall to honor career technology students who have won state or national competitions. Chris Segraves, the assistant principal who oversees the effort, left plenty of room to add to the collection.
Segraves would like to recognize future and past winners of technical education competitions, and he hopes the banners honoring recent students will inspire visitors to the school to let him know about other winners in years past.
"To me it's just as significant as winning some other type of state championship," Segraves said. "They competed and came out on top."
Thirteen teachers who mentored these students are recognized with banners of their own along the technical education hall.
Junior Ivana Hughes and Sarah Shepherd, a 2007 Evans graduate, have banners hanging in their honor in the school's commons area. They won national competitions at a Family, Career and Community Leaders of America gathering in Anaheim, Calif., in July.
Ivana won a gold medal in the Family and Consumer Science Service Project competition for the presentation she made about the club's fundraiser to fill 60 Christmas stockings for the Salvation Army last year.
Shepherd won a gold medal in the Family and Consumer Science Early Childhood Education competition.
Martha McGough, the FCCLA adviser, said Shepherd had to teach an early childhood education class in her competition.
She said teachers can mark their own success by watching their students excel.
"That's the reason of teaching. That's why teachers teach," she said.
Ivana said she is "honored and proud" that the school hung a banner in recognition of her achievement.
"I love it," she said.
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