Gary Edwards Leadership Day

More than 50 students took part in the fifth annual Gary Edwards Leadership Day last year at Suwannee High School.

LIVE OAK — More than 50 students, from grades 5-12, attended the fifth annual Gary Edwards Leadership Day at the Suwannee High School library Saturday.

This year’s event focused on health awareness.

The day began with a tribute of Gary Edwards with recognition of his widow, Robyne Edwards, and his mother, Ms. Ruthie McClendon.

The students in attendance engaged in a health fair with local health partners; Precision Dentistry, Shands Live Oak Regional Medical Center, The Florida Department of Health — Suwannee County, the Suwannee County Sheriff’s Office and the SHS HOSA (SHS Health Club Students). Students also participated in a health jeopardy game, had juice drink samples, and toured Cheek & Scott Pharmacy.

Dr. Tommy Randolph, M.D. and Dr. Athena Randolph, M.D. were awarded the Gary Edwards Leadership award. This award honors leaders in the community who embodies similar attributes as Gary: God, family, education, coaching, and giving back.

The Randolphs have provided medical service for more than 30 years to residents in Suwannee County and surrounding counties. The Randolphs spoke to students about their journey in becoming medical doctors and shared words of encouragement and advice for those seeking medical careers.

The leadership day also featured the SHS HOSA club (SHS Health Club students) students. The students helped lead the health fair. HOSA students shared their experience in the health club with other students at the leadership day event.  HOSA is a national student organization endorsed by the U.S. Department of Education. HOSA works to integrate Health Science curriculum, classroom activities, and community partnerships.

Several students received gift cards through raffles with the grand prize being a Fitbit.

The Gary Edwards Leadership team would like to thank the following sponsors: Relief Windows (Brandon Hollie), Robert and Susan Ford, Do Good Media, Cheek & Scott Pharmacy and Live Oak Frozen Treats.

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