Chamber of Commerce Awards Students of the Year


Photo Courtesy of Lindale Chamber of Commerce/Judge Jamie Cowart

Seniors Janet Allen and Rebekah Beard stand next to principal Jeremy Chilek. The two were awarded the Chamber of Commerce Student of the Year Award earlier this month.

Zach Jones, Assistant Editor of Sports and Copy

Seniors Jaret Allen and Rebekah Beard were chosen by the Lindale Chamber of Commerce on April 12 as the Lindale Students of the year. The two attended a banquet that night in celebration of their accomplishments throughout high school.
“It was a great honor last week to include them in our program,” Lindale Chamber of Commerce President Shelbie Glover said. “Each year the chamber hosts the banquet to honor the membership, recognize the outgoing and incoming chairman of the board and directors while also partnering with the LISD, City of Lindale, and Rotary to recognize the Students of the Year, Educator of the Year, City Employee of the Year, Rotary Merchant of the Year, Lindale Chamber Chairman’s award, and Citizen of the Year.”
This was the 37th Annual Chamber Banquet and awards and was hosted  at the Texas Rose Horse Park. Principal Jeremy Chilek presented the award to the students.
“On a campus full of outstanding students, Rebekah and Jaret are two of the best,” Chilek said. “Rebekah has always been a leader in so many aspects while at LISD. She is an outstanding student academically, while also participating in several extra-curricular activities throughout her tenure. Jaret is much the same. He is an excellent student who has been a tremendous leader in so many aspects of our extra-curricular and community activities.”
The chamber worked closely with Chilek and senior counselor David Ramsey to determine their selections. Their selection criteria focused on academic course rigor, class rank/GPA (Top 10%), extracurricular activities, honors/awards, leadership at LHS, and definite future plans.
“I was ecstatic and honored to have been given the Lindale Area Chamber of Commerce Female Student of the Year Award,” Beard said. “I am proud to have worked hard throughout my education in Lindale and to have been recognized for academic achievement and involvement in the community.”

The Chamber of Commerce worked with the LHS EagleVision team to record the event which can be viewed HERE (edited by Emily Macon of the Chamber of Commerce Staff).