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Front Page - Friday, April 14, 2017

Ooltewah’s Clay honored with UT Torchbearer Award

Ooltewah’s Savannah Clay is a recipient of the UT Knoxville’s Torchbearer Award, the university’s highest student honor. - Submitted

Savannah Clay of Ooltewah is one of seven University of Tennessee Knoxville students recognized for their academic achievement, leadership and service with the university’s highest student honor – the Torchbearer Award.

The students were notified of their selection with surprise visits from Chancellor Beverly Davenport and other UT administrators while in class, in student organization meetings and even in their coach’s office. They will receive a Torchbearer medal during the Chancellor’s Honors Banquet on Wednesday, April 19. The event is the university’s largest recognition event of the year.

Clay is a nursing student “committed to providing culturally competent care and eliminating racial bias in the delivery of health care,” a UT Knoxville press release announcing Clay’s selection states. She has worked with the Volunteer Ministry Center and the Lost Sheep Ministry and has developed an interactive simulation to teach her peers how to provide culturally congruent care for Arab Americans.

Clay has been active in the Student Nurses Association, Student Government Association, Minority Enhancement for the University of Tennessee and the Multicultural Mentoring Program.

Source: University of Tennessee Knoxville