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Tampa Bay elementary school joins National Elementary Honor Society

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Gayle Guyardo with Mary E. Bryant Elementary School students Gayle Guyardo with Mary E. Bryant Elementary School students
Dekota Watson Dekota Watson

There is a growing number of elementary schools in the Bay Area joining the National Elementary Honor Society, but it takes more than being academically super-charged to make it to the head of the class.

"A lot of students can meet academic rigors these days, but it's also important to focus on leadership, service and responsibility." said Mary E. Bryant Elementary teacher Alison Watson.  Watson is the supervisor of Bryant's NEHS which has 22 students in its first year of membership.

Mary E. Bryant student population has received numerous accolades over the years as a top fundraising school in the state of Florida. The school has raised $200,000 for The American Heart Association with its popular Jump Rope for Heart campaign.

"It's fantastic, because you know you're doing something for your community" said Alexis Scarlett, one of Mary Bryant's  NEHS students.

"I feel really great - because I feel like I have helped," said Lindsay Davis, another student at Mary Bryant's.

With a student body focused on community outreach and academic strength the elementary school is proud to be part of NEHS.  "I'm really proud of our students they have taken such ownership and led us in a direction that is inspiring all the teachers involved," Watson said.

News Channel 8's Gayle Guyardo, Tampa Bay Lighting mascot Thunderbug, Tampa Bay Buccaneer  line backer Dekoda Watson joined Mary E. Bryant Elementary School students and teachers as they celebrated joining the National Elementary Honor Society. 

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