The Copperas Cove Morning Exchange Club honored Jahmir Lemmon with its quarterly Accepting the Challenge of Excellence Award for being an exceptional individual in the community.

Lemmon, a senior at Copperas Cove High School, plays defensive tackle for the Bulldawgs’ football team. He comes from a large family with four brothers, and his mother is former military. He plans on going to Lincoln Technical School and learning to become a diesel mechanic.

Though Mother’s Day is this weekend, Lemmon said he considers his mother to be his hero every day. She has influenced him to be the type of person who would receive the award.

“I’m looking forward to going to college,” Lemmon said. “I’m getting ready, and now that my mom’s not going to be around, I got to put on my big boy pants.”

Coryell County Child Welfare Board Vice President Rita Burgess made a presentation to the Exchange Club.

The Child Welfare Board provides non-emergency supplies to foster children and, like many other organizations, is constantly seeking donations, she said.

“Sometimes we feel like we’re in the furniture business,” Burgess said. “We get requests for lots of beds and bunk beds, too.”

Among the many services the Child Welfare Board provides is the procurement of birth certificates, a process that can sometimes be long and difficult.

The Child Welfare Board was presented with a $750 from the Exchange Club.

The morning meeting was rounded out with the induction of new members — Misty Bennet, Rebecca Miller and Helen Barr. The Copperas Cove Independent School District also received an honorary membership.

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