Chandler Gladden, Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club Student of the Year. Aldo Nahed. (click for larger version)
June 30, 2014
CUMMING, Ga. The Sawnee-Cumming Optimist Club recently recognized Chandler
Gladden as Optimist Student of the Year. He is a 2014 graduate of West Forsyth High
"Chandler is an inspiring young man," said Randy O'Dell, club president. "He is very well-rounded, not only a scholar and athlete, but a giver of his time and talents. He is truly deserving of this recognition."
While maintaining an above-average grade point average, Gladden lettered as a member of the West Forsyth varsity track team.
He is also a marathon runner and had a perfect school attendance record for five consecutive years, from eighth through 12th grades.
Gladden said he believes in volunteerism. He has served as a mentor and worked with special needs students. He has volunteered with other organizations such as Miracle League, food banks and Junior Optimist Octagon International.
Gladden said he is still considering his future and evaluating college and career options. He lives with his parents Charles and Carolyn Gladden and younger brother Remington.