HHS grad wins Davidson honor
DAVIDSON — James Clayton Tolleson, a 2009 graduate of Hendersonville High School, is one of two winners of the George Gladstone Memorial Award at Davidson College.
Established in honor of George L. Gladstone Jr., a 1960 Davidson graduate, the award recognizes a rising senior who exhibits a high potential for service to mankind as demonstrated through leadership, community service and academic success.
Tolleson, the son of Robin and Jocelyn Tolleson, was "recognized by many for his exemplary integrity, commitment to serving others and loyalty to friends and the college," the college said in a news release.
Tolleson has served as servant leader for the Freedom School program helping to foster self-esteem and teach young people to read. His thesis focused on the intersection between Detroit activism and environmental justice. After attending a convention in Detroit he presented a "justice dialogue" program for the Center for Civic Engagement.
An ethnic studies/environmental justice major, Tolleson is working this summer on an agriculture project in Detroit.
The other winner was Stefanie Anne Cook, a political science major from Austin, Texas, who was recognized for her anti-poverty work in Charlotte.