A transgender student at Carrollton High School in Arkansas was named the 2017 National High School Student Achievement Champion.
The student was chosen for her work at the campbell high schools LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming club, the Campbell High School Transgender Girls Association, and her leadership in the school’s LGBTQIA+ community.
“She really is a role model for our whole LGBTQIA community,” said Carles Stewart, president of Campbell, which is located on the outskirts of Little Rock, Arkansas.
“She is a leader in our community, and she’s a role models for our kids.”
Stewart said the award was given to the student by the National High Schools Student Achievement Awards Committee.
“Carrollton is proud to celebrate her achievements and her positive impact on the lives of all of our students,” said Stewart.
“This recognition recognizes her courage, dedication and leadership, and the strength she has shown to make this club a success and her voice heard.”
The award comes after Carrollton became the first school in the United States to adopt a new policy in 2017 allowing transgender students to use the bathrooms of their choice, with no one being forced to use those bathrooms.
Stewart praised the students who led the effort to implement this new policy.
“We are excited to celebrate the achievements of a transgender girl named Caroline who has made a difference in our LGBTQIA+, student-run LGBTQIA club,” she said.
“Caroline has worked tirelessly to get us all to where we are now, and we are all so grateful that she is able to give back.”
The school also announced that the school will be hosting the 2017 Transgender Day of Visibility, a program to recognize transgender people around the country.
The awards are recognized by the American Council on Education, the National Association of School Psychologists, and Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund.