Beverly Anderson named Bearden Alumnus of the Year
Beverly Dickerson Anderson, Class of 1980 and currently a counselor at BHS, was named Alumnus of the Year for 2020. Beverly was recognized at graduation ceremonies and her picture will be displayed in the Alumni Hall of Fame at the front entrance to school. Susan Bolinger, Director of College Counseling at Bearden, offered these thoughts about her friend and colleague:
“A truly dedicated professional, Beverly Anderson is an excellent
advocate. Beverly was my trainer in the Undergraduate Admissions
Office at UT when I started as an admissions counselor. We worked
together in the Undergraduate Admissions Office at The University of Tennessee and now are
colleagues in the school counseling office. Beverly has always been a model for others to follow. Her integrity and wit as well as her impeccable work ethic have never been equaled by anyone else with whom I have worked.
Beverly spends countless hours trying to improve school counseling as a profession for counselors in our area. She worked tireless hours as President of SMCA and for her high school. She is a college faculty member teaching others in her field. She runs a large department at Bearden of over ten staff members and several interns. It is difficult to comprehend how she manages to balance her family life with a special needs son and a working husband, but Beverly manages to do it all with skill and grace.
Beverly always goes out of her way to try to improve whatever she is working on and always provides valuable feedback for other counselors. I have personally seen her go to great lengths to make accommodations for a student simply because it was in the best interest of the student. She puts students first and makes a difference for those she is around. She is a trailblazer and helps lead the path for others.
On the iconic “Torchbearer” statue at Beverly’s alma mater, the University of Tennessee, reads the motto, “One that beareth a torch shadoweth oneself to give light to others.” This is the epitome of Beverly Anderson. She is always striving to make professionals in our field better. She makes others around her better. I cannot think of a more worthy and deserving candidate for Bearden Alumnus of the Year.”
Alumni of the Year
The Alumnus of the Year award reflects the good deeds of individuals who have made significant contributions to Bearden High School. The award was established by the Foundation and former Bearden High School Principal Dr. John Bartlett in 2010.
Year Winner Class
2020 Beverly Anderson 1980
2019 Buddy Pelot 1982
2018 Dr. David Harris 1972
2017 Tim Burchett 1982
2016 Amy Shipley-Moskal 1979
2015 Doug Harris 1978
2014 Jack Tate 1978
2013 Bert Bertelkamp 1976
2012 Buddy Heins 1978
2011 Dennis Hwang 1997
2010 Jim Bruner 1967
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There are nearly 20,000 Bearden graduates and together they can make a significant difference in the current and future education of Bearden students. Many alumni have participated in Foundation fundraising events. Several have made significant contributions to the school in the form of scholarships, sponsorships, or contributions directed to facilities improvements. Some of these donations have honored former teachers, coaches, classmates or family members. The gifts from alumni have been invaluable in the Foundation’s efforts to support Bearden High School. Any and all donations are appreciated!