Five PCHS seniors nominated for Most Valuable Cougar Award

Five Pulaski County High School seniors have been named as nominees for the school’s Most Valuable Cougar Award.

The Most Valuable Cougar Award is the most prestigious title bestowed

upon a member of the Pulaski County High School senior class.

The five include Noah McCarty, Molly Cox, Grace Bailey, Grayson Deu and Ashlyn Kirtner.

The nominees were chosen by their fellow classmates and each nominee is an outstanding

representative of the Class of 2021. These students will serve as ambassadors for the student body during the 2020-2021 school year.

The following is the criteria presented to the senior class on which to select

the nominee for this award.

The Most Valuable Cougar award is based on these qualifications:

Values education and strives to reach his/her potential.

Sets goals and works to accomplish them.

Participates in activities and enhances them through his/her involvement.

Maintains good school attendance.

Exhibits strong character, integrity, and loyalty.

Interacts with others in a warm and friendly manner.

Turns setbacks into victories.

Recognizes his/her teachers, peers, and family as valuable human beings.

Takes risks and shares new experiences with others.

Values friendship.

Takes pride in his/her accomplishments and celebrates the accomplishments of others.

Represents his/her school well at extra-curricular and community events.

Information on each of the five nominees follows:

10 23 mvc noah mccartyNoah McCarty

Honor Society

Red Cross Club

International Thespian Society


Senior Editor of Yearbook

Reporter for the Prowler, the school newspaper

Class Historian since ninth grade

Perfect Attendance for high school career

PCHS player with roles in “The Other Room”, “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream coat”, just to name a few

He volunteers by tutoring students, with GO Pulaski, and is a mentor at Pulaski County Youth Center

Was selected to attend Boys State

Received the I Dare You Youth Leadership Award

Participated in Virginia Governor’s School for the Arts at UVA Wise

Member of Phi Theta Kappa honor society at NRCC

Works at Food City

Son of Dr Matthew and Pamela McCarty

10 23 mvc molly coxMolly Cox

National Honor Society

Red Cross Club


Varsity Cross Country member for 2 years

PC Volleyball four years

Travel volleyball for seven years

All Region Honorable Mention for Libero

She volunteers at the Pulaski County Library, Pulaski Christmas Store, American Red Cross Blood drive, Relay for Life and with the Barter Theater

Received the I Dare You Youth Leadership Award

Works at Calfee Ballpark

Daughter of Michael and Tasha Cox

10 23 grace baileyGrace Bailey

National Honor Society

Class officer, three years including president and secretary

Founder and President, American Red Cross Club

Chair of This is 4 Us Initiative

Superintendent’s Advisory Committee

Student Representative, PCPS Taskforce for Reopening Schools

Member of PCHS Advanced Concert Choir and Theater

American Red Cross Good Samaritan Hero Award

NRCC President’s List

SWVGS Research Award

Science and Technology Student Award

She volunteers Medi HomeHealth and Hospice, American Red Cross Blood Drives, Children’s Theater Dept productions, and Barter Theater

Student Intern at LewisGale Hospital Pulaski

Youth representative, White Fragility Book Study at Dublin United Methodist Church

She is currently leading a group study for youth at church regarding anti-racism

Daughter of Dewayne and Christine Bailey

10 23 grayson deuGrayson Deu

National Honor Society

SWVGS student

Fellowship of Christian Athletes

Virginia Tech Pathways to Engineering scholar junior and senior years

Football team all four years

Basketball team for two years

Member of track for two years

Wrestling team member two years voted team captain junior year and state qualifier

Attends Northstar Church

Volunteers at Go PC and leads community outreach day

Son of Jim and Kellie Deu

10 23 mvc Ashlyn KirtnerAshlyn Kirtner

National Honor Society

Class officer since freshman year

FCA Leader

Co-Sponsored the Students vs Cancer club at PCHS

Lettered in Indoor/Outdoor Track and Cross Country

Sings on the Praise and Worship team at her church-Valley Harvest Ministries

Leads praise and worship for church’s youth group

Organized and led the praise and worship for Fields of Faith for two years

Hugh O’Brien Youth Leadership winner

She volunteered with the Humane Society in Dublin

National Talent winner for piano two years

Worked as camp counselor in summers and currently works at the Rock Club day care

Has raised over $3000 for kids with cancer by holding a yearly piano/vocal concert for 5 years

Works at the Rock Club day care

Daughter of Tim and Andi Kirtner

The winner of our Most Valuable Cougar Award will be revealed at high school’s Senior Awards Assembly in the spring of 2021.