MOLLY HUDGENS, Sycamore Middle School Counselor in Cheatham County, Tennessee, was awarded the 2017 Citizen Honor Award by The Congressional Medal of Honor Society on Saturday, March 25, 2017 on National Medal of Honor Day. The presentation was held at the Joint Base Myer-Henderson Hall in Arlington, Virginia.
Molly Hudgens was one of only five U.S. citizens to receive The Congressional Medal of Honor Society’s highest award for The Citizen Honors Award 2017.
“We have heroes among us every day wherever we live,” said Tom Kelley, Medal of Honor recipient and president of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. “Our Citizen Honors recipients set an important example for all Americans to emulate through their courage and service that help strengthen our communities and nation.”
Molly Hudgens was selected for her brave and courageous act on September 28, 2016, when she persuaded a 14-year-old student to release a loaded gun brought to Sycamore Middle with the intent to harm. According to Hudgens she was alone with the student for approximately 90 minutes in her office before he agreed to surrender the weapon.Hudgens has stated, on several occasions, her appreciation for the love and support of the people of Cheatham County, not only for herself, but also for Sycamore Middle School.
“It is my hope that this story will inspire others who are struggling to seek help when they are in need. True bravery is best displayed not only when you stand in the gap for others but when you are willing to stand in the gap for yourself,” stated Molly Hudgens, guidance counselor of Sycamore Middle School.
Each year, a nationwide search is organized by The Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation, which selects U.S. citizens to receive the Citizen Honors Award. Since 2008, the Congressional Medal of Honor Society has selected U.S. citizens for their acts of courage and selfless service which epitomize the American spirit.
The honorees receive this award from a group of Americans whose actions have defined the words courage and selfless service — the recipients of the Congressional Medal of Honor Society. These brave Americans have received the Medal of Honor for their acts of valor performed during wartime.
Those selected to receive the Citizen Honors Award demonstrate a willingness to place his or her own life at risk for others or has dedicated themselves to the service of others. In all cases, the actions being honored must epitomize the concept of “service above self” and must be performed “above and beyond” one’s professional or vocational area of responsibility or conduct.
Molly Hudgens has been with Sycamore Middle School with the Cheatham County School District in Tennessee for 18 years. She taught for 11 years before becoming a counselor. Additionally Hudgens conducts school violence workshops and has served as a trainer for the Cheatham County Sheriff’s Office and Juvenile Court for her “Recognizing Red Flags: Understanding Your Role in Preventing Teen Violence” program.
In January of this year Hudgens was named, for the second time, Cheatham County School District’s Middle School Teacher of the Year.
Cheatham News congratulates Sycamore Middle School Guidance Counselor Molly Hudgens for receiving the 2017 Citizen Honor Award from The Congressional Medal of Honor Society.