Stratford STEM Magnet student honored with National FBI Foundation award & scholarship


Stratford STEM Magnet High School student and Academy of National Safety and Security Technologies ambassador Blake Simmons has been awarded the National FBI Foundation Character Development award, the first honor of it's kind award by the former agents of the FBI Foundation and the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation. The foundation is the charitable arm of the Society of Former Special Agents of the FBI. As part of the award, Simmons won a $2,500 education scholarship.

The awards were only given to two students in the state of Tennessee.

Simmons was nominated by his teacher, retired FBI Agent Jon Stephens, who started teaching at Stratford High soon after his retirement in 2011. Mr. Stephens teaches Criminal Justice within the National Safety and Security Technologies Academy at Stratford.  Mr. Stephens served 28 years as a Special Agent and Assistant Legal Attaché with the FBI.  He is also a veteran of the United States Marine Corps.

The award winners embody the Medal of Honor’s core values of courage, integrity, commitment, sacrifice, citizenship and patriotism, and they were selected based on their exceptional actions to represent these values.

Congratulations to Blake Simmons and his Academies teacher, Jon Stephens for the nomination.

Both were interviewed by the organization after the awards ceremony in Knoxville on September 9.