By Tim Chambers
Andrew Matherly and his giant-sized heart have made Johnson County High School a special place for students and faculty since his arrival. And during that time he has made nearly all of them smile with just his stare.
Monday was his turn to smile before the entire student body on senior day. He received The Tomahawks Longhorn of the Year award before a packed house inside of Ray Shoun Gymnasium.
Matherly took his spot at mid-court, ready to participate in the faculty versus students basketball game. Next came a touching moment to everyone.
Andrew was given a Johnson County Letterman Jacket donated free of charge by Glen McQueen and Ray Burchfield, owners of Brumits Sports Shop in Elizabethton. In addition he received a victory cup which he extended in the air before a standing ovation.
The senior athletes and basketball team presented Andrew with the jacket which brought many tears from everyone. They were tears of joy for one of Johnson Countys finest.
Matherly graduated with the class of 2015 but rumor is that he could return to the halls of JCHS next year.
Thats great new for all the students that admire Andrew and his accomplishments. He was chosen prom king recently and hopefully will be given a key to the city in the near future.
His mother, Cristy Dunn, is a teacher at JCHS. He has two younger brothers, Kyman and Jackson.
Theres a good chance that youll see Andrew at all the ball games next year. There is a better chance that well see him in the halls of JCHS next year too.
Thats because Andrew is a true Johnson County Longhorn. And he now has a lettermans jacket to prove it.
By Tim Chambers