Anyone who knows R.J. Stokes knows he's pretty special, particularly his classmates at River Ridge Elementary School. Recently, though, the 2nd grader's success got some attention all the way from Washington D.C.!
Congressman Trey Gowdy paid the school a visit to surprise R.J. with his "I Am An Achiever" award. The recognition honors students who have overcome significant obstacles, and still work hard to achieve in life, and in the classroom. The River Ridgestudent was born with a rare condition that means his heart is half the size of normal ones. He's had numerous surgeries during his short life, and faces many medical challenges, but continues to do his best at school.
Teachers at River Ridge wrote Gowdy and nominated R.J. for the recognition. Family members, classmates and current and former teachers were all there to witness the honor.
Congratulations R.J. Stokes! We are so proud of you!