Tuscaloosa City Schools, along with Townsquare Media Tuscaloosa and Child Abuse Prevention Services, will highlight and recognize Inspiring Excellence Student Of The Month from each of the 21 schools in the district during the 2023-2024 school year. Every month, two to three outstanding TCS students will be highlighted in this series.


A brilliant and kind fifth grader was celebrated by her classmates for the example she sets during a spirited pep rally at Tuscaloosa's Verner Elementary School last week.

The student, Elizabeth Whitfield, was selected by teachers and administrators at Verner to receive the Inspiring Excellence Award because of how well she interacts with all others.

"Elizabeth is a kind-hearted and driven student. She is quick to offer a helping hand and can easily work with anyone," said her teacher Alana Turner. "She is humble, honest, bright, and creative. Elizabeth is a joy to teach and a great asset to Verner."

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Whitfield was recognized by her school during the spirited chaos of the pep rally ahead of Thursday's 15th Turkey Bowl rivalry flag football game between Verner and Rock Quarry Elementary.

She was given the award by the Big Dawg Dre Day, a DJ on Townsquare Media's 105.1 the Block and 92.9 WTUG, who recorded a message from Whitfield that will play on all eight live and local Townsquare stations this month.

"My mom always has told me to do the right thing because it's the right thing to do so I keep that in my mind every single day," Whitfield said. "I feel like if we can all be a good person, we can change the world."

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(Stephen Dethrage | Tuscaloosa Thread)

Whitfield said her favorite subject is math, and outside of school she loves to dance.

For more coverage of students setting good examples for others to follow in Tuscaloosa City Schools, stay connected to the Tuscaloosa Thread - we'll wrap up the November series at Woodland Forrest Elementary later this month.

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