Alexander, Corker Congratulate 2011 Tennessee Jefferson Award Recipients

Darlene Winters of Memphis and Memphis Catholic High School Honored in Washington

Posted on June 22, 2011

WASHINGTON - U.S. Senators Lamar Alexander, R-Tenn., and Bob Corker, R-Tenn., today congratulated 2011 Tennessee Jefferson Award recipients Darlene Winters of Memphis and students and faculty from Memphis Catholic High School.  Winters is a dance instructor for young people with Down syndrome, and Memphis Catholic High School is the Mid-South regional winner for outstanding service by a high school.  The senators greeted the Tennessee recipients of the Jefferson Award at a constituent breakfast yesterday in Washington.

“It was an honor to meet each of Tennessee’s Jefferson Award recipients, who were truly enthusiastic about serving their communities. I applaud each of them for giving so much of their time to help others in our state,” Alexander said.

“We’re so proud of all the Jefferson Award recipients from Tennessee who are doing incredible things in their communities to help others and really uplift us all,” Corker said.

Winters is the founder and director of Company d, a dance group of 16-28 year olds with Down syndrome that has been recognized locally, regionally, and nationally and featured in the documentary film “Determined to Dance” produced by Peter Barton. 

Memphis Catholic High School’s Students in Action Team promotes participation in community service by educating students about service opportunities in the Memphis area and recognizing student “All-Stars” for outstanding volunteer work.

Additional Tennessee recipients of this year’s Jefferson Award include: Keith Landecker of Chattanooga and Community First Bank & Trust of Columbia.

Each year, the Jefferson Awards program recognizes individuals at the local and national levels for outstanding community and public service. For more information about the Jefferson Awards, visit: