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CCHS Student Rewarded for Integrity


Pictured are CCHS assistant principal Steve Smith, CCHS student Chad Royal, and CCHS teacher Deann Anderson while at the Murray/Calloway County Area Technology Center

When Calloway County High School senior Chad Royal came to school one February morning, he noticed something unusual on his way into the gym. By a light post outside, he saw a woman’s purse on the ground.

“I realized it was a purse,” said Royal. “I had to turn it in because everybody deserves to get their stuff back if they’ve lost it. I didn't look in the purse or anything. I went straight to (CCHS assistant principal) Mr. Butler and gave it to him.”

Later that morning, the purse’s rightful owner contacted CCHS. A woman had been at CCHS for a basketball game the previous night. She set her purse down to load her grandson into her car, but then forgot to pick it back up.

When the rightful owner arrived at CCHS, she checked her purse for valuables. Everything was still there, including her credit cards and a significant amount of cash. When she heard it was turned in by a student, she decided to reward him with a $100 bill.

“Mr. Smith and Mrs. Anderson came to my welding class at Voco and gave me $100,” said Royal.

Royal’s remarkable character was not a surprise to his English teacher at CCHS, Deann Anderson.

“Chad is one of those quiet, unassuming young men whose work often goes unnoticed,” said Anderson. “When I think of Chad, I think of Ralph Waldo Emerson’s words: ‘The reward of a thing well done, is to have done it.’ In class, he’s a respectful, patient young man.  I also know that Chad is the first one to offer help to his classmates.  In fact, when one of our students needed materials for his senior project delivered to his home, Chad delivered his peer’s materials across the county. On top of his honesty, he’s generous too.”

After graduating from CCHS in May, Royal plans to join the workforce and attend a trade school where he can earn a welding certificate.  He currently works at Quest Pharmaceuticals in Murray after school for around 20 hours each week. He is the son of Earnest and Kim Royal.

Royal said he spent his $100 already, mostly on gas and food, and he also shared some advice to his fellow students.

“Everyone deserves to have a second chance. Make sure to do the right thing.”

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