Citizen of the Week: Catherine Pickett

Catherine Pickett will graduate from Dalton State College in December with a degree in English, and she'll do so knowing she has made a big impact on the school and the community.

Pickett is president of Dalton State’s chapter of Sigma Tau Delta, a national English honor society.

She spearheaded Sigma Tau Delta's book drive earlier this year, which collected more than 500 books for the Boys & Girls Clubs in Dalton.

In fact, under Pickett's leadership, the society has been very active on campus and in the community.

"Sigma Tau Delta got a $500 grant and used that on the first day of final exams in the spring," said Jennifer Randall, associate professor of English at Dalton State. "We had food, coffee and hot chocolate and gave out little gifts to help students relieve their stress, and that was the culmination of the book drive."

In September, for Banned Books Week, the group organized two panels on freedom of speech and on the importance of literature.

"She put the event together and she led the event and moderated the questions for the panel," said Randall.

Pickett also spearheaded a campus-wide food drive to raise donations for the Birdfeeder, a food pantry that serves Dalton State students, as well as the Salvation Army and the Chattanooga Area Food Bank.

"We are very proud of all that she has done," said Randall.

For her efforts, the Daily Citizen-News names Catherine Pickett our Citizen of the Week.

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