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Pulley receives faculty of distinction honors

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Dr. Ada Gray Pulley received faculty of distinction honors at the H.B. Sugg High Honors Gala.

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From Contributed Reports

Friday, September 14, 2018

The H.B. Sugg Charitable Organization recently hosted the H.B. Sugg High Honors Gala.

It was a night for recognizing giants, celebrating history and embracing a legacy that made a profound difference in Farmville. The event set the stage for honoring pioneers and trailblazers that dared to dream, plan and prepare themselves in order to make this world a better place for others.

One of the categories being recognized was faculty and principals of distinction. Dr. Alma Cobb Hobbs, retired deputy assistant secretary for administration at the U.S. Agriculture Department, congratulated Dr. Ada Gray Pulley for her extraordinary contributions to the teaching profession.

Hobbs presented Pulley with a medallion and a signed pin and ink painting of the school. It was a reciprocal honor for the two of them because Hobbs admired her fifth-grade and dance teacher immensely and Pulley was honored that her former student had excelled to the highest level of executive leadership serving under five presidents in Washington, D.C.

This made this evening special for both of them. Hobbs reflected on the many opportunities afforded to her by Pulley, including her first television debut. Pulley was a celebrated teacher who has received numerous awards and accolades. She was adored by her students and left an indelible mark on their lives.

Pulley accepted the honor with humility and gratitude and expressed her delight in being back with her students and the family of H B. Sugg High School. Roberta Flack, who was not in attendance, was the only other living teacher being honored.

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