Harlan County Schools will announce plans to name the wing of Harlan County High School that houses the band and choir after Harlan native and The Voice winner Jordan Smith.
The official announcement will be made this afternoon at festivities to honor Smith, who was named the champion of Season 9 of the NBC talent competition series Tuesday. Smith was born in Harlan County and was active in school choirs. He is now a senior at Lee University in Cleveland, Tenn., though he is taking the year off due to The Voice and his success on the show.
Plans for Monday include a parade for Smith at 2:30 and a program at 4 p.m., where Harlan County Schools superintendent Mike Howard will make the announcement. What the wing will be called hasn't been decided yet.
Howard said Monday that Smith is a positive role model for teachers and students in the district.
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"The economy in Harlan County is not very good, you know that," Howard said. "He's an example to the other students that dreams come true.”
Michael McKay will be in Harlan for today’s festivities. Follow him on Twitter @MichaelMcKay716.