The Cherokee High School media center's transformation from old-school library to a modern, collaborative learning space has earned Anne Nechvatal the honor of Cherokee County School District 2017 Media Specialist of the Year. Nechvatal, who sees the center as "the largest classroom in the school," was surprised with the award on March 6 by School Superintendent Dr. Brian Hightower and school board members in front of the school's faculty and her husband. She will represent Cherokee County schools in the state-level competition. The presentation and reception that followed were sponsored by Northside Hospital-Cherokee. Hightower praised Nechvatal's dedication to digital learning, telling her, "You've turned the media center upside down to make sure it's relevant for your students and teachers."