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KCS receives support from foundation

Knox County high school math and science departments recently received more than 900 new calculators valued at more than $13,000. The calculators were provided by the Knox County Schools Foundation and will be used at every high school in the county. The foundation’s trustees agreed in November to support a school system request to fund the purchase of standardized sets of calculators for use in high school science and math courses.

This was the first action taken to directly provide project funding to the school system since the foundation was formed late last year to support Knox County schools.

“This is a big shot in the arm for us,” said Monty Howell, the school system’s science supervisor. “This action helps fill a real need we have in our high schools, and it will enable teachers to have continuity in equipment from one class to another and between the science and math instruction.

The foundation purchased Texas Instrument scientific and graphing calculators for use in high schools throughout the school system. I really appreciate what the foundation is doing.”

“The calculators will be a big boost for our Science Department at Carter High School,” said Terry Uselton, a science teacher at Carter High School. “I plan to use the graphing calculators as lab instruments for Chemistry and Physics. I use them with Vernier interface units to connect sensors such as thermometers, pH meters, and microphones. Having several graphing calculators makes this a lot easier to set up.”

“I think this is an important action for the foundation,” said Karen Carson, the president of the foundation’s board of trustees and of the Knox County Council PTA.

“This represents a disbursement of about half of the foundation’s income for the last year, and it lets the school system and the community know that the foundation wants to be able to give some immediate help as it attempts to build an endowment.”

The foundation is organized as a charitable trust that can take donations in many different forms to support Knox County public school students. All donations are fully tax deductible, and since the foundation supports the entire school system, students throughout the county will benefit from its activities.

Hickerson gets Clemson scholarship

Chelsea Hickerson, a student at Farragut High School, has been invited to attend Clemson University as a national scholar. Clemson’s National Scholars program is designed to attract the nation’s best and brightest students and covers the full cost of attending the university, including room, board and books. All of the scholarships available to National Scholars are the result of financial gifts from donors who are interested in seeing Clemson have the nation’s best scholarship program. “This is our premier scholarship program,” said Clemson president James F. Barker. “To be a national university, we must have a national-caliber scholarship program, and this is it.”

Students who elect to attend Clemson as a national scholar are offered a wide array of educational enrichment activities, ranging from specialized seminars to internship and research laboratory experiences. They interact with the university’s top professors, and with leaders in the fields of business, science and government service.

BHS Science Olympiad finishes well at MC

Bearden High Science Olympiad team placed second at the regional competition at Maryville College in February. The team participated in building, science process, biology, chemistry, physics and earth science events. The team won six gold medals, seven silver medals and eight bronze medals in the 23 events. Individual winners are:

First Place – Patrick Bowland (2), Joey Courtney, Yuxi Duan, Josh Jones, Yufei Pan, Casey Perry, Jeremy Petersen (2), John Schmidt, Andrew Westover and Miao Yu (2).

Second Place – Patrick Bowland, Erin Brosey (2), Joey Courtney, Yuxi Duan, Matt Iannacone (2), Josh Jones, Yufei Pan (2), Casey Perry, Jeremy Petersen, Ricky Sahu (2) and John Schmidt.

Third Place – Chang (2), Joey Courtney, Patrick Bowland, Erin Brosey, Niraj Dave, Yuxi Duan (2), Matt Iannocone, Josh Jones, Chang Liu, Yufei Pan, John Schmidt, Andrew Westover and Miao Yu (2). The team advances to the state competition to be held at UT on

April 3.

Teacher of the Year winners announced

After a tight competition, a committee of administrators for the Knox County school system, community representatives and teachers has selected the winners of the 2004 Teacher of the Year competition.

Taking home the honors are Linda McClanahan, pre-K through fourth grade division, of Sarah Moore Greene Magnet Technology Academy, Maggie Hughes, fifth grade through eighth grade division, of Cedar Bluff Middle School, and Amanda Sharp, ninth grade through 12th grade division, of Carter High School.

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