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• Jillian Esnes of Knoxville has been named to the dean’s list at Loyola University New Orleans for the spring 2004 semester. Students must complete the semester with a 3.5 grade point average or higher.

• Shelly Bourgeois has received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in biology from Agnes Scott College. Bourgeois also earned placement on the Honor List at the college. She has been accepted into the University of Tennessee School of Veterinary Medicine. Bourgeois graduated from Bearden High School and is the daughter of E.J. and Wanda Bourgeois of Knoxville.

• Kevin Newton of Knoxville has accepted Maryville College’s Highlander Scholarship and plans to enroll at the college this fall. Newton, a graduate of Bearden High School, is the son of John and Pamela Newton of Knoxville. While in high school, Newton participated in varsity baseball, freshman basketball, annual staff, Bearden Buddies mentoring program, Key Club, Interact, political affairs, FCA, senior committee, Young Life, Campaigners, mock trial team and weightlifting. Newton plans to major in political science and theater.

• Daniel Long recently attended the National Computer Camp on the Oglethorpe University campus in Atlanta, Ga. While there, Long received trophies for excellence in C++ programming as well as excellence in graphics. Long is the son of Deborah and David Long of Knoxville and is a rising junior at Knoxville Catholic High School.

• Samford’s Cumberland School of Law awarded Juris Doctor degrees to graduates as part of commencement activities on May 22. Knoxville area students receiving degrees are Sarah Marie Blizzard, Courtney Anne Leach, Grant Patrick Lyons, Jennifer Nicole Meservy, Kristin Jane Neely, Anne Elizabeth Whitehead and Kathryn A. Zacheretti.

• Abby DeWine recently attended the Tennessee Hugh O’Brian Youth leadership seminar held May 28-30 in Nashville. DeWine was selected to represent Farragut High School. Her parents are Mike and Barbara DeWine of Farragut.

• Stephen Ashworth and Josh Mathis, both of Knoxville, received associate degrees in culinary arts from the College of Culinary Arts, Johnson & Wales University, during May commencement exercises.

• Matthew Lee Chen, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joe Chen of Knoxville, and Brian Edward Fuller, son of Mr. and Mrs. Edward C. Fuller of Knoxville, were named to the dean’s list at Vanderbilt University for the spring 2004 semester.

• Kevin Webb of Knoxville has earned faculty honors for spring semester 2004 at the Georgia Institute of Technology.

• Annemarie Ippolito, daughter of Mr. Frank Ippolito of Knoxville, has been named to the dean’s list for the spring semester 2004 at Oglethorpe University of Atlanta. Ippolito is an economics major.

• Ross Miller Harding Jr., son of Ross and Mary Harding of Knoxville, has been named to the dean’s list at Otterbein College for the spring 2004 term.

• Several Knoxville schools are among more than 100 schools across Tennessee receiving several thousand dollars from the Tennessee Department of Education for outstanding academic achievement and good attendance. The state will distribute more than $400,000 in incentive grants to the individual schools representing 42 districts.

“We provide a number of resources to ensure that our low-performing schools get what they need to improve, but it is also important to reward those schools that are working hard and getting positive results,” said Education Commissioner Lana Seivers. “I am proud of what has been accomplished at these schools, and I encourage administrators, teachers, and students to continue their good work.”

All schools in Tennessee are evaluated based on scores from the state’s Annual Report Card. They are assessed on attendance, promotion, and dropout rates, in addition to annual achievement progress in core academic areas, including math, reading, writing, science, and social studies. This year’s awards reflect data from the most recent report card, issued in October 2003.

The state will distribute approximately $4,000 to each of the winning schools later this month. School officials will be given the option to distribute the money in a way that is best suited for their needs, which may include classroom materials, added technology, or even capital projects.

Knoxville area schools receiving this year’s award are A.L. Lotts Elementary School, Bearden High School, Cedar Bluff Primary School, Farragut High School, Farragut Middle School and Farragut Primary School.

To view the state’s Annual Report Card, visit

• Furman University awarded 622 undergraduate and 10 master’s degrees during graduation exercises Saturday, June 5. It was Furman’s 178th commencement. Graduates from the Knoxville area are: Elizabeth A. Carroll, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. James Carroll, Yancey S. Greene, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Robert Greene, and Robert F. Riley, son of Dr. and Mrs. Claude R. Riley.

• Furman University has announced students on the school’s dean’s list for spring 2004. Knoxville area students named to the dean’s list are: Christina L. Boncek, Elizabeth A. Carroll, Paige Dudley, Yancey S. Greene, Tyler Johnson, Jessica N. Lange, Adam H. Murphree, Eric W. Prenshaw, Danielle S. Rapkowicz, Timothy J. Seneker and Jennifer M. Ward.

• Boston University awarded academic degrees to 5,358 students this spring. Among the graduates were Knoxville residents Stephanie M. Euler, Bachelor of Science in journalism (cum laude), Emily R. Nye, Bachelor of Arts in history (magna cum laude), and Fredric J. Scott, master’s in criminal justice.

• Middle Tennessee State University awarded degrees to 1,550 students in commencement exercises on May 15. Knoxville area students receiving degrees were: Chasity Hope Brackett, Bachelor of Arts; Jonathan Daniel Hughel, Bachelor of Business Administration; Rebecca Elizabeth Parker, Bachelor of Fine Arts; Daniel Matthew Whaley, Bachelor of Music; Rebekah Lynn Burchfield, Adam Clay Carpenter, Joshua D. Caudill, Eli Daniel Cockrum, Heather Nicole Davis, Meredith Catherine Edington, Katrina Michelle Hartsell, Sarah Elizabeth Johnson, Sara Elizabeth Lesher, Cara Faye Marshall and Amanda Lee Yarnell, Bachelor of Science; and Tracy Elizabeth Wingo and Amanda Sharee Mills , Bachelor of Science in nursing.

• Middle Tennessee State University has announced the students appearing on the dean’s list for spring 2004 semester. Knoxville area students are: Rebekah Burchfield, Sarah Campbell, Neely Catignani, Chris Cavalaris, Angela Changas, Melanie Clifton, Eli Cockrum, Rayann Collins, Christine Comstock, Michael Crabtree, Katherine Crytzer, Heather Davis, Holly Denman, Sarah Denny, Karen Feliciano, Erin Fessenbecker, Melody Foy, Charlsey French, Crystal Griffey, Candace Hamilton, Kelly Hendricks, Ryan Hicks, Ginger Horner, David Hughes, Alexander Johnson, Jimmy Kelly, Stacey Laurence, Lindsay Luchsinger, Cara Marshall, Kathleen McCraw, William McCombs, Adam Menhinick, Amanda Mills, Abbey Mueller, William Parker, Ashley Phillips, Casey Phillips, Emily Rockwell, Lindsay Rolen, Sarah Ross, Jacob Sharbel, Alise Shubin, Jassiman Simms, Troy Smith, Charlotte Tidrick, Joseph Tortorelli, Paul Vick, Kathryn Ward, Daniel Whaley, Alice Wisecarver and Matthew Wishart. From Lenoir City is Marsha Moore.

• Columbus College of Art & Design announces that Farragut native Brandon Antczak was on the President’s List for spring term 2004. President’s List recognition is given to students with a term grade point average of 3.4-4.0 in 15 or more credit hours for the term. Antczak was a freshman at CCAD at the time the award was earned.

• Emily Hickey of Knoxville has accepted Maryville College’s Scots Scholarship and plans to enroll at the private liberal arts college this fall. Hickey, daughter of Jerry and Cathy Hickey of Knoxville, graduated from Knoxville Catholic High School in 2004. While in high school, Hickey participated in Catholic’s varsity soccer program and received coach’s award and offensive play of the year awards in 2001 and 2002. Hickey, who plans to major in international affairs, became acquainted with Maryville College through the soccer coach, Pepe Fernandez. She decided to enroll because of Maryville’s strong international program and soccer program.

• Learn how to be a success at college through a free “How to Study Smart” seminar offered by Pellissippi State Technical Community College in August. The seminar will cover organizing yourself for success, improving your note-taking skills, increasing your concentration and eliminating distractions, improving test-taking skills and reducing test anxiety, managing life stresses, learning time-management techniques, scheduling and planning, setting goals, and choosing the right career. The college’s student retention staff will offer the seminar twice during August: Aug. 3, from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., and Aug. 9, from 4 to 6:30 p.m. Both will be held at the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road and are open to everyone. Call (865) 539-7160 for information and reservations. To learn more about Pellissippi State and its programs, visit

• Melissa Williams, an eighth-grade student at West Valley Middle School in Knoxville, was awarded national honors in the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards of 2004. Her artwork, “Man Thinking,” received a “Gold Key” award in the mixed media category. Melissa’s artwork was sponsored by Suzanne Wedekind, who teaches art at West Valley Middle School. Melissa received her gold award at the National Awards Celebration at Carnegie Hall in New York City on June 10. Together with the other national winners, her artwork will be on display as part of the Scholastic Art Awards National Student Exhibition at the Corcoran Gallery in Washington, D.C. this summer. The Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the longest-running and most prestigious student recognition program in America, has 14 visual arts categories and 11 writing categories. Melissa is the daughter of Don and Hannah Williams of Knoxville. Her grandparents are Jack and Etta Hawke of Vonore, and Margaret Williams and the late Don Williams of Greenbrier.


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