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• The Bearden High School Orchestra is hosting a pancake breakfast fund-raiser from 8 to 10 a.m. Saturday, April 9, at Charlie Peppers, located off Morrell Road near Borders. Cost is $5. Advance ticket sales are available from any orchestra member, or call Valerie Frankel at 670-0124 to pre-order.

•Farragut High School students competed against schools from Knox, Jefferson, Hamilton and surrounding counties March 11-12 in the District Five Tournament of the Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League. Farragut won the One Act play competition with the production of "The Diviners" and will advance to the state competition in Cookeville April 15-16. Junior Andrew Felts and senior Amanda Kaschak were awarded best actor and actress honors for their performances in the play. Seniors Tony Feole and Nick Carter were nominated to the all-star cast. The following students were honored for their performances: freshman Emily Poulsen, sixth-place in television broadcasting; senior Dustin Finklestein, sixth-place in pantomime; sophomore Logan Kennedy, sixth-place in after dinner speaking and sophomore Lauren Schaefer, fourth-place in solo acting. Advancing to the state competition are: senior Tony Feole and junior Jessica Webb, third-place in duet acting; senior Kim Page, third-place in after dinner speaking; senior Elizabeth Hutson, third-place in original oratory; sophomore Umang Shukla, second-place in extemporaneous speaking and junior Andrew Felts, first-place in solo acting. A benefit presentation of the play will be held at 7 p.m., Friday, April 8, in the FHS main auditorium. Call the FHS drama department at 671-7167 for more information.

• Owen C. Shirk is one of 100 finalists chosen to compete in the 2005 Tennessee Geographic Bee, April 1, in Gallatin. Shirk is an eighth grade student at West Valley Middle School. The state winner receives $100 and will represent Tennessee in the national finals May 24-25 in Washington, D.C. The national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship.

• Tennessee Technological University wants to offer a master’s degree and educational specialist’s degree in curriculum and in instructional leadership through classes at Pellissippi State. An explanation of these programs will be given April 7 at 4:30 p.m. in Room 227 of the Alexander Building on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road. The classes will be offered if there is enough interest, officials say. For additional information, contact Debbie Thurman at the Tennessee Tech campus in Crossville, (931) 484-7413 or; Sharon Goodman of Tennessee Tech’s office at Pellissippi State, (865) 694-6474 or; or Patty Benton at (865) 694-6524.


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