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• Furman University, Greenville, S.C., has announced the following Knoxville area students have been named to the school’s dean’s list for Fall semester 2005: Jordan M. Greene, James F. Hawkins, Tyler L. Johnson, Scott F. Kensell, Jessica N. Lange, Adam H. Murphree, Danielle S. Rapkowicz, Laura A. Schoonmaker, Timothy J. Seneker, Lauren G. Senesac, Lisa K. Stowers, Rachel B. Stowers, Christopher M. Swift, William O. Walker, Jennifer M. Ward and Matthew R. West. Students must earn a grade point average of 3.4 or higher on a 4.0 system.

• Alexandra Coker, daughter of Michael and Syndi Coker of Knoxville, has been awarded a scholarship for the 2006-2007 academic year to attend the University of Tennessee at Martin. Coker received the Chancellor’s Award.

• Amy Elizabeth Boyd, daughter of Martin and Beth Boyd of Farragut, has been named to the dean’s list at Milligan College for the Fall 2005 semester. Boyd is majoring in communications and education and is involved in the Milligan women’s soccer program and was selected for the 2005 AAC all-conference team this season.

• Farragut Middle School will compete for the first time in the Eighth Grade Scholastic Challenge. A group of eighth-graders from FMS has been selected to compete in the national contest sponsored by the American Scholastic Achievement League. The one-hour multiple-choice exam testing students’ knowledge of mathematics, science, language, history and geography was started in the state of New York in 2000. It has grown to include students in all 50 states, and more than 30,000 students participated in the contest last year. The following students were chosen by their teachers to take the test in February: Marcus Azevedo, Emma Brand, Will Carter, Shreyas Dahotre, Thomas Dai, Megan Dyer, Brittany Fong, Jay Foster, Gabriel Garcia, Agatha Gornisiewicz, Chris Griffen, Nathan Hair, Preston Hewgley, Dani Hill, Ariel Hunter, Jackie Kalister, Erika Keil, Christina Kihm, Tavis MacLellan, Meredith Manning, Elissa Massie, Stewart Martens, Caroline Martin, Nick Muth, Mary Catherine Suhocki, Zane Troyer, Alex Ulmer, Alex Vaz, Kevin Ye and Daniel Xu.

• The Farragut Middle School Student Council is launching the Pennies for Patients Campaign for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society. Students will bring in spare change, and classrooms bringing in the most donations will receive a pasta party from Olive Garden Restaurant. The school bringing in the most donations nationwide will receive a visit from entertainer and campaign ambassador Mandy Moore. The campaign will run from Feb.13 through 24, but we some classrooms are already collecting. One homeroom has collected several hundred dollars already.

• The Farragut High School Improv Show will be 7:30 p.m., Feb. 16, in the Ferguson Theatre at the school. Tickets are $3 at the door ($2 with current APAC card). For more information, call 865-671-7167.

• Up-and-coming bass vocalist Jonathan Blanchard will give three performances of classical, jazz, blues, reggae and spiritual selections Feb. 15 through 17 as part of Pellissippi State Technical Community College’s Black History Month celebration. He will sing at noon, Feb. 15, in the Performing Arts Center on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road, 7 p.m. Feb. 16 at the Magnolia Avenue Campus, and 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Blount County Center. Blanchard began his vocal studies at Tennessee State University in Memphis, where he earned both a bachelor’s and master’s degree in music. He has performed such classic musical productions as “Black Nativity,” “West Side Story” and the late Harry Chapin’s “Cotton Patch Gospel.” He currently is a member of the Atlanta Opera, the Atlanta Lyric Opera and Capital City Opera. All of Blanchard’s Pellissippi State performances are free and open to the public.

• The Pellissippi State Technical Community College Faculty Council’s annual book sale is scheduled for March, and donations of books, tapes and music are now being accepted. The council welcomes donated new and used books for the sale, which provides funds for student scholarships. The sale offers both texts and general interest books, tapes, CDs and DVDs, and is open to the public. Donations to PSTCC’s four campuses can be left with Brenda Ammons, 865-981-5340, for the Blount County Center, Nancy Pevey, 865-971-5237, for the Division Street campus or Linda Streebeck, 865-329-3119, for the Magnolia campus. Materials also can be donated at the Alexander and McWherter buildings for Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Road campus in West Knoxville. Those who want to contribute large quantities of books can call 865-539-7053 to have them picked up. Sale dates are as follows: Blount County Center, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 13-14, and 9 a.m. to noon, March 15; Division Street Campus, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. March 15-16; Magnolia Avenue Campus, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 16-17; Pellissippi Campus (Hardin Valley Road), 9 a.m. to 6 p.m., March 20-21. For additional information about the sale, call Kim Bailey at 865-694-6685. Pellissippi State, which started in 1974, has more than 7,600 students enrolled full time and part-time in career path and college transfer courses.

• A. L. Lotts Elementary School will hold a fifth-grade musical at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Feb. 23.

• The Farragut Primary School PTA is hosting a one-hour program focusing on healthy eating for young children at 6:30 p.m., Monday, Feb. 27, at FPS. For more information, contact Marlene Landon at 865-675-5114.

• The Knox County Board of Education will hold a regular meeting at 5 p.m., Wednesday, March 1, in the Main Assembly Room of the City/County Building.


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