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• Cedar Bluff Schools recently signed a partnership agreement with West Park Baptist Church through the Partners in Education Program. West Park Baptist has provided two community clean-up days on the Cedar Bluff campus, and is very engaged in the success of Cedar Bluff students.

• Bradley Thomas Giordano, Knoxville, was among 607 graduating students who received degrees at DePauw University’s 167th commencement Sunday, May 21. Giordano received a Bachelor of Arts degree with a major in Psychology. U.S. Senator Evan Bayh delivered the commencement address to DePauw graduates, and the University awarded him an honorary Doctor of Public Service degree.

• Daniel Ellis, an Earlham College senior and son of Ruth Ellis of Knoxville, has just completed Earlham’s United Nations May Term Course in New York. Ellis attended lectures by UN staff members on the work of their agencies, visited with representatives of permanent missions of several different countries to the United Nations, observed the work of a variety of NGOs at the United Nations; and conducted research about international organizations in the Dag Hammarskjold Library and other libraries in NYC. The course ended on May 27. Earlham is a liberal arts college in Richmond, Ind. Earlham is dedicated to the development of effective ways to integrate international perspectives in education. The college offers 40 majors.

• New students at Pellissippi State Technical Community College and their parents are invited to attend one of the orientation sessions beginning June 15. The orientations will provide an overview of college programs and information on topics such as class selection process, clubs and organizations, majors and careers and financial aid. All sessions are in the Goins Administration Building on the Pellissippi Campus on Hardin Valley Road. They begin at 8:30 a.m. and end at 12:30 p.m. The dates are June 15 for all majors, June 29 for education majors, July 13 for nursing majors, July 18 for African-American students, July 20 for business majors, July 27 for engineering technology majors, Aug. 3 and 10 for all majors, Aug. 15 for African-American students and Aug. 24 for all majors. For reservations or more information, call 865-539-7155.

• The Simon Youth Foundation, a not-for-profit organization dedicated to providing educational and career development opportunities to youth, has awarded two area students with $1,200 one-time community scholarships. Recipients, listed by the mall granting the award, include: West Town Mall ($1,200 community scholarship) Lauren Baumgardner of Knoxville, a graduate of Bearden High School, will attend Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City to study nursing. Knoxville Center Mall ($1,200 community scholarship) Audrey-Lyn Colwell of Dandridge, a graduate of Jefferson County High School, will attend East Tennessee State University in Johnson City. Knoxville’s two scholarship recipients were among the approximately 1,200 students considered nationwide by each student’s completion of an application form available at the Simon Marketplace located at Simon Malls nationwide. Scholarship recipients were selected on the basis of financial need, academic performance, leadership skills and participation in school and community activities. Established in January 2000, the Community Scholarship Program helps support the financial needs of qualified students throughout the country who plan to advance their education at any accredited college, university or vocational-technical school.


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