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• Managua Nicole Hunt, a 1998 graduate of Farragut High School, received a Doctor of Pharmacy degree from the University of Tennessee Health Science Center in Memphis Friday, May 26, at the Mid South Coliseum in Memphis. Dr. Hunt graduated Cum Laude from Tennessee State University in Nashville with a Bachelor of Science in chemistry in 2002. She has accepted pharmacy positions with Walgreens and the Memphis Methodist Medical Center. Hunt’s affiliations include membership of Phi Lambda Sigma. She is also a past member the Academy of Student Pharmacists and the Student National Pharmaceutical Association.

• If you suspect your preschool child is delayed or having difficulty learning and playing with other children, Knox County Schools will provide free screening and assessment to determine any need for special services. Assessments may include developmental screening, cognitive assessment, speech and language assessment, behavioral assessment and assessment of social and adaptive skills. Evaluations occur year round and referrals may be made at any time. Children can receive special education services starting at age 3 and may begin a program at any time during the school year. Services will be determined according to your child’s needs. Program options include preschool programming, individual therapy, and developmental follow-up. Special education services are available to all children, including those in private schools and those who receive home schooling. To refer your child for a screening/assessment, contact the CHILD FIND office at 865-594-1530. For any questions regarding the CHILD FIND process or the preschool program, contact Judy Miller at 865- 594-1530.

•Bearden High School Sophomore and Knoxville resident Alexandra Grindstaff has been selected as a United States Congressional Page. Alexandra, daughter of Doug and Leslie Grindstaff, is one of 66 students across the United States accepted into the 2006 Summer Page Program. Alexandra will spend the summer in Washington, D.C., and will attend the Congressional Page School during the day and work as a page after school. Alexandra is a member of the Key Club, National Honor Society, Stellar Scholars and Student Government Association at Bearden High School. Since 1891, high school juniors from across the nation have served as pages for members of Congress, presenting students with a unique educational opportunity to participate in the legislative process. Page duties are varied, but often include ceremonial tasks such as distributing legislative material and correspondence to Congressional offices, presenting flags and providing members with messages while they are in the House chamber. Pages also attend school during their stay in Washington, D.C. The Page School is accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. Applicants were required to go through an interview with the Congressional Page Board, write an autobiographical essay, provide a high-school grade transcript, and submit three letters of recommendation, including at least one from a teacher. Those applying are required to have at least a 3.0 grade-point average on a 4.0 scale, and must be juniors in high school, and at least 16 years old on the date they are scheduled to begin their page service.

• Diana Glandon, Student Council Advisor at Bearden High School, has been named a 2006 Coca-Cola Educator of Distinction by the Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation. Glandon is one of 250 educators across the country chosen to receive the honor of “Educator of Distinction” — an award that recognizes outstanding teachers dedicated to providing education with an enhanced purpose. Glandon receives a commemorative crystal Coca-Cola gift and a plaque inscribed with a personal dedication written by Shaddi Hasan, a 2006 Coca-Cola Scholar and a senior from Bearden High School, who nominated Glandon.

• Zachary Brent Marquand, Knoxville, was selected to participate in DePauw’s distinctive Information Technology Associates Program (ITAP) during the 2005-06 school year. Upperclass ITAP students have the opportunity to work in paid, on-campus internships, collaborating closely with DePauw faculty members and IT professionals.

• Two hundred-sixty Knox County eighth-graders had the opportunity to spend May 31 and June 1 in 41 area businesses learning what it’s like in the world of work as interns in the Schooled for Success program. Students explored various careers, accomplished appropriate employee tasks, were mentored by employees and employers, built a work record, and had a real work experience. The internship culminates a year-long program in which students completed a portfolio focusing on self-assessment, career exploration, career planning, pre-employment and employment skills development. Students from all 14 Knox County middle schools interned with many of Knoxville’s businesses, organizations and government agencies including: Arts & Cultural Alliance, Bertelkamp Automation, BellSouth, Boys & Girls Club, Cemex Inc., Citadel Broadcasting, East Tennessee Historical Society, East Tennessee Television & Film Commission, Edfinancial/Edsouth, First Tennessee Bank, Fountain City Focus, Goody’s Family Clothing, Joni & Friends, Junior Achievement, Knox County Development Commission, Knox County Government, Knox County Emergency 911, Knox County Schools, Knoxville Museum of Art, Knoxville News Sentinel, Knoxville Parks and Recreation, Knoxville Police Department, Knoxville Tourism & Sports Corporation, Knoxville Utilities Board, Knoxville Zoo, Lexus and Toyota of Knoxville, PBR Automotive Knoxville, Rural Metro Corporation, SMG Knoxville Convention Center, Second Harvest Food Bank, St. Mary’s Health & Fitness Center, St. Mary’s Medical Center, SunTrust Bank, Tennessee School of Beauty, United Way of Knoxville, University of Tennessee College of Veterinary Medicine, University of Tennessee Medical Center, WATE-TV, WBIR-TV, Women’s Basketball Hall of Fame and Zuma Fun Center.

• State Sen. Jamie Woodson (R-Knoxville) urged passage May 24 on the floor of the Senate of a bill to correct what she considers massive failings revealed in an investigative audit of the Tennessee School Boards Association and two related trust entities. The Senate passed the measure in a 30-0 vote. In the spring of 2005, Senate Education Chair Woodson and House Education Chairman Les Winningham (D-Huntsville) requested the Comptroller, Tennessee Consolidated Retirement System, and the Attorney General to work collaboratively on an investigative audit of the TSBA. The alarming results of the audit led the two chairs to call for public hearings earlier this year in which the House and Senate Education committees met jointly. The measure to bring accountability and more oversight to the process is contained in Senate Bill 3789, sponsored by Senate Education Chair Woodson, and its companion, House Bill 3912, sponsored by House Education Chair Winningham. SB 3789 establishes a Class A misdemeanor for knowingly or willingly testifying falsely in an investigation. This bill also authorizes the state Attorney General to bring suit for enforcement and recovery of funds. Senator Woodson represents Senate District 6 in Knox County. She serves as Senate Education Committee Chair for the 104th General Assembly and as Senate Chair of the Joint Education Oversight Committee. She also serves on the Senate Transportation and Safety Committee and on the Senate Judiciary Committee. She was elected to be the Senate Majority Caucus Secretary. Contact Senator Woodson’s office in Tennessee toll-free at 800-449-8366 ext. 11648 or on the direct line at 615-741-1648.

 

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