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• Members of the Knox County schools class of 2006 received $37,866,151 in scholarship offers to continue their education, an increase of $5,620,369 from last school year. This amount includes academic and athletic scholarships offered to members of the class of 2006. It does not include the Tennessee Hope Scholarship that 1,551 graduates are eligible for if they choose to remain in Tennessee for their higher education course work. The increase is due to the large number of students in the class with high grade point averages and the number of colleges to which each individual student applied, said Eva Peters, guidance counselor at Farragut High School. Peters said one reason for the increase in the scholarships offered at Farragut was more than 71 percent of seniors had a 3.0 GPA or higher. To help students get the information they need to apply for scholarships, Peters first speaks to them in the spring of their junior year. She also sends information out in a monthly newsletter and includes descriptions of scholarships on the school Web site. Anne Jackson, college and career counselor to students of South-Doyle High School said her tips for helping students gain scholarship money is to never be afraid of rejection and always start out with a goal. Jackson also starts speaking to students early in the year about the importance of continuing their education and receiving scholarships. Nine hundred forty-three 2006 graduates of Knox County received scholarship offers. Almost one-third of graduates received scholarship offers and about half qualified for the Tennessee Hope Scholarships.

• Bradley Thomas Giordano of Knoxville is among 798 DePauw University students who have been recognized for outstanding academic performance and named to the dean’s list for the 2006 spring semester. Giordano is a senior at DePauw in Greecastle, Ind. To be eligible for the dean’s list, a student must earn at least a 3.5 grade point average.

• Several area students were recently named to the dean’s list at Furman University for spring term 2006. Furman’s dean’s list is composed of full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade-point average of 3.4 or higher on a 4.0 system. The list includes Luxi Fang, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bing Fang; Jordan M. Greene, son of Robert and Suzanne Greene; James F. Hawkins, son of Mr. and Mrs. James Hawkins; Jessica N. Lange, daughter of Randall and Christy Lange; Adam H. Murphree, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Murphree; Samuel R. Pearcy, son of Robert and Karen Pearcy; Eric W. Prenshaw, son of Dr. and Mrs. Eric Prenshaw; Danielle S. Rapkowicz, daughter of John and Pat Rapkowicz; Karen E. Rhea, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Dan Rhea; Adrienne E. Robertson, daughter of Leonard and Rebekah Robertson; Laura A. Schoonmaker, daughter of John and Heather Schoonmaker; Timothy J. Seneker, son of James and Judith Seneker; Lauren G. Senesac, daughter of Larry and Lisa Senesac; Lisa K. Stowers, daughter of Harry and Elizabeth Stowers; Rachel B. Stowers, daughter of Harry and Elizabeth Stowers; Christopher M. Swift, son of Michael and Leslie Swift; William O. Walker, son of William and Lisa Walker and Jennifer M. Ward, daughter of Michael and Scotta Ward.

• Furman University awarded 648 undergraduate and 68 master’s degrees during graduation exercises Saturday, June 3. Graduates from this area include Tyler L. Johnson, son of Ms. Renee Johnson of Knoxville and Fred Johnson of Johnson City; Cara A. Krueger, daughter of the Rev. Robert and Andrea Krueger of Knoxville; Adam H. Murphree, son of Mr. and Mrs. C. Murphree of Knoxville; Katherine A. Stevens, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. George Stevens of Knoxville and Lisa K. Stowers, daughter of Harry and Elizabeth Stowers of Knoxville.

• Singer-songwriter R. B. Morris, columnist and author Ina Hughs, and magazine writer and editor Dorothy Foltz-Gray will be among the teaching faculty of the sixth annual summer writing workshops July 10-27. Sponsored by the Knoxville Writers Guild and the English Department of Pellissippi State Technical Community College, the workshops will be at the Hardin Valley Campus between 6 and 9 p.m. Full schedule and registration information is available on the Knoxville Writers Guild Web site, www.knoxville writers

• One of Tennessee’s largest nonprofit membership organizations is seeking a new volunteer leader. AARP Tennessee is searching for candidates for the position of state president, the volunteer leader for all statewide efforts. AARP State President Mary Stockley of Memphis will complete her term of service at the end of the year, and the new leader will assume the position in January 2007 for a two-year term, with the possibility of reappointment for two additional terms. In keeping with AARP’s mission to address the needs and interests of persons 50 and older, applicants may be employed full-time, part-time, or retired. However, the successful candidate should have the flexibility to accommodate the scheduling demands of the position, which includes travel. The position enables a state president to build networks and partnerships with organizations and key decision makers that will endure long after his or her tenure. Interested persons are encouraged to apply for state president by completing an application, which can be found online by visiting the AARP Tennessee website, , or by calling the state office at 1-866-295-7274. Applications should be mailed to: AARP Tennessee State President Search Committee, 150 Fourth Avenue North, Suite 180, Nashville, TN, 37219. The deadline for receiving applications is August 15, 2006.

• Local percussion students have a great opportunity to hone their talents this season when the “Sounds of Summer” camp, co-sponsored by Rush’s Music and Yamaha Corporation of America’s Band & Orchestral Division, marches into town this week. Held at Karns High School, located at 2710 Byington-Solway Road, the camp will feature instruction from renowned clinician Matt Savage. Participants in the camp will enjoy hands-on instruction based on the combined expertise of Yamaha’s affiliated artists and teachers. Through rehearsals, exercises and etudes, the camp experience will combine learning and fun for artists of different ability levels. For more information on the Yamaha Sounds of Summer Percussion Camp, write Yamaha Corporation of America, Band & Orchestral Division, 39 West Jackson Place, Suite 150, Indianapolis, IN 46225; send e-mail to infostation


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