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• James J. Secor III, headmaster of The Episcopal School of Knoxville, and assistant headmaster Peter M. Klekamp, learned how strategies used by Civil War generals could make successful school leaders today. The two were among 16 participants at the annual Gettysburg Leadership Institute hosted by the National Association of Independent Schools at the historic battlefields in Gettysburg, Pa., June 23-25. One goal of the conference was for participants to imagine the experience of past leaders who made difficult decisions using inadequate information in dire circumstances. Conferees walked the Gettysburg battlefields, reliving the decisions and analyzing what went right and what did not. The Battle of Gettysburg was fought July 1-3, 1863, and is seen as the turning point of the Civil War. Under the guidance of retired U.S. Army Col. Cole Kingseed, longtime chief of military history at the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, the school leaders studied how to create conditions for success; deal with the unexpected; make strategically-placed decisions and build and sustain leadership teams. The Episcopal School of Knoxville is located at 950 Lovell Road and is beginning its ninth year. Secor is founding headmaster of the school. Klekamp oversees the middle school and also serves as director of admissions. NAIS is a nonprofit organization that represents about 1,200 independent schools and associations in the United States.

• Eric Fehlman and Kimberly S. Lorch graudated in May from Boston University, the fourth largest independent university in the United States. Fehlman received an M.C.J. in criminal justice. Lorch received a Mus. M. in woodwind performance.

• Michelle Marie Silvey, Knoxville, was named to the dean’s list for spring semester at Mercer College in Georgia. Silvey is enrolled in the Southern School of Pharmacy.

• Ross M. Harding, Jr., son of Ross and Mary Harding, Knoxville, graduated Cum Laude from Otterbein College June 11. The Cum Laude recognition is given to students who attained a cumulative grade point average of 3.6 to 3.799. Otterbein College, in Westerville, Ohio, is a small liberal arts institution affiliated with the United Methodist Church.

• Sean Patrick Jessee, Knoxville, son of Dr. and Mrs. Ed Jessee, graudated May 13 from Rhodes College in Memphis. Jessee received a bachelor’s degree in history. While at Rhodes College, he was a member of the Phi Alpha Theta honor society. He will be attending the University of Tennessee College of Law in the fall.

• The Michael David Greene Memorial Scholarship was awarded at the Farragut High School band banquet May 12 to seniors Erin Halcott, Steven Stewart II and Christopher Sullivan. It was presented by David and Janet Greene and by Crystal Chirico, program and scholarship associate from the East Tennessee foundation. The scholarship was established in 1995 by David and Janet Greene in memory of their son, Michael, who died of brain cancer in 1994. This is the 12th year the scholarship has been awarded. Twenty-three students have received the scholarship, which is endowed at the East Tennessee Foundation. The scholarship of $1,250 is awarded to a college-bound senior who is a member of the Farragut High School band and exhibits Michael’s qualities of real and fervent effort, kindness, courage, determination, and dignity. Erin is the daughter of Harvey and Carrie Halcott. She plays the clarinet in the FHS band. She will attend Middle Tennessee State University and plans to major in special education with a minor in music. Steven, son of Steven Stewart plays the trombone. He will attend the University of Tennessee and plans to major in medicine. Chris, son of Kathy and Bret Sullivan, plays the french horn. He will attend the University of Tennessee and plans to major in mathematics. Additional information about the scholarship can be found at the Web site http://

• Senator Jamie Woodson reports a standard of education equity has been set by the Tennessee Supreme Court—and it relates to all 136 school systems. The standard may not be definitive but it is explicit. The Court has ruled that all school children in Tennessee must have “substantially equal educational opportunities.” The Court did not elaborate on how this was to be achieved. From the beginning of the Basic Education Program, created by the Education Improvement Act in 1992, there has been a provision for 25 percent of the classroom portion and 50 percent of the non-classroom portion be provided by local governments and school systems based on “ability to pay.” The “ability to pay” was not defined by the legislature, but state policy makers selected a fiscal capacity model developed by the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations based on 95 counties (not 136 school systems).

• An award-winning essay by Alexander King, a 10th-grader who lives with his family in Knoxville, will be displayed in the U.S. Senate’s historic Russell Rotunda July 3-7. His work along with all 25 other winning pieces from the Armed Services YMCA’s national art and essay contests will be featured in an exhibit sponsored by U.S. Senator Lindsey Graham. Fifteen-year-old Alexander, son of U.S. Navy Lt. Cmdr. Christopher King and Pamela Kay King, will receive a $200 U.S. savings bond for his poem about his family’s long history of service. “My fathers have answered the calling of life / Even in trouble and times of true strife / They protected this land / With guns in their hands / So everyone else / Could do as they planned / They made sure we could vote/ And guarded our rights / So we could stay free / And sleep soundly through nights,” he wrote. The ASYMCA essay contest asks children of servicemen and women from all branches of the military to submit essays about why they are proud of their military family. The contest is open to students in grades 1-12. First- and second-place prizes were awarded in six categories based on grade level. A list of winners and samples of winning artwork and essays are available at

• Clinton has an award-winning cook in its midst. Janet Cable, along with 20 others, is a finalist in the national “Elsie’s Family Favorites Recipe Contest.” Sponsored by the makers of Borden® Cheese, the contest celebrates treasured family recipes and the memories they evoke. Cable is a finalist in the snack category and said her family always requests her Jalapeno Pimento Cheese Spread for a quick snack or sandwich filling. It also makes a great omelet filler and is wonderful in twice baked potatoes.” From now through Aug. 1, visitors to can vote for their favorite family recipe. The grand prize winner will receive a $5,000 kitchen makeover, plus a visit from celebrity chef, Curtis Aikens. Chef Aikens will specially prepare a home-cooked meal, complete with the top prize recipe, for the winner’s family. In addition, the makers of Borden Cheese will donate a supply of food to a local area food bank in honor of the winner. As a finalist, Cable receives $100, a year’s supply of Borden cheese and an commemorative chef’s apron.

• Alexandra Elisa Coker, daughter of Syndi B. Coker and Michael Coker, both of Knoxville, has received the Missy and John Kuykendall Scholarship as an incoming student at Davidson College in Davidson, N. C. The scholarship is awarded to students who offer the potential to provide the college community with the kind of servant leadership that characterized the 13-year presidency of John Kuykendall, class of 1959.


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