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• Tyler Johnson of Knoxville has been awarded one of Lipscomb University’s top academic honors for the 2006-07 school year. Johnson was presented the Art Achievement award in an April ceremony. The award is given to the senior art student with the highest GPA and outstanding achievement in graphic design.

• C-SPAN announced Kristen Campbell, Kelly Zitka and Samantha White, all students at Farragut Middle School, received third-prize in StudentCam, a video documentary contest that invites middle and high school students to produce a video exploring a current political topic using C-SPAN programming.

• Two hundred sixty Knox County eight-graders will spend May 31 and June 1 in 30 area businesses learning what it’s like in the world of work as interns in the 11th annual Schooled for Success program. Students will explore various careers, perform appropriate employee tasks, build a work record and have a real work experience.

• Matthew Jones and Lynsey Jones, children of Dennis and Karen Jones, have been chosen as June Dairy Month Co-Chairmen for Knox County. Both students are active in 4-H. Matthew’s main projects are engineering and safety, and leadership and citizenship. He was the state 4-H winner in Level 1 engineering and safety science project and a 4-H All-Star. Matthew is a junior at Bearden High School. Lynsey’s projects include nutrition/food science, photography, line and design, personal development and leadership and citizenship. She has won numerous awards, including the 4-H poster contest, 4-H Honor Club and Knox County Outstanding 4-H Club Member. Lynsey is a sixth-grader at Bearden Middle School.

• Lipscomb University honored 306 graduates at its graduation ceremony May 5, including the following: David Beaman, Bachelor of Science, engineering mechanics; Allison Cook, Bachelor of Science, interdisciplinary teaching; Heather Davis, Bachelor of Arts, interdisciplinary teaching; Kathryn Frame, Bachelor of Arts, communication; Katie Hitzing, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, nursing; Tyler Johnson, Bachelor of Arts, art; Amanda Jones, Bachelor of Science in Nursing, nursing.

• Episcopal School of Knoxville is one of 37 U.S. schools and organizations that received grants from the American Academy of Dermatology to build shade structures to protect children from potentially cancer-causing sun rays. The $8,000 grant allows the school to begin a pilot sun protection program for its students that may protect them from cancer in the future.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College announces that at least 50 students in Class of 2007 are African-American, the most African-American graduates in the reception’s 14-year history. Mike North, interim associate vice president of Student Affairs, presented the following outstanding graduates with the African-American Excellence Award: Dannisha Davis, Mackel Gharib, Mercedes Ain Jones, Kyla Nichole King, Demarcus Littlejohn, Joseph A. Mayfield, Gay Othniel Miller, LaTrice C. Morris, Ami Pauline Ndiaye, Ernestine Sloan and Whitney Leigh Smith. King, Mayfield and Mdiaye also were recognized for being members of the academic honor society Phi Theta Kappa. In honor of the milestone, Pellissippi State President Allen Edwards presented each graduate with a special kente-cloth stole, which the students then wore at commencement.

• Greenway School’s sixth-grade team placed second in the annual Pellissippi Math Bowl, competing with 320 students from 20 Knox and Anderson county schools. Sam Shadwell placed second individually, and Timothy Blackwell placed fifth. Sam is the son of Cliff and Jane Shadwell. Timothy is the son of Stephen and Aleka Blackwell. Other members of Greenway’s winning team were India Gill, daughter of Karen and John Bluth Gill, and Ethan Schulz, son of Hans and Debbie Schulz.

• Greenway School student Sophie Yates was among the five highest scoring students in the state of Tennessee in the Reader's Digest National Word Power Challenge. The Word Power Challenge is a vocabulary contest designed for grades four through eight at schools nationwide. In recognition of her accomplishment, Sophie will receive a selection of books from World’s Best Reading. She is the daughter of Em Turner Chitty and John Yates, both of Knoxville.

• Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi is pleased to announce that Joseph Saei of Knoxville has been awarded a Phi Kappa Phi Study Abroad Grant for 2007. He attends the College of Charleston and will participate in a study abroad program in Cairo, Egypt at the American University. He is the son of Kamal and Lynn Saei. Study Abroad Grants are designed to recognize and assist undergraduates as they seek knowledge and experience in their academic fields by studying abroad. Fifty grants valued at $1,000 each are awarded annually.

• Zach Herron, a founding student at Episcopal School of Knoxville and a self-described science enthusiast, is one of four students in the country to be named a Distinguished Scholar recipient at the Baylor School in Chattanooga. Based solely on merit, the program provides a four-year academic and boarding scholarship. Those students must be among the top 10 percent in national standardized testing, have grade point averages of 3.7 or higher, have proven leadership in their schools or organizations and demonstrate involvement in their schools and communities. There are currently 17 Distinguished Scholars from 11 states attending Baylor.

• Farragut High School qualified a record six individuals to compete in the state chess championships. Individual results for the high school section are: Jesse Jones, third-place; Andrew Mungan, 14th-place, Cory Paul, 16th-place and Noel Herrmann, 25th-place. Individual results for junior high section are: Evan Noon, 14th-place and Shreyas Dahotre, 20th-place. A FHS team competing in the high school section consisted of Jesse Jones, Andrew Mungan, Cory Paul and Justin Menestrina, and won second-place. A FHS team competing in the junior high section consisted of Evan Noon, Shreyas Dahotre and Clayton Gotwals, and won ninth-place.

• Farragut High School student Jesse Jones won the Knoxville Writer's Guild's "KWG Young Writers Prize in Poetry." The contest is open to all high school students in East Tennessee, and is judged using a rigorous, double-blind procedure. This year they received about 160 entries. The winner receives $150 and an invitation to read his or her poem to the Guild membership. Jones is the first winner ever from FHS.

• Adult Education Program at Pellissippi State Technical Community College offers free GED preparation using a variety of teaching strategies, and is available at two locations: the Hardin Valley road campus and at the Magnolia Avenue campus. Classes are offered Monday through Friday, with day and evening hours. For more information or to schedule an appointment, call 865-539-7109.

• Martha Merrill, associate professor of Office Systems Technology at Pellissippi State Technical Community College, has been named a recipient of the Wal-Mart Teaching Excellence Award. Merrill is one of only five instructors from two-year institutions who were chosen for the honor. Merrill will attend the annual ACBSP conference June 29-July 2 in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., and all regional winners will be honored during the July 1 Salute to Regions luncheon. Each regional winner will receive a medallion and a check for $1,000. Merrill is now eligible to become one of two instructors selected for the international award. One candidate from an associate’s degree institution and one from a four-year school will receive international recognition and a plaque. The honorees also will have their names inscribed on a permanent honor roll maintained at the ACBSP office and receive a check for $2,000.

• If you are a new student to Pellissippi State Technical Community College this fall, make plans to attend one of the college’s New Student Orientation sessions. Attendance is required of all first-time freshmen. Orientation sessions are in the Goins Auditorium at the Hardin Valley Road campus. Sessions are offered from 9:30 a.m. to 2:45 p.m., May 17, June 7 and 28, July 12 and 26, and Aug. 9 and 23. Evening sessions are from 4 to 8:30 p.m., June 14, July 19 and Aug. 2. To register, visit, call 865-539-7155 or e-mail

• Knoxville campus of National College of Business & Technology will hold its graduation ceremony at Fellowship Evangelical Free Church with special guest, Anne M. McKinney, at 7 p.m., Friday, June 1. More than 125 students are expected to attend the ceremony and receive their diplomas and degrees.

• Farragut High School Class of 1977 will be holding its 30th reunion Saturday, July 21, at Fox Den Country Club. Further information is available at www.far, or call Rhonda Luebke at 865-693-7895, Reneau Cooper Howard at 865-384-4631 or Rena Camp Amerson at 865-705-3600.


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