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• Local students from Farragut Middle School recently took part in a creative writing contest sponsored by Modern Woodmen of America, a national provider of fraternal financial services and programs. Students composed essays on this year’s topic, “My Imaginary Invention.” Local winners, Autumn Sharp, first-place; Demi Demirkol, second-place and Paul Gary, third-place, received trophies for their achievements. Their names will be engraved on the school’s Modern Woodmen Creative Writing Essay Contest plaque. All participants received ribbons for their hard work.

• Learn to plot a novel, take prize-winning photographs, get published, and sell your writing. Eleven regionally and nationally known writers will teach these and other skills to community members at the 7th Annual Summer Writing Workshops July 9-26. Evening classes will be at Pellissippi’s Hardin Valley campus. Classes may be taken in a series, but each is free-standing and lasts only one evening session. Cost ranges from $28 to $78 per class, depending on the number of sessions. Members of KWG receive a discount. Anyone can join KWG for $25 or $20 for students. To sign up or see a detailed schedule of classes, visit the Knoxville Writers’ Guild Web site at For more information, contact John Reaves at 865-659-2651 or

• Cedar Bluff Middle School has received $2,000 from the Food Lion Charitable Foundation. CBMS will use the gift to help equip a READ 180 Reading Intervention lab, which provides students with a more specific skill base than the traditional classroom. By offering this type of program, CBMS will give students who struggle with reading a more intense reading instruction period. 

• Tennessee business laws that apply to contractors, current federal safety and health regulations and the basics of building codes will be taught during a 16-hour examination review course at Pellissippi State Technical Community College June 15-16. Course is designed to prepare participants for the written examination for a Tennessee contractor’s license, a residential license, a commercial/industrial/residential license or a business and law license. Course is from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m., Friday, June 15, and from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, June 16, in Room 206 of the Alexander Building on the Hardin Valley Road campus. Texts can be purchased by calling 865-777-1748 before or at the beginning of class. Course fee is $430. Advance registration is required by June 14, and the class will be limited to 25 participants. For details, call 865-539-7167.

• Adults from non-English-speaking countries are required to take the TOEFL for admission to most college programs, and the Adult Education Program at Pellissippi State Technical Community College offers free Test of English as a Foreign Language preparation. Students will be given a practice test to evaluate their needs. Preparation includes all areas of the test: listening, grammar and sentence structure, reading and essay writing. TOEFL preparation is available from 5:30 to 8 p.m., Monday and Wednesday nights at the Hardin Valley Road campus in Room 330 of the Educational Resources Center. Pre-registration is not required, but students can call 865-539-7109 for more information.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College has selected Jonathan Fowler to be the new head of the Liberal Arts Department. Fowler replaces Anthony Wise, who recently was hired as vice president of Academic and Student Affairs after James Bruns retired. In 1988, Fowler received his bachelor’s degree from Furman University in South Carolina. He earned his master’s in 1992 from Clemson University, also in South Carolina, and a doctorate from The University of Tennessee in 2003. All three degrees are in history. Fowler lives in Knoxville with his wife and their 2-year-old daughter.

• The following students from the Farragut area have been honored at Lipscomb University for academic achievement during the spring semester: David Beaman, Provost’s List; Elizabeth Brewer, Honor Roll; Erin Brosey, Provost’s List; Allison Cook, Provost’s List; Heather Davis, Provost’s List; Rachel Doty, Provost’s List; Kathryn Frame, Provost’s List; Andrew Hall, Provost’s List; Jessie Hitzing, Provost’s List; Michelle Holland, Provost’s List; Trina Hughes, Honor Roll; Shelby Kohring, Honor Roll; Laura McCallister, Honor Roll; Evan McKee, Honor Roll; Christine Perry, Provost’s List; Anna Reeve, Provost’s List; Andrew Shankles, Honor Roll; Mark Smith, Honor Roll; Bonni Standefer, Provost’s List; Sarah Wasserman, Honor Roll and Sage Woodroof, Provost’s List. At the end of each semester, students who make perfect grades for the semester while taking at least 12 credit hours are named to the Provost’s List. Students who achieve a grade average of 3.5 to 3.99 are named to the Honor Roll.

• Farragut Intermediate School students wrote 500-word essays reflecting on the maxim of their choice from the Character Counts Foundations for Life organization. Each participating school is allowed to submit five essays from each grade, which are judged at the district and national level. Winners at the district level from FIS were Katherine Fu, Ty Christopher Allen, Lam Tran and Colton Paul. Students who earned recognition at the national level were Trenton Cardwell, Lam Tran, Sierra Sims, Katherine Fu, Victoria Scarbrough, Mayuri Jagadish, Colton Paul and Matthew Mustard. Visit for more information.

• Webb School of Knoxville’s seventh-grade class finished first in the state of Tennessee and 18th in the United States in the annual National Geography Challenge. Students with the 10 highest scores were selected for the Webb team. Scores were combined to create a team score, which was sent to the National Geography Challenge in New York and compared with all other participating schools, nationwide. Team members include Peter Anderson, Paul Brandt, Brian Carman, Boomer Dangel, Mary Julia Emanuel, Lindsay Gossett, Jennifer Haydek, Maggie Mamantov, Justin Plummer and Matt Slutzker. Maggie received a medal as Webb’s leading scorer.

• Three Knox County Schools have been recognized by ACT for their students’ outstanding performance on the ACT Science Test. Bearden, Karns and West high schools were among a select group of 382 high schools that were recognized nationwide as leaders in preparing students for postsecondary education and workforce training. ACT released a report titled “Rigor at Risk: reaffirming Quality in the High School Core Curriculum,” which highlights the performance of high schools whose students took the ACT during the 2003-2004 school year. The report also compares a school’s ACT scores with the core curriculum offered at that school. Visit for the full report.

• Students graduating this year from Knox County’s 12 public high schools have been offered approximately $44,616,194 in scholarship money to help fund their post secondary education. Total does not include Tennessee Hope scholarships or grants. Laurie Driver with Knox County Schools said the total is the most money graduates have received since the county began tracking this information.

• Elizabeth Carroll of Farragut graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from The George Washington University Law School during commencement ceremonies May 20, on the National Mall in Washington, DC. Carroll graduated from Webb School of Knoxville in 2000.

• Knoxville West High School Class of 1987 is having its 20-year reunion at 7 p.m., Aug. 18, at Holiday Inn Cedar Bluff. For more information or to register, visit or contact Shannon at 865-748-2611.


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