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• Michael “Drew” Rzezutko, a 2003 Farragut High School graduate, has graduated from Miami University, Oxford, Ohio, with a Bachelor of Science degree this May. He was named to the Dean’s List this past semester. Drew will be attending The University of Tennessee this fall to pursue his Master of Business Administration degree. 

• Dr. David Williams celebrates 28 years of math instruction with “The Most Unusual Math” contest. Tell Williams about your most unusual use of math or your most interesting or clever use of numbers this summer. Math prizes such as Einstein action figures, Newton’s cradle, three-way yo-yos, puzzles and games will be given to winners. Deadline is Sunday, Sept. 30. Contest is open to all area students, high school age and under. For more information, call 865-256-1828.

• Knox County school children are invited to celebrate the first day of school at the fifth annual Knox County Mayor’s First Day Festival from 1 to 7 p.m., Thursday, Aug. 9, at Knoxville Convention Center. Headlining the entertainment at the festival will be emerging singer-songwriter Mat Kearney. Admission is free and free parking is available in the 11th Street UT Garage. The First Day Festival is a free, fun and educational event designed to make the first day of school an exciting and enjoyable experience for students and parents to share. Expect to enjoy a variety of giveaways, games and educational activities from 70 area organizations and businesses.

• Three East Tennessee students received honorable mention awards in the National AAA 63rd Annual Traffic Safety Poster Program for the 2006-2007 school year. AAA congratulates Hannah Heater of Cedar Bluff Primary School, Anali Castilln, a senior at Bradley Central High School, and Bearden High School’s junior, Tara Fentress.

• The next ACT test will be administered Saturday, Sept. 15. Students who wish to take the college admission and placement exam must register by Friday, Aug. 10 – the deadline for having the registration postmarked. There is a late registration postmark deadline of Friday, Aug. 24, for an extra fee. Students can register online at, or registration forms can be picked up at high school counseling offices. Cost is $30 for the traditional ACT and $44.50 for the ACT Plus Writing. For additional information, visit 

• Johnson and Wales University held May commencement ceremonies across the country, and Matt Hinkle received a Bachelor of Science degree in culinary arts from the College of Culinary Arts at the Charlotte campus ceremony.

• Knox County Schools Adult Education Program is offering the GED test free if you earn a minimum score of 430 on each of the Official Practice Test subtests and an overall test average of 480. Those interested in qualifying for the free GED test should come to Historic Knoxville High located at 101 E. Fifth Ave. to take the Official Practice Test. Daytime and evening classes are available with licensed instructors. Lottery scholarships to attend college are available for GED graduates who score an average of 525 on the GED test and a 21 on the ACT test. To schedule an appointment, call Knox County Schools Adult Education at 865-594-3622.


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