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• Farragut Middle School’s library is running a magazine fund-raising drive through Thursday, Nov. 15. Internet is a key part of this year’s fund-raiser. Schools whose parents have participated online have had tremendous success and raised many thousands of dollars, over and above their other efforts. Interested persons can purchase a new magazine subscription or renew one of your favorites at www.qsp. com/Store/FallFundrais erA.aspx. E-mail friends and other family members and inviting them to support our school. Enter 425010355 as the “School/Organization #.” Once you register, students will receive full credit toward prizes for orders that come in via the Internet before the Nov. 15 deadline. In addition, families can earn free game downloads and a $5 coupon for pizza or a movie ticket.

• Interested in Sacred Heart Cathedral School? Come to Information Night at 7 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Sacred Heart Library. Prospective families and students are welcome to discover the advantages of a K-8 education at Sacred Heart Cathedral School. SHCS Information Night features classroom tours, time with Sacred Heart teachers, and a multimedia presentation on curriculum and experiential learning. Free childcare will be available. Sacred Heart Cathedral School welcomes students of all faiths. For more information, call admissions director, Jere Doherty at 865-558-4136 or visit the Web site at

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College will celebrate November’s Native American Heritage Month by hosting musician Arvel Bird in concert from 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Nov. 27, in the Goins Student Lounge. Bird is a contemporary fiddler and classically trained violinist whose ancestors are from Scotland and the Southern Paiute/Me’tis tribe. Also performing, elders Rahkweeskeh Miller, with the Tuscarora tribe, Eel clan; Awaatokitoe Davis, with the Cherokee tribe, Wolf clan and Watagui “Archie” Russ, with the Ottawa/Odawa tribe, Beaver clan. Presenters will tell stories, discuss cultural traditions and objects and perform both contemporary and traditional songs. Emerson Begay of the Navajo tribe, Jon Cox of the Cherokee tribe and other singers will close the festivities with an exhibition of traditional drumming, singing and dancing. For additional information, contact Gayle Wood, director of the Access and Diversity Office, at 865-539-7160.

• Priority Registration for spring 2008 classes at Pellissippi State Technical Community College continues through Thursday, Jan. 3. Spring classes begin Monday, Jan. 14. Returning students who have attended at least two semesters can register online at P.S. … Web. It’s available every day, from 6 a.m. until 2 a.m. the following morning. New and first-semester students must schedule an advising appointment by calling 865-694-6556. For more information, visit or call 865-694-6568.

• The Adult Education Program at Pellissippi State Technical Community College can give you the help you need to get your GED for free. Preparation is available from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., Monday through Thursday, in Room 330 of the Educational Resources Center of the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. Classes also are available at the Heart of Knoxville Career and Resource Center at the Magnolia Avenue Campus. Enrollment is open to everyone, and students receive individualized help. PSTCC also offers a free practice test. To register or find out more, call the Adult Education program at 865-539-7109. For more information on PSTCC, visit its Web site at

• Knox County Board of Education has invited members of the Knox County Commission and Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale to a meeting beginning at noon, Thursday, Nov. 15, in the Small Assembly Room of the City-County Building. Meeting is to discuss future capital improvement plans for the Knox County School System. For more information, contact Russ Oaks at 865-594-1905 or

• Sixty-three Upper School students at Webb School of Knoxville earned AP Scholar Awards by the College Board in recognition of their exceptional achievement on the college-level 2007 Advanced Placement Program Exams. Jenny Chan and Katherine Roddy qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by earning an average grade of four or higher on a five-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and grades of four or higher on eight or more of these exams. Eighteen Webb students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award, granted to students who earn an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of three or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are: Lindsay Baird, Julie Bishop, Elizabeth Bonomo, Jenny Chan, Grace Ding, Ward Farmer, Claire Galdun, Kevin Glatt, Ashley Hunt, Kristin Jones, Mitchell Langman, Erin Lauer, Madeline McAdams, C.A. Merrill, Ben Prichett, Katherine Roddy, Yuri Sawa and Ben Shelor. Thirteen students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by earning an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of three or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are: Jonathan Anderson, Jimmy Denneny, Joshua Dunn, Tom Ergen, Erin Glisson, Chelsea Martin, Peyton Miller, Dawson Morton, Hannah Nelson, Jay Pannell, Claire Smith, Tom Wallen and Helen White. Thirty-two students earned the designation of AP Scholar, granted to students who receive grades of three or higher on three or more AP Exams. These students are: William Anderson, Patrick Baird, Anjali Bisaria, Katie Cleveland, Caroline Conley, Zack Dickson, Travis Donnell, Cassidy Duckett, Martie Fulk, Michelle Glover, Avi Hahn, Tadd Hatcher, John Haydek, Rachael Jacob, Lindsey Kirchoff, Juliana Langdon, Greer Mackebee, Ryan Markman, Malcolm Matthews, Lauren McCarty, Dominic McVay, Sara Mishu, Kari Ogrodowski, Don Plattner, Haseeb Rahman, Alexander Schmid, Lauren Shepherd, Doug Slater, Andrew Stein, Carolyn Treasure, Jeff Walls and Ernest Whitaker.

• The East Tennessee Historical Society invites middle and high school teachers to learn more about National History Day by attending a NHD workshop from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., Saturday, Nov. 17, at Jefferson County Department of Health’s Community Room. The 2008 NHD theme is Conflict and Compromise in History. Free curriculum and contest materials will be provided. Registration is required. For additional information or to register, contact Lisa Oakley at 865-215-8828 or

• Joseph True Steuer, son of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph True Steuer of Knoxville, was inducted into the Order of Gownsmen at the University of the South’s Founders’ Day Convocation Tuesday, Oct. 9.

Gownsmen have the privilege of ensuring that the ethos of the University, the dedication to honor and to academic diligence, is maintained, not only in themselves but also in their fellow students. The wearing of the gown is a sign of achievement, a responsibility to the traditions of the past and a promise to continuance of these ideals. It is both a privilege and a responsibility, and acceptance of the gown is a pledge to aid in the governing of the student body through continued academic leadership, community awareness and moral accountability.

• Dr. Carol Berz, chair of the Women’s Economic Council Foundation, Inc. and the Tennessee Economic Council for Women, announced Anjali Bisaria of Webb School of Knoxville was a recipient of one of six scholarships given by the Foundation. Scholarships were presented at the fourth Annual Economic Summit for Women Monday, Oct. 22, at the Airport Marriott in Nashville.

• This fall, several Knoxville area students enrolled at Lipscomb University, making fall 2007 a record-setting year with 698 new students and transfers. Students attending Lipscomb are: Ashley Bragg, Allyson Hall, Jay Pannell, Jenny Randolph, Lindsey Wilkerson and Jonathan Williams.

• Amanda Kaschak, daughter of Dan and Diane Kaschak of Farragut, was placed on the Dean’s List at the University of Southern California. She was recently inducted into the USC chapter of Sigma Alpha Lambda National Leadership and Honors Organization as well as The National Society of Collegiate Scholars. Kaschak is a student in the School of Theatre and in screenwriting in the School of Cinema and most recently appeared in Arthur Miller’s “The Crucible,” directed by Andrew Robinson.

• Lisa Gillis was named to the Mercyhurst College Dean’s List for outstanding academic achievement during the 2006-07 school year. Gillis is a 2004 graduate of Farragut High School.

• Almost 600 students from 46 Tennessee high schools converged on The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, campus Wednesday, Oct. 31, to compete in The University of Tennessee-Pro2Serve Math Contest. Top 10 individual contest winners received four-year, $4,000 scholarships to UT Knoxville, and included Dennis Meng of Farragut High School. Contest also featured a Math Bowl, double-elimination team competition.

• The American Planning Association invites high school juniors and seniors to enter APA’s second annual high school essay contest. Theme is “Creating a Green Neighborhood Plan.” Students are challenged to create a green and environmentally friendly plan for their neighborhood. Students will need to address the following in their essay: identify potential solutions for environmental issues in their neighborhood, address how the plan will benefit the community, coordinate the new plan with existing plans and build support for the plan. Essay submissions are due Tuesday, Jan. 15, 2008. First-place winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship to the college or university he or she attends after graduation and complimentary registration and a travel stipend to attend an APA National Planning Conference. Ten additional essays will receive honorable mentions and students will receive a $100 gift certificate to www.APA’s Essays will be judged by a panel of planning and education professionals on research and analysis, creativity and quality of the plan and writing quality and organization. Students will be notified of the panel’s selections by March 15, 2008. For eligibility requirements and full entry details, visit

• While your friends and family freeze through another gray Tennessee winter, you can be soaking up the sun in Morelia, Mexico, and getting college credit for it. Pellissippi State Technical Community College and the Tennessee Consortium for International Studies are offering a brand-new semester-long study abroad program, and registration is now under way. Enrollment deadline is Friday, Nov. 30, and the number of students is limited. Participants leave Knoxville Friday, Feb. 1, 2008, for Morelia, a city of more than one million situated in central Mexico between Guadalajara and Mexico City. Students return April 29 with 12 hours of college credit (six hours of Spanish and six hours of general education courses) and a lifetime of memories that include the irreplaceable experience of living with a local family. Other online classes also are available. Cost of the semester is $4,800, which includes full room and board, a round-trip airline ticket and all excursions. Students may be eligible for federal and state financial aid, as well as for international education grants from the college. Applications are available at and at the TnCIS office, Room 103, Alexander Building, on the Pellissippi Campus off Hardin Valley Road. For further details, contact Theresa Castillo at 865-539-7279 or, or Milton Grimes at 865-539-7268 or


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