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• Bearden High School Holiday Chorus Concert will begin at 7 p.m., Thursday, Dec. 6, in the BHS theater. Admission is $5. Concert features Female Chorus, Acappella and Bearden Singers.

• Mary Roberts has enrolled at Tufts University, located in Medford/Somerville, Mass. Founded in 1852, the college is recognized among the premier universities in the United States. Of the 4,800 undergraduate students at Tufts, approximately 80 percent study in the School of Arts & Sciences, while the remaining 20 percent are enrolled in the School of Engineering.

• As part of Webb School of Knoxville’s Middle School student exchange program with La Escuela Americana in El Salvador, Webb’s Middle School hosted a delegation of 12 middle school students and two chaperones from La Escuela Americana. Students and chaperones arrived Wednesday, Oct. 24, lived with Webb host families and attended classes through Saturday, Nov. 3. Webb’s cultural exchange program with La Escuela Americana, now in its 11th year, strives to promote an understanding of each country’s culture, history, government, traditions, family and school life, and to develop new friendships along the way. Program also provides opportunities to foster the learning of the Spanish language.

• Webb School of Knoxville Class of 1970 graduate, the Rev. David A. Bowen, is the recipient of Webb’s Distinguished Alumnus/na Award for 2007. Award is presented annually to an alumnus/alumna whose business or professional accomplishments and service to others exemplify the goals of Webb School of Knoxville in the spirit of its motto, “principes non homines” – leaders not men. School presented the award, Friday, Oct. 26, during a special Upper School Chapel ceremony in Webb’s Bishop Center auditorium. Prior to Chapel, Bowen spoke with Upper School students in Ms. Rowcliffe’s AP Modern European History class and Mr. Schmid’s World History class. Bowen is married to the former Lee Stewart of Memphis, and has three children: Jeff, Drew and Marie.

• South College has named the following area residents to the summer quarter 2007 Academic Achievers List. Students on the Dean’s List include Linda Burnett, Mary Ciullo, Nichole Fraize, Sheila Hannus, Jennifer Raney, Jessica Sands, Paige Stevens and Kandise Walker. Cary Neely was on the Mid-Quarter President’s List. Students on the President’s List include Candy Olandt, Gina Sprague, Douglas Dodd and Wesley Wright. Students with a grade-point average of at least 3.5 qualify for the South College Dean’s List. Students with a grade-point average of 4.0 qualify for the President’s List. For more information on the college, visit

• The Adult Education program at Pellissippi State Technical Community College is offering free English Speakers of Other Languages and Test of English as a Foreign Language classes. Those interested in an orientation should call 865-329-3176. For additional information or questions, call the Adult Education program at 865-539-7109.

• Lipscomb University will host the first-ever Nashville Youth in Action Conference for high schoolers beginning Friday, Dec. 28 through Sunday, Dec. 30, on Lipscomb campus in Nashville. Youth in Action, a series of youth rallies coordinated by churches of Christ throughout the Southeast, draws thousands of teens each year. Keynote speaker for the weekend is Mitch Wilburn, preacher of the Park Plaza Church of Christ in Tulsa, Okla. More than 1,000 students are expected to attend. Registration fee is $35, which includes two lunches, and interested groups can visit the Web site or call 615-966-2684.

• National College of Business & Technology, with a default rate of 1.4 percent, performed substantially better than both the national (4.6 percent) and Tennessee (5.9 percent) averages, according to the latest statistics released recently by the U.S. Department of Education for student loan default rates. “These federal default rates continue to demonstrate that a National College of Business & Technology education is an exceptional value,” said National College president Frank Longaker. “Our students are more likely to graduate, more likely to get good jobs, and thus more likely to remain in good standing on their student loans than students who attend many other colleges.” Official Cohort Default Rate Search database can be found at: wdcrobcolp01. National College of Business & Technology has operated a campus in Knoxville, located at 8415 Kingston Pike, since 2003, and has five additional Tennessee locations. Knoxville Campus offers four associate degree and eight diploma programs in the fields of business, computers and health care. For additional information, call 865-539-2011 or visit

• The first-ever in-school Farragut Middle School Parent Teacher Student Assocation social and donation drive is Friday, Dec. 7. For a $10 donation to the PTSA, students can enjoy refreshments, a DJ, karaoke and games. For a $20 or more donation, students are eligible for door prizes, including three new iPod Nano (4gb), each valued at $150, and passes to movies at Regal Cinema. Proceeds will help replace the outdated computer lab.  For additional information, contact Terry Brabston at 865-675-0585.

• Webb School of Knoxville’s Lower School, kindergarten through fifth-grade, will host an Admissions Open House at 9 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 29, in the Lower School Commons on campus. Interested parents are invited to learn about education and admissions at Webb from Webb School president Scott Hutchinson and Lower School director Angie Crabtree. To RSVP or for additional information, contact Deborah Gross at 865-291-3864.

• Mehwish Shaukat has accepted the Frances Winship Walters Scholarship and enrolled as a member of the Class of 2010 at Agnes Scott College, an independent national liberal arts and sciences college for women founded in 1889. She is the daughter of Syed Shaukat and Talat Shaukat. Scholarship totals $40,000 over four years. Those selected to be Walters Scholars have excelled in the classroom and in leadership, character and personal achievement. Overall, they have achieved high marks in their GPA, class standing and SAT I or ACT standardized assessment exams. Academics are important, but Agnes Scott students are encouraged to explore interests outside the classroom. Contributing factors are leadership, athletics and community service projects.

• Knoxville Campus of National College of Business & Technology is enrolling now for the first winter term, which begins Monday, Dec. 3. Day and night classes are offered for the 12-week term in majors such as medical assisting, business administration, computer applications and other programs in the business, medical and technology fields. Campus is also enrolling students for the second winter term, which begins Wednesday, Jan. 2. For additional information, contact the campus at 865-539-2011.


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