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• Knox County School’s Coordinated School Health Office announced the winners of the 2006-07 Outstanding Achievement Awards Tuesday, Nov. 6, at a luncheon held at Calhoun’s on the River. Luncheon was held in honor of principals and their Healthy School team leaders to celebrate innovative health initiatives and projects designed to improve student health. A total of nine awards were presented to schools. Farragut Middle School was honored for its efforts to prevent bullying/violence at the school, as well as staff development on how to assist students with asthma. Healthy School team leader at FMS is health teacher Jack Dale. Congratulations to Principal Dick Dalhaus and all the many volunteers who made the efforts at FMS such a success. To learn how to get involved in health initiatives at your school, contact the Coordinated School Health Office at 865-594-9511.

• 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.

• Webb School of Knoxville will host an Admissions Open House beginning at 9 a.m., Wednesday, Dec. 12, in Webb’s Central Building (parking available in Lot E or F), for parents of students interested in applying to grades six through 12 for the 2008-2009 academic year. To RSVP, for additional information or for questions, call 865-291-3830.

• Farragut Chess Club meets from 3 to 5 p.m., Saturdays, at Farragut Christian Church. Oriented towards competition, about 25 percent of the state championship qualifiers every year come from this club. This year’s teaching staff features Jesse Jones and Matthew Marsh, a four-time state scholastic champion. Any kid from any school is welcome. For more information, visit http://users.chartertn.net/ jonesjp/0708-FarragutChess ClubFlyer.pdf. Farragut High School Chess Club meets after school, Wednesdays, in the library. Team finished second in the state championships last year.

• All Roane State Community College locations will be closed Monday, Dec. 24, through Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2008, for the holidays. In addition, Roane State’s campuses in Campbell, Cumberland, Fentress, Knox, Loudon and Scott counties will be closed Monday, Dec. 17, through Friday, Dec. 21. Only the Roane County and Oak Ridge campuses will be open that week. College will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2008, and classes will begin on Monday, Jan. 14, 2008. Students can register until the start of classes. For more information, call 865-882-4526 or visit www.roanestate.edu. Students who have not applied for admission are encouraged to contact the admissions office by phone at 865-882-4523 or 866-GO2-RSCC, ext. 4523.

• Twelve students at Pellissippi State Technical Community College have been included in the 2008 edition of “Who’s Who Among Students in American Junior Colleges.” Recognized students include Anastasia V. Aksenova, Kimberly Ann Bailes, Carrie Ashley Brown, Mansour Fall, Tam Thanh Ha, Jennifer Liem, Morgan Marie Wallace, Brittainy D. Wesley, Tonya R. Welsh and Lisa Ann Wills, all of Knoxville. Students were chosen based on academic achievement, service to the community, leadership in extracurricular activities and recommendations by faculty, staff and community leaders.

• For many students, Roane State Community College is just a few miles from friends and families, but for a handful of students, the college is hundreds or even thousands of miles from home. Eighteen international students are attending Roane State this fall, representing 14 countries. Countries of origin are Germany (three students), the Bahamas (two), India (two), Canada (one), Cameroon (one), Colombia (one), Dominican Republic (one), Egypt (one), Ghana (one), the Republic of Korea (one), Liberia (one), Mexico (one), Philippines (one) and Sudan (one). In addition, Roane State has 16 foreign students who are permanent residents of the U.S., making a total of 34 students of foreign origin. Roane State also has 20 students from states other than Tennessee.

• 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 www.southcollegetn.edu

• 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. Most classes are ongoing at the following locations in and around Knoxville: St. Mary’s Catholic Church, 327 Vermont Ave., Oak Ridge; Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Rd.,?Room 330, Educational Resources Center; West Hills Elementary School,?409 Vanosdale Rd.,?Assembly Room; Alianza del Pueblo,?3526 Martin Mill Pike;?Christ Chapel,?1538 Highland Ave.;?Holy Ghost Catholic Church,?1041 N. Central Ave.;?Norwood Manor Apartment,?5243 Tillery Rd.?Those interested in an orientation should call 865-329-3176. For more information, 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 www.outreach.lipscomb.edu 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.ed.gov/CFAPPS/COHORT/search_cohort.cfm. 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 more information, call 865-539-2011 or visit www.national-college.edu.

• 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. In addition, Walters Scholars have demonstrated balanced extracurricular experience, which suggests they will contribute to life at the college. Academics are important, but Agnes Scott students are encouraged to explore interests outside the classroom. Contributing factors are leadership, athletics and community service projects.

• 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 additional information, visit www.pstcc.edu 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 www.pstcc.edu.

• 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 PlanningBooks.com. 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 www.planning.org/institutions/hsessay.htm.

 

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