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• Students in grades 7 through 12 can now receive specifications and rules to build a model bridge to enter in the 2009 East Tennessee Regional Model Bridge Building Contest on Feb. 28 at the American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge. Contest information can be found at AMSE or online at to get the contest rules and specifications including materials, construction, loading, testing, qualification and registration form. Prizes will be awarded in each division for the top three bridges with the highest structural efficiency. The Senior High Division top three winners each receive a trophy and $150 for first, $100 for second, and $50 for third. Junior High Division top three winners each receive a trophy. The Most Aesthetic Bridge will receive a trophy. Ninth graders can compete in either division; however, cash prizes are awarded only in the senior high division.

• Teachers can now register middle school teams in grades six through eight to compete in the 2009 Energy Bowl scheduled March 3-5, at American Museum of Science and Energy in Oak Ridge.  Energy Bowl is a single-elimination, grade level competition for all public, private and home-school teams of four members plus alternates.  The tournament is similar to the College Bowl concept. Sixth grade teams will compete March 3, seventh grade March 4 and eighth grade March 5, in the AMSE auditorium and lecture rooms. Each school or participating team can send one team per grade level. Students answer toss-up questions on science, energy and technology in rounds lasting approximately 30 minutes. Registration deadline for Energy Bowl team participation is Feb. 9. Energy Bowl registration information is online at or can be picked up at AMSE.

• The next meeting of the Farragut High School Newcomers Club will be at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 8, at Pimento’s. Newcomers is for parents and students who are new to the area and would like information about FHS. Students from Farragut Leadership Initiative will be present to answer questions. For more information about FHS Newcomers, call Maureen Didgeon at 865-671-8404.

• Farragut High School’s Parent Connection will hold its next meeting at 11:30 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, at Fox Den Country Club. Speaker will be Dr. Jerry Askew, former dean of admissions at The University of Tennessee. Topic of discussion will be “Cutting the Apron Strings.” Cost for luncheon meeting is $12 and reservations are required. For more information, contact your grade level representative.

• The Episcopal School of Knox-ville will host an Open House for all grades from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 11. Parents may bring children or come alone. No reservations are required. All visitors will have the opportunity to tour classrooms and meet with faculty and staff to learn about the curriculum and programs of the school, direct questions to ESK headmaster Jay Secor and assistant headmaster Peter Klekamp and meet current students and parents. For more information, visit

• Farragut High School spring semester open house is scheduled for 7p.m., Thursday, Jan. 22, with a senior parent meeting at 6 p.m. in the Wells Auditorium. Parents with children in all grade levels may pick up their child’s schedule outside of the auditorium. After a brief PTSO meeting, parents may run through the schedule and meet the teachers. For more information about the FHS Open House, e-mail Ann Slagle at

• U.S. Cellular announces it will award $100,000 each to 10 schools throughout the country through its “Calling all Communities” program. Through Jan. 15, school supporters can go to any U.S. Cellular store and vote for the school of their choice

• Lipscomb University an-nounces Andrew Hall and Andrew Shankle, both Bearden High School graduates, have been inducted into the Tennessee Kappa Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society.


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