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FHS hosts Chamber

Farragut High School’s Leadership Initiative held its annual Leadership Initiative Breakfast with Farragut West Knox Chamber of Commerce Monday, Feb. 19, in FHS Commons.

The purpose of the breakfast is to highlight the class’ achievements and to forge relationships with the business community that might culminate in leadership opportunities for the students, some of who are pictured right, from left to right, Grant Tabor, Alex Encarnacion, Christina Marcenkus and Chelsea Esposito.

The former Leadership Initiative Club has recently become the Dynamics of Leadership class and is taken for credit.

Guy DeMarco, who teaches the class, said, “The students not only learn leadership and leadership traits, but it is also coupled with a community service piece where the students go out into the community and do community service.

Senior Grant Tabor said, “It is a community awareness group. We strive to inform the community about our school.

“Some of the projects that we have worked on this year are filling in potholes in the school parking lot, recycling — a group [of students] raised money to have recycling bins put in, another group held a concert called ‘Kids Rock’ to raise money for underprivileged kids so they could get musical instruments and music lessons. And also a three-on-three basketball tournament was held to raise money for the basketball team.”

FHS principal Michael Reynolds said the class is important for FHS students to learn how to become leaders in their school, community and a global economy.

“There was a 16-year old that was allowed to go out and survey the Ohio territory — a gentleman named George Washington — because he was given the opportunity to do it. There was another young man, a 13-year old, given command of a prisoner of war ship to bring into safe harbor. That 13-year old was [Adm.] David Farragut and that sets high standards for us.

“So it is today that we look back at those people and we look at our youth and we say, ‘What can they do? Give then the opportunity and step out of their way and let them do.’ That is what the initiative of leadership is all about,” he added.

In attendance were several members of FWKCC as well as Mayor W. Edward “Eddy” Ford III and Farragut Aldermen Dot LaMarch, Tom Rosseel and John Williams, a representative from Knox County Mayor Mike Ragsdale’s office and Knox County School Board 5th District representative Karen Carson. 6th District representative Thomas Deakins was out of town.

“It is not enough that we educate our students, we must make them competitive,” Reynolds said.


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