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• The following students from Farragut and Bearden high schools have been named as National Merit Scholar finalists: From Farragut High School — Erika Brandt, Emily Calvert, Adam Carr, Madelyn Craw-ford, Hari Ganesan, Taylor Helmboldt, Grace Kihm, Anna Manneschmidt and Dennis Meng. From Bearden High School — Sarah Adams, Daniel Blaze, Jenna Chaffee, Jennifer Dabbs, Michael Hodges, Megan Shutt and Alexandra Brunson. National Merit Scholarship program allows high school students to vie for academic recognition and undergraduate college scholarships. About 55,000 high school students nationwide compete each year for awards, including a minimum award of a college scholarship ranging from $2500 to full tuition. National Merit Scholar competitors are screened based on their academic achievements, the results of their Preliminary Scholastic Assessment Test, National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test and Scholastic Assessment Test. Semifinalists are announced in the fall of a student’s senior year, and winners are announced the following spring.

• Salsarita’s Fresh Cantina will host a fundraiser for Hardin Valley Academy cheerleaders from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., Friday. March 6, and Saturday, March 7, and from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m., Sunday, March 8. Participants may present a flyer (available at HVA) and Salsarita’s will donate 15 percent of proceeds from participant’s meal to HVA cheerleaders.

• Belmont University announces Amanda Thompson, daughter of Emmette and Valarie Thompson of Farragut, has been named to its 2008 Dean’s List. Amanda is majoring in marketing and business and is an active member of Phi Mu Sorority. Amanda graduated from Farragut High School in 2007. Qualification for Belmont’s Dean’s List is based on a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade-point average of 3.5.

• Belmont University announces Emily Moore, daughter of John and Susan Moore of Farragut, has been named to its Fall 2008 Dean’s List. Emily is majoring in exercise science and minoring in music. A member of Belmont University Orchestra, Emily plays cello and is involved in campus outreach. In order to be named to List, students must have a minimum course load of 12 hours and a quality grade-point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C.

• Appal-achian State University announces it has named Christopher T. Lucas, son of Steve and Ruth Lucas of Farragut, to its Fall 2008 Dean’s List. To be included on list a student must either be enrolled for 12 to 14 hours of course work for which quality points are computed and attain a grade-point average of 3.45 or better or be enrolled for a minimum of 15 hours of course work for which quality points are computed and attain a GPA of 3.25 or better.

• Knox County Schools will host the following three public forums in March to gather public comment concerning development of the school system strategic plan and the budget for fiscal year 2010: Budget Forum beginning at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 5, at Bearden High School; Strategic Plan Forum beginning at 6 p.m., Tuesday, March 10, at West High School and another Budget Forum beginning at 6 p.m., Thursday, March 12, at Central High School. For more information, call 865-594-1905.

• Sacred Heart Cathedral School currently is accepting applications for kindergarten through eighth-grade for the 2009-2010 school year.  For more information, visit  www.shcschool.org or schedule a school tour at 865-558-4136.

• Belmont University announces Kevin Warren, son of Maria Ely Warren and the late Brian K. Warren, has been named to its fall 2008 Dean’s List. Kevin is a 2007 graduate of Farragut High School and is pursuing a major in audio engineering.

• Ashland University announces Candace Reid, daughter of William and Veronica Reid, has been included as a member of its National Society of Minorities in Hospitality. Society is a non-profit organization that strives to promote diversity in the workplace. Members work to educate and aid in the recruitment, retention, support and advancement of minority students in the hospitality industry.

• Belmont University announces Lindsey Ricker, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Jim Ricker and the granddaughter of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Monger, all of Farragut, has been named to its Fall 2008 Dean’s List. Eligibility is based on a minimum 12-hour course load and a quality grade-point average of 3.5 with no grade below a C. Lindsey is majoring in business marketing and also has been selected as a member of Belmont College of Business Student Advisory board.

• Pellissippi State Technical Community College currently is accepting books, CDs, DVDs, videos, vinyl records, computer games and puzzles for its annual book sale in March. Drop-off points are set up on the Pellissippi Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, at the following locations: Faculty Lounge, third floor, McWherter Building; Business and Computer Technology workroom, Room 252, McWherter Building and Room 219, Alexander Building. Blount County residents may leave donated items at the main office of the Blount County Center. For more information, call 865-539-7316.

• Roane State Community College will host the following group advising session for students interested in nursing: Tuesday, March 24 and Tuesday, April 21. Room O-106 in the O’Brien Humanities Building on Roane County Campus — from 2 to 4 p.m., Wednesday, March 25 and Wednesday, April 22. Each session will cover the same information. Prospective students do not need to attend more than one session. For more information, e-mail Nancy Hamilton at hamiltonNL@roanestate.edu or call 865-481-2000, ext. 2273.

• Furman University announces the following local students have been named to its Fall 2008 Dean’s list: Michelle A. Glover, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Mike Glover; Jordan M. Greene, son of Suzanne and Robert Greene; Sophia M. Mire, daughter of Dr. and Mrs. Anwar Mire; Mary K. Monday, daughter of William Monday; Lauren E. Oschman, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Kent Oschman; Yuri Sawa, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Masamori Sawa and Alexis Wong, daughter of Mr. Keen Wong. Furman’s Dean’s List is compiled of full-time undergraduate students who earn a grade-point average of 3.4 or higher on a four-point system.

• Miami University announces it has named the following local students to its Fall 2008 President’s List: Katie Allison, Fielden Norris, Maggie Rose Kubarewicz and Jessica Elizabeth Yeager. To qualify for President's List students must achieve a perfect 4.0 grade-point average.

• The following students recently placed in the Farragut Middle School Art Show held at Town Hall: Will Brown — Best-in-Show; Ian Kiser — first-place; Hannah Drew — second-place and Joanda Parchman — third-place. Each winner received a gift certificate from Jerry’s Artorama and all participants received a certificate of appreciation from the town of Farragut for their participation.

 

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