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Science Academy presents research

Farragut High School’s Science Academy students hosted parents, FHS faculty, school board members and representatives of The University of Tennessee and Oak Ridge National Laboratories and Knoxville Zoo at its Spring Poster Session Tuesday, April 28, at FHS Commons.

The session gives students the opportunity to share with the community the research they have done as part of the Science Academy’s partnership program with UT and ORNL.

The program pairs each student with a mentor who guides the student in developing a research plan; conducting research; preparing an abstract, research paper and poster and participating in the Poster Session.

FHS principal Michael Reynolds said the program offers a chance to make dreams come true for many students and the Poster Session is their opportunity to shine.

“It is also a celebration of what students can do when they are given an opportunity and when they are given support.

“It is a great testament to these students and their hard work. If anybody ever questions what our youth are capable of, they need to talk to these young people,” he added.

Superintendent of Knox County Schools Dr. James McIntyre and Sixth District School Board Representative Thomas Deakins came out to show their support of the students and the program.

“This is probably one of the highlights. This is a great, great project and I am just very proud of them,” Deakins said.

McIntyre said he was made aware of the program soon after being appointed to his post as KCS superintendent.

“About a year ago at this time I had just been appointed as superintendent of Knox County Schools, and I got a call at my desk at the Boston Public Schools and they were saying, ‘We are going to be in Boston and we are presenting at a conference and we would love for you to come’ … and, of course, it was two of our science teachers from Farragut High School.

“So right from the beginning there was great enthusiasm and excitement about the work that is going on here at Farragut High School in the science department and in the science academy,” he said.

“When I think about where we want to go as a school district and when I think about where we want to be and how we want to achieve excellence for all students, this really is a great example and a great model of how that happens — really outstanding projects and project-based learning, really outstanding, rigorous instruction that our students are made availed of and really just outstanding partnerships as well.

“This is the type of work that we want to expand and embrace,” he added.


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