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• Webb School of Knoxville Class of 1969 graduate Julia Webb Bland is the recipient of Webb’s Distinguished Alumnus/na Award for 2009. Webb School’s Distinguished Alumnus/na 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. Webb School will welcome Julia Webb Bland to campus in early spring 2010 and will present her with her award during a special Upper School Chapel ceremony in Webb’s Bishop Center auditorium. Bland is the daughter of Webb School of Knoxville founder, Robert Webb, and his wife, Julie Webb.

• Five Webb School of Knoxville students qualified for the National AP Scholar Award by receiving an average grade of 4 or higher on a 5-point scale on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 4 or higher on eight or more of these exams. These students are: Kayla Berry ’09, Ann Ding ’09, Zach Hethmon ’09, Neel Madhukar ’09 and Lizzie Mamantov ’09.

• Twenty Webb School of Knoxville students qualified for the AP Scholar with Distinction Award, granted to students who earned an average grade of at least 3.5 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on five or more of these exams. These students are: Matt Adams ’09, Kayla Berry ’09, Lynae Berry ’09, Craig Brott ’09, Ann Ding ’09, Hayden Hall ’10, Zach Hethmon ’09, Katie Ivy ’09, Kelley Kidd ’09, Neel Madhukar ’09, Lizzie Mamantov ’09, Rick Nye ’09, Kathy Parker ’09, Preston Peeden ’09, Ali Riegel ’09, Emily Simonds ’09, Sneha Thakur ’09, Alex Tilson ’10, Carter Tisdale ’09 and Anna Yoder ’09.

• Twenty-two Webb School of Knoxville students qualified for the AP Scholar with Honor Award by receiving an average grade of at least 3.25 on all AP Exams taken, and grades of 3 or higher on four or more of these exams. These students are: Sarah Allan ’09, O’Neill Bergeron ’10, Miles Biggs ’09, Stephen Brandow ’09, Kaitlin Bresee ’09, Whitney Brown ’09, Katherine Charles ’09, Collin Cope ’09, Will Farmer ’09, Meredith Finch ’09, Max Gilkey ’10, Chris Haydek ’09, Sandy Iosso ’09, Jake Knanishu ’09, Alec Lee ’09, Meredith Lee ’10, Catie Payne ’09, McKenzie Roddy ’10, Lizzie Smith ’09, Sam Stoess ’09, Tyler Summitt ’09 and Olivia Thornton ’10.

• Twenty-nine Webb School of Knoxville students earned the designation of AP Scholar, granted to students who received grades of 3 or higher on three or more AP Exams. These students are: Samy Abidi ’09, Brittany Baird ’09, Clint Baker ’09, Blair Brandt ’10, Scott Comer ’09, Mari Crocker ’09, Dillon Eversman ’09, Santana Ewers ’10, Chris Falk ’10, Patrick Galdun ’09, Nick Gigliotti ’10, Brooke Gilbert ’10, Mara Hahn ’10, Allison Hamilton ’10, Aditi Harsh ’10, Ember Kao ’10, Kristyn Kelly ’10, Caitlin Kennedy ’09, Josh MacNaughton ’09, Grant Mitchell ’10, Phil Reath ’09, Eileen Robinson ’10, Hannah Sakalla ’09, Lauren Sampson ’09, Caroline Seiler ’09, Meg Smith ’10, Stephanie Ward ’09, Anna Whitehurst ’10 and Allison Williams ’09.

• The Episcopal School of Knoxville will host an Open House for all grades from 2 to 4 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 10. For more information, call 865-777-9032, visit www.esknox or contact Peter Klekamp at

• Greenway School invites interested families to tour and meet the faculty at a Visitors’ Open House, 3 to 5 p.m., Sunday, Jan. 10. For more information, visit or call 865-777-0197.

• Bechtel Jacobs Company LLC has contributed $25,000 to Roane State Community College’s effort to expand its Oak Ridge campus.

• Roane State program prepares students for leadership roles. Roane State Community College has launched an innovative program that prepares students to embrace leadership roles. The Leadership Excellence and Dedicated Service program includes seven students who meet monthly and participate in various activities. Sammie Mowery, LEADS coordinator, said the program’s focus is to help students develop leadership skills that they can use in their careers and in their communities.

• Ninety-eight percent of Roane State nursing graduates passed licensing exam. For the second year in a row, 98 percent of Roane State Community College nursing graduates passed their licensing exam on their first attempt. The National Council Licensure Examination for Registered Nurses measures the competencies needed to perform safely and effectively as a newly licensed, entry-level registered nurse. One hundred May 2009 Roane State graduates took the exam this year. In 2008, 98 percent of 93 graduates passed the exam in their first attempt.

• Roane State Community College’s Community Outreach and Professional Training Department will offer a course about financial planning from 6 to 9 p.m., Jan. 14 at the Oak Ridge campus, 701 Briarcliff Ave. The course, titled “Back into Black,” will cover topics such as debt reduction and ways to save money on everyday purchases. Participants will develop their own debt-reduction plan as part of the class and are invited to bring a list of their debts.

• The Farragut High School Marching Admirals Band has been selected to perform at the February 2010 College Band Directors National Association Southern Division Conference. The Symphonic Band will travel to the University of Mississippi in Oxford to perform. They are one of only five high school bands selected to perform at the prestigious conference.

• Roane State Community College campuses will offer extended business hours to assist students with admission and registration. Hours at most locations will be 8 a.m. to 6:30 p.m., Jan. 11-14 and Jan. 19-20. The campuses in Cumberland and Fentress counties will close at 5:30 p.m. CST on those days. Campuses will operate on their standard schedule, 8 a.m.- 4:30 p.m., Friday, Jan. 15. Roane State locations will be closed Monday, Jan. 18 in observance of the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. For more information, call 865-882-4523, toll-free at 1-866-GO2-RSCC, ext. 4523, or visit

• The spring 2010 semester at Pellissippi State Community College begins Jan. 14, and there is still time to register for classes. For students who are in their third semester at Pellissippi State or who already have been admitted and spoken with an advisor, online registration for classes is available at Deadline for Pellissippi State application and registration is Jan. 11. For additional information, visit or call 865-694-6400.

• U.S. Cellular is inviting communities to rally around their favorite school to share $1 million. Ten schools across the country with the most votes will each win $100,000 to use in any way they want in the company’s Calling All Communities campaign. Between now and Jan. 15, anyone 18 or older can visit any U.S. Cellular store to receive a code to vote online for their favorite school. Schools of all sizes, public, private, urban and rural, K-12 have a chance to become a Calling All Communities champion. The campaign returns at a time when school districts across the country are feeling a greater budget pinch in a slowing economy. According to the American Association of School Administrators, the percentage of schools cutting extracurricular activities almost tripled from 10 percent in 2008-09 to 28 percent for the 2009-2010 school year.

• The renowned Gesell Institute is holding a three-day training workshop in Knoxville Feb. 1-3. Hosted by Christian Academy of Knoxville. Reservations can be made by calling the Gesell Institute at 1-800-369-7709.

• Several Farragut area students have been inducted into the Tennessee Kappa Chapter of the Alpha Chi National Honor Scholarship Society at Lipscomb University. Farragut residents include: Allyson Hall, Lindsey Wilkerson and Jenny Randolph. Farragut students are among 69 undergraduate and graduate students inducted into the prestigious society. Alpha Chi is a national college scholarship honor society that promotes outstanding character and academic excellence in all disciplines, said Dr. Lin Garner, assistant athletic director for academics, senior woman’s administrator and faculty advisor of Alpha Chi.

• Pellissippi State makes veterans’ education more accessible and affordable. The number of veterans enrolled at Pellissippi State Community College this semester is up 15 percent from spring and 20 percent from last fall, and the institution has put in place a number of resources to make their experience a success. In anticipation of the increase — which stems in part from changes in benefits in the GI Bill — the college convened a work group to study services provided to veterans and learn how to better coordinate programs for students in and discharged from the military. Pellissippi State is also one of four Tennessee community colleges participating in the Yellow Ribbon Program, a provision of the Post-9/11 Veterans Educational Assistance Act of 2008. The program helps pay tuition and fees that exceed the highest public in-state undergraduate rate, which, in Tennessee, is $6,850 at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. Qualifying students receive $1,000 per semester, with $500 coming from the VA and the other $500 from Pellissippi State. (The funding doesn’t cover the international fee.) The money covers 25 veterans each semester on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, contact Shastid, 865-694-6472 or


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