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• Concord Christian School seventh grade student Samantha Chu placed first in the District Association of Christian Schools International Spelling Bee. The competition was held in Asheville, N.C. in March. Samantha advanced to the Regional Spelling Bee held in Atlanta, Ga. and placed fourth. Samantha represented the Southeast region May 8 in Washington, D.C. Samantha is the daughter of Chan-Man and Sally Chu.

• Tennessee Tech offering bachelor’s degree program designed for working adults. Learn more at noon, Tuesday, May 25, during an information session at Roane State Community College’s Oak Ridge campus. Tennessee Tech will host an information session about its Fast Track 2+2 Bachelor of Science in Interdisciplinary Studies program. The program is an efficient, schedule-friendly way for working adults. Interested individuals are invited to attend the session in Room H209.

• Farragut Middle School art show was held in the school library Thursday evening, May 13. The parents and community viewed the work as students talked about the techniques used to create their projects. Lana Needham’s class is an advanced art class with students who are selected through an application process. Work that was on display: A painting on an illustration board, a design project that included different languages and a design project from wallpaper samples and sketch.

• Ruth Simberloff, an eighth grade student at Greenway Middle School, has been chosen by the National Council of Teachers of English as a 2010 Promising Young Writer. Ruth won this honor for a story and a poem. Of the five Tennessee students chosen by the NCTE this year, Ruth was the only one from Knox County. She is the daughter of Mary Tebo and Daviel Simberloff of Knoxville.

• At the state PTA convention, Tennessee PTA honored Hardin Valley Academy Principal Sallee Reynolds with “Outstanding Principal;” HVA PTA was named “Outstanding High School PTA” and for the second year, Knox County Schools Superintendent Dr. Jim McIntyre was named “Outstanding Superintendent of the Year.” Knox County Council PTA was named Outstanding Council. Awards were given based on those that urge community involvement and are supportive of the PTA.

• Farragut High School Class of 1985 is celebrating the good ‘ol times during a weekend event Friday, June 18 and Saturday, June 19. Get ready to share in the memories since those fateful days and visit the place they called home (and some still do). Friday evening will offer a lakeside bar-b-que at the home of classmate Cliff Kirk. This will be a casual outside event under the East Tennessee sky to reconnect with old friends. Saturday evening, June 19, there will be a semi-formal event at Fox Den Country Club. For more info, visit tn/knoxville/fhs/1985/

• University of Georgia Alumni Club of Knoxville interest meeting will be held at 7 p.m., Thursday, May 20, at the News Sentinel building, 2332 News Sentinel Drive. Meeting is free. RSVP at; e-mail questions to


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