FHS sisters square off as ‘good, evil’ in ‘Oz’

The Wicked Witch of the West, played by FHS junior Kaci Deakins, right, in the school’s musical production of “The Wizard of Oz” Friday-Sunday, March 27-29, and Glinda the Good Witch, played by her younger sister, Molly Deakins, a freshman. Teaming up as “orphan sisters” to help Farragut High School’s Admiral’s Performing Arts Company win a first-place district award for its Interp “A Series of Unfortunate Events,” siblings Kaci and Molly Deakins are enemies representing good and evil in APAC’s upcoming musical “The Wizard of Oz.”

Kaci Deakins, an FHS junior who’s most recent role was Dr. Van Helsing in last fall’s APAC production, DRACULA, does a 180-degree turn: from “the driving force trying to stop the bad guy” in that role to The Wicked Witch of the West in Oz, “who is evil, very greedy … a bit crazy,” she said.

“I like this part even more because it’s always fun to play the bad character … it’s so different from everything else,” added Kaci, who will go up against Molly’s character, Glinda the Good Witch, during three performances in the schools’ Vickie B. Wells Auditorium: beginning at 7:30 p.m., Friday and Saturday, March 27-28, and 3 p.m., Sunday, March 29. Admission is $10, $8 for students (go to www.cmajor.net to buy tickets in advance)
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Black belt, national honoree earns FRC Four-Way Test award

A third-degree black belt and Tae Kwon Do teacher who earned a third-place C-SPAN national award as an eighth-grader for “public speaking and video-making,” Mickayla Stogsdill’s accomplishments also include battling Type 1 Juvenile Diabetes by helping others fight the same battle.

“‘Do the right thing and be a good person,’” Stogsdill, 17, recalled about her mother’s advice after participating in a “Walk to Cure Diabetes” fundraiser. Stogsdill’s recollections were part of her winning effort, earning a $500 scholarship, in The Rotary Club of Farragut’s Four-Way Test Speech Contest, which is annually held among Farragut High School Interact Club members.
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Two ways to finding peace within

Getting rid of clutter leads to finding peace within.

Years ago I wrote about being mindful of the interrupting thoughts that come up when you’re doing boring housecleaning jobs like folding laundry or vacuuming and dusting. Using “make the bed” as an example of a boring job, I set my stopwatch and began making it, ready to catch that first mental interruption.
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