HVA’s Feldman ready to shed light on climate change

Following an internship at Oak Ridge National Laboratory in the summer of 2014, 18-year-old Sam Feldman not only has chosen his profession — he’s passionate about helping to reverse the effects of mad-made climate change.

“That’s when I first found out about climate change research, and that got me interested,” Feldman, a Hardin Valley Academy 2015 graduate and advanced placement honors student, said. “All the data we studied pointed toward it being a reality. And the fact that ice sheets are melting [at the earth’s poles]. … I specifically studied ice sheets so I learned a lot about how they are currently melting.

“And what kind of effects that can have,” he added. “… I found out about how physics interacts with the climate.”
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2nd Annual Hole-In-One Shootout May 29-June 12

FHS golf team, Lions Club combining efforts this year

Paul Henley was among the 12 qualifiers during inaugural Farragut Lions Club Hole-In-One Shootout, Aug. 25, 2014, on No. 11 hole at Willow Creek Golf Club in Farragut. Farragut High School golf teams have found fundraising help from Farragut Lions Club, in exchange for donating community service hours.

Second Annual Hole-In-One Shootout, held in a field adjacent to farragutpress, 11863 Kingston Pike, expands to two weekends starting from 1 to 7 p.m., Friday, May 29, and from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Saturday, May 30. The times remain the same one week later, Friday and Saturday, June 5-6.

Event is open to the public. The objective is finishing in the top three each day driving the ball closest to the pin, roughly 150 yards away.

The top 12 earn one chance at a new car, a Mercedes-Benz Smart Car, with one drive from No. 11 hole (165 yards), at Willow Creek Golf Club in Farragut needing a hole-in-one. That begins at 7 p.m., Friday, June 12.

“That’s a certified golf hole for a hole-in-one contest,” Norvell Burrow, FLC and Hole-In-One Shootout Committee member, said.
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Big Break for Parkinson’s

Teresa Jackson Almost 50 Fox Den Country Club Ladies’ Golf Association members started the 2015 golf season with a Big Break for Parkinson’s event to find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.

The association, which includes the 18-Hole League and 9-Hole League, gathered together Tuesday, March 17, at Fox Den golf course to play golf and raise money for Parkinson’s Disease research.

For more photos from this event, please see Westside Faces in our print edition.

Four keys to preventing premature death in the garden

Death by good intention

Have you ever seen a honey bee that’s got so much pollen on her feet and thighs that she can barely fly? I often wonder if some of them never make it back to their hives they’re so overloaded. It’s spring again and all the more reason to be organized not just with housecleaning, but in the garden.

This time of year the nurseries are teaming with flowers that beseech us like friendly puppies at the Humane Society to take them home. And we SHEs (Sidetracked Home Executives) are like busy bees around those beautiful flowers. After all, we survived winter and we’re sick of gray and ready for sunny colors.
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Quadcopter sales explode

Ethos 130 quadcopter Sales of quadcopters, tiny radio-controlled four-bladed helicopters often mistakenly called drones, “exploded about the middle of last year and it has no signs of stopping” amid legal and national security connotations based on national news reports.

Ryan Wilson, manager of HobbyTown, 111145 Turkey Drive, added that his store “has offered them for over two years now. Christmastime it obviously picks up a lot.”

Wilson’s quadcopters range from “Proto X, smaller than the palm of your hand” to “the largest one I sell is the Inspire 1 … .

“There are versions that are toys for kids, and then there are the ones that are hobby quality, which is a higher quality … very high tech photography and video uses out of them,” Wilson added. “They start at $29 for more your toy-grade ones. I have them going all the way up to $3,600.

Their most popular models are, on the less expensive end, the $99 Ethos 130 “is more an intro into the hobby aircraft,” Wilson said.
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St. Andrews visit garners FHS student interest

Alexander Allen, Summer School director and North American advisor at the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, right, receives a welcoming proclamation from Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill, second from right, during Allen’s visit to Farragut High School Wednesday, April 22. Also welcoming Allen were Stephanie Thompson, FHS principal, and John Schoonmaker, Knox County Commission, Fifth District (including Farragut schools). Susan Bolinger, Farragut High School guidance counselor, was one of only 55 guidance counselors worldwide invited to Scotland, visiting one of the world’s oldest and most prestigious universities Feb. 22-25.

As a result, a handful of her more accomplished students at FHS have discovered an overseas route in seeking a top-quality college education.

Tying all together was the University of St. Andrews, Scotland, visiting FHS and prompting a “welcoming” proclamation from Farragut Mayor Ralph McGill.

Roughly 60 FHS advanced placement students, mostly juniors, came to hear Alexander Allen, St. Andrews Summer School director and North American advisor, in the school’s media center Wednesday, April 22.

If accepted into St. Andrews, which was founded in 1413, those FHS students would be among a small, select group. “Every year we take on about 1,200” students, Allen said. “… The most popular subject for American students is International Relations. … However, the university made it reputation in the humanities, so literature, philosophy and the classics are popular.”
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