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Bearden, Farragut, Hardin Valley send their seniors toward tomorrow

Farragut High School graduates cheer as the complete their commencement exercises Saturday night, May 16, at Thompson-Boling Arena. Farragut High School’s 427 graduating seniors talked about struggles, becoming leaders and going after dreams.

The school held its commencement exercises Saturday, May 16, in Thompson-Boling Arena.

“I waited my whole life for this one hour,” Jade Pride said before the event.

FHS principal Stephanie Thomp-son said scholarships offered for the FHS class totaled about $40 million. One scholarship was to the U.S. Coast Guard Academy, which chose seniors Daniel Ford and Michael Larson to receive a $400,000 four-year scholarship.

Commencement speaker Chase Biefeldt described his rise from the struggles following a house fire resulting from a lightning strike to his excelling in school.
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Hardin Valley Academy seniors challenge classmates

Hardin Valley Academy seniors prepare to cheer once they are declared graduates at commencement exercises Saturday, May 16, at Thompson-Boling Arena. Hardin Valley Academy’s senior class members were challenged to strive for an unstoppable work ethic, be an individual and keep learning during their graduation ceremony.

“I feel great,” Will Neely said. “These last four years have flown by.”

The event, Saturday, May 16, in Thompson-Boling Arena marked a beginning of the class furthering its education.

HVA principal Sallee Reynolds said total scholarships offered the HVA class was more than $24.2 million.

“I believe my education is my responsibility and absolutely critical to my success,” Mary Elizabeth Dew, one of Hardin Valley’s commencement speakers, said. “I have a lot to learn as much as I can.

“We are given the opportunity to expand our knowledge,” she said.

While at HVA, she said an administrator told students, “Strap in and get your learn on.”
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Bearden grads finding their place in the world

Bearden High School graduates challenged fellow graduates to find their place in the world.

Bearden seniors graduated Friday, May 15, in Thompson-Boling Arena.

“Walking through the halls of Bearden High School every day, I have seen the impact of each and every one of you on our school,” class president Adam Hasan said during the commencement. “You are the artists, the scholars, the leaders, the athletes and the activists.

“We find unity in shared experiences, these moments of connection that bring us together as a school, as a community,” he said. “But as we all transition to the next stage of our lives, many of our paths will lead us to the far corners of the Earth. But, I’m certain no matter how far our travels take us, we will find a home and a family that cares about us right here at Bearden High School.
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Abrams to headline RWBs July 3

Casey Abrams is slated to perform for the Red, White & Blues picnic Friday, July 3, at Renaissance | Farragut. Farragut area residents will get to hear singer/songwriter Casey Abrams celebrate the Independence Day holiday when he performs at the Red, White & Blues Pre-Independence Day Picnic.

“I’m stoked on it,” Abrams said about performing in Farragut. “It’s going to be pretty hot.”

Co-hosted by town of Farra-gut and Farragut Business Alliance, the event is slated for 6:30 p.m., Friday, July 3, at Renais-sance | Farragut, a move from last year’s venue in Farragut.

“The property next to the farragutpress has been a terrific location for this event, so I have very mixed feelings about moving it,” Allison Sousa, FBA executive director, said. “But the lawn at Renaissance | Farragut is gorgeous, the infrastructure is more accessible, and we’re excited that that Myers Bros. Holdings [is] allowing us to relocate the event there.”

Advance tickets go on sale Tuesday, May 26. Adults tickets are $8, children ages 2 to 11, $3 and children under 2 admitted free.
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police reports

• On May 9 at about 9 a.m., a Governors Lane complainant advised his license plate was taken by an unknown suspect, without permission. Vehicle was parked in front of the residence at the time of the incident.

• On May 9, at about 7 p.m., a Grigsby Loop Circle complainant advised an unknown suspect took her cat. Complainant stated she believed the cat was taken while it was outside. Complainant advised she initially thought the cat ran away but five days after it went missing the cats collar was placed on her front porch. Complainant is unsure of who may have taken the cat.
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