FHS Flagship robotics team aiming for St. Louis

Junior Ward Manneschmidt, FHS FIRST Robotics 3140 team member, works on the team’s prototype robot Friday evening, Jan. 30, in preparation for two regional competitions during spring semester. Continuing to pass on knowledge they gained after a trip to the FIRST Robotics world/national competition in St. Louis in 2013, Farragut High School Flagship 3140 team leaders are ready to stack with the best of them.

The goal is becoming the first FHS Flagship team ever to reach St. Louis as a regional champ.

“First of the FIRST I guess you could say,” senior Josh Cook, 3140 chief communications officer, said about a 15-member core group putting in more than 30 hours per week since Jan. 3 building their robot, which is a six-week process.

Cook joined senior Kyle Parsley and junior Matt Fisher, Flagship’s two joint chiefs who “run this program,” among six 3140 teammates “on a scouting trip” to St. Louis two years ago.
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FHS 2015 Class: five perfect ACT, one SAT

These six Farragut High School students, five seniors and a junior, recorded perfect ACT scores. Senior Jason Fu, seated far right, also was perfect on his SAT exam. Also seated are seniors Kai Smith, left, and Shreyas Muralidharar. Standing, from left, is junior Liz Enyenihi and seniors Melissa Yu and Don Joo. Five perfect ACT scores and one perfect SAT score from the Class of 2015, with dual perfect scores recorded by Jason Fu, has thrust Farragut High School into a new level of excellence.

“This is the first time I’ve ever seen both,” Susan Bolinger, FHS director of school counseling and college counseling, said about Fu’s perfect score in both tests.

“Only about a thousand students out of 1.85 million get a perfect score,” Bolinger added. “Since they started keeping that data about ACT [perfect score is 36] this is the most Farragut’s ever had in one year.

“I think it speaks volumes about the high school and the quality of education the students get here. We have a really strong faculty, and I think this reflects well on them.”
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Trent, Mosley, Reynolds tout balanced KCS calendar

Two Farragut principals and HVA principal Sallee Reynolds all agree: turning the school year into a balanced calendar, shorter summer break and longer spring and fall breaks, is the way to go.

“I’ve been advocating for it, I guess, for about 10 years,” Farragut Middle School principal Danny Trent said.

“I think it would give kids and teachers some periodic breaks and then maybe if they weren’t doing well on a particular skill then you could do some intervention and make up in that two-week period,” he added.

Trent also said it would help “with some of the absences that we’ve been having. People are human, they need to take off and take care of family and other things.”
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