Chambers, Beuerlein named U.S. Army Reserves National Scholar Athletes

Farragut seniors Chase Chambers and Katie Beuerlein, U.S. Army Reserves National Scholar Athlete awardees, look over some textbook information during their time in FHS Student Affairs office Thursday afternoon, March 27. For combining excellence on the diamond, on the pitch and on the track with high academic achievement, Farragut High School seniors Chase Chambers and Katie Beuerlein have earned special recognition.

Both were named U.S. Army Reserves National Scholar Athletes in late March.

“Your guidance counselor chooses an athlete that has demonstrated academic excellence,” Beuerlein, a star soccer midfielder for the Lady Admirals, said about choosing FHS nominees from which final selections are made. “I was definitely pleasantly surprised.”

Her grade point average as of late March was 4.52.

An All-American midfielder as a junior, Beuerlein, 18, was named All-South her senior season in helping the Lady Admirals reach the Class AAA state semifinals.
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SJNCS preschoolers learn about life

Teacher assistants Kimberly Stapleton, left, and Aimee Ventura assist 4-year-old preschoolers Kennedy Kimmitt, left, and Cole Latham in making caterpillars out of dirt, grass seed and pantyhose. Chicks, caterpillars and worms are helping Saint John Neumann Catholic School preschoolers learn about life, Beth Mattingly, SJNCS preschool director, said.

As the first year draws to a close this spring, the youngsters are learning how chicks hatch from eggs, how worms live and how caterpillars turn into butterflies. These lessons are all part of a curriculum focusing on life.

“We are working with chickens, plant development, butterflies and a worm farm,” she said. “Right now we are making caterpillars out of pantyhose and grass seed. Yesterday, we made grass heads with pantyhose and sawdust.”

Mattingly said the projects help each individual child develop a variety of skills, such as fine motor, cognitive thinking and social skills, among others.

“Part of what separates us from everybody else is we are truly focused in on developmental needs of the individual child,” Mattingly said about SJNCS’s preschool.
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FIS presents annual Founders Day program

Farragut Intermediate School fourth-graders present a “Twas the Night Before Disney” Founders Day program Thursday, April 3, in Farragut Middle School gymnasium to acknowledge the contributions of the school’s Parent-Teacher Association. ‘Twas the Night at Disney for Farragut Intermediate School’s fourth-graders as they presented the school’s annual Founders Day program.

The event, which took place Thursday, April 3, in Farragut Middle School, recognized the founding of the school’s Parent-Teacher Association.

“We do this to acknowledge the PTA for the wonderful job they do,” Leann Mulligan, FIS music teacher, said. Mulligan helped put on the program with fellow music teacher, Kristen Clark.

“Every year, we have a different grade [put on the program], and this year it was the fourth grade, Mulligan said.

“We are very proud of them,” Clark said. Also, she acknowledged the school’s staff and the PTA.

“The boys and girls did an outstanding job under the direction of our two music teachers,” FIS principal Kay Wellons said. “They especially enjoyed the Disney connection of the program this year.”
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Eyes are opened by HVA’s annual ‘My Amazing Life’

At the Charitable Giving table during HVA My Amazing Life for the junior class, these for girls consider how much to donate. From left are Tabitha Skaar, Karen Curry, and Chelsea Stevens. Clifford Amann said he learned a valuable lesson during Hardin Valley Academy’s annual “My Amazing Life” for the school’s junior class Thursday, April 3.

“That being a musician will get me in the negative percentages” income-wise. Especially with three kids. … And a four-bedroom home,” said Amann, among hundreds of HVA juniors in all four academies taking part in this simulated experience into the adult world of tough decisions in financial, career and family matters.

As a result, “If I hadn’t done this I would have gone into the real world blind,” Amann added. “… It’s not surprising until you add all the numbers up together.”

At retirement, “I had about $600,000,” Amann said. “That was great.”

Amann was among a handful of Liberal Arts Academy students who shared lessons learned during My Amazing Life, held all school day in the HVA gym.
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Fighting Irish may fight in Division II-AA in ’17

A TSSAA Legislative Council vote could move private schools such as Knoxville Catholic, which currently compete in Division I with public schools, into the exclusively private Division II. If this happens, sports involving rivals Webb School and Catholic, such as this 2013 football game featuring Todd Kelly Jr. of Webb trying to be tackled by Irish defender Elijah Brown, will take on region playoff significance beginning with the 2017-18 school year. By 2017, Knoxville Catholic High School might be forced to compete in the same region with Division II-AA (large private) athletic powerhouses such as Chattanooga Baylor, McCallie School, Father Ryan, Ensworth and Montgomery Bell Academy.

Skyrocketing costs due to increased travel expenses and added financial aid burdens loom for small private schools, which currently compete in TSSAA Division I for district, region and state honors with public schools, if they are forced into Division II to compete for district, region and state championship honors among only private schools?

One West Knox County private school athletic director said he’d rather leave TSSAA, helping to form a new private school-governing body, than to accept the proposed changes.

These are concerns from West Knox County private school administrators and coaches if TSSAA follows through on proposed legislation, most recently brought to the table by Trousdale County and Lewis County high schools, to force Division I private schools — currently competing in with private schools competing in the exclusively private Division II.

KCHS, Christian Academy of Knoxville, Grace Christian Academy and Concord Christian School all forgo giving their student-athletes any financial assistance and except a 1.8 multiplier (multiplying their enrollment times 1.8 to place them in the correct public level) to play Division I.
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Regional redo sinks RowHAWKtics; FHS Flagship 3140 ‘learns’ in top 24

Farragut High School Flagship 3140 team members check their robot during FIRST Robotics Smoky Mountain Regional Saturday afternoon, March 29, in Knoxville Convention Center. From left are sophomores Amelia Godolphin and Ward Manneschmidt, and freshman Noah Hobson. A “re-do” could have been the undoing of Hardin Valley Academy’s FIRST Robotics 3824 RowHAWKtics, attempting to repeat as a Smoky Mountain Regional champion.

Hardin Valley’s alliance with private school neighbors Knoxville Catholic, whose Team 2393 finished tied for first in the preliminary round (10-1), and Webb School of Knoxville Team 1466 seemed strong, but didn’t end well.

They faced a stiff challenge from an alliance featuring teams from South Carolina and West Virginia during quarterfinal championship round play Saturday afternoon, March 29, in Knoxville Convention Center.

Seemingly eking out a close victory in the third and deciding best-of-three game quarterfinal match, the HVA alliance found out a redo was necessary due to technical errors resulting in the wrong score.

The resulting re-do game saw the HVA-Irish-Webb alliance lose 193-112 to be eliminated.
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