Suffrage contest aces: Farragut grades 3-12

Schools celebrate 19th Amendment centennial

Farragut schools’ students recently topped the winners’ list of a Knox County-sponsored contest, “Celebrate a Centennial of Women’s Suffrage,” as they were presented prizes earned for their entries by Suffrage Coalition Tuesday, Aug. 11, in Founders Park at Campbell Station.

Leading up to this year’s 100th anniversary of the passage of the 19th Amendment on Aug. 18, giving women the right to vote, the contest, which took place last school year, gave students all over the county in elementary, middle and high schools a chance to compete in three categories: literacy, visual arts and media, said Angie Maxey, a fifth-grade social studies teacher at Farragut Intermediate School and Coalition member.

As such, the Coalition organized a presentation at Founders Park to comply with COVID guidelines.

“Tennessee became the state that became the perfect 36th (to ratify), Maxey said. “We were the final state that made that happen.”

Maxey said eight of the 10 winners came from Farragut schools. Because of COVID-19, the presentations were postponed, but “we did not want the winners and their outstanding submissions to go unrecognized,” she said.

Three of the Coalition members are Farragut teachers: Maxey, Sarah Eddins, also of FIS, and Holly Matthews, an FHS librarian.

“As a part of the Suffrage Coalition, we created a committee to involve students in celebrating the centennial,” she said.

Centennial of Women’s Suffrage winners:

• Intermediate School (grades 3-5): Visual Arts Design Category (cancel stamp design), Ella Ye, FIS; Visual Arts Design Category (commemorative button design), Lucy Moore, FIS; Literacy Category (poem), Esme Shaver, Mount Olive Elementary; and Literacy Category (essay), Reagan Sheridan, FIS.

• Middle School (grades 6-8): Literacy Category (poem), Sofia Plawchan, Farragut Middle, and Visual Arts Category (parade advertisement poster design),  Kaitlyn Redwine, West Valley Middle.

• High School (grades 9-12): Visual Arts Design Category (commemorative button design), Natali Magill, Farragut High; Visual Arts Design Category (cancel stamp and commerative envelope design),  Abhikhya Gudala, FHS; and Visual Arts Design Category (parade advertisement poster design), Yune Kim, FHS; and Literacy Category (poem), Sana Boghani, FHS.

The eight contest judges included Susan Horn, Knox County Board of Education chair representing 5th District (includes Farragut); Vivian Shipe, founder/director of “I AM” the Voice of the Voiceless and League

of Women Voters; and

Wanda Sobieski, attorney and president/founder of Suffrage Coalition.