FHS Top 10 in state

Farragut High School cracked the state’s Top 10 public high schools this year in U.S. News & World Report’s annual rankings.

The school was listed at No. 10 by the nationally acclaimed publication, which ranked the school 12th in 2021. FHS also was ranked No. 2 in the Knoxville-area, second only to L&N Stem Academy in downtown Knoxville.

“A great high school educates all students from different social and economic backgrounds, exposing them to challenging coursework on the path to graduation,” U.S. News & World Report’s website stated.

“The highest ranked U.S. public schools in (our) 2022 Best High Schools rankings are those whose students demonstrated outstanding outcomes above expectations in math, reading and science state assessments, earned qualifying scores in an array of college-level exams and graduated in high proportions.”

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Seddighi a Key Into Public Service Scholar

University of Tennessee student Diba Seddighi of Farragut recently was chosen as the 2022 Key Into Public Service Scholar.

“I feel incredibly honored to be chosen as one of 20 scholars from across the country,” said Seddighi, a Farragut High School Class of 2019 graduate. “I’ve spent the duration of my undergraduate studies working toward a career in public service and to have that work recognized and rewarded means everything.”

“This is a new program by Phi Beta Kappa Society, highlighting career opportunities for liberal arts graduates regarding public service,” said Lindsey Owen, UT Office of Communications public relations specialist. “Each scholar receives a $5,000 undergraduate scholarship and takes part in a convening in June to provide them with training, mentoring and reflection on pathways into active citizenship.

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Lee earns Goldwater Scholarship

University of Tennessee junior Hannah Lee of Farragut recently was awarded a $7,500 Goldwater Scholarship.

“I feel super honored to be selected as part of the incredible Goldwater community and thank the Goldwater Foundation for making it more possible for me and many others to reach our dream careers,” said Lee, a Farragut High School Class of 2019 graduate. “This scholarship has made me feel like my efforts to pursue a research career have been validated. It has definitely changed my future for the better, giving me access to a lot more networking, internship and other kinds of opportunities to advance my research career early on.

“Reflecting on this accomplishment, it has also made me appreciate everyone that has ever supported me,” Lee added. “I want to sincerely thank my wonderful mentors for their time, encouragement and patience in guiding my research journey. I also want to thank all my family, friends, teachers, community and the University of Tennessee for their support and opportunities in helping me become the studious undergraduate I am today.”

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Seniors Duffy, Stovall are Sedes Sapientiae awardees at Knoxville Catholic

Knoxville Catholic High School’s Class of 2022 is graduating starting at 8 p.m., Friday, May 13, from the school’s Blaine Stadium.

It’s two top students, who were honored with the school’s top award, are Samaha Duffy and Spencer Stovall.

“The Sedes Sapientiae Award is the highest honor that Knoxville Catholic High School confers on its graduating seniors,” said Pam Rhoades, KCHS director of marketing. “This award, voted on by the faculty and the administration, is presented to two seniors who best epitomize loyalty, service, scholarship and authentic Christian leadership.”

The award is named for Jesus’ mother, Mary, “who made a fitting throne for the Lord, and thus she is the Sedes Sapientiae, the Seat of Wisdom,” Rhoades said.

“In naming our highest award for Mary, Seat of Wisdom, Knoxville Catholic seeks both to honor the Mother of God and to encourage our students to take her as a model of Christian life,” she added. “The recipients of this award are students who, in the eyes of the faculty, best demonstrate the supernatural faith, hope and charity that marked Our Lady’s life on Earth and that denote true wisdom.”

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