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U.S. Constitution Day marked at FIS

Farragut Intermediate School’s third- and fourth-graders learned more about the framing of the U.S. Constitution while observing Constitution Week with an assembly in FIS’s cafeteria Friday morning, Sept. 17.

Organized by fourth-grade social studies teacher Lora Pope among others, “We are here to celebrate a very special day … Constitution Day,” FIS principal Deborah Adorante said. Adorante noted the day was important “because we are here to celebrate the forming and the signing of the U.S. Constitution.”

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Impactful service earns FHS’s JSA Club national, region awards

A relatively new Farragut High School club won big over the summer for its community service and impact.

The FHS chapter of Junior State of America Club won both the National Civic Impact Award and the Ernest A. Rogers Chapter of the Year Award for the Ohio River Valley Region, awards given for its overall previous year of service.

“The national award is given to the school that has shown growth and gives back to the community,” said Selom Bediako, who is co-president and club co-founder with Rena Liu.

It also came with a $2,5000 scholarship to not only help grow the club, but Bediako said the funds also will be used to attend in-person conventions next semester and help other East Tennessee schools start chapters.

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TN Educators Color Fellowship to HVA teacher

Hardin Valley Academy English language learners teacher Verónica Calderón-Speed recently learned she was one of a dozen Knox County Schools’ educators to be awarded this year’s Tennessee Educators of Color Fellowship.

When she learned she was chosen, Calderón-Speed recalled, “I was excited.

“I love learning, and I love growing,” she added. “We receive yearly professional development, but as far as having intensive courses or work that allows me to grow professionally, it has been a while.

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President’s List, Dean’s List honors told

Victoria Barry of Farragut has been named to Southern New Hampshire University’s Summer 2021 President’s List. Eligibility for the President’s List requires that a student accumulate an academic grade-point average between 3.7 and 4.0 and earn 12 credits for the term.

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