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Activities, honors fill area schools

There’s a whole lot of everything going on in Blount schools. While the majority of the “going-ons” involve learning, there are plenty of other things to do to keep students, teachers and the community involved.

Over the past month, Blount Today received many invitations to visit area schools for some of their activities. We took lots of pictures, and, while we can’t share them all, the next three pages are the fruits of some of our labors.

You’ll see dances and chickens, Career days and groundbreakings. There were teachers who didn’t mind showing off their “Hannah Montana” inner-selves and others who picked up some honors of their own.

Annual Chicken Show is squawking fun

Students from throughout the area who are involved in 4-H gathered recently to celebrate their successes and sell their prizes to benefit the organization. Tractor Supply was the scene for this annual 4-H Students Chicken Show and sale.

The Aug. 28 event had judges from the University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service. After the show and judging were complete, students sold their chickens at auction and all the money raised when back into 4-H to provide chickens for students to raise next year.

The students had fun and got to compete with students from other schools.

Carpenters Middle celebrates new field, school year with dance

The 2008-2009 school year brought more than just new faces to Carpenters Middle School. The student body along with Blount County school officials celebrated the ribbon cutting to officially open the new football field and track. In addition, students enjoyed the “Back to School Blast” dance. It was an afternoon of fun and celebration for everyone involved.

Honoring Penny: Local friends honor MHS teacher

Dr. Penny Ferguson made Maryville High School and the whole city proud last year when she was selected to and inducted into the National Teachers Hall of Fame. With 38 years as a classroom teacher, Dr. Ferguson was one of the five teachers selected for the year and only the third teacher from the state of Tennessee to ever receive the honor.

This year, friends, politicians and Leadership Blount classmates showed their appreciation for her achievements as well. The Leadership Blount Class of 2004 gathered at Aubrey’s in Maryville to celebrate her leadership and that of Rep. Doug Overbey, also a LB classmate, who won the Republican primary for Tennessee state senator and faces one independent candidate in the Nov. 4 election.

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