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Education

  • GRADUATION 2011: The final rite of a new era

    Words such as ecstatic, happy, proud and excited were tossed around, with quotes from Dr. Seuss, Christopher Robin and Nemo that focused on grasping the future ahead.

    On Saturday, Shelby County’s first double graduation day in more than 30 years went off without a hitch.

    There may have been two classes graduating, but the excitement came from Simpsonville, Shelbyville, Bagdad, Pleasureville and Waddy, with several of the same faces turning up at both commencements — including both parents and students.

  • SCHS Senior Awards Night

    Awards

    Phi Beta Kappa Book

    Alyssa Anderson

    DAR Citzenship Awards

    Katelyn McNew

    Kiwanis Best All-Around Senior Female

    Michaela Manley

    Rotary Best All-Around Senior Male

    Lane Taylor

    Female Athlete of the Year

    Michaela Manley

    Male Athlete of the Year

    Quinten Cottrell

  • Collins Senior Awards Night

    Senior Awards

    DAR Citizenship Award

    Lindsay Tripp

    Salutorian

    Tanner Smith

    Valedictorian

    Lindsay Tripp

    Kiwanis Best All-Around Senior Female

    Lindsay Tripp

    Rotary Best All-Around Senior Male

    Branden Cresap

    Female Athlete of the Year

    Kristina Gramig

    Male Athlete of the Year

  • Jones captures Pflughaupt Scholarship

    As one era came to an end on Tuesday, another started fresh on Wednesday night.

    Akia Jones was recognized as the 17th and final winner of the prestigious Pflughaupt Scholarship, donated by Eugene and Margery Pflughaupt, during Shelby County High School's Senior Awards Night Tuesday.

    This is the final year of the $20,000 scholarship.

    Jones' award was the final one on night that saw Shelby County High School boast more than $2.3 million in money to help their graduates further their educations.

  • End of the school year: Shelby 7th-graders now move to larger schools with large ambitions

    Students arrive at Shelby County’s 11 schools today for the final hours of the 2010-11 year, and as classes wind down at East and West Shelby County Middle Schools, seventh-graders are ready to move on to high school campuses, despite feeling they should have one more year.

    West Middle School seventh-grader Reagan Johnson said she’s excited to be going to Collins High School, although apprehensive to being the low man on the totem pole.

  • School board members have hands-on meeting

    The setting for Thursday night’s school board meeting was a little unusual: Instead of board members seated before an audience, board members found themselves writing papers on genetics.

    At the beginning of the meeting, West Middle School teacher Kerri Holder arranged the boardroom like a classroom and seated board members with student participants, complete with colored construction paper and plenty of pens and pencils with which to complete their assignment.

    The objective?

  • SCPS budget balanced – for a few minutes

    The Shelby County Board of Education approved a tentative budget at Thursday's meeting, but it's a budget that is far from what the final version will look like.

    In fact, immediately after passing a budget that balances at $58.2 million – down about 2.3 percent from the 2010-11 working budget but up about 1.5 percent from the 2009-10 actual budget – board members passed two separate measures that would add more than $800,000 in expenses.

  • Split of high schools doesn’t equal fewer honors

    Though many eyes are focused on high school graduations on June 4, the county's two high schools will celebrate the millions of dollars earned by students toward continuing their educations at colleges and universities across the land with senior awards nights next week.

    With the student body separated into two schools, this traditional ceremony also split into two nights: Tuesday at 6:30 for SCHS and Wednesday at 7 for Collins, moving from First Baptist Church to the theaters at each school.

  • Duct tape, cardboard commission these ships

    On the early 1990s TV show MacGyver, a roll of duct tape often was the answer to fixing any problem. And on Wednesday morning at the pool at Clear Creek Park, students in Collins pre-engineering program showed just how useful duct tape remains.

    With nine days to work, teams of students were charged with making boats from cardboard, deck sealant and duct tape large enough that one of them could sit inside and paddle the length of the pool at the Family Activities Center.

  • EARLIER: Final time is something new for Pflughaupt Scholarship

    This year's Pflughaupt Scholarship winner will be like many of the past – intelligent, driven and involved – but they likely won't be forgotten.

    What makes this group standout?

    "We're all girls," Britt Mahan said plainly.

    Of course there's more than that, but at quick glance it's the first difference seen between this year's group and 16 previous factions.