Each and every day, the students and staff of Kingsport City Schools demonstrate excellence in so many ways. This week in the Saturday Six, we highlight several outstanding KCS individuals that exemplify “world class!”
- Each year, The National Merit Scholarship Corporation honors the best of the best high school students in America by recognizing them as National Merit Scholars. These students rank in the top 1% of all U.S. high school seniors, and will compete for some 7,500 National Merit Scholarships worth about $33 million. Four outstanding Dobyns-Bennett students have been named as prestigious National Merit Semi-Finalists this year:
- Kendall Bonner, daughter of Richard and Tracy Bonner.
- Joelle Jarjoura, daughter of Chad Jarjoura and Amy Khoury.
- Samatha Maness, daughter of Michael and Karen Maness.
- Jon Chandler Woods, son of Jon and Melissa Woods.
- Additionally, four other D-B seniors have been named National Merit Commended Students. This designation places them in the top 5% of all U.S. high school seniors, and is an outstanding accomplishment. Congratulations to:
- Jamie Bass, daughter of Tim and Christi Bass.
- Jordan Guest, daughter of Chet and Jennifer Guest.
- Isaac Ick, son of Kurt and Tonya Ick.
- Rachel Summers, daughter of Becky Summers.
- In addition to being named a National Merit Commended Student, D-B senior Isaac Ick was named the 2016 Northeast District winner of the Student Recognition Award from the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA). This honor goes to an outstanding student in our region who has achieved distinction in the areas of academics, community leadership, and engagement. Isaac is president of the Beta Club Service Honor Society, was the Mu Alpha Theta Mathematics Honor Society representative for his junior class, and is a member of the Superintendent’s Student Advisory Panel. He is also an active volunteer with Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, “Tractors for Tita” movement, S.H.O.U.T.! (Students Helping Others Understand Tomorrow), and is also active with the Future Business Leaders of America at both the local and State level.
In recognizing the retiring Lt. Governor Ron Ramsey at a recent Board of Education meeting, D-B Senior Braeden Christian (a student in Juanita Mitchell‘s Advanced Drawing class) was honored for his artistic talents by creating a one-of-a-kind pen and ink drawing for the Lieutenant Governor. Braeden’s personalized work was recognized by the Board and greatly appreciated by Lt. Gov. Ramsey!
- The outstanding instructional talents of KCS Instructional Design Specialist Theresa Feliu have also recently been recognized, as Mrs. Feliu has received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. The honor awards the top mathematics teachers in America and includes a $10,000 prize from the National Science Foundation to be used at the teacher’s discretion. In addition, Mrs. Feliu recently attended an awards ceremony in Washington, D.C. which included professional development opportunities, guest speakers, and a tour of the White House.
- Finally, three D-B athletics programs were rewarded for their outstanding work in support of the Kingsport Convention and Visitors Bureau. These programs have gone above and beyond to support the tournaments hosted locally by the KCVB. Congrats and thanks to the to the D-B baseball, wrestling, and girls basketball programs!