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Proposed New School Budget Includes Pay Raises for Teachers and Other Staff

May 17, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Director of Schools and Board of Education Members
School Board Members

The Board of Education wants to give teachers and other certified personnel a $3,000 pay raise and is asking the county commission for sufficient funding to help make it happen.

During a brief special called meeting Wednesday evening, the Board approved a proposed budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year which includes pay raises for teachers and support staff.

If approved, the actual local increase for the 228 teachers would be $2,400 each since the state is funding a $600 raise per teacher. Non-certified staff would get a $1,500 pay raise, all funded by local dollars.

The county commission’s budget committee will get its first look at the proposed spending plan for schools when it meets Monday night, May 21 at 5:30 p.m. at the courthouse.

Director of Schools Patrick Cripps said giving teachers a significant pay raise is needed and would help their retirement. “When you look at retirement and what is going to help the teachers long range, it’s their salary because their retirement is based on their high five years,” he said.

As for teacher concerns about rising out of pocket health care costs, Cripps added “We will try to cover the costs with the increase that the state sends. They (state) are looking at probably 3% (increase) so we’ll try to cover that within our budget so that the teachers won’t incur another increase on their insurance,” he said.

In addition to asking for pay raises for personnel, the Board of Education wants more money to purchase Chrome Books for the 3rd through 5th grades. Students from the 6th grade through high school already have Chrome Books. Extra funds would be included to repair and replace existing Chrome Books; to purchase new text books; and to implement a Dyslexia Program to help children at the elementary school grade level in reading. Due to the increasing demands of technology, the board wants to create a new full time computer tech position which would give the school system three techs. One new bus is usually purchased each year. The board wants to buy two new school buses this year.

The proposed new spending for schools in this budget comes to more than $1.7 million dollars over expenditures budgeted this past year. Unless cuts are made or more money is taken from the school system’s fund balance/reserves to balance the budget, a significant property tax hike might be needed to fund the school board’s request.

The overall county property tax rate is $1.8335 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.
The rate is distributed as follows:
County General: 0.9635 cents
General Purpose Schools: 0.6100 cents
Debt Service: 0.1200 cents
Highways/Public Works: 0.0300 cents
General Capital Projects: 0.1100 cents

Revenue from the current property tax assessments for the 2018-19 fiscal year based upon estimated assessed valuations of $497 million dollars is $49,700 per one cent of the property tax rate. However the county is actually expected to receive $46,658 per cent of the tax rate based on a 94% collection rate or a 6% delinquency.

State Lawmakers Honor DCHS Valedictorian and Salutatorian (VIEW VIDEO HERE)

May 16, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
State Representatives Terri Lynn Weaver and Clark Boyd, DCHS Principal Randy Jennings, Class Valedictorian Allison Maynard, Class Salutatorian Marshal Evins, Director of Schools Patrick Cripps, and State Senator Mark Pody

NHC Smithville hosted a breakfast today (Wednesday) as state lawmakers honored the DCHS Class of 2018 Valedictorian Allison Maynard and Salutatorian Marshal Evins.

Both Maynard and Evins were formally presented copies of resolutions paying tribute to them as adopted in the State House of Representatives and State Senate and signed by the Governor. The presentations were made by State Senator Mark Pody and State Representatives Terri Lynn Weaver and Clark Boyd.

Principal Randy Jennings and Director of Schools Patrick Cripps also attended the breakfast.

After the breakfast, WJLE interviewed both Maynard and Evins. (Play Video Below)

The Resolution honoring and recognizing Maynard states as follows:

“WHEREAS, it is fitting that the members of this General Assembly should pause to pay tribute to those students who, through their natural talents and unflagging commitment to academic excellence, have distinguished themselves in the classroom; and

WHEREAS, Allison Maynard is one such exceptional student, who was recently named Valedictorian of the 2018 graduating class at DeKalb County High School; and

WHEREAS, through diligent study, steady composure during examinations, and steadfast commitment of time and talent, Ms. Maynard has achieved outstanding academic success and joined the ranks of the best and brightest students in Tennessee and our country; and

WHEREAS, in her remarkable high school career, Allison Maynard earned an exemplary grade point average while participating in numerous extracurricular activities, including Beta Club, Future Business Leaders of America, Science Club, Literature Club, and Spanish Club; and

WHEREAS, excelling in the athletic arena, Ms. Maynard played on the softball team and was a member of the football cheerleading team, which she served as captain; and

WHEREAS, her display of intellectual aptitude and ambition surely bodes well for her future success; and

WHEREAS, Allison Maynard's noteworthy achievement is a tremendous source of pride for her parents, Stacey Smith and Alan Maynard, her school, and her community; and

WHEREAS, Ms. Maynard's dedication to excellence is clearly deserving of the respect, admiration, and commendation of the members of this General Assembly; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED TENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES SJR0772 015598 -2-

CONCURRING, that we commend and honor the 2018 DeKalb County High School Valedictorian, Allison Maynard, on her impressive academic achievement and extend to her our best wishes for a happy, successful future”.

Meanwhile the resolution honoring Evins states as follows:

“WHEREAS, it is fitting that the members of this General Assembly should pause to pay tribute to those students who, through their natural talents and unflagging commitment to academic excellence, have distinguished themselves in the classroom; and

WHEREAS, Marshal Evins is one such exceptional student, who was recently named Salutatorian of the 2018 graduating class at DeKalb County High School; and

WHEREAS, through diligent study, steady composure during examinations, and steadfast commitment of time and talent, Mr. Evins has achieved outstanding academic success and joined the ranks of the best and brightest students in Tennessee and our country; and

WHEREAS, in his remarkable high school career, Marshal Evins has earned an exemplary grade point average while participating in numerous extracurricular activities, including Beta Club and Future Business Leaders of America; and

WHEREAS, excelling in the athletic arena, Mr. Evins has served as a member of the varsity basketball and golf teams throughout his entire high school tenure; and

WHEREAS, his display of intellectual aptitude and ambition surely bodes well for his future success; and

WHEREAS, Marshal Evins's noteworthy achievement is a tremendous source of pride for his parents, Dub and Edie Beth Evins, his school, and his community; and

WHEREAS, Mr. Evins's dedication to excellence is clearly deserving of the respect, admiration, and commendation of the members of this General Assembly; now, therefore,

BE IT RESOLVED BY THE SENATE OF THE ONE HUNDRED TENTH GENERAL ASSEMBLY OF THE STATE OF TENNESSEE, THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES CONCURRING, that we commend and honor the 2018 DeKalb County High School Salutatorian, Marshal Evins, on his impressive academic achievement and extend to him our best wishes for a happy, successful future”.

DCHS Graduation Friday Night (VIEW CLASS OF 2018 SENIOR PHOTOS HERE)

May 16, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Valedictorian Allison Maynard
Class President Tyree Cripps
Salutatorian Marshal Evins

Graduation for the Class of 2018 at DeKalb County High School will be Friday night at 7:00 p.m. on the high school football field.

The commencement program will feature the presentation of the White Rose and Citizenship Awards to members of the Class, a performance by the DCHS Chorus, and remarks by the Class Valedictorian Allison Maynard and Class President Tyree Cripps.

(CLICK LINK BELOW TO VIEW SENIOR FORMALS)

http://wjle.com/graduation/2018/page1

The program includes an Invocation, music by the DCHS Chorus, address to the Class by Valedictorian Allison Maynard, Recognition of Honors and Distinction students, Recognition of Top Rank and Service, Presentation of White Rose and Citizenship Awards, Presentation of diplomas by Principal Randy Jennings and Director of Schools Patrick Cripps, Benediction, and Recessional by DCHS Band.

Members of the Class of 2018 are as follows:

Maria Acuna, Omar Aldino, Jaimie Alexander, Ana Leonor Amaya, Courtney Ambrose, Jordan Anderson, Jaynee Angaran, Eleonore Atnip, Myrie Atnip, Zachary Atnip,

Kristena Bain, MaKayla Bain, James Barrientos, Mark Baugus, Savannah Belcher, Kayla Belk, Aaron Gage Bowman, Bryson Braswell, Dailen Brown, Hannah Brown, Seth Brown, Veronica Karlene Brown, Daniel Bryant, Emily Burklow, Faedra Burns, William Burrage, Paxton Butler.

Austin Cantrell, Ethan Cantrell, Hayle Cantrell, Isaac Cantrell, Kaitlyn Cantrell, Tyler Cantrell, Catherine Caplinger, William Carpenter, Anthony Cole Cathey, Carrigan Chapman, Travis Checchi, Samuel Claiborne, Lindsey Cooper, Cesar Coronilla, Alexander Cowan, Madison Cripps, Tyree Cripps, Ean Cryer

William Deaver, Gage Delape, Ethan Dies, Damion Alexandria Dishman, William Dowling, Dustin Drennan, Noelle Driver, Thomas Driver, Brittney Duggin,

Zackary Elmore, Dylan Kayne Easterwood, Destiny Ervin, Abby Evans, Hannah Evans, Marshal Evins,

Christian Ferrell, Justin Lynn Ferrell, Santanna Ferrell, Sierra Nichole Ferrell, Derek Fish, Cristobal Flores, Jacob Frazier, Olivia Fuson,

Carlos Gustavo Garcia Gallegos, Jhoany Gaspar, Eric Gaw, Ashlyn Gay, Breanna Gibson, Carrington Gifford, Davis Gillespie, Emily Glass, Mia Godinez, Grace Godowns, Griffin Goldstein, Jacob Gora, Morgan Green, Zachary Gunter, Viel-Danicsa Guzman,

Cody Hale, Jarad Henry, Shea Hicks, Preston Huggins, Bradey Hughes, Junior Ingram,

Ethan Jennings, Hunter Jennings, Austin Johnson, Trey Jones, Pablo Juarez, Will McKinlee Judkins, Kyle Justice,

Ethan Keck, Madison Kemper, Makayla Brooke Kirby, Hannah Knowles,

Emily Lasser, Hunter Layne, Braxton Linder, Adrian Lucci,

Mark Mace, Tanner Malone, Jared Marlar, Ethan Martin, Laiza Martinez, Eaven Matchett, Nicholas Edward May, Allison Maynard, John Maynard, Brianna Meadows, Kelsie Merriman, Julianna Milio, Brayden Miller, Brenden Miller, Bradley Miller, AJ Mofield, Bryan Mooneyham, Thomas Moore, Noah Morris, Daniel Aldino-Munoz, Rogelio-Ramirez Munoz, Gage Myers,

Caitlynn Nickell, Dalton Norrod,

Glendaliz Rodriguez Ortiz, Mason Overbey, Christian Owen,

David Pack, Kirstyn Pack, Logan Painter, Jada Palmer, Jasmine Parker, Mackenzie Partridge, Ami Patel, Amelia Patterson, Christopher Patterson, Alex Pollard, Paola Ponce,

Nolia Ramos, Savanna Randall, Lee Randolph, Hailey Redmon, Joseph Redmon, Paul Reed, Taylor Reeder, Nicole Rivera, Kelly Roberts, Maggie Robinson,

Roberto Serrano Sanchez, Colton Seifort, Sandra Berenice Serna, Riley C. Sexton, Jesse Smith, Nathaniel Snell, Hunter Speaks, Summer Spivey, Taitum Stacy, Nicklaus Staley, Justin Stanick, Vanessa Stepp, Kaden Stone, Zachary Stover, Lesley Suarez, Dusten Sutherland,

Christina Taylor, Kendal Taylor, Peyton Taylor, Gabriel Terry, Christopher Austin Tomlin, Joses Torres,

Alexis Utley,

Devin Vanatta,

Claire Waggoner, Savannah West, Seth Whaley, Kayli White, Savanah White, Kaylee Whitefield, Kellie Ann Williams, Olivia Mae Winter, and Kyleigh Turbeville White.

Chamber Presents Community Improvement Award to The Retreat at Center Hill Lake

May 16, 2018
The Retreat at Center Hill Lake Staff - Kyle Thompson, Britt Russo, Jordan Campbell; Founders of the Timothy Hill organization - Jerry Hill & Fern Hill; Chamber Director Suzanne Williams; Retreat at CHL Staff Jamie Campbell and Madison Maryfield.

The Smithville-DeKalb County Chamber of Commerce presented a well-deserved Community Improvement Award to The Retreat at Center Hill Lake, 358 Relax Drive, Smithville. The staff at The Retreat at Center Hill Lake recently completed a major renovation to the lodge. All 26 rooms have new flooring, new beds and bedding, painted walls, newly stained cabinets, new TVs, new furniture, and some fresh, new artwork. The large conference room also got a new paint job and new carpet.

The Retreat is for individuals, families, and groups who want to spend time being adventurous, growing together, or simply relaxing. The campus combines a Lodge with beautiful suites, and cabins that are perfect for families. The Retreat also hosts corporate groups and churches, serving as a regional retreat center location of choice for both churches through family camps, marriage weekends and spiritual formation retreats, and organizations who want to hold retreats or leadership development conferences. Making these improvements is just one more way the staff at the retreat center hope to make their guests feel welcome.

For more information about the Timothy Hill organization and The Retreat at Center Hill Lake, go to: www.timothyhill.org, check out their Facebook Page, or for reservations, call (615)597-4298.

Pictured (L-R)

The Retreat at Center Hill Lake Staff - Kyle Thompson, Britt Russo, Jordan Campbell; Founders of the Timothy Hill organization - Jerry Hill & Fern Hill; Chamber Director Suzanne Williams; Retreat at CHL Staff Jamie Campbell and Madison Maryfield.

DCHS Forms Bass Fishing Club

May 15, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Jim Beshearse

DCHS has its own fishing team.

The DeKalb County Board of Education is excited to offer this new opportunity for high school students.

According to Jim Beshearse, 3rd District School Board member, the new club will give students who have a passion for bass fishing a venue to practice and display their bass fishing skills.

“DeKalb County, along with other area high schools, will participate in Bass Tournaments held on lakes across Tennessee,” said Beshearse who will serve as fishing coach. His wife Marla Beshearse, a local educator, will be the club sponsor.

The fishing activities for students in the club will be from spring to fall and mostly on weekends. Parents will have to give permission for their teens to participate and provide transportation and fishing equipment for them.

For more information contact Jim Beshearse at 615-587-0053

Neighbors Want Unsightly Property Cleaned Up

May 15, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page

The City of Smithville has a property maintenance ordinance but at least a couple of residents are frustrated with the lack of enforcement in their neighborhoods.

During last Monday’s monthly meeting, a city resident and business owner appeared before the Mayor and Aldermen asking for help.

The woman, who resides on West Main Street, showed pictures of her next door neighbor’s rental property which she says has been largely unkept for a long time.

“I’ve been here for nine years and this has been on-going for seven years. I have contacted the mayor and he has done the best he could do to get this place cleaned up. I have gone as far as putting up a wooden picket fence because the property is so bad. There is a lot of overgrowth and the house and barn on the property are in rough shape,” she said.

Meanwhile a city resident in another part of town was also at the meeting complaining of unkept property in his neighborhood. He too said the problem has been lingering for several years.

Although the existing property maintenance ordinance calls for the building codes inspector to serve notice upon violators, the city has recently been placing that responsibility with the police department.

“What we have been doing lately is having an officer deliver a letter to the property owner once we receive a complaint and then they have ten days to clean up their property. If that doesn’t happen then the city can go in and clean it and charge the property owner by adding it to their tax card. The city also has the option of taking a lien against that property if need be,” said City Administrator Hunter Hendrixson.

City officials assured these concerned property owners that their issues would be addressed.

“I’m proud you came up here tonight. We need more people to speak out,” said Alderman Danny Washer, who has long advocated getting tougher on those in violation of the city’s property maintenance ordinance.

Since the police department has taken on the duty of serving notices to violators, Chief Mark Collins said so far no citations have been necessary. “Once a complaint is filed and we get the papers, we assign it to an officer and he goes to see them (violators). The officer serves the notice and gives them ten days to clean up their property and it’s up to that officer to go back after ten days and check it out. We have served three notices so far but we have not had to write any citations. Whatever was in the ordinance has been taken care of and they did not have to be cited into city court,” said Chief Collins.

Under the city's existing property maintenance ordinance, "It shall be the duty of the Building Inspector of the City of Smithville to serve notice upon the property owner of record in violation. The property owner shall be notified in writing specifying the nature of the violation, specifying the corrective measures to be taken, and require compliance within not more than 30 days. The notice may be served upon the owners of the premises where the violation is located by:

Posting notice in plain view on the property in violation, or sending notice by mail.

The date the notice is posted or received by the offender shall serve as the beginning of the specified time period allowing for corrective action."

The ordinance further states that "Failure by the property owner to take corrective action to bring the property within compliance shall constitute a violation and be a civil offense."

"Any person violating this chapter shall be subject to a civil penalty of $50 for each separate violation of this chapter. Each day the violation of this chapter continues shall be considered a separate violation," according to the ordinance.

Tigerettes Advance to Region Tournament Title Game

May 15, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Tigerettes Advance to Region Tournament Title Game

The DCHS Tigerettes will be competing for a Region Tournament Crown Wednesday after beating Marion County 15 to 5 in Smithville Monday evening.

The Tigerettes will travel to Sequatchie County for the title game starting at 6 p.m.

In the game Monday night, DeKalb County scored 15 runs on 13 hits and made 3 errors. Marion County scored 5 runs on 6 hits and made 1 error.

DeKalb County scored 3 runs in the 1st inning, 8 runs in the 4th inning, and 4 runs in the 6th inning. Marion County scored 3 runs in the 1st inning and 2 runs in the 5th inning.

Kenzie France was the winning pitcher.

Kenzie France belted 2 homeruns in the game. Allison Maynard had one homerun. Emme Colwell and Kelly Roberts doubled and singled. Jonie Robinson and Kristena Bain singled and Megan Walker and Braya Murphy each had 2 singles.

Bradley Miller Top Scholarship Winner at DCHS Senior Awards Night Ceremony

May 15, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Director of Schools Patrick Cripps with the top two scholarship winners during Monday night’s DCHS Class of 2018 Awards Night Program Bradley Miller and Glendaliz Ortiz-Rodriguez
Director of Schools Patrick Cripps with Mackenzie Partridge who recently earned an Associate Degree at Motlow State Community College before graduating high school through the dual enrollment program. Partridge will graduate with her high school classmates Friday night.
DCHS Class of 2018 Tennessee Scholars
DCHS Class of 2018 Scholarship Award Winners

Bradley Miller was the top scholarship award winner during Monday night’s Class of 2018 Awards Night program held at DCHS.

Miller received the largest single award of $180,280 in a football scholarship from Sewanee University of the South.

Two other students received more than $100,000 in scholarships including Glendaliz Ortiz-Rodriguez who will get $130,000 for her enlistment in the US Marine Corps and Mackenzie Partridge who is being awarded $115,000 for her enlistment in the US Navy. Partridge was also awarded $8,000 from UT-Martin and $1,000 each from the National Society of High School Scholars and the Honors Society.

Partridge was further recognized for already having completed two years of college at Motlow State Community College through the dual enrollment program. Partridge has earned an Associate degree in Science. She walked the line at Motlow on Saturday, May 5. As a member of the DCHS Class of 2018, Partridge and her fellow classmates will receive their high school diplomas Friday night on the football field during the commencement at 7 p.m.

Representatives of colleges, universities, branches of the armed services, businesses, civic groups, and other organizations made the presentations.

Scholarship recipients listed in alphabetical order according to last names and their award amounts and other honors are as follows:

*Eleonore Atnip:
Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors: $1,000

*Myrie Atnip:
W. Doyle and Melford Smith Scholarship from Tennessee Tech: $2,500
DeKalb County Cattleman’s Association Kenneth Young Memorial Scholarship-$1,000
DeKalb County Soil Conservation District-$500
Farm Bureau Young Farmers & Ranchers-$500

*Kristina Bain:
Cumberland University-$6,000
US Marines Athlete Award

*MaKayla Cornett-Bain:
Mentors Association Scholarship:$5,000

*Kayla Belk:
UT-Chattanooga-$16,000
Comcast-$1,000
AmVets-$250
AmVets Ladies Auxiliary-$250
DeKalb County 4-H Jo Ellen Huffman Memorial Scholarship-$500

*Bryson Braswell:
Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship-$1,000

*Hannah Brown:
Golden Opportunity Scholarship from Tennessee Tech-$8,000
David Wayne Alexander Memorial-$1,500
DCHS BETA Club Scholarship-$200
Woodmen of the World U.S. History Award- $50

*Veronica Brown:
Caney Fork Electric-2017 Essay Contest Fourth Place-$50

*Emily Burklow:
Brandon Elder & Jolly Angels-$4,000
Smithville Business & Professional Women’s Club- $500
First Bank-$500
St. Thomas DeKalb Hospital-$500
DeKalb Retired Teachers Association-$200

*Faedra Burns:
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000

*Kaitlyn Cantrell:
DeKalb Emergency Services Association-$500

*Catherine Caplinger;
St Thomas DeKalb Hospital Physicians-$500

*Travis Checci:
Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship-$1,000

*Tyree Cripps:
FBLA Business Award
Smithville Rotary Club-$750
DeKalb County School Board Members-$600
Alan Hooper Memorial from Love-Cantrell Funeral Home-$500
DeKalb Retired Teachers Association-$200
Rotary Youth Leadership Award

*Gage Delape:
Lindsey Wilson College Academic and Football-$76,000

*Ethan Dies:
DeKalb County Scottish Rite Club-$1,000

*Thomas Brady Driver:
Motlow State Community College: $2,000
Upper Cumberland Association of Realtors: $250
3.21 Run for Down Syndrome Awareness-$250
Caney Fork Electric-2017 Youth Leadership Summitt

*Dylan Easterwood:
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000

*Abby Evans:
Dailey & Vincent Helping Hands Scholarship-$2,000
David Wayne Alexander Memorial-$1,500
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State- $350
Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors: $500

*Marshal Evins:
Salutatorian
Kyle & Kenny Robinson Memorial Scholarship-$1,000
Smithville Rotary Club Math Award-$100

*Justin Ferrell:
Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship-$1,000

*Santana Ferrell:
Dailey & Vincent Helping Hands Scholarship-$2,000

*Jacob Frazier:
UT-Knoxville-$12,000
General Assembly Merit Scholarship-$4,000

*Olivia Fuson:
Liberty State Bank-$500
Caney Fork Electric-2017 Essay Contest Second Place-$100

*Pablo Juarez-Garcia:
Smithville Rotary Club Vocational Award-$100
Caney Fork Electric-2017 Washington Youth Tour Winner

*Jhoany Gaspar:
Smithville Rotary Club-$750

*Breanna Gibson:
UT-Chattanooga-$12,000
3.21 Run for Down Syndrome Awareness-$250
DCHS BETA Club Scholarship-$200
Rotary Youth Leadership Award
US Marines Scholar Award

*Grace Godowns:
MTSU True Blue Scholarship-$12,000
Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors: $500

*Griffin Goldstein:
Golden Opportunity Scholarship from Tennessee Tech-$8,000
Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship-$1,000

*Cody Hale:
Custom Packaging Scholarship for full tuition and books to Cumberland University

*Brady Hughes:
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000

*Virgilio Junior Ingram:
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home-$500
US Marines Semper Fidelis Award

*Ethan Jennings:
Tennessee Highway Patrol-$500
American Legion Boys State-$350 (elected Lieutenant Governor)
US Marines Athlete Award

*Hunter Chad Jennings:
Anthony Duane Trapp Memorial-$1,000

*Austin Johnson:
UT-Chattanooga-$16,000
DeKalb County School Board Members-$600

*Trey Jones:
Motlow State Community College: $6,000
Love-Cantrell Funeral Home-$500
Southern Landscape & Supply-$500

*Will Judkins:
Caney Fork Electric-2017 Essay Contest Third Place-$75

*Kyle Justice:
Regions Bank- $28,000
High Flyer Scholarship from Tennessee Tech-$16,000
General Assembly Merit Scholarship-$4,000

*Emily Lasser:
Eddie Crips Memorial Scholarship-$500
DCHS Class of 1966-$500

*Mark Mace:
Lucille Stewart Memorial Scholarship-$2,000
DeKalb Retired Teachers Association-$750

*Allison Maynard:
Valedictorian
Freed-Hardeman University-$57,420
Tennessee Governor’s School for Sciences and Engineering
Rotary Youth Leadership Award
Daughters of the American Revolution-Good Citizen Award-$50

*John Maynard:
Columbia State Community College Baseball Scholarship-$8,910

*Nick May
Thomas Moore College-$72,000
Clay Edwards Memorial Tiger Pride Award-$500

*Kelsie Merriman:
UT-Knoxville-$20,000
Scarlett Family Foundation Scholarship for Business-$30,000
UT-Knoxville Aspire Stem-$37,500
Tenneco Daughters Scholarship-$6,000
General Assembly Merit Scholarship-$4,000
American Legion Auxiliary Girls State: $350

*Bradley Miller:
Sewanee University of the South-$180,280
Kyle & Kenny Robinson Memorial Scholarship-$1,000

*Logan Painter:
Southeast Bank Scholarship: $20,000
UT-Chattanooga-$16,000

*Jasmine Parker:
High Flyer Scholarship from Tennessee Tech-$12,000
General Assembly Merit Scholarship-$4,000
Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors: $500
Caney Fork Electric-2017 Youth Leadership Summitt

*MacKenzie Partridge:
United States Navy Enlistment-$115,000
UT-Martin-$8,000
Motlow State Community College Associate Degree
National Society of High School Scholars-$1,000
Honors Society-$1,000

*Ami Patel:
UT-Chattanooga-$16,000

*Paola Ponce:
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000

*Lee Randolph
Gene Haas Foundation Scholarship-$1,000

*Hailey Redmon:
Smithville Women’s Club-$500

*Nicole Rivera:
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000

*Maggie Robinson:
UT-Chattanooga-$16,000
Kyle & Kenny Robinson Memorial Scholarship-$1,000
Golden Opportunity Scholarship from Tennessee Tech

*Glendaliz Ortiz-Rodriguez:
US Marine Corps Enlistment: $130,000

*Nicklaus Staley:
Elzie and Nell McBride Memorial Scholarship-$500

*Devin Vanatta:
Mentors Association Scholarship:$5,000

*Savannah West:
Eastern Middle Tennessee Association of Realtors: $1,000
Golden Opportunity Scholarship from Tennessee Tech-$4,000

*Benjamin Seth Whaley:
Clyde Thomas Family Trust Scholarship-$1,000

*Olivia Winter:
Lucille Stewart Memorial Scholarship-$2,000
Karen Blair Jacobs Memorial Scholarship in Education-$1,000
DeKalb County School Board Members-$600
Southern Landscape & Supply-$500
DeKalb Retired Teachers Association-$200

The 47 Top Rank students in the Class of 2018 were recognized including the Valedictorian Allison Maynard and the Salutatorian Marshal Evins.

To be considered for top Rank, students must take at least 10 honors, dual enrollment, and AP courses and students must have a 21 or higher ACT composite score.

The following students have met requirements to be considered for Top Rank:
1. Allison Maynard
2. Marshal Evins
3. Breanna Gibson
4. Kelsie Merriman
5. Abby Evans
6. Logan Painter
7. Kyle Justice
8. Austin Johnson
9. Maggie Robinson
10. Kaitlyn Cantrell
11. Hannah Evans
12. Michael Miller
13. Tyree Cripps
14. Willow Godowns
15. Hannah Brown
16. Olivia Fuson
17. Taylor Reeder
18. Eleonore Atnip
19. Makayla Cornett-Bain
20. Jaimie Alexander
21. David Pack
22. Ana Amaya
23. Jacob Frazier
24. Ethan Jennings
25. Santanna Ferrell
26. Trey Jones
27. Olivia Winter
28. Griffen Goldstein
29. Ami Patel
30. Savannah Belcher
31. Laiza Martinez
32. Madison Cripps
33. Ethan Cantrell
34. Ethan Martin
35. Thomas Driver
36. Kaylee Whitefield
37. Jasmine Parker
38. Emily Burklow
39. Kayla Belk
40. Hunter Speaks
41. Jaynee Angaran
42. Gage Delape
43. Hunter Jennings
44. Makenzie Partridge
45. Lee Randolph
46. Savannah West
47. Hailey Redmon

Twenty four seniors at DCHS have met the requirements for graduating with Tennessee State Honors by meeting all of the ACT/SAT subject area readiness benchmarks.

Those students are:
Jaimie Alexander
Ana Amaya
Savannah Belcher
Kayla Belk
Kaitlyn Cantrell
Abby Evans
Hannah Evans
Marshal Evins
Jacob Frazier
Breanna Gibson
Grace Godowns
Griffen Goldstein
Austin Johnson
Kyle Justice
Mark Mace
Allison Maynard
Kelsie Merriman
Bradley Miller
David Pack
Logan Painter
Jasmine Parker
Ami Patel
Lee Randolph
Maggie Robinson.

The ACT benchmarks for this honor are English-18, Reading-22, Math-22, and Science-23.
SAT benchmarks are: Evidence-Based Reading and Writing-480, and Math-530.
Students who take the ACT in April and meet the requirements may still graduate with honors.

Forty three students have earned the honor of “Distinction” including the following:

Jaimie Alexander
Eleonore Atnip
Kristina Bain
Savannah Belcher
Hannah Brown
Emily Burklow
Ethan Cantrell
Kaitlyn Cantrell
MaKayla Cornett-Bain
Tyree Cripps
Brady Driver
Noelle Driver
Abby Evans
Hannah Evans
Olivia Fuson
Santana Ferrell
Breanna Gibson
Mia Godinez
Grace Godowns
Griffen Goldstein
Ethan Jennings
Austin Johnson
Trey Jones
Kyle Justice
Emily Lasser
Ethan Martin
Allison Maynard
Brianna Meadows
Kelsie Merriman
Bradley Miller
Logan Painter
Jasmine Parker
Mackenzie Partridge
Lee Randolph
Hailey Redmon
Taylor Reeder
Nicole Rivera
Maggie Robinson
Hunter Speaks
Savannah West
Kaylee Whitefield
Kyleigh White Turbeville
Olivia Winter

Students with Distinction have met at least one of the following:
*Earned a nationally recognized industry certification
*Participated in at least one year of the Governor's Schools
*Participated in one of the state's All State Musical Organizations
*Been selected as a National Merit Finalist or Semi-Finalist
*Attained a composite score of 31 or higher on the ACT
*Attained a score of 3 or higher on at least two Advanced Placement (AP) exams
*Earned 12 or more semester hours of postsecondary (dual enrollment credit)

The 2018 DCHS Tennessee Scholars were recognized.

The Tennessee Scholars program encourages students to take a more rigorous and challenging course of study in high school. Students graduating as Tennessee Scholars have to maintain good academic, disciplinary, and attendance standards as well as volunteer at least 80 hours over the course of their high school career in the community. Tennessee Scholars also choose to take rigorous courses beyond what is required to graduate. Janney & Associates CPAs generously provided the Tennessee Scholars Medals.

The following students have met all requirements for the Tennessee Scholars Program:

Jaimie Alexander
Eleonore Atnip
Kristina Bain
Savannah Belcher
Hannah Brown
Emily Burklow
Kaitlyn Cantrell
MaKayla Cornett-Bain
Tyree Cripps
Brady Driver
Noelle Driver
Abby Evans
Hannah Evans
Breanna Gibson
Grace Godowns
Austin Johnson
Pablo Juarez-Garcia
Emily Lasser
Ethan Martin
Allison Maynard
Kelsie Merriman
Logan Painter
Jasmine Parker
Mackenzie Partridge
Hailey Redmon
Maggie Robinson
Savannah West
Kyleigh White Turbeville
Olivia Winter

Tennessee recognition for service awards were presented to the following students who have completed 10 or more hours of service to their community each year since starting high school:
Kristina Bain
Savannah Belcher
Kayla Belk
Hannah Brown
Brady Driver
Dylan Easterwood
Abby Evans
Hannah Evans
Jacob Frazier
Breanna Gibson
Morgan Green
Pablo Juarez-Garcia
Emily Lasser
Ethan Martin
Allison Maynard
Logan Painter
Jasmine Parker
Mackenzie Partridge
Maggie Robinson
Olivia Winter

Head Start Students Graduate

May 14, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
Head Start Students Graduate

Seventy four students in the L.B.J. & C. Smithville Head Start Program received certificates during a graduation ceremony held Monday at the county complex auditorium.

Parents and other family members and friends turned out for the program which featured the children singing songs including ”Goodbye Friends” and dancing to the recording of “Get Funky”.

Students in each of the four classes wore graduation caps and came to the podium to receive their certificates as their names were called by the teachers.

Director Cathy Shehane read a graduation poem in honor of the students.

“A child is like a butterfly in the wind. Some can fly higher than others, but each one flies the best it can. Why compare one against the other? Each one is different. Each one is special. Each one is beautiful.”

DCHS Baseball Camp set for June 4 & 5

May 14, 2018
by: 
Dwayne Page
 Adam Kefauver

The 2018 DeKalb County Baseball Camp will be Monday and Tuesday, June 4 & 5

Tiger Coach Adam Kefauver said the camp will be held at the DCHS baseball field from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. each day.

The camp is for ages 5 to 14.

Camp Skills:
* Learn the proper mechanics for throwing and catching
* Learn the proper fundamentals for pitching, playing infield, and playing outfield
* Learn correct fundamentals of hitting
* Learn numerous drills for all aspects of baseball

What to bring:
* Cleats, tennis shoes, baseball pants, hat, glove, bat (catchers gear)
* Snacks and drinks for breaks (water will be provided)

Registration:
* Cost of the camp is $60
* Registration will be June 4 from 8 a.m. to 8:45 a.m. at the DCHS Baseball field.

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