Board Member Mr. Todd Golden recognized Graham Clark, head football coach at Dobyns-Bennett High School, for being named a finalist for the 2017 Power of Influence Award. This award was presented jointly by the American Football Coaches Association (AFCA) and the American Football Coaches Foundation (AFCF).
- Coach Clark was one of 12 national finalists nationwide.
- The Power of Influence Award was created to honor a deserving high school football coach with respect to the coach's impact on their team and players, as well as the legacy they leave with the school and surrounding community.
- Coach Clark has been an educator and coach for more than 40 years. He has received multiple honors through the years and is the all-time winningest coach at D-B. In the past 25 years, he has guided the Dobyns-Bennett football program to a record of 252-71, including 17 conference championships.
- Coach Clark announced earlier today that he will be retiring from Dobyns-Bennett at the conclusion of this school year, ending his coaching career after 25 years leading the Tribe.
Board Member Mrs. Carrie Upshaw recognized three D-B seniors who were selected to apply for the annual United States Presidential Scholars program. Karli Ailshie, daughter of Dr. Lyle and Vanessa Ailshie, John Lewis Corker, son of Cliff and Alice Corker, and Kate Tolleson, daughter of John and Ginette Tolleson, will be competing against 4,500 other top high school students across the nation.
- Established in 1964 by executive order of the President, the program recognizes and honors the nation's most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments and academic success, leadership, and service to the school and community. The program has since been expanded to include students with exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts, as well as those who have demonstrated ability and accomplishment in career and technical fields.
- Annually, up to 161 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation's highest honors for high school students.
- Application is by invitation only. Students chosen as Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. in June for the National Recognition Weekend, featuring various events, enrichment activities, and presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony. During the weekend, scholars will also have access to important national and international figures, including government officials, educators, authors, musicians, and scientists.
Board Member Mr. Eric Hyche recognized teams from Jackson Elementary School and Robinson Middle School for their performance during the recent FIRST LEGO League (FLL) Tennessee Championship Tournament. Jackson's team placed third in Project Research, while Robinson's team placed third in Core Values.
- The FLL is an international competition for elementary and middle school students coordinated by the FIRST organization. Each year, the contest focuses on a different real-world topic related to the sciences. The robotics part of the competition revolves around designing and programming LEGO robots to complete tasks.
- Students develop solutions for the various problems they are given and then compete in tournaments to share their knowledge, compare ideas, and display their robots.
- This is the first year KCS students have participated in the FLL. Teams from Adams Elementary, Jackson Elementary, Jefferson Elementary, Lincoln Elementary and Robinson Middle School all advanced past the regional competition to compete in the state tournament. While this was the first year for KCS teams, many of the teams they competed against have been participating in the competition for as many as ten years.
- Students from Jackson and Robinson provided brief demonstrations of the projects which were developed for the state championship tournament and resulted in their exemplary placement.