Board member Mr. Eric Hyche recognized John Sevier Middle School 7th grader Ella Miller for winning first place in the Tennessee High School Press Association's (THSPA) Awards Day for Best News Story (Newspaper/Newsmagazine).
- Ella is the daughter of Steve Miller and Margaret Calcott.
- The Sequoyah Scribe, under the leadership of sponsor Mr. David Flanary, is an extracurricular journalism program that produces a student-written, student-designed, and student-led newspaper, website, and broadcast.
- The Sequoyah Scribe has a history of excellence in journalism and consistently has student journalists placing in national and international competitions against other school newspapers, including high school newspapers.
- Three other Sevier students also won awards during the Awards Day celebration. Patrick Galloway won 2nd place for Best Editorial, Micah Maynard won third place for Best Review, and Laura Murphy won 3rd place for Best Sports Story.
- The THSPA provides a forum for students interested in journalism, offers networking opportunities, and promotes excellence in high school student publications.
Board member Mr. Todd Golden recognized members of the Dobyns-Bennett High School a cappella singing group, Armonia, for winning first place in the prestigious Voices of Harmony A Cappella competition in Lexington, KY on March 2-3, 2018. Elise Rogers won best female vocalist, while Campbell Garver won best male vocalist and best student arranger.
- Members of Armonia include Paul Adedokun, Jed Ratliff, Braydon Yonts, Evan Bishop, Campbell Garver, Anna Begley, Elise Rogers, Abbie Edwards, Katie Moore, and Kaylee Hubbard.
- Students in Armonia also sing in the D-B Varsity Choir. The Varsity Choir was one of twelve choirs across the nation who were selected to perform at the Premiere National Choir Festival in Indianapolis, IN. Both choral groups are led by D-B music teacher Mrs. Jenny Rogers.
Board member Mrs. Carrie Upshaw and D-B Social Studies Teacher and SCOPE Conference sponsor Mr. Jason Clayman recognized four students who recently participated in the Tennessee School Boards Association (TSBA) 2018 Student Conference on Policies in Education (SCOPE) Conference.
- Student participants included Karli Ailshie (TSBA Student of the Year), Julian Chastain, Halle Hernandez, and Kevin Loo. Kevin Loo was elected 1st Vice President for the 2019 SCOPE slate of officers.
- SCOPE student delegates meet in large and small group sessions, attend mock school board meetings, participate in group debates, and make policy recommendations to the TSBA during this one-day conference.
- This year's topics for debate dealt with privacy of student information, corporal punishment, mandatory civics exams, and cyber-bullying.
Board Vice President Dr. Karen Reed-Wright recognized Adams Elementary School teacher Dr. Cindy Bellamy for receiving the Outstanding Elementary Teacher of the Year Award from the Tennessee Council for the Social Studies (TCSS).
- Dr. Bellamy teaches fourth grade at Adams and has been with KCS for seven years.
- TCSS is an association devoted to providing information resources and support for all involved in social studies education, including K-12 teachers, supervisors of instruction, and college professors.
Board President Mrs. Susan Lodal, Chief Academic Officer - Elementary Dr. Dwain Arnold, and Chief Academic Officer - Secondary Dr. Brian Cinnamon recognized KCS building-level Teachers of the Year and announced the three selected as 2018 KCS Teacher of the Year.
- Building-level winners for grades Pre-K - 4 are:
- Jayson Arnold, 3rd grade, Washington Elementary
- Carrie Conkin, 4th grade, Johnson Elementary
- Randy Elam, Pre-K, Roosevelt Elementary
- Ami Frye, 4th grade, Jefferson Elementary
- Whitney Gibson, 2nd grade, Jackson Elementary
- Sarah Hall, Pre-K, Palmer Center
- Patti Smith, 1st grade, Lincoln Elementary
- Building-level winners for grades 5-8 are:
- Jeff Frye, 7th grade Social Studies, Robinson MS
- Leslie Hardin, 7th and 8th grade English Language Arts, Sevier MS
- Erica Johnson, 7th grade English Language Arts, Robinson MS
- John Mallick, 8th grade Social Studies, Sevier MS
- Peter Joseph (PJ) Ryan IV, 5th grade, Kennedy Elementary
- Amanda Senn, 5th grade, Adams Elementary
- Building level winners for grades 9-12 are:
- Allison Berry, English, Dobyns-Bennett HS
- Carmen Brooks, English, Dobyns-Bennett HS
- Luke Douthat, Science, Dobyns-Bennett HS
- Jana Engle, World Language, Dobyns-Bennett HS
- Melissa Fields, English, Dobyns-Bennett HS
- Sara Shaffer, Digital Arts, D-B EXCEL
- Elizabeth Wilkins, World Language, Dobyns-Bennett HS
- The 2018 District-level Teachers of the Year for Kingsport City Schools are:
- Ami Frye, 4th grade teacher at Jefferson Elementary
- Erica Johnson, 7th grade English Language Arts teacher at Robinson Middle School; and
- Sara Shaffer, Digital Arts teacher at D-B EXCEL