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Dragons band members honored with ETSBOA selections


Clinton High School band members were selected for the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association All East Senior Clinic held at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg. Back row (from left): Aiden Hepworth, Isabella Rice, David Holt, Gavin Clock, Nathan Angel, Sara Boundy and Noah Berg. Front row: Sophia Tiption
Several members of this year’s Clinton High School band were selected to represent CHS in the East Tennessee School Band and Orchestra Association’s prestigious clinics.

Matthew Bimstein, Clinton High School Band director, said four students earned a place in the ETSBOA All East Jazz Clinic at Walker Valley High School in Cleveland.

“The clinic brings the best high school jazz students together in East Tennessee to work with guest clinicians and perform a concert,” said Bimstein, noting that students went through a rigorous audition process in November and attended the clinic in January.

The students selected for this clinic were senior Trey Meredith, baritone saxophone; senior David Holt, bass trombone; junior Isabella Rice, tenor saxophone; and junior Aiden Hepworth, baritone saxophone.

Many students were also chosen for the ETSBOA All East Senior Clinic held at the Park Vista Hotel in Gatlinburg, Brimstein said.

This clinic, which brings the best overall high school band students together in East Tennessee, consisted of an audition in January and the clinic and concert performance in February.

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Crisis badges speed up alerts, enhance security level at CCS


Clinton Elementary School teaching assistant Kami Mor- gan and Principal Jenna Sharp wear badges that they and other staff can use to set off alarms. - Ben Pounds
Staff wearing alarm-activating Crisis Alert badges around their necks help protect children at Clinton City Schools.

By pressing the badge three times, staff can send an alert and map of the wearer’s location to desktops and mobile devices like phones and watches.

By pressing it eight times, a staff member can set off flashing lights and a lockdown warning. Staff members wear them around their necks.

The alarms are from the company Centegix.

Mary Ford, chief marketing officer for the company, promoted the devices at a recent event with Clinton Elementary School staff, showing off the devices and giving details on their use.

Kami Morgan, a special-education teaching assistant at the school, saw the Crisis Alert system’s ability firsthand in October 2022.

A student tried to run off the campus.

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Dean’s List

Freeman named to Dean’s List Leah Freeman of Rocky Top has been named to Kennesaw State University’s fall 2023 Dean’s List in recognition of academic achievement. Majoring in journalism and emerging media, Freeman is among the more than 8,000 students named to the fall Dean’s List. To qualify, students must earn a semester grade point average of 3.5 or higher and complete a minimum of nine credit hours. Beaty earns a spot on the Dean’s List Steven Beaty of Clinton has been named to the Dean’s List for the fall 2023 semester at Coastal Carolina University. Students who make the Dean’s List have achieved a grade point average of 3.5 or higher (3.25 for freshmen) for the semester. Blanchard named to fall Dean’s List Adam Blanchard, of Oak Ridge, a member of the class of 2026 majoring in robotics engineering, was named to the university’s Dean’s List for academic excellence for the fall 2023 semester at Worcester Polytechnic Institute. WPI defines the Dean’s List by the amount of work completed at the “A” level

in courses and projects.

Dragons dancers compete at national dance competition


The Clinton High School Dance Dragons competed at the UDA National Dance Team Championship at Walt Disney World Resort on February 2-4. Back row, from left: Coach Emily Watson, Carleigh White, Bella Ortiz, Saviah Stewart, Addi Herrell, Allison Mullins, Kaylee Bean, Karsyn Riter and Lauren Farmer. Front row: Jasmine Erick, Kailynn Hundley, Hannah Collins, Ari Herrell, Reagan Majors and Kaylee Davis

Dance Cats win at national dance competition


The Oak Ridge Dance Team competed Feb. 2-4 at Walt Disney World, winning in several categories.

The senior team was national champion in Pom and Jazz, with second place in Hip Hop.

Also, the junior team was national champion in Jazz, with second place in Pom.

The Youth Team won as national champion in Pom, with second place in Hip-Hop and third place in Jazz.

Members of the ORHS Dance Cats by class are:

2024: Ben Dallas, Olivia Fellers, Sierra Griffith, Sophie Sluss, Tiahna Taylor, Jacqueline Turpin, Bella Underwood, Natalie Vishnivetskaya and Chloe Williams

2025: Carleigh Brown, Taylor Hendrickson, Sarah Pollack and Carter Sharp

2026: Anna Berven, Kinlea Brasel, Zoe Harper, Matti Hart, Jordan Menefee, Ava Underwood, Makenna Underwood and Aiyana Walker.

2027: Makaiya Eskridge, Haiden Keathley, Isabella Lawson, Shelby Lee, Ragan Monger and Isabellah Protte.

Claxton school may be finished by July ’26

The new Claxton Elementary School’s construction may be completed by July 2026, officials say.

Anderson County Director of Schools Tim Parrott gave that date during a meeting of the county Board of Education on Feb. 6.

He discussed it an interview afterward. Parrott said he hoped to get the project put out for bids by late November. The new school will be at 105 Fellowship Lane in Powell.

Parrott said the current school, at 2218 Clinton Highway in Powell, is old and has safety issues.

“I think this is going to be something that community’s needed for a long time,” he said.

He said the school system was looking to have the school STEM certified, a certification that involves methods of teaching science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

The contract went to the Anderson County Purchasing Committee on Monday, and that meeting’s agenda laid out some of the new school’s features.

It will be about 124,000 square feet and include four classrooms each for kindergarten through fifth grade. along with other facilities.

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