TKA Senior Named Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program

Samuel RectorTKA senior Samuel Rector has been named a Commended Student in the 2016 National Merit Scholarship Program. A Letter of Commendation from The King’s Academy and National Merit Scholarship Corporation (NMSC), which conducts the program, will be presented by principal LeRoy Beam to this scholastically talented senior.

About 34,000 Commended Students throughout the nation are being recognized for their exceptional academic promise. Although they will not continue in the 2016 competition for National Merit Scholarship awards, Commended Students placed among the top five percent of more than 1.5 million students who entered the 2016 competition by taking the 2014 Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).

“The young men and women being named Commended Students have demonstrated outstanding potential for academic success,” commented a spokesperson for NMSC. “These students represent a valuable national resource; recognizing their accomplishments, as well as the key role their schools play in their academic development, is vital to the advancement of educational excellence in our nation. We hope that this recognition will hep broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic success.”

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TKA Student Ensemble Performs at Sam Houston Schoolhouse

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L to R Back Rwo:Taylor Daft, Allison Dabi, JoJo Starkey, Sarah Laboy, Clay Branton, Bryce Chapman, Tyler Overdorf, Ayden Martin, Jordin Harrell, Emma Mynatt, Front Row: Avery Jordan, Audrey Frank, Bradey Russell, Caroline Rauhuff Teachers: Julie Littleton and Shelly Benson

IMG_1823.jpg smaller IMG_1816.jpg smallerThis past Sunday afternoon, a student ensemble of third through sixth graders highlighted the program at the Sam Houston Schoolhouse honoring the life of Sam Houston, governor of the great state of Texas who spent his childhood years in Maryville, Tennessee. Fourteen TKA students, led by music teachers Shelly Benson and Julie Littleton, sang three selections acknowledging different chapters in the life of Sam Houston: “The Yellow Rose of Texas”, “In My Tennessee Mountain Home”, and “Oh, I Love America”.   After their songs, guests learned more about the life and times of Sam Houston from Lynn Fox, a local reenactor with Tennesseans for Living History.  Local craftsmen also set up booths during the celebration.


Ashley Zhou Attends National Student Leadership Conference

Ashley Zhou

TKA senior Ashley Zhou attended the National Student Leadership Conference for business.  She worked in the financial department of her group that started a new pineapple company.  Through this activity, she learned how to manage funds for the business, and her group was challenged to find additional financial support when their CEO was kidnapped during the business simulation.  Ashley enjoyed the challenges and is excited to pursue a career in finance.

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TKA Honors Choir Students Attend All East/All State Prep Clinic

Five TKA Honors Choir students attended the All East/All State Preparatory Clinic at UT Knoxville on Saturday, August 29th. They worked on three pieces (Lotti’s “Crucifixus”, Kaallman’s “Pye Aleman” arranged by Sperry, and “Peace Like a River” arranged by Joan Szymko) that will be used for the All East vocal auditions on September 19th. The workshop was led by Dr. Jaclyn Johnson, associate director of choral activities at UT Knoxville.

L to R: Kyler Collins, Brandon Burgess, Trevor Pitney, Alyssa Krutz and Faith Williams

L to R: Kyler Collins, Brandon Burgess, Trevor Pitney, Alyssa Krutz and Faith Williams

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The Laughing Lion – Faculty Introductions 2015

It’s here – the first day of school has come! TKA middle and high school students fully enjoyed getting to know their teachers this morning! Introductions were given this fall through a video that included spoofs of popular television programs. Are you sitting down? You better be – because you may laugh too hard to remain standing! Thank you TKA faculty for using your creativity and drama skills, making us laugh until we cried!


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Knowles and Schumacher Win State Awards

L to R: Niamh Schumacher and Neka Knowles

L to R: Niamh Schumacher and Neka Knowles

Niamh Shumacher and Neka Knowles represented The King’s Academy at the Division II A/AA State Track and Field Meet in Murfreesboro last week. Sophomore Neka Knowles placed 6th in the Shot Put with a throw of 32’11”. Niamh, also a sophomore, placed 3rd in the 1600m run and won her first State Title in the 3200m run. It was an exciting day for TKA Track and Field! Congratulations Niamh and Neka!

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TKA Students Receive Math Awards

The TKA Math Department entered high school math students in the ACSI Math League Competition in April 2015. ACSI schools from around the region participated. TKA is pleased to announce the following winners!

The following students earned a blue ribbon for the Highest Individual Scores:
Algebra I – Cindy Zhang
Geometry – Hannah Wilbourn
Algebra II – Jerry Lin
Pre-Cal – Kim Jiang
Calculus – Hangyu Li

A medal was awarded to Hangyu Li for earning the highest score in his category (Calculus).

TEAMWORK COUNTS! TKA teams also won 1st PLACE in Algebra I, Pre-Cal, and Calculus 3 (Division II) .


TKA Announces 2015 Speech Contest Winners


Top Three Winners L to R: 3rd Place -Grant Webb, 2nd Place – Regan Weekly, 1st Place – Wendell Thornton


Top Eight Contestants (in no particular order) L to R: Zac Shaffer, Taylor Daft, Nathaniel Hall, Grant Webb, Regan Weekly, Wendell Thornton, Tyler Overdorf, Ashley Everett

The oratory contest at The King’s Academy was packed with stiff competition this spring!

Students in grades 5-8 were assigned a subject from which they could select their topics. 2015 contestants were to select a historical place and tell why it is significant. After researching and writing a report on their topics, the students presented their speeches to their teachers and peers. Teachers from each grade level selected up to four students to compete in the school-wide oratory contest sponsored by Woodmen of the World.

The King’s Academy is pleased to announce the top eight winners and their topics:

1st Place – Wendell Thornton, Dumbarton Oaks

2nd Place – Regan Weekly, Roman Colosseum

3rd Place – Grant Webb, The Tower of London

4th Place – Tyler Overdorf, The Twin Towers

5th Place – Ashley Everett, Great Smoky Mountains

6th Place – Zac Shaffer, Monticello

7th Place – Nathaniel Hall, Mesa Verde

8th Place – Taylor Daft, Ohio State Stadium


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TKA Students Win Awards at 2015 Roane State Academic Festival


Winners L to R: Mandy Huffman, Tyler Pitney, Hanna Wilbourn, Jessica Smith, Mackenzie Thornton, Peyton Overdorf

Neka Knowles 1st Place Pop and Contemporary Christian Vocal Solo

Neka Knowles


TKA high school students participated in the 2015 annual Roane State Academic Festival. Students from many schools in the East Tennessee region compete each year in a variety of subject areas including math, science, language and arts.

Congratulations to the following TKA students!

Chemistry Exam Year 2
3rd Place Team – Tyler Pitney, Mandy Huffman, Hanna Wilburn

40 Word Dash/Junior-Senior Level
1st Place – Peyton Overdorf

Modern/Jazz Group Dance
2nd Place – Jessica Smith & Mackenzie Thornton

Vocal Pop/Contemporary Christian Solo
1st Place – Neka Knowles

Instrumental Ensemble
1st Place – Kings Academy Orchestra (not pictured)


TKA Students Bring Home Awards from ACSI Math Olympics


Back Row: L to R – Joseph Eubanks, Nathan Hoffman, Joseph Rector, Elijah Schmeising, Regan Weekly, Keelie Whitaker, Madeline Reagan Front Row – Faith Rollar, Olivia Reagan, Peyton Brooks, Christian Hoffman, Matthew Ayers, MacGregor Hall, Harrison Rollins


2015 Math Olympics Participants from The King’s Academy

The King’s Academy is pleased to announce the winners of the 2015 ACSI Math Olympics! Students in grades three-eight are selected by their teachers to compete in this annual event. This year, TKA sent 36 students to the Olympics. Fourteen of the students won awards!

3rd Grade Computation
1st Peyton Brooks
3rd Christian Hoffman

3rd Grade Reasoning
4th  Harrison Rollins
5th  Matthew Ayers

4th Grade Reasoning
3rd  MacGregor Hall

5th Grade Reasoning
4th  Olivia Reagan

6th Grade Computation
4th Joseph Eubanks
5th  Nathan  Hoffman

6th Grade Reasoning
4th  Faith Rollar

7th Grade  Reasoning
3rd  Madeline Reagan

8th Grade Computation
2nd  Keelie Whitaker
3rd   Regan Weekly

8th Grade Reasoning
2nd   Joseph Rector
5th    Elijah Schmeising