TKA to Host Chinese Dragon Boat Festival

NMS_2159 Zhuo Ma Dance

A variety of musical, dance and martial arts acts will celebrate the traditional Chinese Dragon Boat Festival at 2:00 p.m. on May 3 in Woody Auditorium on the campus of The King’s Academy.  Ironically, the Dragon Boat Festival has little to do with dragons or boats.  It does provide an opportunity to celebrate a wide range of talents. Hua Sophie Wang, a teacher on loan to TKA from Henan Experimental High School in Zhengzhou city, Henan Province, China, is coordinating the program.

The academy’s Confucius Classroom organizes and hosts the all-Chinese event in collaboration with Chinese teachers in the Knoxville area. Teachers from the Confucius Institutes at the University of Tennessee and Middle Tennessee State University are invited to participate. The goal of the program is to share Chinese culture with the community.

This year’s festival will include Chinese martial arts demonstration by East Tennessee Wushu Team , “Ta Ge” group dance by UTK Chinese Students and Scholars Association, Gu zheng instrumental music by Jing  Cai and Erhu instrumental music by Wenshu Li.  Qing Wen, Chinese teacher from the MTSU Confucius Institute will sing a selection from Beijing Opera and a Chinese traditional song.   UT Chinese students Yunzhu Shi will also sing a Chinese traditional song. TKA 8th graders will accompany a quartet singing “Grateful Heart for God.” and students from Seymour Primary School will sing three Chinese songs. Webb High School students will join TKA high school students singing “Sorry My Chinese is Not so Good.”  TKA sophomore Kaiyi Jiang, from Liaoning, China will captivate the audience with his presentation of Ludwig Van Beethoven’s “Fur Elise” on the grand piano.

The King’s Academy was the first school in East Tennessee area to establish a Chinese Confucius Classroom six years ago.  Supported by the Office of Chinese Language Council International (Hanban), under the Ministry of Education of China, The King’s Academy, in cooperation with Johnson University of Knoxville, established a Confucius Classroom in April 2010. The King’s Academy’s Confucius Classroom represents a unique relationship among TKA, Johnson University and School No. 47 in Zhengzhou, Henan Province, China. For more information about the Chinese Confucius classroom at The King’s Academy, call 865-573-8321, or visit

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TKA Students Receive Superior Ratings

20150319_203422 20150319_195402Each year the National Federation of Music Clubs provides an opportunity for students all over the country to play two pieces by American and non American composers by memory for a judge.  Daniele Guo and Kurt Duelley attended the local area festival in Knoxville on March 7th. Both received certificates for superior ratings.  Daniele received a trophy for three consecutive superior ratings.

Students enjoy participating in the festival very much and work hard for many months to prepare for it.  They are given encouraging comments by the judge which help them to develop a high level of musical achievement.

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TKA Student Honored by National Academy of Future Physicians

Eniola Lasisi

Eniola Lasisi was honored with The National Academy of Future Physicians and Medical Scientists Award of Excellence for outstanding academic performance, leadership potential, and dedication to serving humanity through the profession of medicine after attending a conference in Washington, D.C.

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TKA Announces High School Science Fair Winners


L to R: Nathan Hoffman, Jordan Razzak, Brandon Burgess, Hunter Mielke, Leah Wu, Trinity Fitch, Lydia Olson



L to R: Chandler Viscardis and Michael Huffaker

The King’s Academy held its annual science fair in February. Students had the opportunity to choose to complete a science experiment or mentoring project. Those who chose to complete the mentoring project spent at least 10 hours learning about the profession of someone who works in a scientific career.  They presented their findings using electronic media before a judge as well as their peers.

Congratulations to the following winners:


Science Experiment

1st:  Jacob Hoffman –  Rot or Not

2nd:   Trinity Fitch – Toxic Waltz

3rd: Harmful or Helpful? – Lydia Olson

Environmental Science – Trinity Fitch

Honorable Mention:  Vitamin E. Leah Wu

Mr Beam’s Special award.  Hunter Mielke.  Which Ice Cream?

Mr. Grubb’s Special Award:  How High?  Brandon Burgess

Mrs Greene’s APES Award:   Vibrations and Bacteria Growth.  Jordan Razzak

The above-listed winners have the opportunity to compete at the Southern Appalachian Science and Engineering Fair at The University of Tennessee March 31, 2015.

Mentoring Project

Pharmaceutical Sales – Michael Huffaker

Landscape Engineering – Chandler Visardis


TKA Announces Intermediate Science Fair Winners

The King’s Academy conducted its Intermediate Science Fair on Tuesday, February 10, 2015.  Students from third through fifth grades completed experiments concerning various scientific topics.  Prizes for the science fair were generously donated by the Gatlinburg Mountain Coaster and Wonderworks.  The Grand Prize winner of this years’ Science Fair was fourth grader Alana Weidman for her experimentation with sodium polyacrylate and its prevention of fire damage.  Other winners of this years’ competition were:

Third Grade:  1st: Zac Wallace, 2nd: Peyton Brooks, 3rd: MJ Johnson, and Honorable Mention: Harrison Rollins

Fourth Grade: 1st: Abby Day, 2nd Emaleigh Tarplay, 3rd: Kayla Barr, and Honorable Mention: Rachel Knight

Fifth Grade: 1st: Allison Dabi, 2nd: Gavin Hensley, 3rd: Mandi Jo Thomasson, and Honorable Mention: Jonah Lee

Best Journal: Clay Branton- Fifth grade

Most Artistic: Rylan Smith- Fourth grade

Environmental Awareness Award: Gavin Hensley-fifth grade

Principal’s Award: Taylor Daft- Fifth grade

President’s Award: Karrington Leist- fifth grade

Students will now have the opportunity to compete in the Tate’s Regional Science Fair in April.


TKA Announces Middle School Science Fair Winners


TKA is pleased to announce the 2015 Middle School Science Fair Winners! Judges selected the winners based on 1.) the Scientific Method being demonstrated in the research, hypothesis, experiment, gathering of data, and conclusion of each project; 2.) original thought, difficulty of the project, thoroughness of scientific thought, presentation of the experiment and information collected; and 3.) a project that is current or even on the cutting edge of the latest news or needs in society or technology.

Congratulations to the following winners!

Green Award – “If Staying Warm is the Quest, Which Cup Will Be the Best?” – Eli Gordon

Principal’s Award – “More Mass Less Miss” – Josh Bolt

Headmaster’s Award – “Snoring” – Katelyn Barr

Environmental Award – “Oil, Oil, Toil and Trouble” – Nathaniel Hall

3rd Place – “Evaporation:  Does Color Matter?” – Hannah Sayne

2nd Place – “Oil, Oil, Toil and Trouble” – Nathaniel Hall

1st Place – “Phototropism” – Carter Burnett

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TKA Student Wins Big at Miami Open Figure Skating Competition

Hannah Mills Ice Skating 2015TKA student Hannah Mills skated in 6 events in the annual ISI Miami Open figure skating competition at Miami University in Oxford, Ohio Feb 14th and 15th. She took first place in 3 solo events, 1 first place in a couples program and her synchro team took 1st place in their division. Hannah’s theater group took 2nd place in that event. Hannah’s team, the Robert Unger Ice Chalet team , brought home the championship trophy. In total, Hannah came home with 5 first place metals and one 2nd place metal.

Congratulations, Hannah! Your TKA family is proud of you!

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TKA Fourth Graders Serve the Commuity

Silly Second Harvest 4th Grade 2015

We are the Body of Christ-

In conjunction with studying a Bible unit about the Body of Christ serving as salt and light to our community, TKA Fourth Graders “hit the road” to volunteer at Second Harvest Food Bank in Maryville.  A group of fifty students, parents, and teachers spent the morning putting stickers on 18,480 cans of beans and preparing them for storage at the Second Harvest warehouse.  These cans account for over nine tons of food which could help provide meals for almost 20,700 people.

“Our annual field trip to Second Harvest Food Bank is one of our favorite trips each year.  The students love the opportunity to serve as they watch the pallets of cans grow taller and taller!” comments Lori Campbell, one of the fourth grade teachers. “We are able to accomplish so much in just a few hours.”

“I enjoyed working at Second Harvest Food Bank. It made me realize how fortunate I am to have plenty to eat. I would like to help out there again in the future,” said TKA student Caleb Tarwater.

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TKA Students’ Poetry Published in the Anthology of Poetry of Young Americans


L to R: (Back Row) MacGregor Hall, Caleb Teffeteller, Caleb Tarwater, Zeke Connatser (Front Row) Tanner Norris, Emaleigh Tarpley, Juleigh Anne Tucker, Hannah Mielke, McKayla Cannon

The King’s Academy fourth grade students submitted poems to the Anthology of Poetry of Young Americans, the forum that recognizes writing excellence in students from kindergarten through grade twelve. The forum states,”We select and publish the finest poems submitted by student writers and provide teachers with an objective forum for their students’ creations.” (

The King’s Academy is proud to announce that the poems of nine fourth grade students were selected to be published in the Anthology of Poetry of Young Americans for the 2015-2016 school year. Congratulations to McKayla Cannon, Zeke Connatser, MacGregor Hall, Hannah Mielke, Tanner Norris, Emaleigh Tarpley, Caleb Tarwater, Caleb Teffeteller and Juleigh Anne Tucker!

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TKA Announces 2015 Geography Bee Winners


L to Right: Ben Knight, Mr. Lee Daft, and Gavin Hall

Mr. Lee Daft, the 7th and 8th grade social studies teacher at TKA, congratulates this year’s winners of the Geography Bee.  Ben Knight (grade 7) came in first place, and Gavin Hall (grade 6) came in second place after the championship round ended in a tie and the gentlemen competed in a “sudden death” championship tie-breaker that lasted for 10 questions.  Ben will be taking a National Geographic State Test to determine if he is eligible for the state competition in the spring.

TKA students in grades 4-8 are selected to compete in the academy geography bee in which they answer questions about general world-wide geography, including questions about cities, states, countries, geographic features, and culture.  Many academy teachers present daily geography questions to their students in addition to the geography content that is integrated into the social studies curricula.

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