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

TKA Students Win Regional Science Fair Awards

2015 Tates Science Fair Winners

L to R: Back Row – Zac Wallace, Gavin Hensley, Peyton Brooks, Harrison Rollins Front Row – Alana Weidman, Allison Dabi, Abby Day

Congratulations to the 2015 Tate’s Regional Science Fair winners from The King’s Academy!

3rd grade Earth Science    Honorable Mention – Harrison Rollins

5th grade Earth Science  2nd Place- Gavin Hensley

5th grade Life Science   2nd Place  –  Allison Dabi

1st Place Physical Science  –  Alana Weidman

Grand Prize Winner – 2nd place   –  Alana Weidman

Special Awards:

Abby Day  – George Lucas Award

Zac Wallace – Mr. Wizard Award

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TKA Announces Class of 2015 Academic Achievers

2015 Academic Achievers Banquet

L to R: Riley Tino, Scarlett Spaulding, Kraegen McCarter, Mandy Huffman

Congratulations to TKA Class of 2015 Academic Achievers!  Mandy Huffman, Kraegen McCarter, Scarlett Spaulding, Tyler Pitney (not pictured), and Riley Tino were recognized for their academic excellence at the Academic Achievers banquet along with the top five students from area high schools. The banquet is sponsored by U.S. Cellular and the Knoxville News Sentinel.

The Knoxville News Sentinel partners with local schools and guidance counselors to select recipients based on grades, leadership and involvement in the community. Click here to read about the 2015 Academic Achievers Event.


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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