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!
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) .
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
Winners L to R: Mandy Huffman, Tyler Pitney, Hanna Wilbourn, Jessica Smith, Mackenzie Thornton, Peyton Overdorf
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
1st Place – Kings Academy Orchestra (not pictured)
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
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
Abby Day – George Lucas Award
Zac Wallace – Mr. Wizard Award
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.
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 http://www.thekingsacademy.net/academics/chinese-program/.
Each 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.
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.