TKA Student Katie Dunn Places Third at the World Championship Horse Show

Andy and Katie

Katie and her road pony “Sheriff Andy”

Sparrow Driving

Katie with road horse “Sparrow Express”

2014 WCHS Bronze

The happy 3rd place winners! (L to R) Sparrow Express, Katie, and Sheriff Andy

The King’s Academy is pleased to announce that TKA senior Katie Dunn placed third at the World Championship Horse Show with both her road horse (S Sparrow Express) and her road pony (Sheriff Andy). This is the first time that a juvenile driver has scored in the top three in both the Youth Road Horse and Youth Road Pony divisions in the same year!

Due in part to her show ring success, as well as her academic achievements, Katie was also named the 2014 recipient of the American Road Horse and Pony Association Scholarship for outstanding juveniles. Katie’s family thanks everyone at The King’s Academy for supporting her through this accomplishment.



Thomas Newman Returns from Slovakia

Newman at Mount Vesuvius

Thomas Newman at Mount Vesuvius

A familiar face returned to the halls of TKA when Thomas Newman returned from Slovakia and began his senior year at King’s.  Thomas was one of 60 students who participated in the Rotary Youth Exchange program in the Czech Republic and Slovakia.  He spent the last year living with host families and attending a Slovakian school.  Thomas commented he had opportunities to experience many cultures he would not have encountered in the States.  Thomas and his family are providing another student with the unique opportunity to be immersed in a new culture as they are currently hosting an exchange student.


Gummy Bears Generate $3,479 for TKA Athletics

2014 Lions Pride Winner

Candy guess game grand prize winner Jordan Gunter and his son Jaren receive two season passes to University of Tennessee football games from Lion’s Pride member Jimbo Thornton.

The King’s Academy’s Candy Guess Game fundraiser was a success for the second consecutive year, generating $3,479.26 for the TKA athletic program.  The Lion’s Pride, TKA’s athletic booster organization, invited participants to guess how many gummy bears were in a jar for a chance to win three prizes. There were 387 guesses.

Lion’s Pride parent leader Jimbo Thornton said the activity far exceeded the $2,500 goal he challenged the TKA family with on orientation day.  “This goes to show you how much the community and TKA families love this school. The support really is amazing if you think about it. We are very blessed.”

Grand prize winner Jordan Gunter received two UT football season tickets for his winning guess of 667 gummy bears in the jar.  Second place finisher Connor Baizan won a pair of Oakley sunglasses. Kent Jones was the third place winner and took home the jar of 663 gummy bears.

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TKA Student Eniola Lasisi Attended National Student Leadership Conference

Eniola Lasisi 2013Before beginning her senior year at TKA, Eniola Lasisi attended the National Student Leadership Conference for Business Programs at Northwestern University where she had valuable experiences to prepare her for college and her future career. High school students participating in the leadership conference had the opportunity to work closely with student leaders who attend prestigious colleges and universities across the country as they participated in lectures from college professors and business owners. Eniola’s team developed a mock company and had to design and market a new product, hold press conferences with shareholders, and evaluate the outcomes of resolving legal issues in court or through out of court settlements. Students experienced the collaborative and competitive aspects of operating a business as they competed with other teams.

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Back to School Challenges

It’s that time again! TKA faculty and staff are greatly anticipating the new school year. There is much excitement on campus as final preparations are being made for classes which begin on Monday.

Hopefully, there is excitement in your home as you prepare for the beginning of a new school year. But, with the excitement can come challenges. Focus on the Family has some great advice and encouragement for you.

Click here to read how you can help your children (and family) get off to a great start!


TKA Fourth Graders and International Students Come Together

TKA fourth graders and high school international students who are learning English have become friends this year. Fourth grade teachers Mrs. Rollins and Mrs. Campbell have teamed up with ESL (English Second Language) teacher Mr. Molden to bring the students together. The students have been writing letters back and forth to one another and have gotten together occasionally. Friendships have blossomed and English writing skills have improved.  Watch the slideshow below for highlights of the students together!

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Marc Weekly leaving Tennessee softball to coach The King’s Academy

The King’s Academy Athletic Director Marc Weekly has made a tough choice that he is excited about. Weekly is resigning his position as volunteer coach for the University of Tennessee softball team to become head coach of the new softball program at TKA.

Learn more about Weekly’s decision and his plans for TKA softball in The Mountain Press!

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Eight TKA Football Players Named to All-Sevier County and All-State Teams

Four TKA football players have been named to Tennessee Sports Writers Association All-State teams. Jason Maduafokwa and Ridge Palmer were named for Offense while Adam Deatherage and Drew Slomski were named for Defense.

Maduafokwa, Palmer, Deatherage, and Slomski were also named to the All-Sevier County Offense team. Their names and positions follow: Jason Maduafokwa (Running Back) , Ridge Palmer (Wide Receiver),Adam Deatherage (Quarterback), and Drew Slomski (Offensive Line)

L to R: Jason Maduafokwa, Ridge Palmer, Adam Deatherage, Drew Slomski

L to R: Jason Maduafokwa, Ridge Palmer, Adam Deatherage, Drew Slomski


Read the full article in the Knoxville News Sentinel here:

TKA football players Isaiah Jeffers, Sam Herbert, Zane Sutherland, and Ben Sexton were named to the All-Sevier County Second Team.

L to R: Isaiah Jeffers, Sam Herbert, Zane Sutherland, Ben Sexton

Read about the All-Sevier County Team in the 12/25/2013 issue of The Mountain Press!

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TKA Students Take the CLEP Exam and Earn College Credits

L to R: Jordan Click, Bailee Wayland, Katie Dunn, Scarlett Spaulding, Danielle Everett Seated: Mr. Andrew Fultz

L to R: Jordan Click, Bailee Wayland, Katie Dunn, Scarlett Spaulding, Danielle Everett Seated: Mr. Andrew Fultz

Several students from Mr. Fultz’s Advanced Placement United States History class decided to take the U.S. History I CLEP exam. CLEP stands for College Level Examination Program, and it is designed by the same organization, College Board, that creates the A.P. Exams and the SAT. Jordan Click, Bailee Wayland, Katie Dunn, Scarlett Spaulding, and Danielle Everett passed the U.S. History I CLEP, with a few of them receiving very high marks. The exam covers the beginnings of American life, focusing on the English colonies to the end of Reconstruction in 1877. Therefore, these students earned three college credits for that course and are well on their way to succeeding in college, even before exiting high school. CLEP is accepted at more than 2,900 colleges across the country. Local schools include Johnson University, Walter State, Carson-Newman, ETSU, MTSU, Maryville College, Pellissippi, and the University of Tennessee.

Mr. Fultz is very proud of these students. More students from his class will take the U.S. History II CLEP in May, which covers 1877 to the present time, and others will take the A.P. Exam.

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TKA Biology Students Hatch Chickens in the Classroom

TKA Biology Students Hatch Chickens in the Classroom

TKA students Virginia Hayes and Jessica Smith holding "Big Bubba" and "Nugget"

TKA students Virginia Hayes and Jessica Smith holding “Big Bubba” and “Nugget”

"Big Bubba" and "Nugget"

“Big Bubba” and “Nugget”

TKA’s Biology classes  have successfully incubated 2 chickens in the classroom! The chicks have been lovingly named  “Big Bubba”  and “Nugget.” The classes have enjoyed learning about development, variables that effect incubation, chicken breeds, and more!  TKA student Zoe Price has now taken the chicks to continue to raise them and is excited to help!

Thank you to Principal LeRoy Beam for donating the chicken eggs to the TKA science department!

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