TKA Students Excel at UTPro2Serve Math Competition

UT Pro2Serve TKA Students 2015

L to R Front Row: Yvonne Luming Gao, Jinxu Gu, Matthew Weekly, Ben Yiyang Sun, Yanni Li, Leah Chaoying Wu. L to R Back Row: Sam Rector, John Jianan Chen, Kaiyi Jiang, Frank Nitis Pornsopin, Yeheon Kwon, Ashley Yufei Zhou, Nickolas Tilley

Great News from the Math Department!! – Congratulations to Ashley Zhou for scoring in the top 50 students on the FERMAT I test at the UTPro2Serve Math Competition! This allowed her to go on to take the FERMAT II test. Several hundred students from all across TN participated in the competition at UT which is sposored by Pro2Serve in Oak Ridge. Our math bowl team (Frank Pornsopin, Kaiyi Jiang, and Nickolas Tilley) made it successfully through the 5th round of competition in a very tight match with Webb School of Knoxville and Sevier County High School. Also, congratulations to all 13 students who represented TKA so well in the competition!! The King’s Academy family is so proud of all of you! Thank you for all your hard work!!


Over Half of Eligible TKA Students Invited to Participate in Duke TIP

Students who score at or above the 95th percentile nationally in select content areas on the TerraNova assessments in 3rd through 6th grades qualify for the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) the following year. The content areas include Reading, Vocabulary, Reading Composite, Language, Language Mechanics, Language Composite, Mathematics, Math Computation, Math Composite, Total Score, Science, or Social Studies. This year, 53% of TKA students who took the TerraNova assessment in spring 2015 were invited to participate in the Duke TIP.  We are proud of our students’ hard work and success!


TKA Inducts New National Honor Society Members

Monday, October 26th, The King’s Academy Chapter of the National Honor Society inducted its new members for the 2015-2016 school year.  The National Honor Society focuses on scholarship, service, leadership, and character.  During the induction ceremony, these qualities were briefly highlighted by NHS officers Hanna Wilbourn, Austin Russell, Nick Tilley, and Jacob Hoffman.  New members inducted included Jacob Knight, Madison Nelson, Ife Akinboyo, Alison Harper, Jessica Smith, Sterling Stroud, Donny Richmond, Trevor Pitney, Brandon Burgess, Jacob Hoffman, Trinity Fitch, Esther Kim, Lydia Olson, Faith Williams, and Jordan Razzak. Following the ceremony, cake was served as returning members and new members enjoyed this momentous occasion.


TKA Junior Beta Club Officers Attend Leadership Summitt

The officers of The King’s Academy Jr. National Beta Club attended a Leadership Summit at the Wilderness of the Smokies October 22nd and 23rd.  Those attending were:  President: Leonardo Nuygen, Vice President: Nathaniel Hall, Treasurer: Zac Shaffer and Secretary: Madeline Reagan.   These students heard national speakers teach about the 4 Beta Leadership Principals: 1. Growth – Developing the mind, body and spirit 2. Values – Doing what is right and just 3. Character – Being conscience of your legacy and 4. Connect – Developing personal relationships.

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TKA Announces Annual Athletic Fundraiser Results

2015 Candy Guess Game Winner Chris Marrero

L to R: TKA Lion’s Pride Parent Leader Jimbo Thornton and Grand Prize Winner Chris Marrero

The 2015 TKA Lion’s Pride Athletic Booster Candy Guess Game seems to get bigger and better each year! This year’s goal of $3,500 was surpassed by $277 bringing the total to $3,777 raised for TKA athletics! The TKA family along with the Seymour community supported the athletic department with strong participation in the candy game for the third year in a row! The Lion’s Pride invited participants to guess how many gummy worms were in an odd-shaped jar for a chance to win three prizes. In addition, participants guessed how many Skittles were in another jar just in case the need for a tiebreaker was to arise. Hundreds of guesses were made and three individuals gladly accepted awesome prizes!

For the first time ever, three people tied for the closest guess. The actual number of gummy worms in the jar was 358; the tying guess was 357. The Skittles tie breaker was also close, but in the end, grand prize winner Chris Marrero of Seymour received the Green Egg grill. Second place winner and TKA parent Jenny Cook won two UT football season tickets, and third place winner and Knoxville resident Andrew Bailey took home the jar of 358 gummy worms!

The Lion’s Pride once again thanks everyone for supporting TKA Athletics!

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Kristina Brown Inducted into the National Achievers Society

The King's Academy Student Kristina Brown Induction National Achievers SocietyThe King’s Academy is pleased to announce Academy senior Kristina Brown’s recent induction into the National Achievers Society (NAS).  NAS is a major component of the National Urban League’s partnership with 20 black organizations nationwide. “NAS was established to identify and motivate academically achieving minority high school students and increase the pool of students who are prepared, motivated and qualified for higher education. NAS is open to African-American youth and other youth of color in grades 10-12 with a 3.0 or higher cumulative grade point average.” (Excerpt taken from

Kristina Brown was inducted into the National Achievers Society by the Knoxville Area Urban League on Sunday, September 20, 2015. Congratulations Kristina!

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TKA Announces 2015 Spelling Bee Winners

Leonardo Nguyen - grade 8 and Quincy Schubert - grade 5

Leonardo Nguyen – grade 8 and Quincy Schubert – grade 5

Congratulations to the class spelling bee winners from 4th through 8th grades who participated in The King’s Academy spelling bee!  After 31 rounds of exciting competition, 5th grade student Quincy Schubert was recognized as the runner-up, and 8th grade student Leonardo Nguyen was recognized as the school champion.  Leonardo will represent The King’s Academy in the News Sentinel Southern Appalachia Regional Spelling Bee in March 2016.

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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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