TKA Sophomore Brandon Burgess Receives Top Eagle Scout Awards

Summer Rewind Series: July 19, 2016

Congratulations to Brandon Burgess for receiving two distinguished Boy Scout awards! Burgess was awarded the George W. and Helen F. Fry Eagle Scout Scholarship of $1,000 based on school, religious, community, and scout accomplishments as well as an essay.  Only one is awarded yearly. Burgess also received the Larry A. Fleming Memorial Eagle Scout Scholarship of $1,000.  One $1000 scholarship is awarded annually to a member of each class of Eagle Scouts, based on the merit of the applicant’s Eagle Scout Service Project. Brandon, your TKA family is proud of your accomplishments!

Brandon Burgess George and Helen Frye Eagle Scout Scholarship Brandon Burgess Larry Fleming Memorial Eagle Scout Scholarship




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TKA Students Excel on HSK Chinese Languge Test

Summer Rewind Series: July 15, 2016

Congratulations to the following students for registering and passing the HSK Chinese language test. We are so proud of you!

HSK Level  I :Joseph  Rector;  Regan  Weekly ;Holly Rogers ;  Yeheon Kwon;  Jinhyung Kim ;Diana  Logan; Sierra Biggs; Sean More; Zac McCune; Lona Rhodes

HSK Level  III: Nathan Dowdy; Leah Holly; Frank Nitis; Taylor Weekly; Zac Rollar

HSK Level IV:    Hanna Wilbourn; Samuel Rector

Each student received a certificate from Hanban in China.


The King’s Academy Announces 2016 Speech Contest Winners

Summer Rewind Series: July 7, 2016

L to R: MacGregor Hall, Ella Wilbourn, Ashley Everett

L to R: MacGregor Hall, Ella Wilbourn, Ashley Everett

The King’s Academy is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 TKA Oratory Contest. This year’s topic was Hunger in America, and you can bet the competition was stiff! Out of 12 competitors, the top three winners were fifth grader MacGregor Hall (first place), sixth grader Ella Wilbourn (second place), and seventh grader Ashley Everett (third place). The King’s Academy family congratulates each of you on a job well done!

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Leonardo Nguyen Places 12th in Regional Spelling Bee

Summer Rewind Series: June 30, 2016

Leo Nyugen Spelling Bee 2015-16Congratulations to Leonardo Nguyen for placing 12th out of 188 competitors at the Scripps National Spelling Bee Regional contest! The bee took place on March 12, 2016 in the Alumni Memorial Building at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville campus.

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TKA Students Win Big at Roane State Academic Festival

Summer Rewind Series: June 27, 2016

The King’s Academy brought home winning results from the 2016 Roane State Academic Festival in April 2016! Students from 29 schools throughout the region came together to compete in various subjects and art forms. Congratulations to the following winners!

  • 1st place Non-fiction/Personal Narrative Writing Competition – Kansi Udochukwu
  • 1st place Chemistry I Team: Brandon Burgess, Nickolas Tilley, Rebekah Oaks, and Faith Williams
  • 3rd place Chemistry I Team: Jake Weekly, Jacob Hoffman, Matthew Lee, and Esther Kim
  • 1st place Chemistry I Individual: Brandon Burgess
  • 2nd place Chemistry I Individual:Nickolas Tilley
  • 1st place Chemistry II Team: Kaiyi Jiang, Frank Pornsopin, Trevor Pitney, and Nick Wu
  • 2nd place Chemistry II Individual: Kaiyi Jiang
  • 3rd place Chemistry II Individual: Frank Pornsopin
  • 1st place Non-fiction/Personal Narrative: Kansi Udochukwu
  • 3rd place Piano Classical – Solo: Kaiyi Jiang

In addition, The King’s Academy Music Department brought home 2nd place in the Instrumental Ensemble – Jazz Bands/Combos competition with “Shut Up & Dance” and 1st place with “Counting Stars.”

We are proud of your hard work and accomplishments!


Kaiyi Jiang Places Seventh in Math Competition

Kaiyi Jiang

Summer Rewind Series: June 23, 2016

Congratulations to Kaiyi Jiang for placing 7th in a field of about 75 students in the Calculus and Advanced Topics category at the TMTA Math Competition at Maryville College on April 12! Kaiyi is from China and is now a rising senior at TKA.

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Sam Rector Awarded the Ned McWherter Scholarship

Samuel Rector

Summer Rewind Series: June 22, 2016

The State of Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation awarded Sam Rector the Ned McWherter Scholarship.  The requirements for this scholarship are a minimum 29 ACT score and a 3.5 GPA with an emphasis on AP and honors courses, leadership, and community service. This is a highly competitive scholarship as there were approximately 1200 applications and only 118 scholarship recipients. Congratulations, Sam!

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TKA Students Recognized for Writing and Composition Excellence

Summer Rewind Series: June 16, 2016

ACSI Creative Writing 2016 RS

Back Row L to R: MacGregor Hall, Christian Hoffman, Peyton Brooks, Olivia Henderson Front Row L to R: Zac Shaffer, Luke Burdette, Emma McCarter, Taylor Daft, Karrington Leist

Benjamin Franklin said, “Either write something worth reading or do something worth writing.”  Well, these students have done both!!  Congratulations to the students who were selected to submit writing selections to the ACSI Creative Writing Festival!  Students were chosen by their teachers for exhibiting excellence in writing and composition in either poetry or essay format.  Students receiving recognition at the local level of competition were MacGregor Hall (5), Olivia Henderson (4), Peyton Brooks (4), Luke Burdette (4), Karrington Leist (6), Emma McCarter (6), and Zac Shaffer (8).  Two students, Taylor Daft (6) and Christian Hoffman (4), were judged as Superior at both the local level and regional level of competition.  Their work will now be published in a book to be available in The King’s Academy library.

Danielle Quesinberry Earns Second Place in Regional Speech Contest

Summer Rewind Series: June 13, 2016

Danielle Quesinberry

Congratulations to TKA Senior Danielle Quesinberry who earned a Second Place Award in the District 6780 Rotary Speech Contest March 26 in Cookeville, Tennessee. Danielle also won the Seymour Breakfast Rotary Club’s local speech contest in May. She will be awarded $100 as winner of the local competition and $500 for her second place award at the district level. We are proud of you, Danielle!

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TKA Announces Summer Rewind Series

by Melinda Thornton

It’s summer! The King’s Academy campus is much quieter now that students are not talking, laughing, and bustling through the hallways. Although the halls are quiet, they are filled with memories from this most recent school year….memories of the many noteworthy accomplishments of our students along with all the fun we had. Many of our student achievements were shared publicly here on our website; but several were not announced as the sheer number of stories came in faster than I could report them. They deserve a moment in the spotlight, don’t you think? It’s time to rewind!

Beginning this week, we will reflect on some of our 2015-2016 student achievements that didn’t make it into the blog in a timely fashion – stories that are last, but certainly not least! Will you join me in recognizing these students? Stay tuned! The Summer Rewind Series begins now!