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60th reunion for Class of 1954 PDF Print E-mail
Written by btnews   
Tuesday, July 01, 2014 9:34 AM

Central High School’s graduating class of 1954 celebrated their 60th reunion on Friday, June 20. Those in attendance were: front row (l-r): Mary Sisco Vandiver, Shirley Leathers Warner, Elynor Hornsby Deberry and  Barbara Emerson Smith.  Middle row (l-r): Joe Anderson Williams, Barbara Brown Grant, Stella Ann Cross Sammons, Frances Smith Sipes, Faye Baker Moore, Vemice Nuckolls Eubanks, Martha Anne Baker Wilkins and Luther Smith. Back row, (l-r): Robert (R.A.) Cross, Charles Brown (class president) Millard Jernigan and Bobby Rosson.

 
More than just skills and drills PDF Print E-mail
Written by Amelia Carlson   
Monday, June 23, 2014 2:45 PM

The third annual Willie Kemp Basketball Camp was held June 16-20 at the Bolivar Middle School but campers gained more than basketball skills while spending the week with University of Memphis Tigers alumni and International Professional Basketball player Willie Kemp. 

Kemp, a Bolivar native, completed last season with Gaz Metan in Romania and returned to his hometown to hold his annual basketball camp for almost 70 campers, in spite of his mother passing away just two days before the camp was scheduled to begin.

“She would want me to do it,” said Kemp. So Kemp continued with his basketball camp, and among the skills, basketball drills, shooting contests, daily competitions, and the highly anticipated "special guest" for the week, the children received the "small things" that may have gone overlooked by many, but certainly will make a lasting impression later.

Upon registration on day one, Kemp makes an effort to ask each child their first and last name. Throughout the week, most of the time by day two of camp, he is calling the children by their names.

“It’s a big thing for me to learn their names,” said Kemp. “To let them know that I care. Many of these kids don’t have people to tell them what’s right and to work hard. They look up to us (professional players) so I feel it’s important to be a good role model. I just don’t want to say, ‘hey kid’. I want them to know I care.”

In addition to learning the children’s names, signs of encouragement and support by Kemp with ‘high fives’ for making an effort or a hard day’s work to campers appear to be returned with enthusiasm and a renewed sense of motivation to work harder and listen more closely.

During the week of camp, Kemp brought his Memphis Tiger teammate and NBA, Philadelphia 76ers player Adonis Thomas to speak to the campers about choosing their friends, hard work, and making the right choices. 

“I always wanted to play in the NBA, but I realized that there were kids all over the world who had the same dream that I did to play in the NBA,” Thomas told the campers. “I realized if I wanted to reach my dream of being in the NBA, I had to work hard. I had to study hard so I could get into college.”

Thomas told the campers they had to be selective about who their friends were and who they chose to associate with. He encouraged them to make sure they had friends who were supportive and encouraging of their dreams and not those who would hinder them.

The camp was divided this year, with the younger group having camp before lunch and the older group beginning at 1 p.m. 

“We started out three years ago, when it was at the high school, with about 40 kids,” said Kemp. “Last year, it grew to about 100 kids when we moved it here to the middle school. We decided to split it this year into two groups, because 100 kids were just a lot to be running around in the gym all at once.”

The younger campers are fed lunch, courtesy of a program through Southwest Human Resources Agency, and what campers do not want that goes unopened, they place on the ‘share table’ where the older campers can eat when they arrive at camp. In addition, younger campers can have an extra sandwich, chips or snacks to take home from the share table if they choose.

Kemp said he will not be returning to Romania to play professional basketball and is unsure at this time where he will be playing. However, one thing is for certain. Regardless of where he is in the world and what team he is playing with, he will never forget Bolivar and will always make time to come back and teach the children of Hardeman County more than just the skills and drills of basketball.

 
Middleton Youth Basketball Spring League closes season PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Smeltser   
Monday, June 23, 2014 2:45 PM

The Middleton Youth Basketball Spring League closed its season with the top teams in each division finishing with a league record of 7-2. Star Physical Therapy, coed 9-11 year-old division; Anytime Fitness, coed 12-15 year-old division; and Under the Thunder, boys’ 12-15 year-old division proved strong competitors against the teams in their divisions during the regular season. 

Tournament play finished differently, with champions Anytime Fitness and Under the Thunder maintaining their position as leaders and season leaders Star Physical Therapy fell to Hyman Tires, who took the championship title in that division.

There were 16 teams that competed in the league that began Friday, April 11 and finished Wednesday, May 25. The teams and their league records are the following for the coed 9-11 year olds: Star Physical Therapy, 7-2; Hyman Tire 5-4; S&E Designs 3-6; and J P Shelly’s, 3-6. The coed 12-15 year olds: Anytime Fitness, 7-2; Hardeman Co. Sheriff 5-4; CB&S Bank, 4-5; and YOPP’S C Store, 2-7. The boys’ 12-15 year-olds: Under the Thunder, 7-2; ThyssenKrupp, 6-3; ThyssenKrupp, 5-4; and Hudson, 0-9.

The standings after championship play are the following for the coed 9-11 year olds: Hyman’s Tire, champion; Star Physical Therapy, runner-up; S&E Designs and JP Shelly’s. The coed 12-15 year olds: Anytime Fitness, champion; Hardeman County Sheriff, runners-up; CB&S Bank and YOPP’S C Store. The boys’ 12-15 year-olds: Under the Thunder, champion; Get Well Store, runners-up; and ThyssenKrupp and Hudson.

“I would like to thank everybody that played a part in making the basketball spring league a success,” said Coach James Burkley.

 
Scott receives award at UT Martin honors day PDF Print E-mail
Written by btnews   
Monday, June 23, 2014 2:44 PM

Austin G. Scott, of Hickory Valley, recently received the Sam and Gladys Siegel Agricultural Award during the annual Honors Day celebration at the University of Tennessee at Martin. 

Outstanding student awards were given from each of UT Martin’s five colleges, as well as many departmental and university-wide scholarships.

 
Robinson named to UT Martin Chancellor’s Honor Roll PDF Print E-mail
Written by btnews   
Monday, June 23, 2014 2:43 PM

Austin Robinson was named to the University of Tennessee’s Chancellor’s Honor Roll for the spring semester. 

Austin is the son of Cindy Robinson, the great-grandson of Ruth Robinson of Bolivar; the grandson of Don and Esta Warren and the late Jerry Robinson.

 
TCAT Whiteville Quiz Bowl Team competes in the Skills USA National Competition PDF Print E-mail
Written by btnews   
Monday, June 23, 2014 2:41 PM

Whiteville, Blake Naylor, Debra Crowe, Jessica Howell, Grady Johnson and Wesley Warner, are representing TCAT Whiteville this week through June 27 at the Skills USA National Competition that is being held in Kansas City, Missouri. They are competing against other Quiz Bowl teams from all over the United States.

The Skills USA organization provides quality education experiences for students in leadership, teamwork, citizenship and character development. It builds and reinforces self-confidence, work attitudes and communication skills.

TCAT Whiteville congratulates the TCAT Whiteville 2014 Skills USA State Quiz Bowl Gold Medal winners as they compete in Kansas City.

 
George receives degree PDF Print E-mail
Written by btnews   
Monday, June 16, 2014 3:36 PM

Kristin George, daughter of Garry and Maria George, graduated Cum Laude from the University of Tennessee at Martin on May 3, with a Bachelor of Science degree in Education.

She is also a member of Kappa Delta Pi, which encourages high professional intellectual and personal standards and recognizes outstanding contributions in education.

 
Dasha Mason awarded Ruritan scholarship PDF Print E-mail
Written by Jennifer Smeltser   
Monday, June 16, 2014 3:36 PM

The Grand Junction Ruritan (GJR) presented 2014 Middleton High School graduate Dasha Mason with a $1,000 scholarship that she will use to attend the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga (UT-Chat) this fall to major in nursing.

“Dasha had an outstanding G.P.A of 3.8 and is an excellent student with her extra-curricular activities as a member of DECA, HOSA and the BETA clubs,” said GJR President Mary Jo Gordon. “She has also been a volunteer for the past two years at our annual fish fry.”

Gordon noted that Dasha contacted the GJR earlier this year to ask if she could volunteer at their annual pancake breakfast that was held in March.

“When does that happen? She is a very ambitious young lady, who gets out, wants to volunteer and be a part of our community,” said Gordon. “She is a cheerleader and very active in her church. She is just an all-around and very exceptional girl.”

Dasha is very exceptional and has always been a hard worker.

“I never had to tell her to study,” said Dasha’s mother Dorothy Mason. “She has always worked hard and been very responsible.”

“My goal has always been to do my best,” said Dasha, which she encourages other young people to do. “Things may get hard and you face obstacles, but keep going through and learn from them.”

That goal and advice are some of what led to her success while in high school.

“Two teachers who really encouraged me to do well were my English 4 teacher Mrs. Yopp and my Algebra 2 teacher, Mrs. Hill,” said Mason, who finished as one of the top 20 students in her graduating class of more than 90 students. “Their classes were difficult, but I learned a lot.”

Dasha also credited her family -- Willie Mason, Sr., father; mother; and Willie Mason, Jr., brother -- as her ongoing motivation for the successes she has achieved.

“My family is my motivation, because they have continued to give me everything I need and want and I want to be able to give back to them,” said Mason, who thanks them for helping her and making everything possible.

That desire to give back is also seen in the way Mason takes opportunities to give back to her community.

“As they say, ‘home (Grand Junction) is where the heart is’ and that is true. So many people here have watched me grow and helped me along the way.  That makes me want to give back. When it comes to your community, always help out, because that is how a place gets better,” Mason said.

It is her heart for helping others that has led Dasha to pursue an RN degree and pointed her future sights on becoming a nurse practitioner. Dasha is set on her goals and believes that maintaining her strong spiritual life will help her through her experiences in college.

“Going to church, believing in God and continuing to pray will be important,” said Mason. “The scholarship from the Ruritan will also help me a lot with books to tuition to school dorm expenses.”

Gordon shared some parting words with Dasha.

“You are a very fine lady and you will go far. We wish you all the best at UT-Chat and you are really going to enjoy it," Gordon said.

 
Three student teams selected for National Review Panel Competition PDF Print E-mail
Written by btnews   
Monday, June 16, 2014 3:35 PM

Three Fayette Academy student scientist research teams were selected to move on to the National Review Panel for selection. The winning Student Spaceflight Experiments Research Project will represent Fayette County and ride aboard Space X to the International Space Station in the fall of 2014.

STEM in Space

The Student Spaceflight Experiments Programs (SSEP) are undertaken by the National Center for Earth and Space Science Education (NCESSE) in the U.S., and the Arthur C. Clarke Institute for Space Education internationally. SSEP is enabled through NanoRacks LLC, which is working in partnership with NASA under a Space Act Agreement as part of the utilization of the International Space Station as a National Laboratory. NCESSE, the Clarke Institute, and NanoRacks are therefore designated SSEP Strategic Partners. To read about the programmatic roles and responsibilities of the SSEP Strategic Partners, visit the SSEP Team page. SSEP.ncesse.org

Pictured are the members of Fayette Academy’s Level One Review Panel.  These science and education professionals reviewed over 30 team projects from fifth through twelfth grades. Their goal was to select the top three projects that will move to the National Review Panel at the National Smithsonian Air and Space Museum.   The research project selected will represent Fayette County on their exciting opportunity that will include sending an experimental microgravity mini-tube to the International Space Station.  This summer in July, the winning project will be highlighted at the National Center for Earth and Space Education’s annual conference, where students will make a PowerPoint presentation and greet the public touring the country’s most popular Smithsonian Museum each day.  Students will use the aid of a display board to explain their research questions and hypothesis. 


 
Final Honor Rolls for Hardeman County PDF Print E-mail
Written by btnews   
Tuesday, June 10, 2014 8:49 AM

BCHS

All A’s Honor Roll

Grade 9: Preaston Bailey, Molly Barnes, Nathaniel Brown, Samuel Bryant, Jordan Burns, Hope Cody, Cody Cranford, Katelyn Emerson, Alexis Ford, Mia Gibbs, Ethan Hannis, Jonathan Harville, Kari Hedwall, Shelby King, Cheyenne Lindsey, Damarkus Murrell, Reykedra Odom, Hannah Pattat, Mindy Roberts, Chloe Seever, Alexandria Shaw, Alexander Smith, Arneil Stanley, Andrew Sturgis, Allie Turner, Maggie Weaver and Rochell Woods.

Grade 10: Hannah Black, Ian Clark, Fabion Cross, Brianna Moore, Adrienne Peden, Zoe Smith, David Terburgh, Yashanan Walker, Anisha White and Markedra Wilkes.

Grade 11: Rebecca Fulghum, Christopher Grantham, Hunter Hart, Kara Joy, Mallory Lowell, Emily Marek, Hannah Owens, Amber Roberts, Kiana Rouse, Laramie Russell, Lisa Russell and Carly Weems.

Grade 12: Jacanto Bills, Emily Clark, Alaina Davis, Chandra King, Johnathan Lewis, Susie Mathews, Autumn Peden, Catherine Phillips, Clint Plunk, Dylon Schwahn, Taylor Terburgh, Jeremy Uselton and Whitney Wilhite.

TES

(Fourth nine weeks) Honor Roll 

All A’s

Grade 4: Emma Tucker and Alexis Williams

Grade 5: Carley Daniel, Chloey Daniel, Gracie Doyle, Brooklyn Jimmerson, Reese Mayfield, Alex Maxwell, Maddy Prine, Lily Reid, Caylee Richardson and Parker Sowder

Grade 6: Tamarra Day, Tyler Garrett, Emma Gipson, Josie Ingle, Maddy Piefer and Karley Williams

Grade 7: Samantha Baildon, Colby Campbell, JC Chism, Marissa Grantham, Ross King, Makayla Lindsay, Jessica Pinner, Caleb Poole and Laney Seever

Grade 8: Jaylan Beard, Spencer Bishop, Lane Daniel, Grace Gibson, Alex Gipson, Matthew Jackson, Mackenzie McCommon, Steven Moorman, Abbie Phillips and Colby Turner

A and B

Grade 4: Emily Gibson, Eli Grantham and Macie Nuckolls

Grade 5: Abby Bishop, Aniyah Jones, Cayleb Richardson, Javarrie Robertson and Cordarius Stanley 

Grade 6: Stafford Stallworth, Abigail Sullivan and Tai Vu

Grade 7: Madeline Benard, Tristen Beshires, Tyanna Boyd, Preston Howell, Robernisha Jones, Nadia Morrow, Sharlene Neloms and Tanner Tucker

Grade 8: Rhianna Chism, Chad Driver, Asia Jones, Amran Salah, Madison Sisco, Celeste Slaughter and Brian Stanfield

(Semester)

All A

Grade 4: Emma Tucker and Alexis Williams

Grade 5: Carley Daniel, Chloey Daniel, Gracie Doyle, Brooklyn Jimmerson, Reese Mayfield, Alex Maxwell, Maddy Prine, Lily Reid, Caylee Richardson and  Parker Sowder

Grade 6: Tamarra Day, Tyler Garrett, Emma Gipson, Josie Ingle, Maddy Piefer, Karley Williams and  Tai Vu

Grade 7: Samantha Baildon, Colby Campbell, JC Chism, Marissa Grantham, Ross King, Makayla Lindsay, Jessica Pinner, Caleb Poole and Laney Seever

Grade 8: Jaylan Beard, Spencer Bishop, Lane Daniel, Grace Gibson, Alex Gipson, Matthew Jackson, Mackenzie McCommon, Steven Moorman, Abbie Phillips and Colby Turner

A and B

Grade 4: Cooper Guidry, Emily Gibson and Eli Grantham

Grade 5: Aniyah Jones, Just Kirkland, Cayleb Richardson, Javarrie Robertson and Cordarius Stanley

Grade 6: Nickolas Miller, Stafford Stallworth, Sheridan Stanford and Abigail Sullivan 

Grade 7: Madeline Benard, Tristen Beshires, Tyanna Boyd, Nadia Morrow, Sharlene Neloms and Tanner Tucker

Grade 8: Rhianna Chism, Chad Driver, Asia Jones, Madison Sisco, Celeste Slaughter and Brian Stanfield

MES Honor Rolls

(Fourth nine weeks) Principal’s List

Grade 4: Colin Henson, Peyton Keller, Callee Beth Lanier, Emma Robinson, Kayla Serrano-Harris, Ella Willis, Marina Jackson and Clif Thompson.

Grade 5: Tori Ross, Vance Brender-A-Brandis, Becca Moore, Kaylett Novay, Ian Howell and Kyle Smith.

Grade 6: Amanda Atkins, Anna Leslie, Terra Wilbanks, Connor Dixon, Natalie Massey, Sam Moore, Casady Phillips, Laurn Baldwin and Hunter Lester.

Honor Roll

Grade 4: Clay Chessor, Blake Massey, Emily Maxwell, Kailey Bizzell, Rylie Cook, Ally Davis, Calvin Moses, CJ Russell, Kayla Tigner, Joson Burks, Jonathan Crocker, Britney Hodge and Rebecca Rupprecht.

Grade 5:.Haylee White, John Tranum, Tayah Bridges, Madison Lococo, Joshua Townsend, Kaleb Carter, Katie Harris, Sara Knight, Cody Ross, Lauren Milford, Hollie Allen, Sam Cagle, Louanna Haadsma, Devin Reed, Abby Smith and Luke Turner.

Grade 6: Ethan Doyle, Anne Duke, Makenzie Eady, Landan Rainey, Will Clifton, Alayna Russell, Trevor Wilbanks, Romeo Ayala, Jerad Carter, Orion Luna-Hill, Tyler Dickey, Austin Sherrod, Anna Webb and Jakob Wilson.

(Second semester) 

Principal’s List

Grade 4: Callee Beth Lanier, Ella Willis, Rylie Cook, Johnathan Crocker and Clif Thompson.

Grade 5: Tori Ross, Ian Howell, Kyle Smith, Vance Brender-A-Brandis, Kaylee Novay and Becca Moore.

Grade 6: Laurn Baldwin, Hunter Lester, Natalie Massey, Sam Moore, Casady Phillips, Amanda Atkins, Anne Duke, Anna Leslie, Landan Rainey and Terra Wilbanks.

Honor Roll

Grade 4: Clay Chessor, Colin Henson, Peyton Keller, Blake Massey, Emily Maxwell, Emma Robinson, Kayla Serrano-Harris, Kailey Bizzell, Ally Davis, Grace Rae Hickman, Tessa Massey, Calvin Moses, CJ Russell, Kayla Tigner, Joson Burks, Britney Hodge, Marina Jackson and Rebecca Rupprecht.

Grade 5:.Tayah Bridges, Hollie Allen, Sam Cagle, Louanna Haadsma, Devin Reed, Abby Smith, Luke Turner, Kaleb Carter, Katie Harris, Lauren Milford and Cody Ross.

Grade 6: Tyler Dickey, Austin Sherrod, Anna Webb, Jakob Wilson, Romeo Ayala, Jerad Carter, Orion Luna-Hill, Will Clifton, Connor Dixon, Alayna Russell, Charles Traylor, Hannah Watkins, Trevor Wilbanks, Ethan Doyle, Makenzie Eady and Jaxon Flanders.


 
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