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Knox Teacher Attends Program

Newspaper article News Sentinel

Knox Teacher Attends Program

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Knox teacher attends program

West Valley Middle School teacher Dean Burress went to George Washington's Mount Vernon to learn more about the first president's leadership and background.

Burress, who teaches social studies, participated in the four- day program, "Leadership and Legacy: Lessons from George Washington," from June 21-25 and collaborated with Mount Vernon's historians, curators and educators, according to a release from the George Washington Teacher Institute.

The program also included a study with Dr. Denver Brunsman of the George Washington University, and participants got to learn more of Washington's story in his own words using primary sources and the landscape and buildings of the Mount Vernon estate.

Burress attended the program with K-12 teachers, librarians and media specialists from around the country selected by institute in a competitive application process, the release said. While they were at the program, attendees lived on George Washington's estate near his mansion and went to sessions in the Fred W. Smith National Library for the Study of George Washington that opened in 2013.

ET students excel in history contest

Four area students finished in the Top 10 in their National History Day competition categories.

Hannah Robbins and Eli Harrison of Maryville's Clayton-Bradley Academy and their teachers Liz Shugart and Cherie Miller and Kenton Smith and Benjamin Hall of Knoxville's L&N Stem Academy and their teacher Derek Griffin participated in the event in June, according to a release from the Tennessee State Library and Archives.

Robbins and Harrison received eighth place in the Junior Group Performance category for their entry, "Marconi: Changing the World Through the Exploration of the First Wireless."

Smith and Hall were awarded ninth place in the Senior Group Documentary category for their entry, "Buying In: The Music of Vince Guaraldi."

Students from Tennessee submitted 35 entries to the contest. They got to compete in the national competition after winning medals at the state contest, Tennessee History Day, the release said.

In addition to competing with their projects, students met with Sen. Lamar Alexander and Sen. Bob Corker, attended a private reception at the National Museum of American History and received their awards at a ceremony.

Other local students Kaylie Pomerantz and Laila Stempkowski of St. …

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