2011 News Archive


Congratulations to Geography Bee winner Emily Young!

Emily is in the fifth grade, and Lydia Basham (fourth grade) is runner up. Emily will take a written test to qualify for the state bee; the state winner has the opportunity to go to Washington, DC, for the National Bee.  First place prize is a $25,000 college scholarship, $500 cash, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands. 


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Everyone is invited!

Everyone is invited to attend the Providence Academy Christmas Concert Thursday, December 8, at 7:00 in the school gymnasium.

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PA’s 2011-2012 National Honor Society Members Inducted

The 2011-2012 National Honor Society induction took place Wednesday, November 30. Seniors inducted into the Honor society include Andrew Hollandsworth, Landon McMurray and John Steadman. Juniors Whitney Baxter, Abigail Eldridge, Mary Kate Ferguson, Ruth Freemon, Jonathan Hecht, Jenna Grace Hill, James Hollowell, Regan Huisman, Emma Pendola, Sofia Pinzon, Jonathan Prieto, Natalie Smith, Elizabeth Stillwell, Jonathan Toye, Blake Tyree, Kaitlyn Webb, Amaris White and Alexandra Whitman were also inducted. These new members join current members Christopher Boccarossa, Faith Cambron, Chace Graham, Trinity Huhn, Benjamin Jewett, Andrew Kanel, Christina McKinney, Nathan Oglesby, Whitney Palmeter, Maddie Reynolds, and Emily Tumlin.


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Congratulations to PA’s Poetry Out Loud Winners!

First place award goes to Averie Blackmore and first runner-up to Ariel Huhn. Both girls did a fabulous job with their oral interpretations. Averie (and Ariel, if for some reason Averie can’t attend) will next compete in the regional competition Friday, February 17, 2012, at Hardin Academy in Knoxville. State finals are scheduled for March 31, 2012, and the national Poetry Out Loud competition is May 13-15, 2012 in Washington, D.C.

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PA Food Drive for Second Harvest Food Bank

PA elementary and secondary students are again combining efforts to collect food for the Second Harvest Food Bank October 31 through November 4. The Student Government Organization is coordinating the drive. The most needed items include canned vegetables, fruits, juices, tuna, pork and beans, peanut butter, cereal, macaroni & cheese, and canned soup. This year's need is greater than ever. Second Harvest has experienced a 30% increase in the number of people who need assistance. There will be a "friendly" competition among classes with an ice cream party for the classes that bring the most! "I was hungry and you fed me" (Matthew 25:35).

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PA Senior Named Semifinalist for the 2012 National Merit Scholarship Program

Senior Trinity Huhn, daughter of Steven and Liesl Huhn of Johnson City, received word in September that she qualified as a semifinalist.  The national pool of semifinalists, which represent less tha 1 percent of the US high school seniors, include the highest scoring entrants in each state.  Trinity will compete with the top high school students in the nation for some 9,000 Merit Scholarship awards worth more than $34 million.

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Fall Class Trips

PA secondary students are looking foward to their fall class trips:

Seniors are in Europe October 12 - 21.

Eighth graders tour Charlottesville, Jamestown, Yorktown, Williamsburg and Appomattox October 19-21.

Sophomores enjoy the Creation Museum October 20 - 21.

Juniors travel to Washington, D.C. , October 26 - 29.

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Blue Ridge Classic Soccer Tournament Schedule

Soccer Tournament Schedule

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Blue Ridge Classic Volleyball Tournament Schedule

Volleyball Tournament Schedule

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Parent Orientation

Parent Orientation meeting for all parents K-12 at 6:45 p.m. in the school cafeteria.  Please mark this important date on your calendars. 

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Annual Open House Event Scheduled for August 30, 2011

You are invited to our Open House!  click here for details

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First Day of School!

Hours are 8:00 - 11:30 a.m.  Secondary Parent/Student Orientation meeting is scheduled for 8:30 - 9:30 a.m. in the school gymnasium.

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Parent Orientation Meetings for Kindergarten and Grade 7 and Open House for Grades 1 -12.

The Grade 7 Orientation is 6:30 - 7:00 p.m.  Kindergarten Orientations are in the kindergarten classrooms, beginning at 7:00 p.m.  All 1-12 teachers will be in their classrooms for the Open House 7:00 - 8:00 p.m.  All PA parents are encouraged to attend.

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Faculty and Staff Inservice Begins

All PA faculty and staff will participate in staff development meetings, planning meetings, and getting classrooms ready for students.  Focus of the week will be the 2011- 2012 theme verse:  ".. I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received."  Ephesians 4:1b

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PA Honors the Class of 2011

The Providence Academy graduation exercises included speeches by Valedictorian Corinne Schmidt and Salutatorian Chad Clendenon. In addition, all the graduates were honored in the Reflections video presentation and the class tribute given by Class President Imani Johnson. School Administrator Jerry Williams presented the Class of 2011 to the hundreds of relatives and friends attending.

Valedictorian Speech
Salutatorian Speech

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Providence Academy Graduation Scheduled for Friday, May 13

The Providence Academy 2011 Graduation Ceremony will be held May 13, 2011, at 7:00 p.m. in the school gymnasium.  Guest Speaker Ben Williams, Director of Worldview Formation and Instructor of Christian Thought at Bryan College in Dayton, TN, will present the main address.  Class valedictorian, Corinne Schmidt, and salutatorian, Chad Clendenon, will also present their speeches as part of the ceremony.  The public is invited to attend.

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Congratulations, Science Fair Winners!

The following PA students placed at the ETSU Science Fair held Thursday, April 28:

Grade 6 - Physical Science - Honorable Mention - Hank Collie

Grade 8 - Biological Science - Third Place - Hannah Hollowell

Grade 8 - Physical Science - Second Place - Merritt McKinney

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High School Community Service Day

Students in grades 9 - 12 will be participating in their second Community Service Day on Friday, April 29.  The students will be serving at Rise Up!, East Tennessee Christian Home, Good Samaritan Ministries, and Small Miracles.

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Grandparent Cookout - April 29

If you haven't registered for this event, please call the development office as soon as possible.  Help us honor our grandparents and PA families with your attendance to this fun event!

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Monday Club Poetry Contest Winners Announced!

Congratulations to the PA winners in the Monday Club Poetry Contest!  Winners in the local competition include Parker Counselman - 1st Place, James Carson Peters - 2nd Place, Clara Reynolds - 1st Place, Abigail Eldridge - Honorable Mention, Christin Oglesby - 3rd Place, Ariel Huhn - 2nd Place, and Corey Smith - 1st Place.  At the district level, Parker Counselman received 3rd Place, Corey Smith 2nd Place, and Abigial Eldridge 3rd Place.

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Meeting the Challenge of Our Technology Culture - April 14

Thursday, April 14, at 6 p.m. in the cafeteria, PA is hosting a meeting for parents to discuss the reality of modern technology, primarily the internet and social media, and more recently questionable text and picture messaging, in the lives of our students and families.  Whether our students participate or not, they are exposed to this unfortunate reality.  Theirs is the first generation to struggle to this degree with a fundamental question of technology:  While technology can be beneficial, how can it be detrimental to the emotional and spiritual well being of individuals and our community?  Our goal is to partner with you while you help guide your son or daughter to navigate this new plugged-in world.  We promise you this hour will be one well spent - an investment in the wellbeing of your children.  While this meeting is not open to students, we strongly encourage all parents to attend.

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Congratulations to Our Math Olympic Winners

Congratulations to all of the students who participated in this year's ACSI Math Olympics, which was held Tuesday, March 29, at Concord Christian School in Knoxville.  Thirty-six Providence students in grades 3 - 8 were among the 250 students from seven schools that participated.  The following students were awarded ribbons.  In addition, first place winners who scored at least 85% in their category were also awarded a medallion. 

3rd Grade Computation:  Josh Gregory - 1st Place Medallion

4th Grade Computation:  Ben Garber - 3rd Place

4th Grade Reasoning:  Garrett Manuel - 2nd Place, Cole Marshall - 3rd Place

5th Grade Reasoning:  Caroline Koscak - 3rd Place, Hope Olds - 4th Place

6th Grade Computation:  Eden Huhn - 2nd Place, Emily Prieto - 3rd Place

6th Grade Reasoning:  John Hollowell - 3rd Place

7th Grade Computation:  Jessica Scarbrough - 2nd Place, Bethany Jones - 5th Place

7th Grade Reasoning:  Elijah Wilson - 2nd Place, Cambron Johnson - 3rd Place

8th Grade Computation:  Hunter White - 2nd Place, Merritt McKinney - 4th Place

8th Grade Reasoning:  Hannah Hollowell and Reid Smith (tie) - 1st Place Medallion

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First and Second Grades to Present Musical on April 7, 8

At 7:00pm Thursday, April 7 &  8:45 am Friday, April 8, the First and Second grade classes of Providence Academy will present the musical, Arf!  A Canine Musical of Kindness, Courage and Calamity by John Jacobson and John Higgins.  The talented residents of Doggie Town prepare for the famous Wurstchester Dog Show.  In the process of preparing for the Dog Show the puppies learn a valuable lesson—that each of us is unique and should be encouraged for the special talent that each individual has to share.  Come and see that Providence Academy has truly “gone to the dogs!”  All are invited to attend the performances which will be held in the school gymnasium.

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Drama Department to Present Sherlock Holmes on April 1, 2


The Drama Department and students from grades 7-12 are performing a rendition of Sherlock Holmes.  See Sherlock Holmes save the Mayor of New York and a young reporter from his evil arch nemesis, Mary Artie, who is trying to take control of the city!  You will find yourself cheering for political campaigns, watching news and commericals from the 1950s, and sitting nervously on the edge of your seat as a bomb slowly ticks down to the last seconds.  The performances will be in the PA gymnasium April 1, 2 at 7:00 p.m.  Ticket Prices:  Adults $5, Students/Children $3

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Creative Communication Poetry Contest

Eileen Collie's poem, "Bedtime Woes," was chosen as one of the top ten poems in the grades 7-9 division of the Creative Communication poetry contest from the several thousand poems submitted by students in the U.S. and Canada.

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ACSI Regional Creative Writing Festival

Congratulations to Parker Barnes, grade 5, and Terrean Hudson, grade 12, for receiving Superior ratings in the ACSI Regional Creative Writing Festival.  Their entries have advanced to the next level.  Congratulations also to Sarah Carroll, Caroline Koscak, Millicent Runnels, Henry Holben, Meara Huisman, Cole Burgett, John Steadman, Emily Tumlin, and Chad Clendenon for representing their classes and receiving an Excellent rating.

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Two students chosen for 2011 Tennessee Governor's School

Ben Jewett and Andrew Kanel have been chosen to attend the 2011 Tennessee Governor's School. Each won a scholarship that includes five weeks of college courses in a select program of study. Ben will attend the School of Scientific Models and Data Analysis at ETSU, one of 30 students state-wide to receive this honor. Andrew will attend the School for the Sciences at UT Knoxville and is one of 80 students state-wide to receive this honor. Since 2005 eight PA students have been selected to attend Governor's Schools.

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Purchase your tickets for the Christian Storytelling Festival

Select the quick link to the Christian Storytelling Festival website on the front page to purchase your tickets to this upcoming event at PA.

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Seniors leave for Europe Wednesday, March 2.

This annual event takes our seniors to London, Paris, San Gimignano, Florence, and Rome. Students get the opportunity to see places they have read about and studied while at Providence Academy, including  Westminster Cathedral, the Tower of London, Oxford, Notre Dame, St. Chapelle, the Forum and the Coliseum, Michelangelo’s David, the home of the Medicis, and so much more.


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Fall Enrollment

PA is currently accepting applications for 2011-2012.  If you have questions or would like to schedule a tour or visit our campus, please review our Prospective Student link on this website or contact the school at 423-854-9819







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