Timothy Boccarossa has been named a Commended Student in the 2020 National Merit Scholarship Program. Commended Students are recognized for the exceptional academic promise demonstrated by their outstanding performance on the qualifying test used for program entry.
Commended Students are named on the basis of a nationally applied Selection Index score that may vary from year to year and is typically below the level required for participants to be named Semifinalists in their respective states. Although Commended Students do not continue in the competition for National Merit® Scholarships, some of these students do become candidates for Special Scholarships sponsored by corporations and businesses.
“Those 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 help broaden their educational opportunities and encourage them as they continue their pursuit of academic excellence.”
Earlier today, Head of School Ben Holland announced the hiring of community leader, Reverend Vincent Dial to pioneer the new percussion program at Providence Academy. Mr. Dial stated about the position, “It’s a new adventure for myself and for Providence. I feel blessed and grateful for the opportunity to work at Providence and with one of my former students—Mr. Ben Holland. I think as the program grows it will be one that everyone can be very proud of.”
Rev. Dial holds a Bachelor of Music Education from Carson Newman College (now University) and a Master of Education in Supervision and Administration from East Tennessee State University. He retired from the Johnson City School System after serving as a middle-school band director and program leader throughout the county, an assistant principal at Science Hill, and lead principal at Northside Elementary. He has also served as the Chaplain for the Science Hill football team and the minister at Bethel Christian Church.
During his time at Carson Newman, Dial also played football and was named the Most Valuable Offensive Player in 1972-1973, All-Conference with the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA), an honorable mention All-American, and a member of the Letterman’s Club. Upon graduation, he signed as an undrafted free agent with the Kansas City Chiefs in 1974 but was released due to a career ending leg injury.
Reverend Dial has since spoken at, performed at, and been a spiritual leader at a myriad of local events, university chapels, and community outreach programs. Mr. Holland stated, “It’s an honor to have such a talented musician, skilled educator, and man of God here at PA.”
Head of School, Ben Holland, along with Athletic Director, Marin Sells announced the hiring of Taylor Fink, decorated college standout to the position of Head Volleyball coach Wednesday, May 1. Mr. Holland stated, “We were very impressed with Taylor’s experience and success on the college level, as well as her experience coaching at both the collegiate and high school level. ” Coach Sells stated, “We’ve been blessed with excellent coaches over the years, and Taylor has an appreciation for the strong history of our program. Likewise, her vision for the future impressed me throughout the process. She clearly understands what’s necessary to take our program to the next level as we transition to the TSSAA. Additionally, her heart for teaching student athletes to be strong, Christian leaders both on and off the court made her the obvious choice.”
Fink has served as both the junior varsity head coach and an assistant varsity coach at Science Hill H.S. in Johnson City, Tennessee (2015-2016) before taking an assistant coach position at UVA-Wise (2016-2018). Fink stated, “I would like to thank Mr. Holland and Coach Sells for giving me this opportunity. I am excited to start this journey and be a part of a great Christian school such as Providence Academy. The volleyball program has been strong in the past, and I'm excited to jump in and keep building it up.”
A 2015 graduate of Bryan College in Dayton, Tennessee, Fink is a decorated former setter for the Lions volleyball team. The three-time National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) All-American served as an assistant coach for a pair of high school club teams during the winter months while in college. Fink was an assistant coach for the 16U C4 Explosive Volleyball Club in the winter of 2014-15 and held the same position for the 15U Ocoee Heat Volleyball Club in the winter of 2012-13. While a student-athlete, Fink served as a volleyball camp instructor and counselor to high school and middle schoolers during the summers at Bryan.
Named 2014 Appalachian Athletic Conference Player of the Year, Fink earned multiple accolades on the volleyball court all four years of her collegiate career. The setter was named to the AAC All-Freshman Team in 2011 before being named AAC Co-Setter of the Year in 2012 and AAC Setter of the Year in 2013. She earned First-Team All-AAC honors her sophomore through senior seasons, in addition to being named NAIA All-American honorable mention those years as well and claiming AVCA NAIA All-Northwest Region accolades in 2013.
Fink led the Lions to regular season championships from 2012-2014 not to mention AAC Tournament titles in 2012 and 2013, being named to the AAC All-Tournament Team all four years. She was also a standout in the classroom,
garnishing AAC All-Academic honors as a junior and senior. Fink holds a bachelor's degree in exercise and health science from Bryan, along with a K-12 teacher licensure.