Pellissippi State scheduled Aug. 18 Alumni Family Movie Day

The Pellissippi State Alumni Association invites all Pellissippi State graduates and their families to attend Alumni Family Movie Day on Saturday, Aug. 18. The event takes place on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

Alumni Family Movie Day begins at noon with lunch, compliments of Buddy’s Bar-B-Q, in the Goins Building Cafeteria. While there is no charge for the meal, the Pellissippi State Foundation will accept donations for the Alumni Scholarship Fund.

A showing of the popular animated film “Madagascar” follows at 1 p.m. in the Goins Auditorium. The movie and popcorn are also free.

Those planning to attend are asked contact the Alumni Office at (865) 539-7242 or by Wednesday, Aug. 15.

To request accommodations for a disability, contact the executive director of Human Resources and Affirmative Action at (865) 694-6607 or

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Pellissippi State offers QuickBooks workshop for small-business owners

Keeping track of finances can be a real headache for small-business owners, but the fix may be fairly simple and painless: QuickBooks.

Debi Bolton of Pellissippi State Community College says QuickBooks software enables businesspeople to quickly find what they need when they need it, including money coming in and money going out of the business. Bolton is manager of the Computer Training Institute for the college’s Business and Community Services Division.

Pellissippi State is joining forces with the Tennessee Small Business Development Center to offer a $99 Introduction to QuickBooks workshop four times this fall: Sept. 14; Oct. 19, Nov. 16 and Dec. 7. The workshop takes place at the TSBDC office, located at the Knoxville Area Chamber Partnership, 17 Market Square. Since class size is limited, pre-registration is required.

The 3.5-hour workshop focuses on setting up business finances using QuickBooks Pro. The class covers company setup, chart of accounts creation, invoicing, bill payment, check writing, customer and vendor management, report generation, and preferences.

Gabe Beck, CPA and QuickBooks instructor, uses systematic instructions, making the material easy to understand.

To register or find out more, go to or call Debi Bolton at (865) 539-7008.

Pellissippi State administers the Knoxville branch of the TSBDC, whose mission is to provide free counseling and training for those interested in starting or improving a small business. The TSBDC serves 16 counties in East Tennessee.

Pellissippi State ‘Fast Forward’ student accepted to West Point

Matthew Waldrep, a home-schooler who accrued 42 college credits in Pellissippi State’s Fast Forward Dual Enrollment program, heads to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point in July. Waldrep, 18, spent the last two years taking math and science courses in preparation for applying to the prestigious military school. He was nominated to the academy by U.S. Rep. John Duncan, at left.

Matthew Waldrep, a home-school student in the Fast Forward Dual Enrollment program at Pellissippi State Community College this past spring, has been accepted to the United States Military Academy at West Point, N.Y.

To be considered for admission to West Point, candidates must meet certain academic, medical and physical requirements and must receive a nomination from an approved source. Waldrep was nominated by U.S. Rep. John Duncan and leaves for New York in July.

The 18-year-old Farragut home-schooler took Fast Forward classes for the past two academic years. Dual enrollment allows high school students to earn high school and college credit simultaneously for the same course. Nearly 2,000 area high school students participated in the program in 2011-12.

Waldrep says he has known for many years that he wanted to go to West Point, and he chose his academic path accordingly.

Taking dual enrollment classes at Pellissippi State was a crucial part of the plan, since, he figured, college-level credit would carry more weight with the academy’s tough admission standards than would high school credit.

When President Thomas Jefferson signed legislation establishing West Point in 1802, he envisioned it as a strong science and engineering institution, and that tradition continues today. With that knowledge, Waldrep also took Fast Forward courses that would give him a good foundation in math and science.

“All my teachers at Pellissippi State were very helpful and willing to help me understand the concepts,” he said.

Waldrep earned a 3.96 grade point average at Pellissippi State. Along the way, he played for Farragut High School’s rugby club for two years, became an Eagle Scout, won two national awards from the Sons of the American Revolution and received a Congressional Award Gold Medal, the highest award bestowed on youth by the U.S. Congress.

In addition to accumulating 42 college credit hours through Fast Forward and 6 at the Governor’s School at UT-Martin, he worked as a paid student instructor at Pellissippi State under the supervision of Jerry Burns, a chemistry professor.

“When Matthew was in my class, I could tell he was a top-notch student,” said Burns, who served as a faculty reference. “After that, when he was my student instructor, he did an excellent job as well. When West Point chooses their cadets, some of what they look for is superb ability, inner strength and self-motivation. Matthew’s got all that.”

As a West Point cadet, Waldrep is a member of the U.S. Army. He receives a full scholarship and an annual salary, from which he pays for his uniforms, textbooks, personal computer and incidentals. Room, board, medical and dental care are provided by the federal government.

Upon graduation, he will be awarded a Bachelor of Science degree and an officer commission in the U.S. Army. In turn, he is obligated to serve five years on active duty in the Army and three years in an inactive reserve status.

For information about Pellissippi State’s Fast Forward program, visit or call (865) 694-6400.

Pellissippi State announces spring 2012 Academic Achievers

Pellissippi State Community College has named 666 part-time students to the list of Academic Achievers for spring 2012. To be included, a student must earn a grade point average of 3.50-4.00, be degree-seeking and have completed 6 to 11 college-level hours per term of Pellissippi State coursework. Honorees include—

Melissa Adams
Michael Adams
Samuel Aikens
Joe Allen
Rachael Allen
Kimberly Allums
Aaron Andrew
Brittaney Andrews
William Andrews
Narwan Ansary
Jessica Appleby
Nura Arar
Melanie Arms
Linda Arnone
Amy Arwood
William Arwood
Ella Assadova
Cameron Atchley
Christine Austin
Ahmad Awad
Mohammad Awad
Solomon Awadey
Gladys Azpurua
Lynette Bachleda
Alisha Bacon
Rachel Bagley
Krystallee Bailey
Alison Ball
Andrea Ballantyne
Megan Banker
Brad Barker
Maggie Barta
Regina Barukh
Ashley Bates
Justin Bauguess
Kaylon Baumeister
Melanie Bautista
Mary Baxley
Justin Beal
Megan Beal
LeIna Beckner
Iesha Beene
Donald Belcher
Melissa Bentley
Amanda Berube
Bonnie Bible
Michelle Bigham
Austin Bilbrey
Mayra Blackburn
Alan Blaha
Marcus Blair
Brooke Bledsoe
Adam Blevins
Whitney Boateng-Johnson
Sophie Bogdanski
Hameeda Boghani
Amy Bogue
Sonya Boling
Kelvin Bolton
Lyndon Bolton
Devin Bowers
Yira Bowles
Sarah Bowman
John Boyd
Andrea Boyter
Elizabeth Bradley
Julianne Brandt
Joey Brennan
Tonya Brewer
Michelle Britney-Boyd
David Britton
Colby Brooks
Jessica Brown
Shawn Brown
Alcus Broxson
Christopher Bruce
Jan Bruckbauer
Lisa Bruzzese
Lori Bryson
Schuylar Burgess
Paul Burke
Daniel Burnett
Corey Burnette
Jennifer Butler
Christopher Bynum
Mercedes Byrge
Christian Calloway
Jessica Cammuse
Hannah Campbell
James Campbell
Linda Cannon
Denny Carlson
Lynda Carmichael
Ronald Carmichael
Mary Carrasco
Melody Carroll
Ashley Carver
Marilyn Case
Guadalupe Cataldo
Michael Cavitt
Jared Chadwick
Katherine Chambers
Sarah Chambers
Kelcie Chandler
Valerie Clarke
Seulki Cody
Robin Coe
Amber Coffey
Ronald Cohorst
Taylor Coker
Angelia Collins
Tara Collins
Cynthia Conard
Linda Connolly
Michael Conway
Crystal Cooper
Jalana Cooper
Rachel Coppala
Kevin Cornett
April Coward
David Cox
Stephen Cox
Ashley Craig
Jessica Crenshaw
Catherine Crockett
Corey Cross
Sara Crum
Anthony Cuneo
Madialynne Cupp
John Curry
Nicola Dalili
Sam Dalili
Dixie Daniels
John Daugherty
Tina Daugherty
Jonathan Davis
Lindsay Davis
Nathan Davis
Crystal Daw
Jake Debuty
Jennifer Decker
Lori Deer
Rebecca Deloa
Amber Dickerson
Tammy Dickerson
Courtney Didion
John Dingman
Brandon Dixon
Urszula Dobronski
Loreli Dockins
Patrick Dodd
Elizabeth Donaldson
Tammy Donalson
James Dopp
Curtis Dozier
Ariel Dreher
Alexandria Dukic
Kristi Dunlap
Shannon Dunlap
Joshua Dykes
Lisa Dykes
Joshua Eakle
Aerial East
Brian Edge
Matthew Edmonds
Christopher Elliott
Justin Elrod
Robbeline Enyenihi
Mark Estep
Ann Everett
Chad Everett
Kimberly Everett
Shane Fahey
Caleb Farmer
Joshua Farmer
Sara Farmer
Isaac Farr
Dustin Faulkner
Heather Faulkner
Alexandra Fee
Ian Ferguson
Jason Ferguson
Kerry Fifer
Christopher Finger
Cynthia Finger
Maegan Finley
Susan Finley
Kenneth Finnell
David Fish
Lily Fitch
Chelsea Fizzano
Nichole Fletcher
Javier Flint
Brad Floyd
Connie Fortson
Benjamin Foster
Craig Foster
Shanon Friauf
Anastasia Friedrich
Christine Frost
Charles Frye
Jelica Fuller
Janet Furtner
John Galyon
Kara Galyon
Christina Gandee
Angel Gardner
Barry Garner
Jamada Garner
Haley Gassel
Jean Gee
Seanion George
Lindsay Gheen
Krystall Gibson
Jane Gichingiri
Cheryl Giles
Mistie Goley
Alyssa Gollwitzer
Tia Gouge
Tara Gourley
Chrystal Graham
Jama Green
Sevaughn Green
Silvia Gribinet
Jenae Grossart
Kyle Grover
Season Guffey
Fawnia Hackworth
Bradley Hall
Brandi Hall
Michael Hall
Cindy Hamilton
Derrick Hamilton
Sasha Hammett
Laura Hamon
Gregorie Handley
Elizabeth Handlon
Fred Harber
Brandy Hardin
Jody Harrison-Grabber
Janet Hastings
Heather Haston
Heather Hatfield
Deanna Hatmaker
Bradley Hawkins
Colby Haynes
Kimberly Haynes
Pamela Hays
Jonathan Heacker
Douglas Headrick
Teresa Headrick
Colleen Hedtke
Trae Helton
Alaa Hemami
Jennifer Hembree
Ebony Henderson-Blake
Robert Henry
Candace Hering
Janet Hiers
James Higginbotham
Christopher Higgins
Erikka Hill
Kory Hill
Linda Hinkle
Amanda Hipsky
Joyanna Hirst
Michael Holbert
Andrew Holcomb
Rachel Holden
Stephanie Holden
Carol Holloway
Lindsey Holloway
Jonathan Holt
Aaron Hopson
Caleb Horn
Daniel Hoskins
Rachel Houston
Kelly Howard
Leila Howell
Christopher Hubbard
Tracy Hudson
Emilie Hughes
Jennifer Hughes
Sabrina Hughes
Nichole Hull
Megan Humphrey
Jordyn Hyden
Wallace Hynds
Kimberly Ivens
Joseph Jakubowski
Matthew James
Jamie Jaudon
Matthew Jefferson
Jeffrey Jelliff
Berenice Jimenez
Alicia Johnson
Amanda Johnson
Angela Johnson
Benjamin Johnson
Bethany Johnson
Caleb Johnson
Christine Johnson
Deanna Johnson
Jessica Johnson
Lauren Johnson
Marisa Johnson
Rachel Johnson
Charity Johnston
Amanda Jones
David Jones
Elwood Jones
Jamie Jones
Jason Jones
Jeremy Jones
Samantha Jones
Wesley Jones
Ashley Jordan
Bethany Jowers
Chad Kaina
Aziz Kanjiani
Teresa Kearney
Jason Keller
Alanna Kelsey
Kathryn Kelso
David Kennedy
Jason Kennedy
Haley Kerr
Kimberly Kerr
Rachel Ketelle
Faiza Khan
Eda Kicki
Jieun Kim
Annette King
Blakelen King
Stephen King
Tina Knapp
Michelle Kniep
Erika Koch
Dale Konopasek
Jordan Kooijman
Rachel Kuchar
Peter Kuntz
Andrew Labig
Taylor Laible
Courtney Lake
Gary Lang
Zachary Lange
Victor Lara
Teresa Larmoyeux
Benjamin Lau
Cody Lawson
Jacob Lawson
Whitney Lawson
Landon Leach
Benjamin Lebron
Hope Ledger
Angela Lerner
Casey Lett
Shelagh Leutwiler
Michele Lewellyn
Tad Lewis
Karda Linderman
Samantha Lindsay
Jessica Lockhart
Christy Logan
Jan Lomax
Brittany Long
Cassie Lopez
David Loveday
Rachel Loy
William Luther
Jody Lynn
Melissa Magro
Devin Maier
Sima Maleki
Daniel Maley
Stephanie Manley
Jennifer Mann
Jennifer Manning
Stephanie Manson
Kristine Manuel
Rodney Maples
Christopher Martin
John Martin
Troy Martin
Julia Martinenco
Jennifer Mason
David Mathis
Jolene Maurino
Casey Maxwell
Vanessa McAfee
Erin McAlister
Jamie McCain
Ariel McCasland
James McClane
Lindy McCollam
Jonathan McCowan
Kelley McCoy
Mary McCrackin
David McCroskey
Brittany McDaniel
Christopher McDaniel
Russell McElroy
Bradley McGaha
Carol McGaha
Malina McGee
Seth McGhee
Mark McGill
Michaella McGill
Daniel McGraw
Christopher McKee
Phillip McKnight
Bridget McLaughlin
Samuel McLeod
Rachel McMahan
Jill McMillan
Kelly Means
Ruth-Anne Mendoza
Brian Mercer
Stacy Meschendorf
Christina Metz
Edward Meyer
Elizabeth Middleton
Annatasia Miller
John Miller
Maggie Miller
Jennifer Millsaps
Eric Mitchell
Christopher Monhollan
Ashley Monroe
Matthew Monroe
Christi Montgomery
Jerry Moore
Angela Mordan
Lori Moreland
William Morgan
Michael Morren
Amy Morris
James Morrison
James Morton
Joel Moser
Eric Moses
Angela Mullins
Christopher Mumpower
Curtis Munsey
Lindsey Murphy
Mark Murphy
Thomas Murphy
Sarah Murrell
Gina Myers
Michael Myers
Mara Nagler
Michael Nance
Kelli Napier
Sajjad Naseem
Christopher Nash
Cameron Nelson
Dang Nguyen
David Nine
Simona Nira
Gregory Noah
Sharon Noble
Lisa Norman-Hudson
Holly Northern
Mitchell Norton
Ewa Nowak-Ligaj
Shelly Nuchols
Laura Nutzell
Jesus Ortega-Valenzuela
Mirriam Osborn
Grant Overby
Jessica Owen
Kristen Owenby
George Paine
Kayla Palmer
Kevin Palombi
Suzann Paluzi
Jennifer Pankey
Nickolaos Pantanizopoulos
Laura Parker
Elizabeth Parks
Hannah Parrott
Chelsea Pate
Jason Patterson
Joshua Patterson
William Patty
Janice Paul
Maria Pavone
Tiffany Pendergrass
Jordan Perkins
Jordan Peterson
Michael Pettet
Falisha Philips
Rachel Poland
Katy Porter
Lee Poynter
Matt Preuss
Barbara Proctor
Harold Puckett
Jessica Pujado
Amanda Radford
Jason Radney
Kristopher Raisor
Maria Ramos
Anne Ramsaur
Jeffrey Ramsey
Tim Ramsey
Jacob Ramsey DeLozier
Niloo Ranjan
Willard Ratliff
Casey Ray
Jason Reed
Kelsey Rees
Bryan Reeves
Susan Renaud-Mitchell
Jeffery Renfro
Amy Rickett
Amanda Riggs
Sarah Riley
Taylor Ripley
William Roach
Joseph Robbins
Angela Roberson
Brittany Roberts
Tommy Roberts
Jula Robertson
Samantha Robertson
Tanya Robertson
Kendria Robinson
April Rogers
Belinda Rogers
Alicia Rolen
Joseph Rose
Ashley Ross
Vicki Rountree
James Rowe
Elizabeth Rucker
Emily Ruff
Ciara Ruppe
Jonathan Russell
Joseph Russell
Kyle Russell
Stephanie Russo
Ericka Ryba
Dallas Salter
Ethan Sanderfur
Robert Sanders
Jordan Sangid
Matthew Scaperoth
Zachary Scarlett
Andrew Schaad
John Scott
David Scraggs
Mindy Seagle
Zachary Seiber
Sheila Sellers
Jennifer Shannon
Shayna Sharp
Lindsay Shaw
Rachel Shea
Scott Shell
Christina Shelley
Meghan Shropshire
Sandra Sila-Massengill
Patrick Siminerio
Amber Sims
Leslie Sims
Billy Skeen
Brittany Skyberg
Chuck Slagle
Tabetha Slagle
Timothy Slagle
Amber Slaterbeck
Inessa Sloan
Amanda Smith
Andrew Smith
Jason Smith
Joshua P. Smith
Kristin Smith
Sterling Smith
William Smith
Whitney Smithers
Jay Smithson
Cindy Snow
Brittany Spears
Jeannie Squires
Amanda Stachey
Amanda Stanley
Hannah Steacy
Melissa Steed
Yvette Stilwell
Cole Stines
Daniel Stover
Chelsey Sutton
Robin Sutton
Silvia Sweitzer
Michael Swihart
Justin Tackett
Dawn Taft
Jennifer Talley
Chelsea Tanner
Jason Tate
Susan Tate
Sallie Taylor
Robyn-Lanae Thames
Justin Thiele
Jana Thomas
Lee Thomas
William Thomas
Jennifer Thompson
Jennifer Tidmore
Patricia Tinsley
Brian Tisdale
Kati Tran
Britney Troutt
Belinda Tucker
Sarah Tuggle
Kristina Turner
Elizabeth Turpin
Jason Tyler
Joshua Unger
Joseph Vakousky
Janice Vergeer
Travis Vickery
Sherri Wade
Paul Walker
Rebecca Walker
Sydney Warneke
Matthew Watson
Melanie Watson
Jennifer Waymon
David Weaver
Michael Wells
Travis Wells
Sarah Werling
Justin White
Sara White
Kayla Whitehead
Jama Whitmore
Jolynn Whittington
Hope Widner
Wojciech Wiktor
Cindy Wilhite
April Williams
Chan Williams
Jennifer Williams
Kelly Williams
Chad Williamson
Caroline Wilson
Alanna Windham
Karla Wingfield
Sarah Wirtz
Ernest Wolfe
James Wolfenbarger
Nathaniel Wood
Megan Woods
Courtney Wright
Kelly Wright
Michael Wright
Keith Zaborowski
Salvadore Zanco
Ricardo Zapata
Sarah Zarczynski
Ashita Zaveri
Gregory Zellner
Wyatt Zinser

Professional bluegrass musician gains focus, friendships as Pellissippi State student

Samuel Damewood, former Pellissippi State Music student, performs with Drake White and the Big Fire. The band opened for Eric Church this spring.

Samuel Damewood is right at home in Nashville’s limelight. Damewood helped open for country music star Eric Church this spring and describes performing for a large audience as “exhilarating.”

But Damewood says he’ll never forget the friends he made when he took a hiatus from the stage and enrolled in the Music program at Pellissippi State Community College.

In 2009, the Knoxville native had already toured the country as a professional musician for four years, playing his fiddle for thousands of people. As a member of the bluegrass band Pine Mountain Railroad, he was living the life—touring 300 days a year, playing in glitzy places, recording and hanging out with bluegrass greats Ricky Skaggs and Alison Krauss.

But it was at Pellissippi State that he says he finally “found himself.”

“I had hit a rough patch in my life,” said Damewood. “I decided to make a change, quit playing professionally for a while and go back to school.

“I had played with Larry Vincent [a Pellissippi State Music assistant professor] before, and he knew about my bluegrass background and wanted me to help with the college’s bluegrass ensemble, Hardin Valley Thunder. It was something I could really give to.”

For the next two years, Pellissippi State’s Music faculty became family for the now 29-year-old. As a college student, Damewood rediscovered his love for bluegrass and also found a couple of new passions: jazz and classical music.

“Two big things that Pellissippi reinvigorated: my love for life and my love for music,” he said. “I also learned who I was and what I wanted in the future.”

Damewood used his time at the college to grow both personally and technically.

“Bill Brewer became a great friend and ally and huge inspiration.” Brewer is an associate professor and program coordinator of Music. “Larry Vincent told me not to lose myself and who I am. It took me a while to figure out what he meant, but now I understand. I have this energy and this drive and almost a childlike view of music.

“Robin James was my violin teacher at Pellissippi State,” Damewood said. “Her drive for me to practice classically and work on my technique has been a super foundation for what I do in Nashville, because Nashville really isn’t the ‘country music capital of the world.’ It’s the ‘music capital of the world.’ There are so many more things going on than country.”

Damewood says the people in the Music program became his family during a hard time in his life.

“All of the teachers were such a great help. They were all very nurturing, and they listened a lot. I talked to them a lot about the classes and how they pertained to what I wanted to do in the future.”

The summer before he transferred to Belmont University in Nashville last year, he put together Heyday Revival, a progressive bluegrass band composed entirely of former and current Pellissippi State students.

“We still play gigs in Knoxville, when I’m not on the road,” he said. “We’ve got a few performances lined up for this summer.”

Damewood is now a commercial violin major with an emphasis in music technology at Belmont.

“This degree teaches you how to be a music supervisor for film and TV,” he said.  “I plan on getting my degree and then have a lot of big plans for the future. I want to eventually start my own entertainment company and use that to help people to achieve their dreams in the music industry.

“Someday down the road from that I’d like to start my own record label to help people with their dreams—just like Pellissippi State helps people.”

Meanwhile, Damewood is playing with a new group, Drake White and the Big Fire. The band signed with Universal last year and opened for country musician Eric Church’s Blood, Sweat and Beers Tour this spring. The musicians also have opened for Willie Nelson and will open for the Allman Brothers in August.

The first gig with Church was in Portland, Maine, before a 9,000-member audience—the largest Damewood had ever played for. He says he felt a surge of nervous energy and, despite his previous experience, took a sneak peek through the curtain before he went on stage.

“I’d never played on such a big stage before,” he said. “I just kind of stayed in one place for the first song and then realized the other four band members were moving around. I thought, ‘Oh, I can move.’

“After it was over the guys in the band said they were proud of me for owning the stage and not being afraid. It’s very intoxicating in a way that just by moving around and doing things, you can have 9,000 people watch you. It’s crazy.”

These days, Damewood is back and riding high. “My life is full steam ahead forward. I couldn’t be any happier. A lot of that stems from my time at Pellissippi State.”

To learn more about Music and other offerings at Pellissippi State, visit

Get new customers with Pellissippi State workshop

Savvy entrepreneurs know that advertising on sites such as Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter and YouTube can bring in lots of new customers.

If you’re a business owner who wants to broaden your advertising base, plan to spend four Mondays in July at Pellissippi State Community College’s four-part non-credit workshop and watch your customers multiply.

“Social Media for Small Business” is a hands-on class offered Mondays, July 9-30, 9-noon on the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Workshops take place in the Alexander Building, Room 129.

You don’t have to be a social media whiz. All you need is a basic understanding of the internet. And even if you already spend hours a day on sites like Facebook, you will benefit from the technical advertising knowledge of instructor Mark Schaefer.

Schaefer is a globally recognized blogger, educator, business consultant and author. He has worked in global sales, public relations and marketing for nearly 30 years. He is executive director of U.S.-based Schaefer Marketing Solutions.

Schaefer’s clients include both startups and global brands such as Cisco, AT&T, Johnson & Johnson and the United Kingdom government. He has advanced degrees in marketing and organizational development and holds seven patents.

The instructor assists class members in developing a sound social media marketing strategy to boost their business’ bottom line. The workshop fee is $250. Class size is intentionally limited to provide ample opportunity for discussion and problem-solving.

To register or find out more, call (865) 539-7167 or visit

Pellissippi State math students mark record finish in national competition

Pellissippi State finished second in the Southeast in the 2011-12 national Student Math League competition sponsored by the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges. Some of the top-scoring participants, left to right, are Trevor Sharpe, who won first place in the individual category in the region; Chris Salvo; Hannah Hale; and Christopher Shutt.

It all adds up to a historic finish for Pellissippi State Community College math students.

The college’s team has placed second in the Southeast Region and student Trevor Sharpe has taken the top individual score in the second and final round of the American Mathematical Association of Two-Year Colleges’ Student Mathematics League Math Competition.

The results were announced this month. Sharpe, a 16-year-old high school student enrolled in Pellissippi State’s Fast Forward program during the recently ended school year, retained his individual ranking of number one in the Southeast from the first round. Fast Forward, the institution’s dual enrollment program, allows high school juniors and seniors to earn both high school and college credit for the same course.

The math competition consists of two tests each academic year: round one in the fall and round two in the spring. The Pellissippi State team placed second both times.

The one-hour multiple-choice test at the precalculus level is administered at local campuses across the country during a two-week window. Any student who has not already earned a degree is allowed to compete. About 180 students took part at Pellissippi State.

Bobby Jackson, associate math professor and contest coordinator for the college, estimates that well over 10,000 students participate nationally each year. Pellissippi State awards top-scoring students locally, and the AMATYC awards the top national team and individual honors.

“We’ve never scored this high before,” Jackson said. “Our team maintained second place despite having to compete without our number two team member during round two.”

The Pellissippi State team came in just behind Georgia Perimeter College, and ahead of 22 other schools, including Wake (N.C.) Technical Community College, Florida State College at Jacksonville, Miami Dade College and Chattanooga State Community College.

The top five scorers for Pellissippi State in the fall competition were Sharpe, Christopher Shutt, Harry Hughes, Connor Corcoran and Isa Dauti. Top scorers this spring were Robert Drake, Christopher Salvo, Calvin Scott, Jonathan Rowe and Sharpe.

Pellissippi State has participated in the AMATYC competition since 1998, Jackson says.

“I think it’s a great opportunity for students to take part in something outside of the classroom that is challenging, fun and competitive,” he said.

The Student Mathematics League was founded in 1970 by Nassau Community College in New York. The AMATYC assumed sponsorship in 1981, and the league has grown to more than 165 colleges in more than 35 states, as well as Bermuda.

Pellissippi State unveils 2012 summer class offerings for youth

Pellissippi State Community College is offering a wide variety of summer classes for youth, and courses are open for immediate registration. The youth summer course selection provided by Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division includes the following:

“Adventures in Paper”—June 25-28, 10-noon; ages 8 and up; $89. Students will have the chance to make paper books, beads, baskets, pop-up cards, windsocks and kites. Quilling and paper casting lessons are also available. Projects completed depend on class interest.

“Social Networking for Teens”—June 27-28, 10:30-noon; ages 13 and up; $65. Topics include communication skills, dining etiquette and behavior in social settings. Participants will learn and practice skills to achieve confidence in a variety of situations.

“Manners Come From the Heart”—June 27-28, 12:30-2 p.m.; ages 7-12; $65. This class uses songs and games to teach manners for a variety of situations, including parties, dinners and conversation. Students come away from this friendly, rhythmic approach to learning with social confidence.

“Art”—July 9-13, 9-noon or 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-15; $119. Activities may include basic drawing, figure drawing, perspective drawing, book and journal making, oil pastels, polymer clay, portraits, sculpture and more. Projects completed depend on class interest.

“Claymation”—July 9-13, 9-noon or 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-15; $119. Students will work in groups to write a script, create clay figures and backgrounds, and take photographs to compile a short animated movie on a computer. Final projects will be burned to CD and viewed at a movie premiere on the final class day.

“CreACTivity”—July 9-13, 1-4 p.m.; ages 8-10; $115. Participants will explore and expand their abilities in all areas of acting for the stage through creative dramatics, games and exercises. A showcase performance will occur on the final class day. Instruction provided by The WordPlayers.

“Photo-rrific”—July 16-19, 9-noon; ages 12 and up; $115. Using digital photographs on the computer, attendees will learn to create a photo site, a scrapbook and/or a collage. Instruction will be given on photo sharing and photo manipulation techniques.

“Webpage Design”—July 16-19, 1-4 p.m.; ages 12 and up; $115. This class covers basic concepts that allow students to create dynamic, interactive Web-based applications that run within a browser.

“ImaginACTion”—July 16-20, 1-4:30 p.m.; ages 11-13; $125. Participants will use imagination, technique, games and exercises to create characters for the stage. A showcase performance will occur on the final class day. Instruction provided by The WordPlayers.

“Keyboarding”—July 23-26, 9-noon; ages 10 and up; $115. Typing can be fun? In this class, yes. Using an entertaining approach, instruction is given in keyboard touch-type. Emphasis is placed on correct finger reach and accuracy.

“Microsoft Office Sampler”—July 23-26, 1-4 p.m.; ages 12 and up; $115. Attendees will learn the basic tools for creating documents (Word), presentations (PowerPoint) and spreadsheets (Excel). Skills can be used for creative projects, homework assignments and future job activities.

All courses listed are at Pellissippi State’s Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road. Participants may bring snacks or money for vending machines (optional).

For additional information or registration, visit or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists up-to-date class schedules and information on new course offerings.

Two-for-one special on handgun carry-permit class at Pellissippi State

Always a popular course, the Tennessee Handgun Carry-Permit Class at Pellissippi State Community College is sure to fill up quickly, thanks to special two-for-one pricing on the Saturday, June 23, session.

The non-credit course is being offered at the rate of $75 for any two students who register at the same time. Space is limited, and one person must register both students simultaneously in order for the two-for-one rate to apply.

Those who satisfactorily complete the eight-hour course earn a certificate to apply for a state carry permit. Completion of this or another training course is required before applying for a Tennessee handgun carry permit.

The Pellissippi State course covers handgun parts, function, and operation; safety, cleaning, and storage; legal responsibilities of carrying a handgun; course review and testing; and firing range exercises.

Included are four to five hours of classroom instruction and approximately three hours of range training. The person leading the class is certified both as a firearms instructor with the National Rifle Association and as a handgun instructor with the state of Tennessee.

The course meets at the Hardin Valley Campus, 10915 Hardin Valley Road, for classroom instruction. Range training takes place at the John Sevier Hunter Education Center, 2327 Rifle Range Road. Class hours are 8 a.m.-4 p.m.

Students must supply their own gun and ammunition. A $5 range fee for each student is payable to the instructor during class.

Four additional sessions of the course will be offered this summer for those unable to attend the two-for-one class on June 23. The regular rate of $75 per person will apply to classes offered on July 7, July 21, Aug. 4 and Aug. 18. Class times, meeting locations and guidelines are the same.

For additional information or registration for classes offered through Pellissippi State’s Business and Community Services Division, visit or call (865) 539-7167. The BCS website lists up-to-date class schedules and information on new course offerings.

Pellissippi State’s Strawberry Plains site begins student services June 21

Pellissippi State Community College’s Strawberry Plains Campus begins offering student services on Thursday, June 21.

Prospective students who need to apply for admission, submit documentation, register for classes or seek assistance with financial aid or other enrollment-related items will be able to receive help at the new campus. These services will be available every Thursday, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. The campus is located at 7201 Strawberry Plains Pike, just off Interstate 40.

Students are encouraged to come by and get started on the enrollment process for fall semester. Classes begin August 25.

For more information about Pellissippi State, call (865) 694-6400 or visit

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