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Barney Thompson Scholarship Honors Advocacy, Awards Academic Excellence

Thirteen seniors in the Knox County Schools will be recognized for their academic excellence on May 4, 2015, 5:30 p.m., Sarah Simpson Professional Development Center (801 Tipton Avenue). These students are the 2014-2015 recipients of the Knox County Schools’ Barney Thompson Scholarship:
  • Zackese Alexander, Austin-East Magnet High School
  • Kristi Cao, Hardin Valley Academy
  • Rachel Marie Cormack, South-Doyle High School
  • Freeman A. Drake, Dr. Paul Kelley Volunteer Academy
  • Katelyn Edlin, Powell High School
  • Madeleine I. Helton, Carter High School
  • Yeni Martinez, Central High School
  • Kristi Renee Minton, West High School
  • Erin Louise Norris, Halls High School
  • Simmone Smith, Fulton High School
  • Savannah Yvonne Stafford, Karns High School
  • Ayanna Troutman, L&N STEM Academy
  • Sara Christine Zetterberg, Farragut High School
Through the Barney Thompson Scholarship program, a $500 scholarship is awarded each year to a high school senior at each Knox County Schools high school from which applications are received. In 2009, the Knox County Schools Partners in Education Advisory Board initiated the scholarship program to honor the memory of Barney Thompson. Thompson taught and coached at South High School in the 1970s. After his successful career in education, he served as the executive director of the Knoxville Area Association of Realtors and continued as an education advocate as the treasurer of the Partners in Education Advisory Board for 15 years.
 
The Knoxville Area Association of Realtors contributes $4,000 each year toward the scholarships, and the remainder is funded through the Knox County Schools’ Dine Out for Education.