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Senior Class Honors School with “Legacy Gift” of Original Sculpture

Dedication and unveiling of an original sculpture given to L&N STEM Academy by the 2015 senior class
Students of the 2015 Senior Class; Jeannie Dulaney, Director of Community Relations, Knox County Schools; Gloria Deathridge, District 1 Representative, Knox County Board of Education; Becky Ashe, Principal, L&N STEM Academy; Chris Kleinschmidt, 2015 Senior Class Representative; Beth Watkins, Chief Financial Officer, Liz-Beth & Co.; Gregg Phenicie, Administrative Director, Liz-Beth & Co.; Bill Cook Jr., sculptor; representatives of business partners who supported the project; teachers; students
Thursday, May 14, 2015; 10 a.m.
L&N STEM Academy (401 Henley Street)
In January 2015, following in the tradition of the first graduating class at L&N STEM Academy in 2014, the Senior Class of 2015 voted to give an original sculpture to the school as the class’s “legacy gift.” The students went about locating an art gallery and artist who would work with them, and they found such a friend in Knoxville’s Liz-Beth & Co. Chief Financial Officer Beth Watkins and Administrative Director Gregg Phenicie provided significant financial support, coordination and encouragement for the students’ vision and contacted a sculptor, Bill Cook Jr.
Tennessee native, Cook Jr. sculpts in marble, limestone and alabaster. He used a rendering drawn by the seniors to create a two-foot-tall sculpture made from limestone re-purposed from the UT campus, just down the road from the historic L&N STEM Academy. The sculpture, entitled, “Guardian of Knowledge,” will rest on a 4’ pedestal in the courtyard of the school. Cook Jr. donated materials and labor for the project. He has a studio on Westland Drive in Knox County, and his work can be seen at Liz-Beth & Co. Gallery, 7240 Kingston Pike.
Established in 1990, Liz-Beth & Co. is a family-owned business comprised of a gallery, corporate division and printing division.
In addition to the generosity of Liz-Beth & Co. and Cook Jr., other business partners donated additional materials and labor. Thanks to Maryville Monument LLC, Stowers Rental and Volunteer Paving and Concrete.
Please note that two or more members of the Knox County Board of Education may be present.