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Germantown Weekly COMMUNITY

Easter fun begins Friday Children to celebrate with egg hunts The Weekly


Justin Young carries his daughter Gracie over a puddle of muck after a groundbreaking at the site where a new Crossroads Baptist Church will be built on Houston Levee Road. The Youngs were one of a handful of families that have worshipped with the church since its founding five years ago. The group now has more than 500 members, who plan to worship in a new building when construction is complete next year.


‘A safe haven’ Crossroads Baptist building on Houston Levee

By Timberly Moore 901-529-2445

Crossroads Baptist Church is moving to a new road — Houston Levee. The congregation broke ground on the site Sunday across the street from Briarcrest Christian School in Eads during its ive-year anniversary celebration. The new 30,000-square-foot structure, worth more than $5 million including cost of land and construction, will feature seating for 650 in its sanctuary and multiple classrooms. Pastor Rob Mullins’ congregation branched of from Germantown Baptist Church to spread the gospel throughout the county. “My wife and I were praying about what to do and realized that in this part of East Shelby County there were a lot of what we called ‘formerly churched’ and

a lot of unchurched and we just felt that there was a need for folks like that,” he said. “Rather than the big attractive programs, we wanted to really focus on really meeting and involving families, students, divorced people and widows.” The church that started with eight families now has more than 500 members and sponsors three missions in South Africa, India and Asia. Mullins said the church’s motto — Safe. Simple. Home. — plays a part in every aspect of the ministry that meets at the Cordova Community Center for Sunday and midweek services. “We wanted to be a safe haven, a refuge and a launching pad for people to come, get a sense of what God is doing in their life and go and serve back in our community and around the world,” he said. Bill Hendry, associate pastor, said the church con-

Both the City of Germantown and the Town of Collierville will hold Easter activities for youngsters and their parents. The Easter festivities begin Friday when Germantown puts on its After Dark Egg Hunt at Cameron Brown Park, 8628 Farmington Blvd., at 7:30 p.m. Participants are asked to bring their lashlights and a bag. The deadline to sign up is Friday at 5 p.m. The eggs will be illed with candy. The event is for children ages 9 to 12-years-old. For more information or to register, call 901-757-7375. Collierville also will have a night time Easter egg hunt Friday at 8 p.m. at Suggs Park. The Flashlight Easter Egg Hunt is for children sixth through eighth grade. Everyone is asked to bring a lashlight and bag. The plastic eggs will contain goodies inside. If you’re looking for a more traditional egg hunt, the City of Germantown’s annual Easter Eggstravaganza will be Saturday and will feature a free petting zoo, moon bounces, Monster Mural, door prizes and an age-divided egg hunt. Young egg hunters and their families also can meet the Easter Bunny, ind eggs and have an eggstravagant time at Cameron Brown Park, 8628 Farmington Blvd. The fun begins at 10 a.m. The free egg hunt for children through age 2 begins at 10:30 a.m., 3 to 4 year-olds at 11 a.m., 5 to 6 year-olds at 11:30 a.m., and 7 to 8 year-olds at noon. The rain date is Tuesday.


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Sharing positions among districts

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HISTORY LESSONS Bailey Station students get a first-hand look at history during a visit to The National Civil Rights Museum. IN THE CLASSROOM, 14

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Drawing school attendance maps and zoning boundaries is something every school district requires. With six new municipal districts opening in August in Shelby County, school board members already are listening to new planner Nedra Jones. This could be the irst of 20 other possible shared operational positions. Jones, a former planning specialist who worked

with legacy Shelby County Schools for ive years, is working for Arlington, Bartlett, Collierville, Germantown, Lakeland and Millington under a threeyear contract. The only diference in what she did previously, Jones said: “Now it’s more compartmentalized.” Jones will make $88,000 and work out of the municipal school oices at Bartlett High. While most school oicials like the idea of shared services, Germantown school board member Mark Deal is concerned about the concept even though he voted in favor of the shared planner. He reminded the Ger-

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Planner Nedra Jones and Bartlett City Schools Supt. David Stephens review proposals for attendance boundaries that will determine where about 8,000 students will attend school.

mantown board that the point of creating a school district was to have more local control — not to share services with others. As a lawyer, his experience is it’s not always the best iscal decision to engage in shared services. Others see it as saving administrative costs and putting more dollars into the classroom.

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“For us, we’ll get 21 positions for the cost equivalent of one teacher,” said Lakeland School Supt. Ted Horrell. “That’s the assumption if everybody is in.” Collierville Supt. John Aitken said recently that the 21 positions would cost about $1.8 million with

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oicials ponder possibility of tax increase Session weighs cost of growth, schools By Lela Garlington 901-529-2349

Looking at what to leave in, Collierville town oicials are seeking 10 new full-time positions to deal with the growing pains of more commercial development, additional stormwater requirements and a new park in

the works. The mayor and aldermen are weighing those requests along with the expense of starting a municipal school system. They learned the district will need about $9.5 million in startup costs. Initially, the school district will have a cash-low shortfall until the state and county funds are distributed. After the school financing talks ended, Superintendent John Aitken jokingly backed out of the

conference room in light of being the newest town expense — that will afect the town’s future budget. Aitken said the school district needs two or three years to build up its own rainy day or reserve fund. The town’s new positions include a four-person maintenance crew for the new 108-acre Hinton Park near Carriage Crossing shopping center, a senior planner to handle increasing development needs, an engineer inspector to deal with stormwater regu-

lations, another GIS technician, information technology project manager, water department crew leader and a heavy equipment operation in wastewater collection. There are other requests for upgrades and part-time or seasonal positions. If all 10 are approved, along with the upgrades and part-time and seasonal positions, it would cost the town’s general fund budget almost $632,000 and about $134,000 from the separate utilities fund budget.

Since Thursday afternoon’s two-hour meeting was a work session, no formal action was taken. Alderman Tom Allen said “We are looking at a tax increase down the road. You are going to have to bite the bullet somewhere down the line.” So far, the half-cent sales tax increase is collecting about twice what the town is required to put into a school system. More budget talks will continue next week.


Germantown Police report MARCH 31

■ Someone used the victim’s personal information to withdrawal money from her bank account in the 9400 block of Polar at 9 a.m. ■ Someone forced entry into the victim’s vehicle and took audio equipment in the 7200 block of Wolf River Boulevard at 2:49 p.m. ■ Victim reported being assaulted by her co-worker in the 7600 block of Poplar at 3:30 p.m. ■ Someone took two neighborhood association signs at Steinerbridge Lane and Allenby Drive at 5:20 p.m. APRIL 1


Ninth-grade Briarcrest Christian School student Baylor Harrington, of Collierville, works on soccer drills alongside his teammates during after-school practice. Baylor was chosen by University of Tennessee to attend a summer engineering program for incoming sophomores.

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■ Someone opened an online bank account using the victim’s name and personal information in the 1800 block of Welton Drive at 12 p.m. ■ Someone took the victim’s cellphone in the 7600 block of W. Farmington at 12:14 p.m. ■ Someone attempted to pass a forged check at a business in the 1800 block of Kirby Parkway at 3:56 p.m. ■ Someone took jewelry from the victim’s residence in the 2700 block of Calkins Road at 6:43 p.m. ■ Two vehicles collided causing no injuries at Riverdale and Corsica Drive at 8:48 a.m. ■ Two vehicles collided causing no injuries in the 2100 block of Exeter Road at 10:52 a.m. ■ Two vehicles collided causing no injuries at Heathstone Cove and Woodlane Drive at 10:37 p.m. APRIL 2

Briarcrest student one of 32 in North America chosen for UT’s summer engineering program

This is the second time Harrington has been chosen for an engineering program at UT. He also participated in the University of Memphis STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) camp, which he called “the time of my life. I’ll never forget it.”

By Timberly Moore 901-529-2445

Baylor Harrington is making his third trip to college for engineering, and he’s only in ninth grade. When Harrington walked into his Collierville home after soccer practice at Briarcrest Christian School two weeks ago, his mother met him at the door with a letter that said ‘congratulations’ across the top. He had been chosen to attend University of Tennessee at Knoxville’s Engineering Volunteers for Tenth Graders program, or eVOL10. “I just like building things,” he said. “I like taking things apart and seeing how it works. It has gotten me in trouble a few times. How was I supposed to know you’re not supposed to take the TV remote apart?” In addition to playing junior varsity soccer for the Saints, Harrington is on the wrestling team, plays football, is a member of the Latin club, and maintains a 4.8 weighted grade-point average. Travis Griin, UT Oice of Diversity Programs director, said more than 75 students from across

CHURCH from 1 struction is scheduled for completion in February 2015. “We are a new work and it’s pretty amazing for a new church to be putting up a new (building) like this inside of ive years,” he said. Hendry said parking won’t be a problem for the church because Briarcrest will allow use of its ball ield parking lot, which is next door to the new worship site. Beth Rooks, Briarcrest director of communications, said school oicials are glad to share with Crossroads. “When we have overlow, we’ll

EASTER from 1 Junior Auxiliary of Collierville, the Town of Collierville and Main Street Collierville will have its Easter Egg Scavenger Hunt on the Town Square April 18, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. There will be bounce houses, face painting, music, balloon artist and more. The YMCA will celebrate Easter April 19 with its annual Eggstravaganza. Get ready to get wet as the

the United States and Canada applied and 32 incoming tenth-grade students were chosen for the program June 8-14. “Baylor will experience an opportunity to explore chemistry, begin college preparation through ACT preparation classes, and work on an engineering design project based on chemistry-math applications,” Griin said. The irst time Harrington attended UT’s camp he was going into seventh grade. When he was going into eighth grade, he attended the University of Memphis STEM — Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics — camp.

be able to use their spaces,” said Rooks. “It’s reciprocal. We’re just doing what any good neighbor would do.” Mullins said the high visibility provided by being on Houston Levee will create exposure for the ministry, which is why there is extra land available for expansion. The road hosts nearly 10 churches. “Challenging times and stormy weather spiritually around the world requires as many lighthouses as possible,” Mullins said. “We just see ourselves as another light house that wants to lift up Jesus, honor his word and the big thing is to love our neighbors in the nations.” children will collect loating plastic eggs in the indoor pool. Children ages 3 to 5 years-old swim at 1:30 p.m. with a parent/ guardian in the water with the child. Kids ages 6 to 7 begin at 1:45 p.m. Children ages 8 to 9 start at 2 p.m., and children 10 to 14 begin at 2:15 p.m. Bring a basket and lotation device. Space is limited. Reserve a spot by April 17. Walk-ins are not allowed. Cost is $3 for YMCA members and $5 for nonmembers. Call 901-850-9622 for more information.

“It was the time of my life,” he said. “I’ll never forget it. “This is stupid, but we had to build a padding thing to keep a raw egg from cracking (when dropped from 30 feet) and (my team’s) was the only one that worked.” Dawneen Harrington, Baylor’s mother, said her father and both her brothers were in the Navy. Her son hopes to work in the Navy’s aerospace engineering department. “Baylor never got a chance to meet (his grandfather),” she said. “He was a commander in the Navy and is buried in Arlington National Cemetery. He would’ve been proud of Baylor.”

ZONES from 1 their district cost coming in at roughly $480,000. “That’s $24,000 a person,” Aitken said. Rather than having six superintendents as a boss, Jones reports directly to Bartlett Supt. David Stephens and is a Bartlett city school employee. “This is uncharted waters for us,” Stephens admitted. “If you look out there, interlocal agreements are all over the country. We are kind of building this as we ly.” All the superintendents have agreed to a litmus test of sorts: Is it mutually beneicial? Does it drive down costs? Regarding Jones, Stephens explained, “We all need planning services, but we don’t all need a full-time planner. Another thing: There aren’t six Nedra Joneses out there. She has a good grasp of all the municipal schools and the districts. She has that expertise.” The breakdown of 20 other potential shared services: ■ Two each for business payroll/IT support, employee beneits and IT network connectivity

■ Three each for student management system and nutrition ■ Four each for purchasing, transportation Germantown Supt. Jason Manuel said Germantown would share only services that were unrelated to what would make their schools unique. For example, he said, Germantown would never share a curriculum director with another district. “I believe it is a way to maximize the efectiveness of all the districts,” said Arlington school board chairman Dale Viox. “The concept of shared services was a major tenant of the feasibility studies and allows us to save our district money,” Viox added. “This is important because of other start-up costs that are unavoidable.” The six suburban superintendents are meeting in October to evaluate the plan and adjust the shared cost if necessary since it is based on the number of students a district has. The plan would be monitored annually. “It might work so well,” Aitken said. “We might want to expand it.” Jennifer Pignolet contributed to this story.

■ Someone filed a fraudulent tax return using the victim’s personal information in the 6500 block of Poplar Woods Circle at 1:53 p.m. ■ Two vehicles collided causing injuries at West Street and Germantown Road at 2:15 p.m. ■ Two vehicles collided causing no injuries at Germantown Road and River Bend Drive at 5:05 p.m. APRIL 3

■ Victim is receiving unwanted text and phone messages from an ex-boyfriend in the 2800 block of W. Keasler Circle at 8:57 a.m. ■ Someone damaged two of the victim’s lawn mowers in the 8300 block of Blair Lane at 10:50 a.m. ■ Someone took the victim’s cellphone in the 7900 block of C.D. Smith at 4:20 p.m. ■ Someone took a bicycle from the victim’s carport in the 1600 block of Oak Hill at 8:43 p.m.



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Stop texting and driving Special to The Weekly

Bill Spruell wipes down the engine compartment of his 2014 Chevy Camaro Rally Sport Super Sport. The Germantown Kiwanis Club’s 2014 show was the irst time Spruell competed in a car show.


Mike Camurati shows of his 1931 Ford Model A roadster to Ann Wells during the car show.


Revving up for charity Germantown Kiwanis Club raises money with car show By Craig Collier Special to The Weekly

On April 5, the Germantown Kiwanis Club held its annual Charity Car Show at the Shops of Forrest Hill shopping center. In terms of entries, this year’s car show was a record breaker. Once judging began at noon, more than 150 car lovers registered their vehicles, which was a substantial increase over last year’s total of nearly 100 entries. Kiwanis Club treasurer Bill Griin, who was front and center in this event as the chairman, gave credit to the dedication of the club members who volunteered. “This type of event is a lot of work and our club’s membership put in a lot of their time

to pull this car show together,” Griin said. “This year’s success is partly due to great weather but I believe this show’s reputation is very good among the entrants. This year we have gotten plenty of media coverage to help get the word out.” Besides Griin’s duties as the event’s chair, he is a collector and exhibitor of a classic car himself. His 1965 Ford Mustang convertible sat proudly on display along with similar vehicles in its class. As car owners put their best faces forward by polishing chrome and shining the lustrous paint jobs, they happily answered questions about their vehicles — many of which were built long ago such as Mike Camurati’s 1931 Ford Model A roadster or Don and Marti Szewczyk’s 1954 Kaiser Darrin convertible. Other entries were more familiar such as Bill Spruell’s 2014 Chevy Camaro RSSS. While there is more than a 80 year spread in the ages of their cars, the pride is still there.

John Gotera’s son is the owner of a 1967 Cadillac Coupe de Ville. The car was bought from the original owner in who lives in Alabama.

The money raised is used to support charities of the Kiwanis Clubs who’s focus is children. This year the Germantown Kiwanis celebrate their 50th anniversary. For more information, visit the Germantown Kiwanis Club’s


Inspections not just about pollution By Kevin McKenzie 901-529-2348

Ed Starr estimates that business at Fox Plaza Tire & Auto Service is down 10 to 15 percent since the city of Memphis ended mandatory vehicle emissions and safety inspections last June 30. Starr’s shop has seen a lot less emissions work since inspections no longer force Memphis residents to ix problems before they renew car tags. “And that’s business that’s not going to come back to you, in other words, that’s business that’s not going to get ixed because the only reason they would ix it is to get through city inspection,” Starr said. In 2012 alone, more than

125,000 vehicles failed city inspection, sending owners to repair shops and auto parts stores to diagnose check engine lights, or to repair parking brakes, turn signals, rear lights, brake lights, head lights, windshield wipers, windshields, rearview mirrors, side mirrors, window tint, exhaust problems and mulers. But several auto repair business people in Memphis said it’s not only the loss of sales they see. They see bigger bills for customers who allow small problems to grow into more expensive ones. And they see a loss of safety on Memphis streets and highways with no inspections to force motorists to make safety-related repairs every year. “The whole air quality

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issue is just a big scam, but the people who are driving around without good, safe vehicles — be it broken turn signals, no taillight, headlights out, those safety related items — yes that needs to be inspected, that is a valid concern,” said David Steward, owner of Uncle Dave’s Auto Repair on Summer. The Memphis City Council ended decades of annual inspections for vehicles registered to city residents, contending it’s unfair for only Memphis to bear the costs of ighting air pollution in Shelby County. A new proposed county plan for meeting federal air quality regulations counts on reduced

industrial emissions, primarily those no longer coming from Cleo Inc.’s gift-wrap plant that shut down in 2011. At Jack Morris Auto Glass, third-generation owner John Morris said he spoke to council members

as well as city and county mayors before inspections were axed and stressed the safety issue. “They were supportive of the safety side of it, but they all said that emissions were the trigger,” Morris said.



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Technician Miller Knight inishes a repair job at the Midas auto repair shop. Owner Bill Brickhill said that when vehicle inspection was no longer required he saw a drop in exhaust and diagnostic service, but an uptick in larger, more expensive repairs.

Motorists from all over the country are reminded that from April 10-15, law enforcement personnel, including Germantown and Collierville, will be using a combination of traditional and innovative strategies to crack down on motorists who text while driving. This efort is a part of the national U Drive. U Text. U Pay., a high-visibility enforcement campaign that combines periods of intense enforcement of anti-texting laws with advertising and media outreach to let people know about the enforcement and convince them to obey the law. “People need to know that we are serious about stopping this unsafe behavior,” said inspector Lee Covey with the Germantown Police Department. “Driving and texting has reached epidemic levels nationwide and enforcement of our state texting law is part of the cure.” Tennessee’s no texting while driving law restricts drivers from using a mobile device to send or receive text messages while their vehicle is in motion. Violating the law, which became efective in 2009, can lead to a $50 ine plus a $10 court cost. “People need to know that we are serious about stopping this deadly behavior,” said Collierville Police Department Chief L.E. Goodwin. “Driving and texting has reached epidemic levels, and enforcement of our state texting law is part of the cure.” In 2012, there were 3,328 people killed and 421,000 injured nationwide in distraction-afected crashes. “When you text while driving, you take your eyes of the road, hands of the wheel and mind of the task of driving. That puts everyone else’s lives in danger, and no one has the right to do that,” said Collierville assistant police chief Jef Abeln.

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New district counts 6,500-plus students for 2014-15 By Lela Garlington 901-529-2349

Of the estimated 7,200 local students expected for the irst year of Collierville’s municipal school district, 6,573 students — or about 94 percent — have registered for the 2014-15 school year. Collierville recently held three early enrollment nights as a way to gauge how many students will be attending its eight

schools on Aug. 4. “We are adding more as we speak. This is much higher than normal,” said Collierville Supt. John Aitken. “You usually get between 80 to 85 percent. They all realized how important this is.” Aitken was the superintendent of Shelby County Schools when it merged with Memphis City Schools last year. Once district oicials ascertain how many seats residents will need, that will allow several hundred or so transfer students to

get in schools with space. Because state and local education dollars follow the students, accurate enrollment numbers are critical in forming a budget and hiring enough teachers and staf. So far, analysts are projecting $56.6 million in operating expenses and 500-plus teachers among a district staf of 729. About 6 percent of Collierville’s current students live in the Collierville and Memphis annexation reserve areas. Those students who live in-

side Shelby County will not be charged tuition, but will be responsible for their own transportation. Non-Shelby County residents will be charged tuition. District and board oicials recently looked at the potential crowding at Collierville High and Schilling Farms Middle and the latest numbers look good for both schools. Aitken said Collierville High may have about 2,100 students and Schilling Farms has just over 1,000 students.

Without adding more portable buildings or having teachers loat between classrooms, both schools are expected to reach ideal building space limits. The needed space at the schools is largely due to the three-year agreement Collierville negotiated with Germantown. Collierville will spend $100 per student among the 710 current Collierville students who want to inish at either Germantown’s Houston High or Houston Middle.


Three ECS students earn Eagle badges By Mylissa Horrocks Special to The Weekly


Amanda Galbraith, an art teacher at Ellendale Elementary, carries her 1-year-old son Mark while setting up art pieces April 2 in preparation for last weekend’s ArtsFest 2014 at the Shelby County Schools district oices.


ArtsFest showcased students’ creativity By Jane Roberts 901-529-2512

Retiree Gibby McSpadden drives 200 miles once a year to be a gloriied gofer at ArtsFest. “I do anything they need done,” he said April 2 in the midst of a art-hanging party in the Shelby County Schools district oices. By the time the day ended, 1,000 pieces of student work were up, labeled and waiting for the thousands to show up last weekend, for the ifth annual showcase of student artistic expression. “To people interested in seeing the community grow, it means everything, because the arts, if you don’t have them, you just have a lat society,” McSpadden said. “And with what they do here in music, theater, dance and visual arts — I

now live in Ridgeland, Mississippi — they don’t have anything down there even close to this.” Recently, the National Association of Music Merchants Foundation named Shelby County one of 396 “Best Communities for Music Education” in the nation. Last week the public got to see some of the talent in the free, all-district Orf music concert. The concert, a long tradition in the former Memphis City Schools, kicked of ArtsFest. “It’s a good chance for the larger conversation to be set aside so we can really think about what those things are in the K to 12 experience that grow kids, that engage them and encourage them to stay in school. We celebrate that with this event,” said Dr. Dru Davison, head of the district’s performing arts programs.

Stages and tents beside district oices at Hollywood and Avery came to life last Friday with the Whitehaven High Festival Band on the east stage. At the other end of the tented platform, the Colonial Middle Orchestra performed with members of the Memphis Symphony Orchestra. Last Friday and Saturday, the best talent in theater, dance, choir and instrumental music spilled prose and melody over the buzz of food vendors. Gregg Coats, head of the SCS visual art program, is ArtsFest curator and impresario. Last Wednesday, he was in charge of organizing the galleries of paintings, photographs, mixed media and the occasional mask and sculpture that arrived at the district oices in stacks last week. “For kids to feel like their


Germantown Municipal Schools Supt. Jason Manuel said Monday that the 40 Germantown residents who are looking to transfer into Houston Middle School are guaranteed a spot at that school and will be notiied sooner than other transfers. Only a small handful of those students are former Riverdale kids looking to switch schools. The majority are former Germantown Elementary or Germantown Middle students who have decided to join the municipal district. Manuel presented revised enrollment numbers during the school board’s regular meeting. A total of 1,693 students applied for transfers. Director of student services Chauncey Bland said he spent the weekend sorting the applications and found several duplicates, accounting for previously reported numbers exceeding 1,700. A total of 1,170 of those applications were from students who do not live in Germantown and are not covered by the inter-local

agreement calling for the district to “grandfather in” all current Collierville residents attending Houston Middle or Houston High. Bland said 471 Collierville residents are staying at the middle and high school through the agreement, which requires Collierville to pay $100 per year for each student. Enrollment at the high school would be 1,814 if the district approved all 288 of the nonresident transfers. Manuel and Bland said they are conident most, if not all, of those applications will be approved, but said they can’t yet make it a guarantee. Only 285 ninth-graders of the expected 400-plus have registered so far, and the district wants to be sure not to give away those spots too soon. “The last thing we would want to do would be to put any other residents in front of our Germantown residents,” Manuel said. Manuel said a high school enrollment of 1,814 is low, but that he feels “very comfortable with that number” as a starting point for the new school district, especially since not all residents registered.

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work is on display — and at the district oice — that is even more special,” he said.

On March 27, three Evangelical Christian School students received their Eagle Scouts badges, the highest honor in the Boy Scouts of America. ECS seniors Jahee Standley and Tyran Berry of Bartlett were both introduced to scouting by a former teacher at Collegiate School of Memphis. Both boys entered new troop No. 567 that year. Out of the group of boys that began in troop No. 567, six remain and all received the Eagle Award this year. At 15, freshman William McGowan is young to achieve the status of Eagle Scout. All three students are grateful for their continued service to and membership in the Boy Scouts. An important component of the Eagle Award is a service project that beneits a local church, school or community. Standley, Ber-

ry and McGowan all chose to beautify areas that have impacted their lives. Berry built a new walkway and garden at Deliverance Temple COGIC. “It was a joy to create a beautiful new outdoor space at the church,” remarked Berry. Standley built new picnic tables, painted existing structures and redesigned a garden at Georgian Hills Junior High School in Frayser. McGowan chose to support ECS. He involved his younger brother and ECS third grader, Hugh, in the conversation. The brothers felt that permanent, comfortable seating was needed on the recess areas at the Forest Hill campus. McGowan devised a plan with ECS principal Joanne Lamberth to provide new outdoor benches. “What a joy to have a former student return to perform an act of service and bless us by doing so,” says Lamberth.

The district is encouraging all residents who have not registered to do so, and is in the process of contacting families with elementary-level students who have not registered. Bland said he still hopes to have everyone notiied of their transfer status in early May. In other business Monday, the board approved 17 policies and chose a logo for the school district. The graphic design of a block letter “G” with a horse’s head in the middle will be the logo for the district, but each school can maintain their mascot and individual logo. The presented logo was in black and white, but board member Linda Fisher said color could be added later. She added the logo had to be something that would be immediately recognized as Germantown. Below the logo is the inscription: “Excellence. Always.” Board member Ken Hoover said he liked the logo because it represented Germantown’s equestrian history. “Some people look at that and see a mustang,” he said. “I think that’s terriic, too.”

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Municipal school board reviews technology rules

Haslam defends lack of raises

By Jennifer Pignolet 901-529-2372

T he G er m a ntow n Municipal School Board is considering allowing students to keep cellphones on them instead of in their lockers, one of several technologyrelated policies up for a vote this week. During a work session April 2, the board debated how to balance common sense and practicality with a goal of eliminating students’ use of texting and social media during the school day. “The challenge becomes enforcement,� Supt. Jason Manuel said. Board member Mark Dely argued there are legitimate reasons a student would need to use a phone during the day, such as a student who forgets lunch or a parent needing to arrange pickup times. The reality, Dely said, is students are going to use their phones at some point during the day. Board member Linda Fisher said a policy limiting use is necessary to help teachers with enforcement. “If they have no strong backup, it makes it difficult,� she said. The current policy in the schools stipulates phones must be kept in lockers. The proposed policy would mean more leniency for students. Chief of staff Dan Haddow said he has heard of schools that allow cellphone use between classes and during other

noninstructional time. “It can be good not to get into the power struggle over it,� he said. Manuel said his biggest fear with cellphone use during school is the few students who will use it as another avenue for bullying. The board also discussed an Internet policy for employees. Similar to the cellphone policy for students, Dely said any technology policy has to have an element of common sense. “I think we’re fooling ourselves if we say teachers aren’t going to use the Internet for anything personal,� he said. Board member Ken Hoover said he doesn’t want teachers to be able to make online purchases at school, but that other personal uses should be acceptable. “Keep it at a minimum and on your legitimate break time,� he said. The board also reviewed policies for ield trips, and whether students could take private transportation during those trips. The board members voiced support for the practice as long as a procedure could be developed to regulate it. Manuel said at minimum, parents who are driving students for a ield trip would have to show their driver’s license and proof of insurance. The question then is how much of a background check to do on each parent driving students, and making sure all students riding with someone else’s parent has permission to do so.

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Gigi Rashed, Sarah Barkowski, Annie Vento, Megan Umansky, (back row, from left) Juliana Wall, Courtney Harshbarger and Leann Beard, all with St. George’s WordSmith team, participated in the Writing Olympics held at the University of Memphis.


Top writing honors St. George’s writers win several awards at competitions By Trish Dianetti Special to The Weekly

Students attending St. George’s Independent School have been recognized in several local writing competitions for their skills and creativity. Sixth graders Snowden Farnsworth, Elizabeth Crane, Ella Watson, Mary Locke Bryan and Abby Wingield were each given honorable mention in the Letters About Literature contest offered by the Humanities Tennessee program. Of the 388 entries at this level, St. George’s received ive of the 31 honorable mentions. These students will progress to state level competitions later this month. St. George’s WordSmith team attended the annual WordSmith Writing Olympics at University of Memphis, where they competed in a series of timed creative writing exercises. Representing St. George’s this year were freshmen Megan Umansky and Annie Vento, sophomore Gigi Rashed, juniors Courtney Harshbarger and Ju-

liana Wall and senior Leann Beard. Sarah Barkowski received third place in the 120-word dash, honorable mention in the 80-word dash and third place in the 40-word dash. Harshbarger received honorable mention in the 120-word dash and Beard was recognized for having participated in the competition for six consecutive years. Two students from the school’s newspaper journalism class have had pieces from the school newspaper Gryphon Gazette selected as inalists for the Tennessee High School Press Association Student Media Awards. Junior Leah Hodgkiss won third place for a photograph and senior Emily Dickey was awarded honorable mention for a column she had written. Senior Natalie Prodanovich, received a Silver Key in the science iction and fantasy category of the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards regional competition. The Alliance for Young Artists and Writers identiies teenagers with exceptional artistic and literary talent at the regional level and brings their remarkable work to a national audience. Trish Dianetti is the assistant director of communications for St. George’s.

NASHVILLE — Gov. Bill Haslam pushed back April 2 at critics of his decision to eliminate his plan to raise teacher salaries because of the state’s worsening revenue situation. The governor said that since he took oice in 2011, Tennessee is one of only six states that have consistently increased state spending on K-12 education. He said the state has the fourth-largest increase in education spending, has increased overall education funding by more than $400 million and has increased average teacher pay at a rate double the national average. Even without pay raises, he said, education funding will rise by $60 million in the new budget. “So somehow the idea that we haven’t been doing our part in funding education when we literally have been leading the country, is a misconception I wanted to clear up,� Haslam told reporters before leading an American Heart Association event outside the state Capitol. “In my opinion, the governor has talked a good game, he has not walked his talk,� said Keith Williams, head of the Memphis-Shelby County Education Association. “If he valued education, he would fund it.�

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G’town grad takes chance on role Jessica Johnson and Gabe BeutelGunn meet in a cofee shop as an actress and a playwright, respectively, to plot her taking his persona to represent his work as the author in a play competition in “The Submission” at Theatre Memphis.

By Jon W. Sparks Special to The Commercial Appeal

There is a play within a play in “The Submission,” which opened last weekend at Theatre Memphis’ Next Stage. It’s a device that allows free rein of controversial subject matter, which in the case of this dark, dramatic comedy, centers around ethnic and gender stereotyping. Danny (Gabe BeutelGunn), a gay, privileged playwright eager for a break, has written a script that just might get him some recognition. It’s about an African-American family trying to get out of the projects, but Danny has put an African-sounding name on it to disguise his whiteness. He hires black actress Emilie (Jessica Johnson) to stand in for him as the writer. But what begins with a lie gets worse as Danny’s boyfriend Pete (Kinon Keplinger), his best friend Trevor (Evan McCarley) and Emilie all get dragged into a quagmire of brutal words and betrayal. For Johnson, who has done much of her previous acting at Hattiloo Theatre, it’s a chance to take on a role with a very raw side. And that’s a bit intimidating. When she irst read the script, she had to pause and consider what she might be in for. “What made me want to continue to pursue

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the role is that my character is very strong,” she says. “Very strong. Emilie has things that need to be heard.” But some of those things she says are explosive. “I have to believe everything my character is saying,” she says. “And I don’t in real life. Emilie is no angel.” Johnson was concerned that doing such a strong character would change people’s perceptions of her. “I grew up in a Christian household,” she says. “And this gets so ugly.” But she relied on the Alexander Pope quote: “Act well your part; there all the honour lies.” That was taught to Johnson by Leslie Reddick, the director of “Tartufe,” the irst play she was in. Now after having been

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in several plays, Johnson keeps her eyes open and is making the most of working with veteran director Jerry Chipman. “The irst thing he said to us was ‘I need fearless characters. You need to act without a net.’ ” She says, “Jerry has taught me to go and be Emilie and forget about what

others may think.” And maybe she’ll get some heat from playing this role, “but I have to let it go,” she says. Johnson is inding ways to deal with the rigors of being so very fearless. “Gabe and I have to hug a lot,” she says. “When we inish a scene and those lights go of, we embrace because it takes a lot out of us. You have to go there.” A Germantown High School grad, she was long interested in theater but didn’t take the plunge until four years ago, when she irst called Hattiloo. “I’ve been addicted ever since,” Johnson says.

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Nonproit donates computers to Nigeria

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Dr. Peter Azogini, president of Anambra Family Association of Memphis, shows of 25 HP computers the organization will ship to the Nigerian state of Anambra for high school students there. “This country (the U.S.) taught us how to give back,” he said.

Locals ‘give back’ to high schoolers in their homeland

By Jeremy C. Park Special to The Weekly


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Dr. Peter Azogini lives a comfortable lifestyle in Collierville, but still remembers what it was like growing up in Anambra State, Nigeria. Because of that, Azogini, 52, wanted to apply a lesson he learned over 20 years living in the U.S. — how to give back. Azogini, the president of Anambra Family Association of Memphis, and members of the nonproit group composed of more than 20 families from the state who now live in the Mid-South, will ship 25 HP computers for high school students to Anambra State later this month. “In Nigeria, we don’t have a lot of computers, especially in high schools,” Azogini said. “It’s almost zero. To us, it’s a big deal for those kids, just to help them get online and see the World Wide Web,

but also learn how to use computers.” AFAM began raising money for the computers nearly two years ago when it held its inaugural launching and fundraising event to beneit schools in Anambra State. Money came from members, donations and fundraisers. “Back in the day, we didn’t have the Internet and cellphones and all of that,” said Gibson Egwudobi, 54, an AFAM member. “Now, younger folks have access to the Internet, so the community is getting a little smaller. Knowledge is power.” Azogini said high school students in Nigeria often must learn on their own. “It gives us the ability to study,” he said. “It gives you an opportunity to have what I call good study habits.” AFAM, which was formed in 2006 and received nonproit status in 2008, has made donations to local organiza-

tions like the Alpha-Omega Veteran Association, the Dorothy Day House of Hospitality, St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the American Red Cross of Jackson, Tenn. Azogini said 95 percent of AFAM members are physicians, and about half went to the University of Nigeria, where they received a free education. Because of that, they felt it was necessary to give back to their country. “This country (the U.S.) taught us how to give back,” he said. “People back home can make money, but they don’t know how to freely give without expecting something in return. I learned that here, giving back to the community. “Our mission is to pay our country back. It’s not a huge gift, but it’s a start.” In the future, Azogini said AFAM may look into giving to other Nigerian states.


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Each semester the LPBC teams with the University of Memphis’ Leadership Education and Development program hosts Professional Connections Lunches. These lunches bring together college students with business and community leaders who participate in moder- Jeremy C. ated discussions. Park The goal is to prepare future leaders and help them build a network. The Professional Connections Lunch in March centered on resumes. Aside from the basic skills required for job function, employers seek those who model integrity, resourcefulness, optimism and especially leadership. Employers have to trust that if given instructions you can accurately and efectively inish a project on time. Call it problem solving or responsibility, but a track record of success in taking initiative, leading people, resolving conlict and ultimately taking something to the next level is important. Community engagement provides an opportunity to generate stories and statistics that relect leadership. One of the best ways to help others is to take a leadership role with a small efort and grow it. Volunteering in large, recognizable eforts, like the Faith in Action citywide cleanup taking place April 25-27, provides another set of opportunities. Not only will you meet business leaders at the events and build your network but it gives you credibility and an easy conversation starter wherever you go.

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FitnEss EvEnts Dash-n-splash: 6:30 p.m. Friday at Bartlett Recreation Center. 2-Mile Run/400 Yard Swim. $25/individual, $40/ relay. 901-385-6470. tennessee trails Association: Saturday, hike Village Creek State Park in Wynne, Ark. Carpoolers meet 8 a.m. at the Tennessee Welcome Center on Riverside Drive, or 9:30 a.m. at the Park Visitor Center for 5- to 6-mile easy to moderate hike with some hills and rolling terrain. Wear sturdy shoes or boots. FedEx st. Jude Classic Fairway 5k: 8 a.m. Saturday at TPC Southwind Golf Course. $30 in advance, $35 race day. 901-274-2202. fairway5K. Families Matter 2nd annual Walk/run 5k: 9 a.m. Saturday at Shelby Farms. $22 ($6 for kids younger than 12). Walk or run in support of healthy relationships, healthy marriages, healthy families. 8 a.m. registration. walk-or-run-5K. the sixth annual run for ronald Charity 5k: 11 a.m. Saturday at Overton Park. 10 a.m. race day registration. $15 in advance, $20 after Wednesday. To beneit the Ronald McDonald House of Memphis and The Alpha Delta Pi Foundation. Bridgetown Easter Bunny Color run/Walk/Bike: 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Bridgetown Community Center in Nesbit, Miss. $25 entry fee. 901-2129740. Doggin’ it 5k run & 1 Mile Walk: 2 p.m. Saturday at Overton Park (starts and ends next the dog park). Also, a 1-Mile Fun Run for kids. Wear a costume, match your dog, make it fun. 901-218-1882. Los Locos Duathlon and 1 Mile kids run: 8 a.m. Sunday at Lakeland Factory Outlet Mall. 2 Mile Run, 15 Mile Bike, 2 Mile Run, beneiting YMCA of the Mid-South. Individual: $45 in advance, $70 race day. Relay: $60 in advance, $85 race day. Kids Run is $10. loslocos. tennessee trails Association: April 19, Collierville/Arlington to Houston Levee Bridge. Hike begins at the parking lot of Collierville-Arlington Road. Online:

HEALtH EvEnts Art of Living Foundation “stress Free, violence Free Memphis” Campaign: 12:30 p.m. Friday at Midday Moves, University of Memphis; 4:45 p.m. Friday at the Germantown Library; 4 p.m. Saturday at Bartlett Library; 2 p.m. Sunday at Collierville Library. Other seminars: 12:30 p.m. April 15 at Midday Moves, University of Memphis; 6 p.m. April 15 at Cordova Public Library; 12:30 p.m. Health and wellness seminars in support of National Stress Awareness Month. Call 901-881-7145. Life Line screening — stroke and osteoporosis: Saturday at Holy Rosary Catholic Church, 4851 Park. Packages start at $149. 877-237-1287 to schedule an appointment. Fertility Associates of Memphis (Free) Educational seminar: 6-7 p.m. April 15 at 80 Humphreys Blvd., Suite 307. Are you having trouble getting pregnant? Do you want to learn more about infertility — what works, what doesn’t work, when to see a reproductive endocrinologist? Dr. Raymond Ke discusses in vitro fertilization and a new drug study available to patients ages 35 to 42. 901-7472229. fertilitymemphis/com/ seminars Women Helping other Women — A breast cancer support group: 7 p.m. April 15 meeting at Baptist Women’s Health Center, 50 Humphreys Blvd., Suite 23. Family Caregiver Class: 11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. April 16 at Baptist Memorial HospitalMemphis (Education Seminar Room 2), 6027 Walnut Grove. infertility seminar: 6:30 p.m. April 17 at UT Medical Group Center for Reproductive Medicine, 7945 Wolf River Blvd. 901-866-8380. surgical Weight Loss options: 7 p.m. April 17 educational seminar at Baptist Memorial Hospital-Memphis, 6019 Walnut Grove Road. The beneits/risks. “Boot Camp for new Dads”: 12:30 p.m. April 19 at Saint Francis HospitalBartlett, 2986 Kate Bond Road. Veterans orient rookies (fathers-to-be) on the realities of fatherhood. Having dads learn together provides a whole new perspective on this job that you will not hear from experts, researchers, parenting instructors, or even family and friends. 901-820-7022 to register.

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Listen to your body during workouts

By Cindy Wolf Special to The Commercial Appeal

When Hollywood sex symbol Kim Novak appeared on the Oscars earlier this year, there was an audible social media gasp at the man-made changes to her face. The tweets were ruthless comparing her face to “Frozen,” the winner of the Best Animated Feature. With Hollywood’s relentless demand for youth, it’s no wonder that an 81-year-old ex-starlet from the 1950s felt like she needed to overhaul her face, since it was her looks that made her a star in the irst place. While some botched facial surgeries can forever freeze a face in a bizarre look that never goes away, millions ind success in less invasive measures such as nonsurgical procedures. “People shouldn’t be trying to look 30 when they are 60 or 80,” said Sarah Carpenter, a registered nurse and co-founder of McDonald Murrmann Skin and Laser. Carpenter considers herself an artist who tries to create balance on a face. Everything needs to be in proportion to ensure that clients feel better and gain more conidence, she said. “If someone comes in demanding that I do a procedure that will totally mess up the balance in their face, I won’t do it,” Carpenter said. “They can go places that will do anything you say you want, but this is my reputation. It’s my art. I want that face to be beautiful — not out of proportion because someone thinks they need to have huge lips.” More than 10 million surgical and nonsurgical cosmetic procedures were performed in the United States in 2012, according to a study by the American Society for Aesthetic Plastic Surgery. People who were between the ages of 35 to 50 had the most procedures, followed by people between 51 and 64, the study showed. Surgical procedures accounted for a mere 17 percent of the total number but, because of the cost, 61 percent of the $11 billion industry went to those procedures. Botox still remains the No. 1 injectable treatment for wrinkles. It’s a form of botulinum toxin type A, which is a neurotransmitter that stops signals from the brain that tell muscles to move. It works for about three months. The second largest category of cosmetic procedures is injectable line

important to moniQ Istorityour heart rate dur-

ing workouts? I’ve noticed that when I run, my heart rate stays in the “max” range more than the “target” range for my age. What difference does that make? — Stacey B., Memphis

your heart A Monitoring rate is a great way to

it’s ALL ABout inJECtABLEs Even though Botox remains at the top of the injectable chain, science has advanced in the direction of Hyaluronic Acid injectables. Most people call them illers. They include Restylane, Juvederm and the hottest new iller Voluma. None of these products are cheap. Most average around $500 per cubic centimeter (cc). It usually takes at least two ccs to do the job. Fillers soften the face, adding volume to areas of the face, such as above the cheekbone, which in turn gives a little pull to straighten out some crow’s feet and under-eye wrinkles. Botox and Dysport are the only neurotoxins available. They block transmissions from the muscles to the brain, thus preventing the muscles from contracting and forming a wrinkle. Botox only lasts about three months. Its price varies, but the average cost is $200 to $350, depending on how much is used. Volumais a new product that costs $800 in the Memphis area. It’s supposed to last more than a year and ofer a diferent kind of contouring that will beneit certain areas of the face. A new product that will hit the shelves in coming weeks is a cream called Neotensel that is supposed to relieve under-eye bags and wrinkles immediately. The efect only lasts for about 24 hours but it’s perfect if you are going out or headed to a big party. Cost will be $500 a jar.

removers and softeners called illers. The plastic surgery society says 83 percent of the total procedures performed in 2012 were non-surgical. These are big ixes done in minutes in the oices of plastic surgeons, dermatologists and specialists. But even though those procedures are less invasive, they should still be taken seriously. That’s why most professionals frown on people who hold Botox parties. It’s wise for people to seek referrals to profes-

sionals who do the best job at creating a better face, but not an unnatural one. If you don’t, sometimes the consequences can be devastating. Rhonda Boyett wanted to look fresh, relaxed and beautiful. She wanted fuller lips, fewer wrinkles and more lift. The doctor injected as he was instructed. Instead of creating a masterpiece, his work resulted in a horror story for Boyett. Her lips were so tightly illed that she could barely move them. A smile

was out of the question. Her face looked scary, she said. It was so full of illers that there was barely any motion. “It was catastrophic,” she said. “I cried all the time. When I came home with that face my husband said I looked horrible and ugly. I didn’t want people to see me. I sneaked to the grocery store and tried to hide my face, but people stared, not for the reasons I had hoped but because my face looked horrible. I was convinced I would have to live with this for the rest of my life. I didn’t know who to turn to for help. Doctors don’t want to touch someone else’s bad work.” A friend recommended that Boyett go see Carpenter at McDonald Murrmann. Carpenter agreed to help. “She (Boyett) was very sweet and it was so sad that someone really messed up her face,” Carpenter said. “I told her that I could ix her up.” Carpenter got to work, dissolving the iller in Boyett’s lips and inding ways to minimize the iller damage. After a few months, Boyett found the face she wanted. “I look beautiful now,” she said. “There’s no better feeling. It makes me happy and conident.”

keep track of your itness. For most people, pushing their body into their max range for heart rate for an extended period of time can be harmful. However, pushing past your max for short burst of time can be a great way to burn fat and get a great calorie burn in a short amount of time. You can accomplish this with interval training. For example, go for 30 seconds of exercise in your max range followed by a minute of less-intense exercise. The important thing to remember about interval training is that your heart rate should drop into the 130s or 140s before tackling your next intense interval. If you are able to work out in your max range for an extended period of time and feel like you are not straining yourself, then you should be ine. As important as heart rate is, how you feel during the workout is as good an indicator of your well-being.

heard that working Q I’ve out every day is bad for you. Is this true? — Mike P., Cordova

is key for your A Rest body and muscles

to recover. So working back-to-back days on the same muscle group won’t get you the results you’re looking for and makes you more prone to injury. Instead, when you’re going to be working out backto-back days, try to spread muscle groups out over diferent days. For example, if you work chest out on Monday you should wait until at least Wednesday to work it again. The main thing is that you give your body enough rest, eight hours of sleep a night and at least 48 hours of rest for muscle groups. Your body does a good job of letting you know if you are not getting enough rest, so listen to what your body tells you. Corey Klein is the owner and operator of Klein Fitness, 388 S. Main. Submit itness questions for Corey to Good Health editor Sara P. Shirley at patterson@


Inaugural charity ambulance pull benefits LeBonheur By sara P. shirley 901-529-6513

Twenty-six thousand pounds. That’s how much an ambulance weighs. And for physical therapist and amateur strongman Taylor Weglicki, that’s nothing. Weglicki, a former competitive runner in high school and college, joined the team at Le Bonheur Children’s Hospital last September, around the same time that he began to seriously compete in strong man competitions around the country. What he noticed in the strength community, he said, was the opportunity for more charity events. “Every 5K, every marathon or

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half-marathon, they all support a cause,” Weglicki said. “I think the strength community isn’t as ‘on the ball,’ and I’ve been looking for ways to get us involved in the community.” Weglicki’s idea is to strap teams of competitors to ambulances on April 26 and have them haul the vehicles down a 100-foot course. The event he has planned, in conjunction with the hospital, may

seem daunting in theory, but it’s easier in practice, Weglicki assures. “Four fairly athletic women could pull an ambulance with some speed,” said Weglicki, who has single-handedly pulled a 42,000-pound iretruck six feet. He also recently hauled a Hummer down a 50-foot course in 16 seconds. Rock-climbing shoes help, he said. “The hardest part is the irst steps, but once the vehicle gets rolling, it’s not bad,” he said. The inaugural “pulling for a miracle” charity event is open to individuals and teams of two to four. There are no entry fees, but registration contains a fundraising requirement for each team.

Proceeds will go to Le Bonheur. Interested parties can ind more information on Facebook by typing “pulling for a miracle” into the search bar. Harnesses and rope assists will be provided for each team. And if you’d like to sign up but aren’t sure you can pull your weight, Weglicki says he’ll be offering basic strength and pulling seminars on Saturdays at NBS Fitness in Cordova. “If you’ve never pulled anything before, come to a training seminar and we’ll help you,” said Weglicki. “This is going to a be a fun event — it’s our irst year and we haven’t done anything like this before — so I’m just really excited and looking forward to it.”

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Home & Garden

Spring is good time to refresh the home top to bottom By Shelby Sheehan-Bernard Mcclatchy-tribune news Service

Ah, spring is finally here. The grass is getting greener, the birds are beginning to chirp, and the sun is starting to beam a little brighter each day. If your home is still be stuck in the winter doldrums, it’s time to give it a pop of freshness for springtime entertaining. You don’t need a lot of money or time — just some tips from decorating experts.

CLEAN, CLEAN, CLEAN First of: You can’t prep your home for spring with-


April 11-12: Spring’s Best Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Memphis botanic Garden. huge assortment of perennials, annuals, tropicals, herbs, shrubs, trees, plus specialty garden items by local artisans. expert garden staf, Master Gardeners on hand to assist with purchases and plant care tips. Free admission. 901-6364100. memphisbotanicgarden. com. April 11-12: Volunteer Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday and 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at lichterman nature center, 5992 Quince. thousands of native, wildlife-friendly plants grown on-site. experts on hand to answer questions about plants ofered, as well as other gardening topics. Special focus on butterly gardening. admission and parking free. 901-767-7322 ext. 100. April 11-13: Bartlett City Beautiful Commission’s annual Plant Sale: 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday and 1-4 p.m. Sunday under tent at the corner of Stage road & Whitten. bedding plants, shrubs, azaleas, hanging baskets and more. April 12: Half Price Plant Sale: 2-4 p.m. lichterman nature center, 5992 Quince. native, wildlife-friendly selections from the lichterman Salvia collection, heirloom plants and other plants ofered at half-price. Free admission and parking. April 12: Living Easter Basket Workshop: 10 a.m. to noon at Dixon Gallery and Gardens (catmur horticulture building). $45 ($35 Dixon members). all supplies provided. reservations required. limit 20. 901-7615250. April 13: GrowMemphis Edible Plant Sale: 1-4 p.m. at idlewild Presbyterian church, 1750 union. (evergreen side). Organically raised starter plants including a variety of tomatoes (mostly heirloom), herbs, peppers, eggplant, cucumbers, squash, marigolds, zinnias. Proceeds go to GrowMemphis to beneit its two dozen community gardens. 901-552-4298. April 14: Mid-South Hydrangea Society: 7 p.m. meeting at the Memphis botanic Garden (Goldsmith room). $5 (free to members), $10 to join. Speaker is Karl Gercens iii (with longwood Gardens). topic, “hydrangeas and More.” Doors open at 6 p.m. April 16: Woody Plants: noon to 1 p.m. munch-andlearn lecture with Dale Skaggs, director of horticulture; and tom Pellett, Plant Sale chairman. 901-761-5250. April 16: “Hortus Arcana: Tales from the Ethnobotanical Underground”: noon brownbag lunch/learn at Memphis botanic Garden, chris cosby, horticulturist, shares some of the more unusual historical uses of plants. bring lunch or order from Fratelli’s cafe. Free to MbG members with paid admission. 901-636-4100. April 17: Mid-South Hosta Society: 7 p.m. meeting at Memphis botanic Garden. Jef Miller, owner of land of the Giants hosta Farm in Milton, Wis. 6:30 refreshments. Members free, visitors $5. April 21: Memphis Fern Society: 7:15 p.m. meeting at town Village, 950 cherry road. topic of discussion, “Fern 101” by chris Spindel. beginning fern growers can learn the basics from an expert. April 22: Community Gardening and Vegetable Gardening: 10:30-11:30 a.m. at M.r. Davis Public library, 8554 northwest Drive, Southaven. Planning and maintenance of community gardening; questions answered about vegetable gardening; presented by J.r. Owens, Mississippi Master Gardener. 662-342-0102.

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out a full scrubbing. “There is nothing like a good spring cleaning to make your home feel fresh,” says Leslie Shewring, stylist and coauthor of “Decorate with Flowers: Creative Ideas for Flowers and Containers Around the Home.” She recommends cleaning out closets and giving all cupboards a once-over. Springtime is all about embracing the natural, so she suggests using as many natural cleaning products as possible: “It’s amazing how well vinegar and baking soda work.” Clean out closets and give everything, including

all those drawers and cupboards, an overall clean, and freshly wash all of the linens for your guests.

BRING IN THE NATURAL Spring isn’t anything without lowers, but you don’t have to order weekly bouquets to keep your home in season. Shewring says something like “hyacinths tied together with some twine in a simple glass vase” can really create a fresh feeling for guests, or even adding some potted herbs to your kitchen windowsill can give that special touch. While you can’t go wrong with a classic bou-

quet, you can opt for the unexpected with a lowering branch like cherry blossom, forsythia or magnolia blossom, which Shewring says “can look stunning and classic in a tall vase” and tend to last a lot longer than lowers.

FURNITURE FACELIFT You can make small changes in a room to create a new look such as swapping out throw pillows or integrating new table linens. Or you can think bigger and reinish a piece of furniture. “Most people have some piece sitting in their home

that they want to change but are afraid to paint,” says Barb Blair, author of “Furniture Makeovers: Simple Techniques for Transforming Furniture with Paint, Stains, Paper, Blair began a love afair with furniture reinishing after she painted her kitchen cabinets for the irst time. “I had never painted anything aside from walls, and seeing the transformation was so rewarding.” While reinishing a piece can have a huge payof, it is a process that takes preparation and time. Blair covers 26 steps in her book and suggests inding a piece that’s structurally sound.

Backyard splash

TELL YOUR STORY A personal motto of Blair’s, “live with what you love,” is all about creating a narrative as much as a space. “Your home should tell your story, and everything in it should be intentional,” she explains. “That’s what makes it special, comfortable and interesting for guests.” So think less about pastel color schemes and more about décor that can engage guests and create a cozy atmosphere. Nothing will bring your home into the entertaining season better than that.

In the limestone-capped pool, a wet deck with umbrella stands allows for sunbathing in chaise lounges while partially submerged.

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Noelle Daniel transformed her backyard into an outdoor oasis with the help of Above All Custom Pool and Landscaping. The backyard now includes a koi pond and bridge, a rectangular pool, a locker-style bathroom in the garage for pool guests, an outdoor kitchen and loft, and multiple seating areas.

Family that missed being outside has its own oasis By Sara P. Shirley 901-529-6513

The outdoor living area includes a fireplace and seating for entertainment in any season. “All of the kids’ friends stay at our house now,” said Noelle Daniele. “And we’re outside all the time.”

After relocating to Memphis from Florida eight years ago, Noelle Daniele said her family missed being outside more than anything else. “The first house we lived in had a pool in the backyard but there was no room to expand,” Daniele said. “So we looked into the Valley Brook neighborhood (in East Memphis) and bought a home with a big backyard.” From there, the transformation from ordinary backyard to outdoor oasis began. Daniele went to Above All Custom Pool and Landscaping to turn the space into a livable outdoor environment. “It’s completely diferent from what it was,” Daniele said. “We have everything we need to be outside. I can’t think of anything we have inside that we don’t have outside now.” To complete Daniele’s vision, the Above All team built an addition to the home for an outdoor kitchen and added an overlook-

ing loft with access from the home’s second story. The loft, which Daniele nicknamed the “frat room” in honor of her teenage children, has a glass railing that allows guests to watch the television in the outdoor room without impediment. The outdoor living area includes a ireplace for entertainment in any season. A locker-room style bathroom was added to the garage for pool guests. An existing, lagoon-style pool in the backyard was replaced with a rectangular pool capped in limestone. To the side of the pool, the team added a koi pond with bridge and patio seating. The Above All team transported koi ish from Daniele’s old house, a request that was a irst for Above All business and operations manager E.J. Cox. “This project was really a collaboration with the client,” Cox said. “Noelle ultimately knew what she wanted, and she worked closely with our landscape architect, Jason Dawkins, throughout the process. A lot of the design elements were ideas of hers.” Daniele chose to accent the pool with copper fountains. A wet deck with umbrella stands allows for sunbathing in chaise lounges while partially submerged. “All of the kids’ friends stay at our house now,” said Daniele. “And we’re outside all the time, just like we used to be.”

Diggin’ In: How to grow a terrarium By Kathy Van Mullekom Daily Press

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. — If only the rest of life were as simple as growing succulents in an open terrarium. It is, according to Michelle Slatalla, editor-inchief of Gardenista — “All you have to do is find a few like-minded plants, introduce them to each other, and place them in an environment they like,” she says. “Then leave them alone to get to know each other. That’s pretty much all there is to creating an open terrarium.” In fact, a larger DIY terrarium you and your kids create can be just the thing

you need for an Easter table centerpiece. Surround it with some mini bunnies and colorful eggs and you have nature at its very best. Easy-care smaller terrariums can also make thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts for the women in your life. Here are Michelle’s step-by-step, no-fail instructions: Need to know: There are two kinds of terrariums, open vessels (for succulents and cactuses) and closed containers for humidity-loving plants. An open terrarium will dry out quickly; it’s suitable for growing plants that love sun and don’t require a moist environment. Keep it simple: The only

materials you need in addition to a container are pebbles, charcoal, soil, small succulents, and herb snips to trim them. Step 1: Spread a 1- to 2-inch base of pebbles at the bottom of the container. This will aid drainage in the event that you water the terrarium (which, you should not do except once a month — and then, with teaspoons of water). Step 2: Sprinkle a 1-inch layer of charcoal on top of the pebbles to ilter the soil. Step 3: Add a 2-inch layer of cactus potting soil (it’s specially formulated for succulents and other plants that like a dry environment). Step 4: Before planting them, arrange the succu-


Easy-care smaller terrariums can make thoughtful Mother’s Day gifts for the women in your life.

lents in the container with plenty of room to grow. Don’t overcrowd them. Trim with herb snips, if necessary, to give them room to breathe.

Step 5: Hollow out a spot in the potting soil for the plants. Firmly pat soil to cover their roots. Give each plant a teaspoonful of water but don’t overwater.

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Puppy proof your home and yard By Shirley Salemy Meyer Associated Press

We bought food bowls, borrowed a crate and dusted of baby gates. But soon after we adopted our 13-week-old puppy, we discovered the house really wasn’t ready. Clove, a Labrador retriever mix, chewed wires and investigated stairs we thought she’d ignore. She rummaged through deep plastic bins and plucked snow-soaked mittens from our warm radiators. Within a week of her arrival, we had to block of power strips, reorganize our mudroom, devise a new plan for drying winter gear and gate the staircase. “It’s a lot like having an infant in the household,” said Pamela Barlow, with the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals’ adoption center in New York City. Barlow says puppies need constant supervision and a safe environment to explore. She cautions against conining them so much that they don’t get outside experiences. Puppies are drawn to things they can chew on and are stimulated by things that move, said Dr. Carlo Siracusa, director of the Penn Vet Behavior Service. “Many times we think that we should protect our home from a new puppy,” Siracusa said. But more important is making sure that puppies are safe in their new home. Most essential is to create a safe haven — a place where the puppy can rest and sleep. For the Sullivan family, a crate has proven to be more useful for keeping their puppy, Angus, safe than his exercise pen has.

Angus, a Bichon Frisepoodle mix now 5 months old, learned how to get out of the pen the irst day, said Elie Sullivan. She keeps the door of his crate, located in her sons’ room, open. “He’ll go in there and have a nap,” she said. Alexis Shield was prepared with puppy gear and house-training research before bringing home Teddy, an Australian Labradoodle, when he was 9 weeks old. Thanks to her planning and consistency with Teddy, she has been amazed at how fast he learned. What she didn’t expect, says Shield, was how hard it would be to prepare her three young sons and supervise them with the puppy. She has Teddy’s crate in the kitchen, a safe place for him amid the household hubbub. Puppy-behavior experts recommend these steps to protect your puppy:

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py’s reach. Roll up new or valuable rugs until the puppy is house-trained.

IN YOUR YARD ■ Do not leave a puppy unsupervised, and be sure to fence in your yard, garden and swimming pool

AT HOME ■ Gate of rooms where you don’t want your puppy to roam. Let puppies earn their freedom. Give them one space or room at a time. ■ Create a safe coninement area — a crate or exercise pen, for instance — where the puppy can stay when you are not home. There should be enough space for a sleeping area and a potty area when puppies are very young. Also essential are a nonspill water bowl and safe, enriching toys. Tape loose electrical cords. Use outlet covers. Store cleaning chemicals out of reach. Use baby latches on cabinet doors if needed. ■ Move breakables and valuables out of the pup-

before letting the puppy of leash. Use pet-safe gardening products, and be sure any lawn service you use does the same. Store grill utensils out of the puppy’s reach. Check the ASPCA’s list of poisonous plants.

The Germantown Animal Shelter, 7700 Southern, is open 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Monday through Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays.

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Historical Marvel

The biggest cannons at Brimstone Hill Fortress were capable of firing balls up to 1.5 miles. Although it was thought impregnable to attacking forces, the fort was captured by the French in 1782.


The National Museum of St, Kitts sits between the waterfront and downtown Basseterre. The Brimstone Hill fortress is an engineering marvel.

St. Kitts’ multilevel Brimstone Hill fortress, the Gibraltar of the West Indies, was an engineering masterpiece By Bob Downing Akron Beacon Journal


ASSETERRE, St. Kitts, West Indies — Brimstone Hill is topped by a big fort on a small island discovered in 1493 by Christopher Columbus. Today Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park is one of the biggest attractions on St. Kitts, an eastern Caribbean island that is 23 miles long by 5 miles wide. The multilevel fort, sitting 800 feet above the Caribbean, is one of the best-preserved historical fortiications in the Americas with walls 7 to 12 feet thick. It was built largely from quarried blackened basalt rock from 1690 to 1790. The 37-acre fort is a tribute to British military engineers who designed it, and African slaves who built the fortiication over 100 years. It was once hailed as the Gibraltar of the West Indies, due to its imposing height and supposed invulnerability. It was captured by the French in 1782. The prominent Citadel is one of the earliest and inest surviving examples of what was then a new style of fortiication known as the polygonal system. The multisided fort made it easier for defenders to avoid being lanked by attackers. It was designed in response to the growing use of explosive artillery shells. Each face of the fortiication had a protected structure that protruded from the walls and could provide ire to keep attackers at bay. Brimstone Hill Fortress features the remains of a large, complete military community of the 18th century, a time capsule for history lovers. It’s the second largest fortiication in the Caribbean. Visitors can explore the Citadel, the Western Place of Arms, the Eastern Place of Arms and the Fort George Museum illed with exhibits and displays. All are at the highest level of the fortress, accessible via a steep and imposing ramp and steps paved with cobblestones. The views from the parapets atop the fortress are very impressive. Ofshore is Sint Eustatius, a Dutch-controlled island with 3,000 residents and its own quirky charm.

This colorful fountain above is on Independence Square. Originally called Pall Mall Square, it was renamed when St. Kitts and Nevis achieved political independence on Sept. 19, 1983. Surrounding the square are landmarks including the courthouse and a Catholic Church.

At left the Little Ben Victorian-style clock stands in the center of Basseterre.

The fortress features three 24-pound cannons that overlook the Caribbean on the Western Place of Arms. The biggest cannons in the fort were able to ire balls up to 1.5 miles. The Eastern Place of Arms’ guns pointed at the mountains. Visitors use a wooden bridge to cross a moat and enter the Fort George/the Citadel. The moat is part of a water catchment system that was constructed around the fort. It is an architectural and engineering monument. The museum displays in the barracks are irst-rate, although a bit eclectic. Other areas of the fortress include the Magazine Bastion, whose walls were breached by the French in 1782,

wruins of the Royal Engineers’ Quarters, Artillery Oicers’ Quarters, Infantry Oicers’ Quarters and the Orillion Bastion. The ruins of the barracks are a short walk from the grassy visitor parking lot. At the foot of the hill is a historic lime kiln that was used to build the fortress. Just inside the gate is the Barrier Redan where four cannons were located to protect the entrance road. The Magazine and Prince of Wales bastions are both below the Citadel. The irst cannon was mounted on Brimstone Hill in 1690 by the British, part of a campaign to recapture nearby Fort Charles that had been seized by the French. The French had not thought it possible to haul cannons

up the steep slopes of Brimstone Hill, which gets its name from nearby volcanic vents that can produce sulfur smells. The British continued to add to the Brimstone Hill Fortress for the next 100 years. It had 49 cannons by 1736. The fort was damaged by a hurricane in 1843. In 1852, the British troops were reassigned and the fortress was abandoned. It gradually fell into decay. Stabilization and restoration eforts began on St. Kitts in the early 1900s. In 1973, Prince Charles reopened the irst complete restoration at Brimstone Hill: the Prince of Wales Bastion. The fortress became a national park, and in 1992 the small visitor center opened. The fort is managed by the nonprofit Brimstone Hill Fortress National Park Society for the Federation of St. Christopher (St. Kitts) and Nevis. That’s the name of the independent government that oversees the two side-by-side English-speaking islands. They are 2 miles apart. It is the smallest independent nation in the Americas. Hours are 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Admission is $8 U.S. for visitors, children $5. For more information, call 869-465-2609 (oice) or 869-465-6211 (gate). You can also go to Volcanic St. Kitts with its 35,000 residents is about 240 miles southeast of San Juan, Puerto Rico. Sleepy Nevis (it’s pronounced Nee-vis), which places restrictions on development, is a 45-minute ferry ride from Basseterre. St. Kitts was named by Columbus after his patron saint. It was settled in 1623 by the English and French. It was dubbed the Mother Colony of the West Indies because it led to the settlement of other islands by the two countries. The natives called St. Kitts Liamuiga or the fertile land. The natives were wiped out in 1626 by a massacre at Bloody Point. Today the one-time sugar island features rain forests with a few resorts along Frigate Bay. It is a foodie island and tourism is growing. It once had 3,000 sugar plantations, although sugar was last harvested in 2005. One of the biggest tourist attractions is a narrow-gauge railroad that ofers 18-mile excursions: the St. Kitts Scenic Railway ( Other attractions include the National Museum in Basseterre, the English-styled Circus with a reconstruction of a four-sided Victorian clock, and Independence Square, a onetime slave market from 1750. It is lanked by stone buildings once used to house slaves bound for market, and a rebuilt Catholic church that dates to 1670. For tourist information, contact St. Kitts Tourism Authority at 1-869-4654040 or or the Nevis Tourism Authority at 1-866-5563847 or

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Retired judge wants museum to have tub, civil rights documents

National Civil Rights Museum marketing director Faith Morris (left) releases white doves in front of onlookers including museum President Beverly Robertson (center); chairman of the board of directors Herbert Hilliard, and Sen. Steve Cohen.

By Linda A. Moore 901-529-2702


Museum reopens in grand fashion By Linda A. Moore 901-529-2702

After minister Rosalyn Nichols delivered a iery prayer telling hundreds gathered at the National Civil Rights Museum last Saturday that they were “standing on holy ground,” chains were broken, white doves were released and the museum’s doors reopened after a $28 million renovation. Museum President Beverly Robertson and board chairman Herbert Hilliard had the same words for the weekend that led up to that moment. They both said they were “elated” as people lowed around them, many stopping to deliver congratulations and hugs. “I am happy that we have inally come to the end of a destination that really started about eight years ago,” Robertson said. “I thank God for strength suicient for the journey.” “This is one of the greatest things that’s ever happened in the city of Memphis,” Hilliard said. “We did the original museum, which was great. This is 25 notches above that.” The museum has moved into the 21st Century with the latest technology to tell the story of the civil rights movement, beginning with the transport of slaves from Africa. Robertson has said the decision was made to upgrade the facility from its “book on the wall” concept after oicials realized that young people seemed to rush through the museum. Many of the new exhibits incorporate multilevel touch-screen technology that allows visitors to access layers of information. Ciara Nelson, 25, was a volunteer at the museum while she was a student at White Station High School and was intimately familiar with the pre-renovation fa-

cility. She likes the new one. “It’s a more modern look. It’s very welcoming. It makes you want to come in and notice all the things here,” Nelson said. “If you want to keep people coming to the museum you have to keep updating, especially, with my generation on down, we’re more computer savvy, so you need to have something that’s going to catch our attention because our attention span is rather short.” Rev. Elijah Hill from Arlington, Texas, a historian with the Church of God In Christ, provided some of the old photographs on display. He was at the museum on Saturday to see how they were used. “I think it’s wonderful,” Hill said. “I feel that the way they did it, it’s more inclusive of the full story of civil rights.” Hours before the museum opened, Greg Washington and his wife sat on bleachers outside waiting for the festivities to begin. The couple from Charlotte, N.C., didn’t know that the museum had been closed and was reopening when they planned their Memphis visit to celebrate Washington’s Birthday. “It was just meant to be,” said Washington, who said he’s an admirer of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., the Nobel Prize-winning civil rights leader who was killed in 1968 at the Lorraine Motel, the site of the museum. Once inside, he was impressed. “It’s a wonderful experience. I’m sure they’ve opened up a whole avenue for people to learn,” Washington said. At a cost of more than $9 million, the museum irst opened in 1991. For years after King’s death there were discussions about making the site into a memorial. It was only after a group of leaders that included for-

mer Memphis judge D’Army Bailey, the late civil rights attorney A.W. Willis and WDIA-AM station manager Charles Scruggs put together the funds to buy the motel at a foreclosure sale on the courthouse steps that the project moved forward. Before the doors reopened Saturday, a program hosted by PBS talk show host Tavis Smiley included comments from U.S. Rep. Steve Cohen, Shelby County Mayor Mark Luttrell, Memphis Mayor A C Wharton and Bailey. Luttrell talked about bringing his children to the museum when they were young and of his plans to now bring his grandchildren. Wharton said that while New York is known as a inancial capital and Washington, D.C., for politics, he’d like Memphis to be known as the “conscience of America.” “You show by your pres-

ence here that we will never, never, never forget the sacriices that have been made in this city and was epitomized by Dr. King,” Wharton said. Bailey spoke about the museum’s early history, but also told the gathering that while it may need corporate money to survive, corporations should not be allowed to set the agenda. Last Saturday’s celebration began with the Freedom Forward Parade, with participants including the Whitehaven High School marching band and the Martin Luther King Jr. Freedom Center in Oakland, Calif. The center ofers nonviolence leadership training for students in middle and high school, as well as college. It was important for the “warriors for justice” to be at the reopening, said Stephanie Martinez, 20, director of student programing and one of 13 who made the trip.

On the surface, it seems like a worthless relic — an old bathtub from a Downtown Memphis boardinghouse. But that bathtub has provenance as the tub in which James Earl Ray stood, pointed a rile east toward the Lorraine Motel and ired the shot that killed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on April 4, 1968. For more than 25 years, the bathtub has been owned by former Memphis judge D’Army Bailey. Without the eforts of Bailey and others, that rundown motel never would have become the National Civil Rights Museum. Yet Bailey, 72, said he has ofered the bathtub along with other artifacts and documents to museum oicials — and got no response. On April 5, the NCRM reopened following a $28

million renovation and expansion that includes new exhibits and state-of-the art technology. On April 4, during a public forum, Bailey received an award from the museum board. It recognized his contribution toward the museum’s creation. The plaque was a “gracious gesture” that left him humbled, Bailey said. “You could write a whole list and stuf the plaque with the names of people who made that thing happen and, more importantly, the stories that we borrowed from all those people in the movement,” he said. Still, when the public walks into the museum, the bathtub, the number 5 from the door of the room Ray used and other materials won’t be there. Bailey believes they should be. Museum oicials say they know about the bathtub and may want it when it’s time to renovate the boardinghouse.


D’Army Bailey owns the bathtub that James Earl Ray stood in at the boardinghouse across from the Lorraine Motel when he shot and killed Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.




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Dragons win game one of series Collierville pulls away late Friday, Houston gains split on Saturday By John Varlas 901-529-2350

The Collierville and Houston baseball teams made mistakes last Friday night that they haven’t made all season. The difference was, the Dragons made less. The defending AAA state champions, won a sloppy opening game of the weekend series with the Mustangs, 6-3. “It wasn’t a well-played game,” said Collierville coach Jef Hopkins.

“Both pitchers (Collierville’s Alex Hicks and Houston’s Connor Haymon) threw well but there were too many mistakes, mistakes they don’t normally make. “But it’s early April. You just can’t be making the same mistakes (later). The misadventures began in the top of the irst when Houston loaded the bases with nobody out against Hicks, who entered the game with a 6-0 record. Ayrton Schafer beat out an inield single, Jack Ken-

ley followed with another base hit and Logan Blackfan beat out a chopper. Hicks struck out Jake Greer, but Jared Schmidt beat out a potential inningending double play ball to make it 1-0. It should have been more, said Houston coach Lane McCarter. “We didn’t make plays,” he said. “We didn’t get the big hits.” Collierville scored three runs in the bottom of the irst, in bizarre fashion. Brandon Montgomery and Cody Young doubled to put runners on second and third, bringing Parker Phillips to the plate. The junior grounded to short

and the throw home had Montgomery caught in a rundown before a wild throw allowed all three runs to score. A Collierville error allowed Houston to score in the third to make it 3-2 and the Mustangs tied it two innings later after a dropped ball on another rundown. Collierville (15-4) put the game away in the bottom of the sixth, when Cody Young squibbed one under Blackfan’s glove at third, driving in two. Phillips then reached on a throwing error, bringing in the sixth run. Collierville got a ine relief performance from

Collierville ‘s Alex Hicks gets ready to pitch during last Friday’s game with Houston. Hicks did not factor in the decision, but the Dragons edged the Mustangs 6-3. CHRIS DESMOND SPECIAL TO THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL

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MUSTANGS WIN SATURDAY Houston (13-5) scored

four runs in the fourth inning to win Saturday’s game 6-3 over the Dragons. Walker Rook IV picked up the win for the Mustangs.


Local teams win titles at relays By Pete Wickham Special to The Commercial Appeal

Considering how the morning started, Collierville track coach Bobby Yates had reason for a satisied smile at the end of last Saturday’s inaugural Bartlett Panther Relays. The Dragon boys squad put on a furious rally in the inal two events, getting a win from Drew Carf in the 3,200-meter run, and a third-place inish in the 4x400 relay, anchored by 400-meter individual champion Caleb Williams. It was just enough to give Collierville the boys team plaque by an 87.5-85 margin over Briarcrest Christian. Houston’s girls team, despite missing several top performers due to a sched-

uling conlict, showed its always-impressive depth, rolling to a 122-94 win over Bolton. “We had several noshows today.” Yates said as his boys team posed for pictures after the meet. “But the ones who were here took it upon themselves to turn up the intensity, and I’m happy they got this for the efort they put in.” Garrett Talley got the rally started for Collierville with a win in the 800. On Friday, the Dragons captured the distance medley relay. The Houston girls were paced by wins from Laquita Ester in the 100, Jasmine Graham in the shot put and Madison McCaster in the discus. “A lot of our top kids

were entered in an invitational meet in Mobile and that trip was already planned,” Houston coach Scott Hamlett said. “But it gave us a chance to let some of our JV-level kids to step up and show what they can do at this level.” The Saints got wins from Clay Austell in the 1,600, Marc Wilhite in the high jump, Ocean Carlson in the pole vault and the sprint medley relay squad. Collierville senior Alexa Brainard doubled in the 800 and 1,600, scoring a half-second victory in the 800 over her younger sister Sammy. Germantown got girls wins from Triniti Smith won the girls 400, Alli Hughes in the pole vault and the 4x400 relay.

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Reviewing history Lori Patterson Baird says she enjoys teaching at Briarcrest because of the supportive faculty and staf.


Baird loves the beach, fast boats and teaching LORI PATTERSON BAIRD Briarcrest Christian School

Bailey Station Elementary students recently took a ield trip to the National Civil Rights Museum. The trip was an educational experience for everyone said ifth grade teacher Kimberly Shepherd. “This was a great opportunity for our students to learn more about the things they’ve been studying in class,” she said.

Family: Husband, Brad, son, Brad Baird II, daughter-in-law, Tomoyo Suzuki Baird, Great Dane, Suki

What do you like most about your school: Coming to work each day to

the most supportive boss and faculty makes teaching pleasurable. Favorite subject as a kid: My favorite subject was grammar, as a kid.

Bailey Station students visit Civil Rights Museum

Most challenging subject as a kid:

Math was a real challenge.

What is the greatest challenge you face as an educator: The greatest

challenge is trying to get all that I want accomplished each day.

By Katherine Perry Special to The Weekly

What do you hope to accomplish as an educator: I hope to make every

Fifth grade students from Bailey Station Elementary enjoyed their recent visit to the National Civil Rights Museum. The students have been learning about the Civil Rights Movement in America and the life and death of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Fifth grade teacher Kimberly Shepherd said, “This was a great opportunity for our students to learn more about the things they’ve been studying in class.” The teachers used highlights from the field trip to broaden the students’ knowledge of this important era in American history. Fifth grade student Hasham Wazir says, “The most interesting part to me was getting to see all the evidence from Dr. King’s assassination.” In addition, students were able to see the balcony outside Dr. King’s room at the Lorraine Motel, as well as the rooming house where his assassin, James Earl Ray, was staying before the shooting.

child who comes my way to feel secure and appreciated for their uniqueness. What is your most rewarding moment as a teacher: The most re-

In addition to touring the Civil Rights Museum, the Bailey Station students saw the rooming house where James Earl Ray was staying before shooting Martin Luther King.

Both the students and teachers say these experiences made the classroom lessons seem more tangible and concrete, and therefore, more memorable for the students. Another highlight of the trip was the special presentation of a film about 20 important African American women. The multimedia exhibit “Freedom’s Sisters” sheds light on the contributions of historical and contemporary leaders who

have fought for the equality of people of color. Students learned about important female leaders such as Shirley Chisholm, Sonia Sanchez and Ida B. Wells among others. BSE students and teachers gained many valuable insights from their visit to the museum. Katherine Perry is a teacher at Bailey Station Elementary.

warding moment is when former students come by to see me and have turned into successful citizens. Person you most admire: Our son Brad is the most positive, kind, helpful child a parent could ever be blessed with from God. When did you know you wanted to be a teacher: When serving as a

church nursery volunteer while in high school I knew that I wanted to be an educator.

People would be surprised to know: I love to drive a powerboat

really fast. If you weren’t a teacher, what would you be: A professional hous-

esitter — beach view only! Hobbies: Reading, sitting on a beach and watch the waves.

What would you do with $1 million:


Pay for my son’s college education, save for retirement.

James Basse eyes college scholarship

If you could change one thing in the world: I would like to know that

JAMES BASSE Briarcrest Christian School, ninth grade

What do you like most about your school: The faculty and

their desire to help me anytime needed. Favorite subject: Latin II Most challenging subject:

Honors geometry What are some of your biggest accomplishments: Shelby

League MS Champion — 1,600m, class president, honor council representative, Latin

Club vice president, National Junior Honor Society vice president Hobbies: Running, playing guitar, hiking, camping Goals for the future: Contribute to the track state championship and earn a full scholarship to college. Person you most admire: My grandfather for being a Christian role model and retiring at age 52. Favorite movies, TV shows, books: Nacho Libre and Napo-

leon Dynamite, ESPN, Lord of

all children born in this world are loved and nurtured by their parents. Each child would have all of their needs met, also.

the Rings People would be surprised to know: I am pretty good at the

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hambone (dance), if I do say so myself. What would you do if you were principal for a day: Construct a


makeshift video game arena and have a FIFA tournament.


What would you do with $1 million: Buy a car and a lifetime

supply of Chik-Fil-A. If you could change one thing in the world: No one would have

to worry about if they will have a meal that day or not.

James Basse hopes to contribute to the track state championship and earn a full scholarship to college.


Germantown High School students continue to receive acclaim for their writing. More than 400 students from across the state entered the Humanities Tennessee Letters About Literature Competition. Thirty-ive inalists have been announced, and eight of them are from Germantown High School. The inalists are Ally Coyle, Analia Mireles, Jessica Doan, Katherine Molinet, Max Kight, Jessica Jackson, Susannah Garcia and Arniecia Hinds. All of these students are in the IB program at Germantown High School.

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The Collierville High School string orchestra, under the direction of Sherry Fuller, sent 12 students to participate in the All West Tennessee regional orchestra. Cameron Bertram (front row, from left), Josh Chen, Tim Doan, Veronica Pehlivanov, Angel Talley, Kiley Wilson, Bennett Poorman, (back row, from left) Aaron Haider, John Cox, Anand Rajagopal, Nicole King and Thomas Wilson. Students were chosen by audition to participate in this honors group by competing against each other in individual auditions. Students are then ranked according to their skill level. More than 3,000 students from west Tennessee auditioned for the select groups. The top three students on each instrument went on to the Tennessee All State Orchestra.

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Say Cheese! In honor of National Sibling Day today we asked:

“I have seven siblings. What I like most is hanging out with them during the holidays.”

What do you like most about having a brother or sister?


“Having two older brothers, I’ve learned by example. I’m thankful for that. They’ve taught me a lot.” DR. GILES DAMRON, Damron Dental Care

“I have four brothers and three sisters. You never run out of friends.” DANNY CURLIN

“I like having a sister close in age I can talk to about things I can’t talk to anyone else about.” HUNTER PAGE

“I enjoy sitting for hours at the dinner table and talking with my two sisters.” MICHELLE STARR PHOTOS BY KIM ODOM | SPECIAL TO THE COMMERCIAL APPEAL

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Holy Week services begin Sunday By Kit Decker Special to The Weekly

The observance of Holy Week at St. George’s Episcopal Church at 2425 S. Germantown Road will begin with the Palm Sunday Liturgy at 8 and 10:30 a.m. on Sunday. Weather permitting, the Palm Sunday services begin on the Garth with the congregation singing and carrying palm branches or palm crosses as they process into the church. Sunday also is the annual visit by the Right Reverend Don E. Johnson, Bishop of the Diocese of West Tennessee, and will include baptisms, confir-

mation and reception of new members. Holy Week services will include the Maundy Thursday liturgy at 7:30 p.m., which will include foot washing for those who wish to participate and the stripping of the altar. Friday’s observances will include the Good Friday liturgy, a solemn recounting of the Passion of Christ, which will be conducted at noon and again at 7:30 p.m. The Stations of the Cross, which features a meditation at each of the 14 Stations of the Cross, will begin at 3 p.m. Easter day will begin with the Service of Light

at 6:15 a.m. outdoors, weather permitting, and begins with the kindling of a fire in the darkness. The Paschal Candle is then lighted from the newly kindled fire. A cantor sings the ancient phrases of the Exsultet as the sun rises through the branches of the Great Oak and illuminates the Easter Day. The Easter Festival Choral Eucharists at 8 and 10:30 a.m. have special music led by the Coventry Choir, pipe organ and instrumentalists. Kit Decker is the publications writer and editor for St. George’s Episcopal Church.

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Community SNAPSHOTS Pugh’s Earthworks help create new plant beds for students and staf at Farmington Elementary to enjoy.

Blake Smith and his Briarcrest teammates faced Park Bridge Mo. earlier this season. Briarcrest won 10-1. The Saints are of to an impressive 16-1 start.

FARMINGTON ELEMENTARY Memphis University School seniors (from left) Seth Young and Blake Bennett of Germantown hold the school’s runner-up trophy from the 2014 Gulf Coast Classic I Baseball Tournament held in Gulf Shores, Ala., during spring break. The Celtics are the Collierville Recreational 13/14 year old boys basketball champs. The winning team members are (front row, from left) Boston Rose, Connor Hodge, Nick Piacenti, Riley Davis, (back row, from left) Peter Hodge, Max Schuett, Bryson Green, Branden Roller, Peyton Francis, Cody Schnetzler, Trey Greer, Scott Green and John Davis.

School gets new plant beds By Debbie Crawford Special to The Weekly

Pugh’s Earthworks’ safety and compliance oicer Zack Berggren led volunteers from Farmington Elementary on March 22 in making new planting beds for the school. This efort is part of a school garden club project where students will plant vegetables as part of the learning process.

“Students learn so much about plant life cycles from watching the planting and growing process” said Berggren. Pugh’s Earthworks’ owner Mark Pugh feels a strong commitment to community service opportunities like this one. Mark is a Memphis native and he, with the support of his brothers, has been operating Pugh’s Earthworks since 1992. Debbie Crawford is with Pugh’s Flowers.

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Time to toss unwanted items By Stacey Ewell Special to The Weekly

Amnesty Dumpster Day will take place Saturday from 7:30 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. Materials will be collected at the Public Services complex, 7700 Southern Ave. and Johnson Road Park, 2950 Johnson Road. Amnesty Dumpster Day gives Germantown residents a chance to get rid of unwanted bulky items not picked up by sanitation service provid-

ers. Items accepted at both locations include building materials, fencing or wire, steel poles, tires without rims, concrete, dirt, rocks, lawn mowers, bikes, grills and propane grill tanks. These items can be taken to either location. At the Johnson Road Park location only, Vital Records Controls will shred and recycle up to three bankers boxes of personal documents. Computers, monitors or televisions (limit one), stereos and other electronic

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Community Germantown women’s Club

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Club holds annual fundraiser for Community Theatre Special to The Weekly

Teresa Jordan is the Germantown Women’s Club president.

teen library volunteers needed Germantown Women’s Club members Faye Bowers, Elaine Cates, Nancy Halter, Susan Kingston, Macie Houston, Teresa Jordan, Melba Fristick, Emily Underwood, Elmire Phillips and Mary Margaret Jones served as the Committee Air Hostesses during their dinner theater fundraiser at Germantown Community Theatre.


Couple volunteers at C’ville Literacy Council

men, women’s golf clinics ofered at Germantown CC

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Why did you want to become a tutor? John — My

CARLSON SIGNS Briarcrest senior Ocean Carlson signed his letter of intent to be on the track and field team at the University of Tennessee-Knoxville. His specialty is the pole vault. University of Tennessee’s pole vault program is one of the richest, strongest programs in SEC and NCAA history. Ten of the 15 past SEC pole vault champions have been from University of Tennessee. He was joined by his parents (front row, from left) Helen and Grant Carlson and his personal trainer Jason Vogt during his signing day.

wife recruited me, knowing that I would enjoy it as she did; Priscilla — I’ve always enjoyed volunteerism and have a passion for literacy. As a former public school speech/language pathologist, I was accustomed to working with students primarily in group settings. It was a special pleasure to be able

Golf clinics will be held April 22 to May 20 at Germantown Country Club, 1780 Kimbrough Road. The ladies’ clinic will be 5:30-6:30 p.m. and the men’s session will be 6:30-7:30 p.m. The cost is $130 for four sessions or $35 per individual session. Call Craig Melton at 901-7577389 or email cmelton@germantown-tn. gov for information.

to see my literacy student one-on-one. Name one thing that surprised you most about tutoring: John — my stu-

dent’s determination; Priscilla — I was amazed at how quickly the time passed during tutoring sessions.


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iPhone, iPad basics classes

John and Priscilla Dollar of Germantown.



Teen volunteers are needed to help with the Burch Library’s Summer Reading Program. Students between 12-18 years old are needed to help children enroll in the summer program, award prizes and assist the library staf. Volunteers will be able to make their own schedules in two-hour shifts. The summer reading program runs from May 27 through July 25. Teens must attend one training session and complete an application form, which are available online or at the library. Training sessions will be May 12, from 5-6 p.m. and May 22, from 5-6 p.m. A R O U N D G E R M A N T OW N

John — delivering the Memphis Press Scimitar; Priscilla — day-camp counselor Hobbies: John — working out, canoeing, kayaking, reading, cards; Priscilla — knitting, reading, tennis, bridge, word games

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Portrait oil painting classes

Artist Sue Foell will teach an portrait oil painting course beginning April 15 at the Morton Museum. There will be six sessions — April 15, April 29, May 6, 13, 20, 27. The classes will be 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the museum, 196 Main St. The sessions costs $250 and a $75 nonrefundable deposit is required. To register or to receive a supply list, call 901-490-9304 or email

By Teresa Jordan

The Germantown Women’s Club held their annual Dinner Theatre Event in March at Germantown Community Theatre. In keeping with the theater’s theme of the comedy production of “Boeing, Boeing!� the women hosted an onboard light experience to Paris featuring an in-light dinner on trays served by the GWC committee “Air Hostesses,� complete with snacks and beverage carts. This year, 80 club members and guests “packed their carry-ons� for the unique evening. Outgoing GCT director, “Captain� Brent Davis, was on hand to assist in piloting the festive event. Proceeds from the Germantown Women’s Club event’s gorgeous themed baskets were donated to the theater’s programs.



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Harding Academy General Scholarship

About Academic All-Stars

Jalon, a senior, has an insatiable curiosity and takes pride in working hard and embracing challenges. He holds a 4.58 weighted grade point average and scored 31 on the ACT. He is a member of the National Honor Society and a semifinalist in the National Achievement Scholarship program. He received the school’s Physics Award last year. He is competing in Water Filtration competition at The University of Memphis Engineering Day. He applied and was accepted to the Summer Challenge at Boston University and to the National Student Leadership Conference in Washington. A six-year member of the Boy Scouts, Jalon earned the prestigious rank of Eagle Scout. For his Eagle Scout service project, Jalon decided to remedy an echoing problem produced in a meeting room at his church. Using his knowledge about sound and engineering, Jalon designed and installed fourteen dampening boards to absorb the excess sound in the room. Jalon is a member of the Jazz Band, Musical Orchestra and the Senior Wind Ensemble. The ensemble has scored Superior ratings at concert festivals. He also participates in school musicals.

Hunter Ward Hernando High School General Scholarship Hunter, a senior, is an industrious student who balances leadership roles with many extracurricular activities and a rigorous schedule of classes. He holds a 99.29 weighted grade point average and scored 29 on the ACT. He served as president of the Mayor’s Youth Council. He is a member of the highly selective Knowledge Bowl Team and has been on the Principal’s List throughout high school. He is a two-time treasurer of the National Honor Society and currently ranks in the top ten of his senior class. In addition, Hunter is an active member of Student Government, a multi-year member of the Chess Team and member of FBLA (Future Business Leaders of America). He tutored students as a member of the Youth Advisory Council. He was invited to the National Junior Leadership Conference three times. He also attended “Summer College for High School Students” at Ole Miss. While attending a Mayor’s Youth Council Summit in Hattiesburg, a tornado struck the area. At Hunter’s suggestion, the group remained there an extra night to help with the cleanup.

Alexander Holloway Overton High School Music Alexander, a senior, is a conscientious and determined student who leads by example. He holds a 4.0 unweighted grade point average and is included in the “Top Teens of America.” He has represented the school as Concertmaster of the orchestra and has played the violin in two school theatrical productions, “Grease” and “110 in the Shade.” Since 2007, he has been selected for the West Tennessee Band and Orchestra Association’s All-West Orchestra. In addition, Alexander is a member of the Memphis Youth Symphony. He has been tapped for the All-State Orchestra, too. He participates in numerous functions at his church, playing the violin for weddings, dinners and parties. A member of the National Honor Society, Alexander also has Perfect Attendance and is a member of the Distinguished Honor Roll. He is a four-year member of the football team. Alexander is well-respected by the teachers, coaches and administrators as well as his peers. His unfailing generosity of spirit and mature appreciation for the feelings of others will carry him far as he heads to college. He is known for being a willing and enthusiastic learner.

Mary Katherine Stanley Westminster Academy General Scholarship Mary Katherine, a senior, is a top student who consistently performs at the top of her class. She holds a 5.27 weighted grade point average and scored 33 on the ACT. She is a National Merit Commended student and a two-time Student Ambassador. She was selected by the faculty for the position of Boniface House Captain, where she oversees all school activities in one of four Houses in the high school. This entails physical and mental competitions throughout the year. In addition, Mary Katherine received the school’s Classical Language Department Award. She also earned a Gold Medal (Latin III) and a Silver Medal (Latin IV) on the national Latin exams. She was junior class president and this year she is the varsity basketball team captain. She received the Halford Award and “Most Competitive Player” Award for basketball. Mary Katherine is an active volunteer. She gives here time to Forgiveness House where she helps prepare and serve meals. She organized a tab collection for the Ronald McDonald House, cleaned the golf course at Memphis Athletic Ministries, mowed the grass at Christ Community Church, and volunteered at Mission Memphis.

Ellen Nikbakht St. Agnes Academy Art Ellen, a senior, is a creative student and natural born artist. She holds a 3.24 unweighted grade point average and plans a career in art education. In the visual arts, she is a “thinking” artist, one who quietly examines ideas, possibilities and the unexpected. She was accepted to the Tennessee Governor’s School for both music and the visual arts. Both schools required auditions and/or portfolio submissions during the selection process. She chose to attend the visual arts school. She was awarded a Memphis College of Art Scholarship for a charcoal portrait at the Delta Fair Youth Art Competition, where she won a first and fourth place prize. In addition, Ellen received the school’s Excellence in Art award in both her sophomore and junior years. She also is a talented actress. She has been nominated for “Outstanding Actress” and “Outstanding Supporting Actress” awards in the Orpheum Theatre’s High School Musical Awards. She was the director for an Advanced Drama Production at St. Agnes, where she easily led and directed other people. Ellen volunteered at Madonna Learning Center for the Kaleidoscope Expressive Arts Program, where she worked with children with mental disabilities.

Julianna Christman Hutchison School Mathematics Julianna, a senior, is an outstanding student who understands complex concepts and applies them in real-life situations. She holds a 5.12 weighted grade point average and scored 34 on the ACT with a near-perfect 35 on the math portion of the test. She has been named a National Merit Semifinalist and an AP Scholar with Distinction. She scored a perfect ‘5’ on the AP Calculus BC and AP Biology exams. She is a member of the Cum Laude Society, Tri-M Music Honor Society, National Science Honor Society, National Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta, the math honor society. She received the Middlebury College Book Award. In addition, Julianna attended the Vanderbilt Summer Academy studying astronomy, the Sewanee Environmental Institute Summer Pre-College program and the HITES (High School Introduction to Engineering Systems) program at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville. She is a member of the Photography Club, Earth Club and Global Ambassadors, which discusses women’s issues locally and internationally. She is an invaluable member of the Varsity Track and Field Team. Julianna volunteered at the Lester Community Center last summer and participates with Bridge Builders, a local diversity group that brings together students of different racial, ethnic and socio-economic backgrounds.

William Lamb Memphis University School Science William, a senior, is a remarkable scholar, servant leader and true-blue Boy Scout. He holds a 5.40 weighted grade point average and scored a perfect 36 on the ACT. He has been inducted into the National Honor Society, Cum Laude Society, National Spanish Honor Society, National Latin Honor Society, National History Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. He had been recognized as a National Merit Finalist and made a top score of ‘5’ on six AP exams, earning AP Scholar with Distinction status. In addition, William placed first three years in a row at the regional Science Olympiad and in one of the top three positions at the state Science Olympiad. This past summer, he was accepted into the Tennessee Governor’s School for the Sciences. A member of the school’s Math and Latin Clubs, William is a competitive member of the Chess Team. He was the head programmer for the school’s robot used in competitions and taught RobotC natural language to the others in his group. When not competing, William assists with math and quiz bowl competitions, as well as fencing tournaments. He uses his musical talent to work for the Mid-South Food Bank.

Now in its 8th year, the Academic All-Stars program identiies and recognizes high school students in the Memphis metro area for their excellence in academics, leadership and community service. Each week during the school year, six to seven Academic All-Stars are proiled in The Commercial Appeal. Winners are selected by geographic areas that include Bartlett, Cordova, Fayette County, Germantown, Collierville, DeSoto County, Millington, Tipton County, Whitehaven, South Memphis, East Memphis, Midtown and Downtown Memphis. There are 10 categories of achievement: Art, Drama & Speech, English & Literature, Foreign Language, General Scholarship, Mathematics, Music, Science, Social Sciences & History, and Career-Technical. The Commercial Appeal compiles the nominations submitted by schools. Representatives from area universities judge the student resumes and select the award recipients. For more information, call or email Mary Lou Brown, Community Relations Manager for The Commercial Appeal at 901-529-2508 or

April 10 Germantown Weekly  

April 10 Germantown Weekly