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HHS players earn All-Region 2-5A Honors Halls High football players recently received honors, being named to the All-Region 2-5A team. Those team members include Caden Harbin, MVP; Matthew Runge-Gold, Specialist of the Year; Nick Gangloff, All-Academic; senior J.T. Freels, senior Colton McMahan, senior Hutson Woods, junior Cooper Cook, junior Caleb Faircloth, junior Hunter Huff and junior Hunter Lam. The VEX EDR team at Gresham Middle includes Beth Suters, Clara Suters, Conner Bost and Parker Feagin.

GMS robotics gears up for competition By Ruth White Gresham Middle School’s robotics teams are busy building robots to compete in upcoming events this month. Teacher Eric Stansberry works with the group of students, and shows them how to build and write programs that will control the robots. Thanks to a grant from TVA, the group has purchased two base model kits and will use imagination to enhance the robot from the base model. The VEX IQ team uses components that are plastic and snap together to form the yet unnamed robot. When complete, it will be programmed to pick up a ball and toss it on their opponents’ side of a court area and then park on a bridge. The VEX EDR team named its robot Steve Harvey (because he’s just a cool guy, said one team member) and it uses metal components and assembles using



Buell inks with Virginia Central High’s Isaac Buell had a tough decision to make, and when National Signing Day arrived, he signed his letter of intent with Virginia to play football. Coach Bryson Rosser told the large crowd inside the CHS liBuell brary how proud he was of Buell for his hard work Gentry Pierce works on the robot that the VEX IQ team will use and commitment to the Bobcat to compete in late February. Photos by Ruth White football team. Buell boasted the highest ACT score on the team, screws. Several students members are able to use was a three-year starter and fourbuilt paper blocks to use creative thinking, problem year captain and was named to with Steve to help the robot solving and teamwork as the All-State team this year. perform the programmed they strive for the goal of beWhile at Virginia, he plans to tasks. coming robotics champions study physics. He picked Virginia Whether the team uses in their respective divisions. because he liked the coaches and Lego robots, plastic pieces their philosophy, earning a great or larger metal pieces, the education and it “felt like home.” Joining Buell at the signing were his parents, Marvin and ■■ Dogwood Arts 2017 Jill Buell, his brother Ben and a events and exhibits entry crowd of friends and teammates. deadlines: Dogwood Art


Stone is spelling bee runner-up

Adrian Burnett Elementary fourthgrade student Samantha Stone was the first runner-up at the school spelling bee.

DeTour, Friday, Feb. 10; Chalk Walk, Monday, Feb. 20; Regional Art Exhibition, Friday, March 3. Info/ applications: dogwoodarts. com or 637-4561.





Peebles signs with Carson-Newman Central High senior Rondrow Peebles enjoyed National Signing Day, officially putting his signature on a letter of intent to play football at Carson-Newman University. Coach Bryson Rosser said how proud he was of Peebles as a leader on the Bobcat football team and for having one of the highest ACT scores on the team. Peebles led the state in interceptions, was a team captain and was named to the All-State team for the second year. In college he plans to study either Peebles engineering or sports management. He picked Carson-Newman because he liked the closeness of the team, the coaches and how it felt like home. He appreciates how coach Rosser pushed him to become the best player he could be, which has allowed him the opportunity to play at the collegiate level. Joining Peebles at the signing was his mom, Tateanna Lanxter; his dad, Rondrow Peebles Sr., teammates and a room filled with friends.

BIZ NOTES ■■ Weigel’s “Hiring Day” event, 9 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 15, all East Tennessee Weigel’s locations. Applicants will be able to interview for full- and part-time positions at all levels. Info:

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