by Martha Rose Woodward
The Episcopal School of Knoxville received blessings on Friday, May 25, during morning ceremonies at the school as 40 eighth graders moved forward in their education. The proud and happy students, the largest group to complete ESK, posed for a class photo during the ceremony. They announced plans to attend area high schools which include Bearden High School, Farragut High School, Hardin Valley Academy, Knoxville Catholic High School, Knoxville STEM Academy, South Doyle High School, Webb School of Knoxville, and West High School. One student will attend Mounds View High School in Minneapolis, MN. Three will attend boarding schools: Chatham Hall in Chatham, VA, and Woodberry Forest in Woodberry Forest, VA.
The Very Rev. John Ross, Dean of St. John’s Cathedral, offered a blessing for graduates. Student Government President Asad Jooma was guest speaker. Middle School social studies teacher Tom Jones was featured speaker, as decided by student vote. Middle School Director Kevin Foley also spoke. Headmaster James Jay Secor III, Foley and Amy Schumaker, president of the Board of Trustees, presented diplomas.
Ian Matthew Greeley, son of Leigh and Mark Greeley, was named recipient of the fifth annual Harry W. Stowers Award. Presented by Mrs. Sarah Stowers, the award goes to a student who best displays service, faith, intellect, gentleness and compassion, characteristics of the late Mr. Stowers, a longtime friend of the school.
The graduates are: Nicole Elizabeth Adams, Amelia Grace Adkins, Michaela Spencer Allen, Sarah Chandler Bazzoon, Rhetta Brooke Botts, Robert White Cantrell III, Garrett Michael Conti, William Preston Farabow, Chadwick Layne Feddersen, Sarah Elizabeth Feddersen, Tyler Vincent Feddersen, Kathryn Nicole Galyon, Elliot Robert Castrillon Granju, Ian Matthew Greeley, Bradley Morgan Grubb, Lauren Marjorie Hager, Sydney Marie Hager, Jared Thomas Heath, Austin Paul Hoffarth, Thomas Patrick Hyde, Eva Louise James, Asad A. Jooma, Claire Renee LaBine, John Malcolm Lambrecht, Karl Everette Lawrence, Dove G. Lloyd, Sarah Nichole Macri, Fifi Mahfouz, Briston Lee Maroney, Ryan Scott Moyers, Shannon Claire O’Hatnick, John Duncan Petersen, Zachary Paul Taylor, Emily L. Thompson, Caleb Thomas Wade, Lauren Christine Weller, James Connor Wike, S. Jeremey Wise, and Hannah Phillips Wright.
The Episcopal School at 950 Episcopal School Way in West Knoxville has graduated nine eighth grade classes in its 14th year as an independent, K-8 school. The school is affiliated with the Episcopal Church and offers a faith-based environment but actively seeks students of all backgrounds.
Information supplied by Kelly Norrell (former) Communications Director. Norrell has moved on to start her own public relations and communications company.
CAPTION: The 2012 Graduates of The Episcopal School of Knoxville are (L-R front row) Zachary Taylor, Ian Greeley, Lauren Weller, Michaela Allen, Sarah Feddersen, Lauren Hager, Sydney Hager, Eva James, Tyler Feddersen, Asad Jooma, (second row) Jared Heath, John Petersen, Rhetta Botts, Fifi Mahfouz, Amelia Adkins, Dove Lloyd, Sarah Bazzoon, Robert Cantrell, Elliot Granju, Garrett Conti, Austin Hoffarth, Karl Everette Lawrence, Chadwick Feddersen, Emily Thompson, Katie Galyon, Sarah Macri, Shannon O’Hatnick, Nicole Adams, Hannah Wright, Claire LaBine, Jeremey Wise, Connor Wike, (top row) Liam Farabow, Briston Maroney, Bradley Grubb, Fisher Morton, Malcolm Lambrecht, Ryan Moyers, Thomas Hyde, Caleb Wade.