Editorial: Three Cheers

Mar. 15, 2013 @ 10:42 PM

Seymour robotics team

shows ingenuity, creativity

School has got to be about more than readin’ and writin’ or students will lose their creative edge. That’s certainly the feeling at Seymour High, where the Eagletrons, a robotics team, has now completed the robot they will take to the Smoky Mountain Regional of FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology).

Diane Humphrey, chemistry teacher and team leader who teaches a class on the scientific principles of robotics, said the team, made up of 34 students, worked seven days a week for six weeks to finish the robot for the Frisbee-themed “Ultimate Ascent” competition. It’s themed around throwing Frisbees through targets at the end of a field, with three different heights of targets. The robot also has to climb a pyramid.

It’s a remarkable achievement for dedicated and conscientious students, who gave up nights and weekends to work on the project. That’s a commitment you like to see in everyone, especially our youth. Good luck at the competition.

Kiwanis members show

support for community

Dedicated civic organizations such as Sevierville Kiwanis Club fill in the gaps for nonprofits and other community needs. Last weekend Kiwanians set up outside Food City, collecting cans and other food items to help the Sevier County Food Ministries replenish supplies.

“In addition to collecting much needed food items, Kiwanians also handed out brochures that listed some of the things all families need, club member Leslie Atchley said.

Atchley and President Terrye McAnally greeted customers walking into the grocery store. Emily-Grace McCarter and Tyler Jeffers of the Sevier County High School Key Club also helped pass out the brochures displaying foods they were looking for. Kiwanis sponsors the SCHS Key Club, and getting young people actively involved in community service projects is one of the aims.

Great work, Kiwanis. Other clubs do great work as well. Those in need are grateful for such activity. To fill in the gaps, we must have community leaders and civil-minded people engaged in programs and fundraising.

4-H public speakers

do well in competition

Sevier County 4-H members are always busy with a variety of activities. They also enjoy participating in contests. Many of them were entered in the recent Regional and Sub-Regional 4-H public speaking events in Corryton and Knoxville. Senior members participated in the Eastern Region Contest in Knoxville, with county winners from 33 East Tennessee counties.

Sevier County winners taking part: 9th grade, Rachel Jenkins, Pigeon Forge High; 10th grade, Cheyenne Nieman, Seymour High; 11th grade, Alexis Hall, Gatlinburg-Pittman; 12th grade, Lauren Jenkins, Pigeon Forge. Individual placings at each grade level: Rachel placed 7th; Alexis 6th; Cheyenne 2nd; and Lauren 6th.

The Big Nine Sub-Regional event winners: 4th grade, Katelyn Hedrick, homeschool; 5th grade, Rishi Bojhwani, Pi Beta Phi; 6th grade, Lindsey Hedrick, homeschool; 7th grade, Leah Humble, Seymour Middle; 8th grade, Christy Newsom, Pigeon Forge Middle. Sevier County took home first place in three of the grade divisions: Katelyn 4th grade, Rishi 5th grade and Lindsey 6th grade.

Congratulations to all.