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Teacher uses social media to send student to journalism camp

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Rising AHS senior Aaron Moser edits documentary as Digital Journalism teacher Jessica Roberts assists.

ARLINGTON, Tenn. (Arlington Community Schools) – Rising Arlington High School senior Aaron Moser has dreams of becoming a sports journalist. A career that’s becoming increasingly competitive, Moser is determined to make his childhood dream a reality.

“As a kid, I would play Nerf basketball and commentate for myself,” Moser explained. “There he goes down the court, goes up for the shot and scores,” he even recalls saying aloud.

When Moser got to high school as a freshman, his first introduction to TV came through a film class. There, he realized maybe it wasn’t a dream after all. He loved writing and telling stories. He loved filming stories. Turns out, he was pretty good at it too.

And now, with summer and his senior year quickly approaching, Moser felt the heat to step up his journalism game. If he was going to study this in college, he needed to start crafting his skill now. That’s when he found the Lipscomb University Journalism Camp, a week-long conference hosted by the Tennessee High School Press Association in Nashville. The camp’s website says students will learn about news, feature and sports writing, editing, photography and videography. (more…)

Superintendent Mason to be honored at high school alma mater

ARLINGTON, Tenn. (Arlington Community Schools) – Ask Arlington Community Schools Superintendent Tammy Mason how her life has changed over the past three decades and she’ll give you a hearty laugh.

“I’ve developed a southern accent,” she said with a grin. Although normal here in Arlington, the accent will likely come as a surprise to some of her childhood friends in Indiana when she visits her hometown this week.

Mason is one of a few alumni from Benton Central High School in Oxford, Ind. that was selected to speak at the 50thanniversary of the school’s opening. In a TED Talk-like forum, Mason and the other guests will participate in school visits and a panel discussion about the impact the school has had on their lives. (more…)

AHS holds inaugural Spring Carnival

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Livy and her friend pose for the camera at AHS’ inaugural Spring Carnival.

ARLINGTON, Tenn. (ACS) — Spend time with Livy for 10 minutes and you’ll immediately know what she’s all about: fun and laughter.

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AHS teacher Tiffany Roberson-Farmer helps a student fill a water balloon.

To say that was the case Friday morning would be an understatement, as the day brought nothing but fun for Livy and her classmates at Arlington High School. For the first time ever, the school year ended for these students with a Spring Carnival – an event with games, food, dancing and something unique: skill building. (more…)

AMS band, strings and chorus sweep competition

AMS students pose during the band trip to St. Louis, MissouriST. LOUIS, MO (Arlington Schools) — Arlington Middle School’s Band, Strings and Chorus teams swept a recent competition in St. Louis, Missouri.

Nearly 200 AMS students performed on April 27th in the Music in the Parks contest and swept the competition. AMS Band won first place in all of the band categories, including Jazz and Concert. The Symphonic Ban also won the best overall band award.

Meanwhile, AMS strings students won first place in all of the string categories, and the 8th-grade strings won the best overall string ensemble award. Chorus also showed up at the competition and won a superior rating in their division and 2nd place overall.

Congratulations to all the students that competed and represented AMS and the district in such a positive way!

Six AHS alumni graduating from UT with medical degrees

graduation cap lays on a table next to a diplomaARLINGTON, Tenn. (Arlington Community Schools) – Six former Arlington High School students will receive medical degrees this month from the University of Tennessee’s College of Medicine.

In an announcement released by AHS’ Science National Honor Society, the group congratulated the former students, calling it a major milestone for them and Arlington High – as the alumni represent some of the first M.D.’s to come out of AHS. (more…)

AHS senior Caitlin Priester receives Haslam Scholarship

ARLINGTON, Tenn. (Arlington Community Schools) – Paula Priester has it down to the minute of how long it takes to drive from Arlington to Knoxville.

“Five hours and 45 minutes – that’s including a stop for a quick meal,” she laughed. Priester knows the route so well because her daughter, Caitlin, will be attending school there in the fall at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville.

The best part: Caitlin is going there on a full ride. Her education, including room and board, meal plans and even a study abroad trip to the University of Edinburgh in Scotland, is completely paid for thanks to the Haslam Scholars Program, a competitive scholarship program that hundreds of students vie for each year.

After a rigorous application process, including panel interviews and observations, Caitlin was named one of just 15 students statewide to receive the coveted scholarship.

Congratulations, Caitlin!

AES worker to be featured on WREG’s Pass it On

ARLINGTON, Tenn. (ACS) — Ms. Wanda Dorsey is the hidden secret of Arlington Elementary School. She’s the quiet type…keeps to herself. But boy, does she pack a smile.

It’s that infectious smile and personality that everyone loves and why most consider her family. A custodian at AES for nearly a decade, Ms. Wanda has touched the hearts of all who know her. It’s why she’ll soon be featured on WREG’s Pass it On, a program that helps people in need by giving them a cash donation.

On Thursday, WREG’s Tim Simpson and his film crew stopped by AES to surprise Ms. Wanda and tell her she had been selected for the program. (more…)

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