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2012-2013 Student News





5th Graders receive valuable advice at this year's 5th Grade / Senior Tea View pictures












icon Congratulations to University School Junior, Benjamin Page, who was recently awarded the Boy Scouts of America Eagle Award!


The following article was printed in the Johnson City News and Neighbor
(726th Edition 05.04.13-05.10.13)





icon Johnson City youth receives numerous honors for work to save animals, but new phase awaits

May 20th, 2013 8:34 am by Sue Guinn Legg


Jurnee Carr, a senior at University High School, a former Miss Teen International title holder and founder of the nonprofit Jurnee’s Journey organization that raises awareness and funds for no-kill animal rescue groups and spay and neuter clinics worldwide, has accomplished a lot in her 18 years.

Now with her high school graduation and her first year of study at Liberty University on the horizon, Carr says she will begin a new a new phase of the “service journey” she set out on at the tender age of 12.

It was a Girl Scout trip to deliver donated supplies to a local animal shelter that got her started. While touring the shelter, Carr was struck by the shelter’s stark living conditions, crowded cages and lack of adequate space, bedding and food. When her mother told her what happens to the shelter animals that are not adopted, her journey to end euthanasia began.

With help from her mom, a marketing director for a regional financial firm, Carr launched her nonprofit group, selling animal-themed jewelry at area festivals and passing along the proceeds to local humane societies, no-kill shelters and spay and neuter clinics and has since gone on give its support to animal rescue groups across the nation and in two foreign counties.

Since 2007, Jurnee’s Journey has raised more than $30,000 for beneficiaries, including the Humane Societies of Washington, Sullivan and Greene counties, the Kingsport Animal Shelter and Dogwood Park.

While her success has been notable, she said it was not that surprising considering the professional marketing advice she’s received from her mother, the natural gravitation to jewelry she found among women festival-goers and the generosity she discovered in most people who are given an opportunity to help animals in distress.

With her subsequent appointment to the Youth Advisory Board of the Humane Society of the United States, Jurnee’s Journey gained national exposure. And when she won the Miss Teen International title in 2011, her cause went worldwide. Her organization has since lent its support to the FiXiT Foundation of Norfolk, Va.; PAWS of Chicago; the Arizona Humane Society; the Tri-County Humane Society; St. Cloud, Minn.; the Wiregrass Humane Society of Dothan, Ala.; the Pulaski County Humane Society of Little Rock; the Tanzania Animal Protection Organization; the Romania Animal Rescue and others.

For her nonprofit work, Carr has received congressional recognitions for outstanding youth achievement. She’s been the subject of a special resolution issued by the Tennessee House of Representatives. And most recently, she was named a “Distinguished Finalist” in the Prudential Financial Co.’s national Spirit of Community Awards.

A bronze medallion for her placement in the Prudential competition was presented at last week’s University High Awards Night ceremony. While a school track meet kept Carr from attending the ceremony, she said, “I was very excited to receive Distinguished Finalist.

“I was applying for every scholarship I could. Unfortunately, that one didn’t have any scholarship money with it. But it was really a huge honor.”

As she moves on to college this fall to begin her pursuit of a degree in youth ministry, Carr said her work with Jurnee’s Journey will evolve into a more “grown-up phase” of fundraising and advocacy. But her mission will always be “to provide a voice for animals who do not have a human voice to speak with.”

If given a chance to speak directly for animals in her local community, she said her message would be “Please, if someone has a dog or cat they’ve found that’s a stray, do not take it to a shelter. I know it may be a burden to keep for a few days and nights, but there are a lot options for forever homes.

“(The Jurnee’s Journey) Facebook page is a good outreach tool for animals in the area” in need of adoption and vouchers for local spay and neuter clinics, she said.

Car’s Web page at also features a wealth of information, including an opportunity to donate directly and a listing of upcoming events where her message and merchandise can be located.

On June 1, animal lovers can look for Jurnee’s Journey booths at the Rescue Rendezvous adoption event at Trader’s Village in Kingsport and at the Woofstock Festival and 4K 4 Paws road race to benefit the Margaret B. Mitchell Spay and Neuter Clinic at Sugar Hollow Park in Bristol.

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Congratulations to University School Senior, Sarah Denny, one of 12 students chosen from 111 applicants statewide to participate in the UT Veterinary Summer Experience.  Way to go, Sarah!!







pictureCongratulations to University School Sophomore, Cassie Brooks, who has been selected for the 2013 Governor's School for the Arts.  She received a scholarship and will be attending the school at MTSU, having been selected for Vocal Music.  We are so proud of our Singing Bucs!!!! 







pictureCongratulations to University School Junior, Kevin Ye, who has been selected for the 2013 Governor's School of Emerging Technologies, at Tennessee Tech University, in Cookeville, Tennessee.  Way to go, Techie Buc!!!!







pictureCongratulations to University School Junior, Rachana Muppa, who has been selected for Dance and Violin, with scholarship, from a pool of over 800 applicants to participate in the 2013 TN Governor's School for the Arts. She chose Dance!  So very proud of our Dancing, Musical Bucs!!!!!












Congratulations to the winners of the  Economics Stock Market Simulation !  

1st Place - Emily Hoover with a final net worth of $115,003.49

2nd Place - Ramiro Rodriguez with a final net worth of $114,893.57

3rd Place - Westley Ongtengco with a final net worth of $112,784.62

Way to go, Financial Bucs!!!



iconCongratulations to the students who represented University School in the Upper East Tennessee Regional Science Fair on April 11. These students were: Carter Pollack, Calli Newberry, Hannah Peters, Jillian Hawkins, Matthew Cullen, Ben Ordway, Ryan Kennedy, and Kieran Russell-Berry. Special congratulations to Ben Ordway for winning the Tennessee Academy of Science award in the biological category.  So very proud of our Scientific Bucs!

Also, great job Scientific Bucs on your Invention Projects !



All State Choral Students
:  Good luck to outstanding High School students Cassie Brooks, Ally Powell and Katie Powell, who will represent University School in the Tennessee Music Educators Association All State Choruses.  Their concert is Saturday morning, April 13th, at the Tivoli Center in Chattanooga.  Sing, Musical Bucs, Sing!



A Big Thanks to our Elementary and Middle School Art Students for creating the flowers for the  Mary B. Martin School of the Arts Volunteer Appreciation Event.  This year art students from Ms. Pitts' classes created woven, heart-shaped baskets which will be presented during the April 16th event.  Great job, Artistic Bucs!!!!! 




pictureCongratulations to Leemu "Kutu" Hall, for receiving the Carter G. Woodson Legacy Award, sponsored by Berea College.  This award recognizes African American High School Juniors who have demonstrated outstanding character, academic achievement, and leadership.  We are very proud of Kutu for her selection to receive this prestigious award.  Proud to have you as a Buc!




pictureOur thoughts and prayes continue to be with Kirah, a University School Junior, who was in a car accident on December 10, 2012.   View Cambridge site to follow Kirah's progress







Hats off to our Seventh Grade class who collected items and money for the children in Cap Haitian Children's Home and for the community of Cap Haitian as a symbol of their love for Christmas.   Proud of our Serving Bucs!










Congratulations to Jurnee Carr, University School Senior, for receiving the President's Volunteer Service Award .  This award recognizes Americans of all ages who have volunteered significant amounts of their time to serve their communities and their country.  Jurnee has also been named one of the top runners-up in the 2013 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards in Tennessee .  We are so very proud of our Special Volunteering Bucs!!!!!!




pictureMany thanks go to the students, parents, faculty and staff and ETSU volunteers who worked on Saturday at our Fall Beautification Day. Over 70 folks participated and many cleaning projects and sprucing up activities took place. The event was spearheaded by Kim Allison, Andrea Lowery, and Mahua Chakraborty and the Academic Support team who worked diligently to make it a success. It was also supported by the University School Foundation and the SGA. Plans are being discussed for a similar event during the spring and we hope that more of our University School community will participate. Again, thanks to all for their hard work and their commitment to University School. Dr. Doyle Brinson, Director. View Pictures



pictureUniversity School wins 2nd place in Division A Second Harvest Food Bank Food Drive Competition! University School Totals- 4,438 lbs of food donation, Totaling- 4,438 lbs= 8.55 lbs per student! GREAT JOB!!! That was a 502% increase from last year!!   Way to go, Bucs!!! View Pictures



pictureCongratulations to the French-German club team members who beat the Spanish club team in the Annual Foreign Language Club Soccer Battle!! The French-German team scored 3 goals to the 2 goals scored by the Spanish team. View Pictures




Congratulations to winners in the 2012-2013 Mr. and Miss University High pageant!   picture pictureBest Smile-Savannah Mattie, Best Dressed-Kelsey Bailey, Best Hair-Kelsey Phipps, Best Modeling-Sydney Shelton, Academic Award-Jackson Colvett, Bridget Cook & Eliza Gillispie, Reserve Seating Sales-Savannah Mattie, Mr. UH 4th Place (at the guy's request)-Isaac Fisher, 2nd Runner Up to Mr. UH-Robby Johnson, 1st Runner Up to Mr. UH-Connor Bartow, Mr. University High-Jackson Colvett, 2nd Runner Up to Miss UH-Kelsey Bailey, 1st Runner Up to Miss UH-Kelsey Phipps, Miss University High-Savannah Mattie




Key Club Volunteer of the Month . Craig participated in four volunteer efforts in October for a total of 17 service hours. He helped pack food at Second Harvest Food Bank with Kiwanis Club, worked with the University School food drive, and assisted at the Unicoi Animal Shelter. Congratulations Craig and thank you!




Visual Art students were featured on a recent bulletin board at the Johnson City Public Library, Youth Services area.

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