Two new leaders named at Notre Dame High

Dr. Eric Schexnaildre is appointed head of school and Melissa Wolff dean of academics By Dan McWilliams Notre Dame High School and Diocese of Knoxville superintendent of Catholic schools Mary Ann Deschaine on April 18 announced two leadership appointments at the Chattanooga school. Eric Schexnaildre, Ed.D., of the Notre Dame …

Basketball players from Knoxville Catholic, Notre Dame receive honors

Honors continue to come Sydney Mains’ way after the Knoxville Catholic High School senior guard led the Lady Irish to their second straight state championship this spring. Sydney was named Knox News’ girls basketball player of the year recently. The Florida Atlantic signee finished her career with 2,325 points, becoming …

Knoxville Catholic names Medlyn as new boys and girls golf head coach

Knoxville Catholic High School introduced Peter Medlyn as its new boys and girls golf coach in March. Mr. Medlyn met with team members March 5. Local golf pro Tre Mullins will be Mr. Medlyn’s assistant coach. Mr. Medlyn played golf at the highest amateur level in Australia and caddied on …

KCHS president receives national education award

NCEA names Notre Dame High School grad a top U.S. school leader By Gabrielle Nolan The National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) announced 11 winners of its “Lead. Learn. Proclaim. Award” at its annual convention, which was held in Pittsburgh April 2-4. Representing Knoxville Catholic High School was award-winner Dickie Sompayrac, …

Youth inspired by science of STAR EX program

Those attending camp at St. John Neumann learn about astronomy, rocketry, robotics, and more By Bill Brewer As a young girl, Tara Cotten loved to recite the nursery rhyme “Twinkle, twinkle, little star, how I wonder what you are!” Now, Dr. Tara Cotten, a professor with a Ph.D. in astronomy …

A commitment to faith

Funeral Mass celebrated for Dr. Aurelia Montgomery, longtime school leader By Bill Brewer Dr. Aurelia Montgomery, a veteran educator who served as a teacher, principal, and superintendent of schools during her long, distinguished tenure in the Diocese of Knoxville, died on April 8 following a brief illness. She was 88. …

Changing of the guard in Notre Dame volleyball

Dan Clotfelter retires after seven years as head coach of the Lady Irish, and Laurie McGinley will succeed him After seven successful years wearing the green and gold and 17 years as a high school varsity coach, Dan Clotfelter has announced his retirement from coaching volleyball at Notre Dame High …

JaJuan Smith named KCHS boys basketball coach

The former University of Tennessee standout was an assistant coach for the Fighting Irish in the 2023-24 season Former University of Tennessee basketball player JaJuan Smith has been named the new boys basketball head coach at Knoxville Catholic High School. He met with his new team on the afternoon of …

St. Mary School in Oak Ridge celebrates 25 years as an accredited institution

St. Mary School in Oak Ridge reached a significant milestone this school year. The 2023-24 year marks 25 years of the school being an accredited institution. While the education practices and standards and the accrediting organization’s name have changed (originally Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, then Advanced Ed, and …

Sydney Mains of Knoxville Catholic receives Miss Basketball award

Knoxville Catholic High School senior standout Sydney Mains was named the TSSAA Miss Basketball winner for Division II-AA on March 12 in an awards ceremony at Middle Tennessee State University. The Florida Atlantic signee has amassed numerous accolades with the Lady Irish, who won their second straight state championship March …

St. John Neumann donor makes historic gift

Lydia Melli’s generosity will allow for a middle school expansion with state-of-the-art technology  By Dan McWilliams St. John Neumann Church and School in Farragut have received a historic gift to build a middle school expansion, which will include state-of-the-art educational spaces and resources for current students and accommodate the school’s …

Two KCHS girls wrestlers place second at state

The young program garners several honors, with Aliya Whaley finishing third at a national event    By Dan McWilliams The Knoxville Catholic High School girls wrestling team has a short history, but two of its members recorded program-best state-runner-up finishes at the state meet last month. Senior Rebecca Deyo, competing …