Essay contest entrants love their Catholic schools

To celebrate the gift of Catholic school education, Dr. Sedonna Prater, superintendent of Catholic Schools, sponsored a Catholic Schools Week essay contest for kindergarten-through-grade-12 students in any of the 10 Catholic schools. Students were asked to write on what Catholic school means to them and to describe in their own …

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Schools work to include special-needs students

Diocese of Knoxville educators accommodate children with a wide range of learning needs                  By Gabrielle Nolan The Diocese of Knoxville has been serving students with special learning needs for more than 20 years. The Office of Catholic Schools’ Special Services Handbook, which is revised every five years, is “a living …

Sacred Heart Cathedral School honors three students

Sacred Heart Cathedral School celebrated a few special honors for students at the end of morning Mass on May 22, and Minnesota Vikings safety and SHCS alum Harrison Smith was on hand to present the scholarship award named after him. “This time of year we celebrate a lot of wonderful …

KCHS holds academic signing day

Athletes receive plenty of attention on signing days throughout the school year, but on May 5 Knoxville Catholic High School turned the spotlight on more than a dozen academic standouts by giving them their own signing day. Thirteen KCHS students who received full-ride scholarships were recognized in a ceremony in …

16 student athletes from Notre Dame, KCHS sign with colleges

Nine student athletes from Knoxville Catholic High School and seven from Notre Dame High School signed letters of intent with colleges on Feb. 4, which was National Signing Day. Family, friends, and coaches joined the students at the schools as they signed letters that were immediately faxed to their school …

St. John Neumann School students show love by lopping off locks

With a drum roll from music teacher Jonathan Leichman, 21 girls at St. John Neumann School in Farragut on Jan. 29 continued a four-year tradition of donating their ponytails to benefit cancer patients. As the student body looked on in the gymnasium, parents and friends began snipping the locks, some …

Webb to end football rivalry with KCHS Fighting Irish

The Knoxville Catholic High School football rivalry with Webb School of Knoxville is coming to an end after the Spartans decided to call a halt to the series last week. KCHS President Dickie Sompayrac said the school community is both surprised and disappointed by Webb’s decision, which was reported by …

Cormac McCarthy Club honors acclaimed author, KCHS graduate

Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy has a standing invitation to return to the high school where he graduated in 1951, which now features a portrait of the author as he appeared in his senior picture and a plaque honoring him for his literary accomplishments. The invitation was extended by Knoxville …

Diocesan students recognized at Youth Mass

It isn’t often that a bishop asks students for advice on what to tell the pope. But that is what happened Sept. 27 during the Diocese of Knoxville’s annual Youth Mass. Bishop Richard F. Stika told the students that he would be going to the Vatican and needed advice on …

Medal of Honor recipients meet Diocese of Knoxville students

By Dan McWilliams Students from Catholic elementary schools and Knoxville Catholic High School heard stories of courage, honor, and sacrifice as Medal of Honor recipients, in town for a national convention, spent time with them Sept. 12. All of the speakers arrived by helicopter, including retired Army Staff Sgt. Leroy …

Frassati Fellowship builds ministry through Habitat project

School was back in session for several Frassati Fellowship members Aug. 23 as the young adults received a crash course in home building and sweat equity during a Habitat for Humanity project. The Frassati members didn’t let the steamy dog days of summer deter them from hammering, caulking, wielding a …

Knoxville Catholic keeps Irish Bowl trophy in win over Notre Dame

By Bill Brewer and Jim Wogan Notre Dame High School battled rival Knoxville Catholic and the clock Friday night as the Chattanooga Fighting Irish’s hopes for a last-second tie or victory fell short in the teams’ first football game of the 2014 season. Knoxville Catholic scored 15 points in the …