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Art imitates life

Knoxville Catholic High School graduates partner on autobiographical book for children By Dan McWilliams Photography courtesy of Pam Rhodes Two Knoxville Catholic High School (KCHS) graduates have combined to co-author and illustrate a book, Charlie’s Blue Boots, about the challenges of being a “little person.” Charlie Higdon (’15), his grandmother, …

Knoxville Catholic and Notre Dame runners place at state championships

Runners from Knoxville Catholic High School and Notre Dame High School in Chattanooga stood out at the 2020 TSSAA State Cross Country Championship meets held at Sanders Ferry Park in Hendersonville on Nov. 6. Senior Riley Smith of KCHS placed third in the state in the Division 2, Class AA …

Knoxville Catholic and Notre Dame announce National Merit semifinalists

Knoxville Catholic High School’s Riley Smith and Peter Ayo and Notre Dame High School’s Isabella Wade have earned National Merit Scholarship Program semifinalist honors. Out of the 1.5 million juniors nationwide who took the PSAT test last fall, only 16,000 qualified as semifinalists. Riley, Peter, and Isabella, all seniors, now …

KCHS, NDHS Class of 2020 finally graduates

KCHS, NDHS Class of 2020 finally graduates Stories by Dan McWilliams The COVID-19 pandemic may have sent home seniors for the last two months of their high school careers and delayed graduation, but the commencement ceremonies for Knoxville Catholic High School and Notre Dame High School nevertheless took place in …

High school seniors reflect on an unusual year

The coronavirus forced them to finish their learning at home and miss proms and other events By Dan McWilliams The coronavirus pandemic brought attending school to an early end this spring, and the impact may have been felt most by high school seniors. Diocese of Knoxville seniors Sarah Eiselstein and …

Robotics team uses 3D printing to aid health workers

Special tensioners make mask-wearing more comfortable for those on the front lines of the COVID-19 battle By Emily Booker In a time of pandemic, even a small piece of plastic can be a big act of charity. The Knoxville Catholic High School robotics team, the Robotichauns, found a way to …

KCHS junior is leukemia society’s fundraising ‘student of the year’

Through The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) newest innovation in fundraising, Students of the Year, five motivated Knoxville high school students raised more than $42,545 for LLS’s cutting-edge cancer research and patient services. Gabriela Sweet, a junior at Knoxville Catholic High School, raised the most funds and earned the title …

Knoxville Catholic students earning full ride honored with special video

Knoxville Catholic High School has announced its students who have been offered academic scholarships, covering all tuition, at the college they plan to attend this fall. While the school couldn’t host a live event as it has done in the past with parents, family members, teachers, coaches, friends, and media, …

Knoxville Catholic High School names new girls soccer head coach

Mason McNally has been announced as the new head coach of the Knoxville Catholic High School girls soccer program, according to athletics director Jason Surlas. The spot was vacated when previous coach Vahan Janoyan resigned this past winter. “We are excited to add someone of Coach McNally’s exceptional character and …

KCHS captures first boys basketball state title

The Fighting Irish defeat Briarcrest 50-47 in the finals and set off a celebration 80-plus years in the making By Dan McWilliams This one was for Luke Smith. And for Matt Brown. And for Chris Gettelfinger. And for Matt Parton. And for every player who has ever donned the green …

KCHS soccer players respond to Cookeville relief efforts

Fighting Irish teammates, fathers rally to aid Putnam County community devastated by March tornadoes                           By Bill Brewer Soccer was played after all, just not how the players had envisioned the match. And it was a few days late, too. However, it was a welcome distraction for Cookeville High School’s boys …

Knoxville Catholic girl wins state cross country title; KCHS, NDHS runners shine

There was little suspense in the TSSAA Division II, Class AA girls cross country state-championship meet Nov.2 at the Percy Warner Park Steeplechase Course in Nashville. Knoxville Catholic High School senior Callie Tucker won the state title on the 5K course in 18 minutes, 56.00 seconds, and by a margin …