Basic training graduates named
* Fort Benning: Army National Guard Pvt. Joseph G. Hawks, son of Vicki Hicks, graduate of Sequoyah High School; Army National Guard Pfc. Ryan J. Raley, son of Pam Young and Butch Raley, graduate of Red Bank High School.
* Fort Jackson: Army National Guard Pfc. Khadijah C. Kennebrew, granddaughter of Connie Mason of Dalton, Ga., graduate of Dalton High School; Army National Guard Pfc. Jacob D. Bethune, son of Melody and Christopher Bethune of Rock Spring, Ga., graduate of Ringgold High School; Benjamin A. Fox, son of David and Tiffany Fox, graduate of Hamilton County High School.
Army Reserve Pfc. Rahja J. Stewart, son of Robbyn Porter, graduate of Red Bank High School; Army Pvt. Christopher Whiteside Jr., son of Christopher Whiteside, graduate of Ooltewah High School; Army Pfc. Donovan C. Hester, son of Angela Hester, graduate of Hixson High School; Army Pfc. Brandon L. Lane, son of Angela Early, graduate of Soddy-Daisy High School.
* Lackland Air Force Base: Air Force Airman 1st Class Savion D. Jefferson, son of Yokita McGraw, graduate of Central High School; Air Force Airman David P. Jones, son of Jason and Melodie Jones, graduate of Lookout Valley High School; Air Force Airman 1st Class Heather A. Teague, daughter of Jan Schroll and Brian Teague, both of Cleveland, Tenn., graduate of Cleveland High School.
Air National Guard Airman Kyle J. Clements, son of Bonnie Clements, graduate of Chattanooga State Technical Community College; Air Force Airman Logan B. Summers, son of Sonya and Larry Summers of Dunlap, graduate of Sequatchie County High School.
Six inducted into Phi Kappa Phi
Six area students have been inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, the nation's oldest collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines. Membership is by invitation to the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors.
• Hoby Ashley and Allyson Nelson, both of Fort Payne, Ala., were initiated at Auburn University.
• Katie Hampton and Evan Mince, both of Fort Payne, and Crystal Craze of Valley Head, Ala., were initiated at Jacksonville State University.
• Bethany Webb of McMinnville, Tenn., was initiated at the University of Memphis.
The honor society has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines.
• Jordan Bailey, son of Mark and Elizabeth Bailey of Cleveland, Tenn., has been selected to tour Ireland with the Northwestern College Symphonic Band May 22-June 2. Bailey, a graduate of Walker Valley High School, is a senior pursuing a degree in music ministry.
• Two area students received awards during Georgia Southern University's annual Honors Day Convocation. Megan Hunt of Rock Spring, Ga., and Tanner Parker of Dalton, Ga., received Outstanding Scholar Graduating Senior awards.
Susan Palmer Pierce is a reporter and columnist in the Life department. She began her journalism career as a summer employee 1972 for the News Free Press, typing bridal announcements and photo captions. She became a full-time employee in 1980, working her way up to feature writer, then special sections editor, then Lifestyle editor in 1995 until the merge of the NFP and Times in 1999. She was honored with the 2007 Chattanooga Woman of ...