The Hamilton County's Class of 2019 was awarded more than $95 million in scholarship offers from colleges and universities this year — an increase from $31 million last year.

Signal Mountain High graduates received more than $11 million in scholarship offers this year; Soddy-Daisy High more than $9 million; East Hamilton High and The Howard School each totaled more than $8 million; and East Ridge High and Chattanooga School for the Arts and Sciences each had more than $6 million in scholarship offers, according to the district.

Gabe Armstrong, a graduate of Soddy-Daisy High, received a full scholarship to Georgia Tech

"Gabe is like a professor as he often wears a suit to school — even a cane and top hat on occasion," said Kelly Martin, college and career advisor at Soddy-Daisy High, in a statement. "He marches to his own beat."

District leaders credit increased access to Advanced Placement, dual-enrollment and International Baccalaureate classes with increasing student success in Hamilton County. More than 900 additional students enrolled in such courses during the 2018-19 school year, or 2,867 students, than were enrolled during the 2017-18 academic year.


Hamilton County youngsters invited to learn about rabbits at June 4-H meeting

Hamilton County youth ages 9-19 are invited to a June 13 meeting of the 4-H Companion Animal Project Group to learn about rabbit care and showing rabbits.

Ethan Harvill, youth chairman of the American Rabbit Breeders Association, will share his experience showing and raising rabbits. Harvill has pursued his passion for raising better rabbits through attending shows almost every weekend and traveling the country to exhibit his animals, according to a news release. He is now a student at the University of Tennessee at Knoxville, where he is majoring in agricultural extension.

The event is at 5:30 p.m. on June 13 at the UTK Extension office, at 6183 Adamson Circle.

The Companion Animal Project Group, part of the 4-H Citizenship Club, meets once a month at the office. For more information, call 423-855-6113 or visit


DeVos lauds 2019 President's Education Awards program recipients

U.S. Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos congratulated the 2019 President's Education Awards Program recipients last week, some of whom hailed from Chattanooga-area schools.

The recognized schools include Apison Elementary, Brainerd Baptist School, Belvoir Christian Academy, Bright School, Center for Creative Arts, East Brainerd Elementary, East Hamilton School, East Ridge Elementary, Hixson Elementary, Hixson High, Hixson Middle, Hopewell Elementary (Cleveland), Lookout Mountain Elementary, Lookout Valley Elementary, Mayfield Elementary (Cleveland), Michigan Avenue School (Cleveland), Notre Dame High School, Prospect Elementary (Cleveland), Silverdale Baptist Academy, Soddy-Daisy Elementary, Soddy-Daisy Middle, Spring Creek Elementary, Taylor Elementary (Cleveland), Wallace S. Smith Elementary, Westview Elementary and Wolftever Creek Elementary.

The program recognized nearly 2.25 million elementary, middle and high school graduates on their educational accomplishments. Nearly 330 schools in Tennessee participate in the program.

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