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Alayne Griffin, left, is presented the CMTA Teacher of the Year award by Mary Blackburn.

Griffin named Tennessee Music Teacher of Year

Alayne Griffin was recently named Tennessee Music Teacher of the Year during the Tennessee Music Teachers Association's annual conference in Nashville.

Griffin has taught piano and flute in her private studio since 1983. Her students range in age from 5 to 78 and perform in recitals and other events several times a year. One was named the 2015 Southern Adventist University Concerto Competition winner.

The honoree has served in the Chattanooga Music Teachers Association in multiple positions over the years and is currently treasurer. She was presented the CMTA Teacher of the Year award in May. She holds membership in the National Federation of Music Clubs, the National Guild of Piano Teachers and several other organizations.

She has served as pianist for several area churches, accompanist for Chattanooga Christian School and an adjunct instructor at Covenant College.

Morning Pointe Foundation names nursing scholars

The Morning Pointe Foundation, in partnership with Morning Pointe Senior Living and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology, presented six Morning Pointe Foundation Scholarships during banquets held at Morning Pointe communities in Athens and Clinton, Tenn.

The Morning Pointe Foundation supports nursing students who are currently enrolled in the Tennessee College of Applied Technology Practical Nursing Program. Eligible students demonstrate academic achievement and community leadership while pursuing careers in the aging-care field.

Stefanie Fannin, Brittany Parks and Kimberly Richmond from TCAT-Jacksboro were acknowledged at Morning Pointe of Clinton. Samantha Ward, Chris McConkey and Jessica Parrott from TCAT-Athens were acknowledged at Morning Pointe of Athens.

The scholars participated in a reception in their honor at the assisted living communities and visited with residents, associates, area health-care professionals and special guests.

Morning Pointe Senior Living began contributing nursing scholarship funds in 2008 to Chattanooga State Community College. The foundation has expanded to Athens, Jacksboro and Greeneville in partnership with area colleges to raise awareness of growing career opportunities in geriatrics.

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Grant boosts mentoring program at Girls Academy

The Chattanooga chapter of the National Coalition of 100 Black Women Inc. has received a $10,000 grant from the Front Porch Alliance for its girls mentoring program at Chattanooga Girls Leadership Academy, the first single-gender charter school in the state.

National Coalition of 100 Black Women is concentrating its mentoring activities at one school to systematically track students' progress and accomplishments in the single-gender school environment. Pre-determined benchmarking criteria has been developed with the assistance of Elaine Swafford, CGLA's executive director, and her staff.

Results will be published and shared with the public, including school board members, elected officials, National Coalition of 100 Black Women National Office and others. This is a four-year program, beginning with approximately 50 girls in the current ninth-grade class.

The mentoring program will consist of four learning modules: health, education, economic empowerment and leadership development. Each module will focus on age-appropriate issues for young women such as body image, anxiety and depression, peer pressure, choices and consequences, financial literacy, conflict resolution, role modeling and career selections. Mentoring will be provided by NCBW members as well as individuals from the community.

Additionally, each girl will be required to volunteer a specific number of hours of community service at a nonprofit organization.

— Compiled by staff writer Susan Pierce