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Katie Brandao

Tekelia Kelly to attend Tennessee Arts Academy

Tekelia C. Kelly, a STEAM teaching artist with the Tennessee Arts Commission, has been selected to attend the Tennessee Arts Academy in July. The academy, held on the campus of Belmont University in Nashville, is a prestigious professional development institute for arts education.

Kelly is a graduate of Chattanooga High School and a former Ms. Black Chattanooga.

After living in Memphis 17 years, she returned to Chattanooga and was hired as an education systems analyst for Provident, before serving as an adjunct faculty instructor at Chattanooga State Community College. She has been a computer technology teacher for Hamilton County Department of Education, a project manager for UTC where she handled the cross-campus implementation of the Lupton Technology Smart Classrooms and a instructor.

She is a graduate of the Holmberg Arts Leadership Institute and was honored by Girls Inc.'s Unbought & Unbossed Awards.

Her current business provides academic enrichment, STEAM-based learning (science, technology, engineering, arts and math), tutoring and social/emotional services. She has been approved by the state to provide pre-employment transition services to students ages 14-22 with disabilities.

The Arts Academy trains more than 300 K-12 teachers and administrators every summer in sessions taught by nationally and internationally renowned instructors and artists. This summer, the faculty will teach a diverse range of classes in music, theater and visual art as well as special classes in arts leadership, administration and assessment.

Highlights of the week will include live performances, a daily keynote address by a well-known artist or educator and multiple art exhibitions.

Two receive Morehead-Cain Scholarships

McCallie School senior Will McGregor and Girls Preparatory School senior Katie Brandao are among a select number of high school seniors to receive the competitive Morehead-Cain Scholarship to attend the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill this fall.

  •  At GPS, Brandao is a National Merit Commended student, co-editor-in-chief of the yearbook and member of the National Honor Society, the rowing team and Key Club. She was chosen at Volunteer Girls State as one of Tennessee's two senators to attend Girls Nation.

She has been active in the YMCA's Youth Trust as a family and retreat leader, serves on the Mayor's Youth Council, volunteers with Step Ahead Foundation and is an acolyte, lay reader and member of the handbell choir at St. Paul's Episcopal Church.

  •  McGregor is the third generation of men in his family to attend McCallie. He was a first-team all-state soccer selection and was on the preseason watch list for All-America honors his senior season. He also excelled in diving, finishing in the Top 10 at the state diving meet.

At McCallie, he is a member of TEPs and Keo-Kio leadership organizations, on Student Council and is a member of the Cum Laude honor society. He is a co-founder and president of McCallie's Leo Club and he planned the club's service trip to Nicaragua during his sophomore year. He has been selected to attend the Lions International Youth Camp in the Italian Alps.

The Morehead-Cain award was the first merit scholarship to be awarded from the nation's first public university. The four-year scholarship pays all expenses for the undergraduate years, including the cost of a laptop and four summer enrichment experiences.

Selection criteria are leadership, academic achievement, moral force of character and physical vigor. Morehead-Cain recipients are chosen by merit and accomplishments, not financial need. They include U.S. and international scholars. They are selected from a nomination and interview process that began last fall.

— Compiled by staff writer Susan Pierce