Seventh-grade students and faculty members from Ivy Academy, a Hamilton County charter school, visited the Edney Innovation Center recently to meet with representatives of The Enterprise Center, The Company Lab and TechTown and learn about about career pathways, entrepreneurship, and how technology is shaping Chattanooga.

"The Enterprise Center, The Company Lab, and TechTown were inspiring and really showcased how anyone can make a business if they try," said Isobel LaRose, a seventh grade student at Ivy Academy, in a statement. "I really loved learning about all the history and the people behind the Edney Innovation Center and would love to go back."

One of the school's teachers, Matt Raper, won a raffle during Chattanooga 2.0's "Thank A Principal" initiative in November, prompting the field trip.

"Chattanooga 2.0 provided an incredible opportunity for my students through the Thank a Principal Contest field trip," Raper said in a statement. "Students participated in informative activities at the Edney Innovation Center and also led a discussion afterwards about how the work taking place at the Edney Innovation Center relates to what they have been learning in their classes."


Information session planned for former Virginia College students

Chattanooga State Community College is holding a second information session for displaced Virginia College students interested in transitioning to the school.

Virginia College abruptly closed its Chattanooga campus, among others across the country, earlier this month.

Marsha Barker, director of adult services at Chattanooga State, will lead the session. She will be joined by representatives from Chattanooga State's culinary arts and medical assisting programs and Reed Allison, director of financial aid.

The session is at 5:30 p.m. on Monday in the library of the Instructional Materials Center (IMC building) on Chattanooga State's main campus.


CCA students to perform for elementary students

The Chattanooga High Center for Creative Arts will host fourth- and fifth-grade students for a performing arts showcase Monday.

CCA's middle and high school students will showcase instrumental music, dance, theater, spoken word and vocal music performances in the school's 900-seat auditorium.

After the showcase, they will hold a question-and-answer session. The event is free to Hamilton County students, but reservations are required. The event begins at 9:30 a.m. in the school's auditorium, 1301 Dallas Road.


Soddy-Daisy High Forensics team sweeps competition

The Soddy-Daisy High School Forensics team won first place at the Science Hill High School Forensics Invitational in Johnson City last month.

The team of students competes in speaking, acting and literature events.

"Competition in forensics is fierce, so this was a big win for us," team coach Maria Boydston said in a statement. "I'm so very proud of this team!"

The team consisted of 30 finalists. Seven team members, all juniors, took first place in individual competitions. They are Meredith Baker, Morgan Baker, Miles Cooper, Nate Hookey, Levi Jones, Gwenyth Taylor and Ryan Vickery.

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