School News from April 29

Staff Reports • Dec 17, 2015 at 6:24 PM

JROTC cadet earns his wings

Cadet Master Sgt. Tyler Ray, 18, is a student with the Lebanon High School Air Force JROTC at Watertown High School. 

At 15, he enrolled in flight school at the Murfreesboro Municipal Airport with aspirations to fly in the U.S. Air Force. After two years of flight school, or about 60 hours of flight time, he got his license Jan. 21, 2013. 

He worked at the airport during the time of his training and worked for most of his flight hours. 

“Well, I was riding down the road and I saw a single-engine propeller plane landing at the airport right beside the road, and I thought it would be cool if I could survive a plane crash,” Ray said. 

His hobbies include shooting anything he can get his hands on, unconventional sports, such as racquetball, ping pong, airsoft, etc., and flying. 

Ray is the only cadet in Lebanon’s Air Force JROTC to receive his private pilot license. He was awarded his wings from Air Force JROTC Headquarters, and he wears them proudly on his Air Force JROTC uniform.

Lebanon students earn FFA honors

Lebanon High School junior Dalton Teel was elected to serve as the 2014-15 Middle Tennessee Regional FFA vice president. 

Kaelyn Baird and Tylor Grauherr were also the Middle Tennessee and state winners at the Agriscience Fair.

Phi Kappa Phi inducts new local members

Several local students were recently initiated into the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines.

Rabia Syed, Teresa Illobre, both of Hermitage, Jennifer Peterson, Quenessa Corder, Randy Patterson, all of Lebanon, and Amanda Ray, of Mt. Juliet, were initiated into the Tennessee State University chapter. Kaitlin Moore, of Hermitage, was initiated into the University of Mississippi chapter.

The students are among about 32,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10 percent of seniors and 7.5 percent of juniors, having at least 72 semester hours, are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10 percent of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Founded in 1897 at the University of Maine and headquartered in Baton Rouge, La., Phi Kappa Phi is the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline honor society. The Society has chapters on more than 300 college and university campuses in North America and the Philippines. Its mission is “To recognize and promote academic excellence in all fields of higher education and to engage the community of scholars in service to others.”

Mt. Juliet native inducted into Alpha Chi

HENDERSON – Mary Harris, a student at Freed-Hardeman University in Henderson, was inducted into Alpha Chi National College Honor Society in a ceremony March 17. 

Harris is a senior psychology major from Mt. Juliet.

The goal of Alpha Chi is “to promote academic excellence and exemplary character among college and university students and to honor those who achieve such distinction.” Invitations for membership into Alpha Chi are extended to juniors and seniors who have a good reputation, are in the upper 10 percent of their class and have cumulative grade-point averages of 3.8 on 80 or more credit hours.

Freed-Hardeman University is an academic community, associated with churches of Christ, which is dedicated to providing an excellent education for undergraduate and graduate students. It is perennially listed by U.S. News and World Report in the top tier of schools in the Southeast.

Cox accepted to Tennessee Wesleyan College

ATHENS – Randall Cox, of Lebanon, was recently accepted as a new student at Tennessee Wesleyan College.

Tennessee Wesleyan is a private, comprehensive institution grounded in the liberal arts. Located in Athens, 45 minutes from Knoxville or Chattanooga, Tennessee Wesleyan offers an array of undergraduate and graduate programs including a well-known nursing program.

Life outside of the classroom includes a student life program. Greek life, many clubs and organizations and championship athletic teams combine to make the TWC college experience.

For additional information about Tennessee Wesleyan College, visit twcnet.edu.

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