Chapters Honor Best and Brightest

The University of Tennessee alumni chapters are making great strides in helping the university recruit the best and the brightest new students from across the state of Tennessee. Eight of the Alumni Association’s in-state chapters recently held honors banquets for the top high school juniors in their area.

Among these chapters are Hamilton County, Kingsport/Sullivan County, Knox County, Madison County, and Williamson County. For the first time this year, Memphis/Shelby County, Davidson County, Montgomery County, and Lauderdale County also held honors banquets. More than 750 students attended these events, which recognize outstanding academic achievement and promote higher education in the state of Tennessee. The events include speakers from various UT campuses, including the Knoxville campus.

“These honors banquets are a great way for our local alumni chapters to promote higher education in the state of Tennessee and to showcase the flagship institution for the state as well,” said Angela Mills, director of alumni programs.

The focus of the banquets is keeping the best and brightest students in state. UT Knoxville is in a position to offer excellent education opportunities in line with those of many Ivy League and top-rated public institutions.

UT Knoxville Chancellor Jimmy G. Cheek spoke to the Knox County alumni chapter honors banquet, and all of the banquets had representatives from the Knoxville campus present. Several current UT Knoxville students spoke to the high schoolers about their experiences and love for UT; stories ranged from the honors program, to study abroad, to the general fun of being in college. Participating UT students included Kendall Coffey, Todd Skelton, Kevin Tolliver, Georgia Varlan, Maria Williams, Trent Willingham, and Emily Woods.

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