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12/11/2009

NISWONGER FOUNDATION EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR RESIGNS

PRESS RELEASE
Niswonger Foundation
16 Gilland Street
P.O. Box 5112
Greeneville, Tennessee 37743
Phone (423) 798.7837 Fax (423) 636.0523


GREENEVILLE, TN, DECEMBER 11, 2009: The Niswonger Foundation Board of Directors has announced the resignation of Oliver “Buzz” Thomas as Executive Director of the Niswonger Foundation effective December 31, 2009. Thomas has served in this role since the Foundation’s inception in 2001. Thomas has accepted the position as President of the Great Schools Partnership, a Knoxville, Tennessee organization whose mission is “to serve as a catalyst, think-tank, and incubator for making Knox County Schools globally competitive.”


Scott M. Niswonger, Founder and President of the Niswonger Foundation, commented: “I appreciate Buzz’s enormous contribution to the Niswonger Foundation; however, we understand and support Buzz’s desire to take his passion for education and the skills he has gained in building our Foundation to assist in the development of this new venture that is destined to have a positive impact on our state’s efforts to improve K-12 education.”


During the past eight years, Thomas’s work with the Foundation’s school partnerships has directly impacted the Northeast Tennessee school systems by supporting higher standards, rigorous academic assessment, identifying and training effective school leaders, honoring and rewarding excellence in teaching, and involving parents as the primary contributors in the success of our schools. Niswonger stated: “Buzz will continue to be a key spokesperson for educational reform across our state and nation.” Under Thomas’s leadership, approximately 60 school partnerships and numerous mini-grant programs have been established in Northeast Tennessee, each reflecting a strong record of success. Thomas also designed and implemented the Niswonger Scholar’s program. Through this program, nearly 60 extraordinarily gifted young leaders are already preparing to lead Northeast Tennessee into the future.


Reflecting on his experiences at the Niswonger Foundation, Thomas stated: “Working for Scott Niswonger has been one of the great joys of my life. In 8 years, we have become one of the premier educational foundations in the Southeast. Under the continued leadership of Linda Irwin and Nancy Dishner, that upward trajectory will continue.”


The Niswonger Foundation is the brainchild of businessman and philanthropist Scott M. Niswonger. The Niswonger Foundation’s mission is “to create opportunities for individual and community growth through education.” The Foundation’s primary programs are the Scholarship/Leadership Training Program and the School Partnership Program.

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12/9/2009

Grace Williams – New Niswonger Scholar – Heads Food Drive





THS students enjoy Thanks “GIVING”


12-02-2009


Steve Hawkins with WCYB-TV 5 recently opened his report with the good news that "On Tuesday morning before Thanksgiving, students at Bristol's Tennessee High School were busy packing Thanksgiving boxes. Each year the student council puts together a Thanksgiving food drive. The items are collected by student clubs and athletics and are delivered to needy families in the area. Each box included a turkey and all the trimmings for a Thanksgiving meal."


Grace Williams, THS student council president, told reporter Angela Yingling, "The best thing about this drive is that these boxes are delivered to our own students and their families at Tennessee High and the elementary schools. These are students we go to school with everyday who won't get to have a Thanksgiving without this food drive. We feel so blessed to be able to make a difference."


Student Council organized the clubs, sports, classes, administrators and teachers to collect food, pack and organize the boxes and deliver 65 Thanksgiving boxes to the BTCS families. Five additional boxes were delivered to the Haven of Rest and with the remaining food they we were able to re-stock Tennessee High's resource center used during the year for families in need.


Much thanks to THS student council officers, Grace Williams, Kristen Rose, Arynn Carswell, Taylor Miller, Alex Schwob, Emily Hall and Wilson Adams along with their sponsors, Ms. Kim Bright, Ms. Heather Ringstaff, Mr. Richard Reece, and Ms. Kay Ward for their diligent effort to work and give to their community. As a result of their hard work, hundreds of teens participated in this major annual altruistic project. Student council thanks everyone who participated!


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12/2/2009

NISWONGER FOUNDATION SELECTS FIVE NEW SCHOLARS

NISWONGER FOUNDATION PRESS RELEASE
Niswonger Foundation
16 Gilland Street
P.O. Box 5112
Greeneville, Tennessee 37743
Phone (423) 798.7837 Fax (423) 636.0523
www.niswongerfoundation.org




December 2, 2009

NISWONGER FOUNDATION SELECTS FIVE NEW SCHOLARS

The NISWONGER FOUNDATION, formed by Landair and Forward Air Founder, Scott M. Niswonger, has selected five high school seniors to join its scholarship and leadership training program. Currently, there are 31 Niswonger Scholars, with the new scholars bringing the total to 36. The Foundation also has twenty one alumni of the program.

NISWONGER SCHOLARS are chosen primarily for their leadership potential and commitment to the betterment of themselves and their home communities. Niswonger Scholars are not limited to a particular college or area of study. They are required to participate in leadership development activities and encouraged to pursue internships and study abroad. Most importantly, they commit to return to Northeast Tennessee for at least one year of service in the career of their choice for each year they receive scholarship support. The hope is that by enabling these students to pursue their academic passions and by cultivating their leadership abilities, they will return to Northeast Tennessee to become leaders in their professions and communities.

The five new East Tennessee Scholars are Alex Croghan from David Crockett, Marion Michieka from Science Hill, Yaying Wang from Greeneville High, Scott White from Science Hill, and Grace Williams from Tennessee High.

ALEX CROGHAN is a student at David Crockett High School where he has distinguished himself by serving as president of the Spanish Club, vice president of the Drama Club and editor of the school newspaper. Alex is also a member of the cross country team, Beta Club, and attended the Tennessee Governor’s School for Chemistry. He is the son of Jerry and Laura Croghan of Limestone.

MARION MICHIEKA is a student at Science Hill High School where she is a member of the Chamber Chorus, Science Club and Mu Alpha Theta honor society. She also serves as the Beta Club community service committee chairperson, editor of the school newspaper, vice president of the Spanish Club, and Student Government Association representative. She has received the Science Hill High School Outstanding Leadership Award for the last three years. Marion is the daughter of Edward and Martha Michieka of Johnson City.


YAYING WANG attends Greeneville High School where she serves as a Cadet Captain in ROTC and president of Kitty Hawk National Air Society. She is also a member of the ROTC color guard, the Key Club and the National Honor Society. Yaying is the daughter of Yuyan Liu of Greeneville.

SCOTT WHITE is a student at Science Hill High School where he is a member of the Beta Club, and Chairman of the Boys to Men community service group. He served as treasurer of the Future Business Leaders of America and participated in the Regional Business Competition where he placed 3rd in Business Law. Scott is the grandson of Wesley Sayers of Johnson City.

GRACE WILLIAMS is a student at Tennessee High School where she ranks 1st in her class. She has served three years as president of the Student Council, vice president of the Anchor Club, youth leader for the Principal’s Student Advisory Board, and a National Presidential Youth Scholar. Grace is the daughter of Doug and Amy Williams of Bristol.

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11/11/2009

SENIOR NISWONGER SCHOLAR LUCAS DELOACH RECEIVES SCHOLARSHIP

We congratulate Lucas Deloach, a Senior at Vanderbilt University. Lucas has received a scholarship to attend University of Virginia Law School.

Lucas is the son of Beth and Doug Deloach of Elizabethton.  After law school, Lucas plans to be involved politically in his community.

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11/11/2009

CHEERING FOR THE "FIGHTING IRISH"

Sean McCullough, a Junior at Notre Dame University, is pictured above (back row, second from right) with the Notre Dame cheerleading team.  Sean is happiest when he is cheering for his beloved "Fighting Irish" team.

Sean is the son of Mike and Betty McCullough of Dandridge.  Sean's future plans include graduate school and then working for a professional sports team.

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8/11/2009

NISWONGER ALUMNA, KATIE BAKER, RECEIVES POSITION WITH AMERICAN PUBLIC HEALTH ASSOCIATION

Katie Baker, a Niswonger Foundation Alumna, has received a position as the Senior Student Fellow with the Maternal & Child Health Section of the American Public Health Association.  She will act as a liaison between Section leadership and Student Fellows.  She will also be developing a module through which to evaluate the Section's student leadership program.

During her time as a Student Fellow, Katie worked on revising the American Public Health Association Child Health Policy statement.

Katie graduated from Furman University in 2007 with a degree in Health and Exercise Science.  She then went on to attend The University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health where she graduated this year with a degree in Maternal and Child Health.

This fall, Katie is entering the doctoral program in public health at East Tennessee State University.

 

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