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We regret to inform you that the

2020 Niswonger Foundation School Success Symposium

and Counselor Convening

have been cancelled.

This decision was not made easily.  Given the current situation with COVID-19, the uncertainty of the availability of the Niswonger Performing Arts Center and Greeneville High School venues, and, most importantly, the health and safety of those who would be in attendance, we have decided to postpone the symposium until next year. 

The new date is set for June 22, 2021.

 Hasan Davis, Commissioner of Juvenile Justice

for the State of Kentucky

will remain our Keynote Speaker.

If you have already submitted a proposal to be a presenter for this year’s concurrent sessions, we will retain your proposal for 2021. If you will not be able to present on the new date, please contact Vivian Franklin, at the email provided, to withdraw your proposal.

As always, please feel free to contact us with any questions or concerns you might have regarding this event.

[email protected]

[email protected]

We will look forward to being with all of you, safe and healthy, next year!

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BY Brian Quesinberry

February 27, 2020

William Quesinberry would like to thank Scott Niswonger, the Niswonger Foundation, and Matthew Desjardins with the ETSU Department of Computing, for the ETSU summer code camps, where William was introduced to coding and engineering.

William was able to attend two summer camps at no cost thanks to the ETSU Department of Computing and the Niswonger Foundation. The camp offered game creation, web applications, robotics, rocket building, computer aided design (CAD), and 3D printing.

The experience at the camps was invaluable in instilling a love of learning for coding and engineering.  It has really motivated him to pursue his education as far as his interests take him.

William was recognized by Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY) and by the Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP) program for his outstanding academic achievement.  William qualified for the Grand Recognition Ceremony at Duke University and for the Johns Hopkins Grand Ceremony by testing in the top 1% of graduating seniors in the fall of his 7th grade year.

To qualify he took the ACT and SAT as qualifying tests in which he scored a 34 composite and a 1410 (730 Math, 680 EBRW) respectively. William attended the Duke ceremony last May in Cameron Indoor Stadium at Duke University and the Johns Hopkins Ceremony in Shriver Hall this past November.

In addition to the recognition ceremony, Johns Hopkins CTY also invited William to participate in CTY's Julian C. Stanley Study of Exceptional Talent, SET -  SET provides academic counseling, challenging coursework, and intensive summer programs to participants while using their research-based methods to advocate for best practices for all students.  Notable SET alumni are Sergey Brin, Lady Gaga, Andrew Yang, and Mark Zuckerberg.  William was awarded a scholarship this February to attend an Intensive Studies summer program in Investigations in Engineering at Johns Hopkins Homewood campus in Baltimore, MD.

William, age 14, is currently attending Walters State Community College as a home-schooled dual enrollment high school Junior.  The faculty, staff and students at Walters State CC have been great both supporting and challenging William with his studies.  He will have earned 40 college credit hours at the end of this spring semester through college coursework and AP exams.  William enjoys playing soccer for Vitesse Soccer Club of Gray, gymnastics at East Tennessee Cheer and Gymnastics, reading, and playing video games in his spare time.  We would also like to recognize our mothers Debra Quesinberry and the late Judith Stross for their support.

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