Sullivan board honors Christmas card artists, pageant winner, golfer and volleyball team

Rick Wagner • Dec 30, 2019 at 9:00 PM

BLOUNTVILLE — Sullivan County’s school system this month celebrated student achievements in art, athletics and community service.

The Board of Education and Director of Schools David Cox recognized the accomplishments during the Dec. 5 BOE meeting.


The eight students whose artwork went on Sullivan County Schools Christmas cards this year were Keila Bowles and Abigail Vinyard of Sullivan South High School;  Meredith Hart from Sullivan East High School; Kathleen Schwartz from Holston Middle School; Alexis Hicks from Bluff City Middle Schools;  Addyson Pendleton from Ketron Elementary School; and Gabriella Smith and Eli Reynolds from Indian Springs Elementary School.

They were chosen from the top three or four artists per school, a group that numbered more than 100 people.


Ava Elliott, Miss Pre Teen of Kingsport, performed 56 hours of community service and was recently honored by the office of Gov. Bill Lee. She was recognized at the governor’s mansion in Nashville for her work, and her platform is that she wants to feed the hungry and help the homeless. She is a student at Colonial Heights Middle.


Sullivan South’s Kara Carter was recognized for her golf prowess, including finishing eighth of 47 statewide in the Tennessee Secondary Schools Athletic Association tournament in Middle Tennessee.  


The Sullivan South volleyball team finished the 2019 season 27-16 and tournament play as fifth in the state, winning regional, district, and conference championship. Members are Bradlie Warner, Makkenzie Compton, Abbey Jayne, Katie Watson, Izzy Musick, Molly Williams, Rachel Miller, Suzie Chatman, Allie Jordan, ShayLee Stanley, Olivia Delung. The head coach is Wendy Ratliff, and assistant coaches are Coach Kelsie Moore and Nikki Williams.


The BOE, which as previously reported heard a woman say she and her husband wanted to buy the old Holston High School near Tri-Cities Airport and approved the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) transition plan for buildings, also:

— Adopted on second and final reading a policy on ADA grievance procedures and attendance, as well as deleting old student records/use of records policy.

— On first reading approved with a waiver of the rules, the board approved a alteration of the grading system policy and a new transcript alterations policy.

— Had first reading policy reviews, to be up for a vote in January on second and final reading, on policies addressing the role of school board members, duties of board members, boardsmanship code of conduct, insurance management, graduation requirements, a new one on recommendations and file transfers, medicine and student wellness.

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