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WCHS graduate trying to improve African school
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Kenny Howell

Managing Editor

Cynthia Kamga knew she needed to do more. 

Kamga visited the small village of Baforchu, Cameroon when she was a senior at Wilson Central High School. She knew there was a school there that needed her help, so she raised money and supplies to take with her. But when she got there, she saw that they needed a lot more. 

In addition the students not really having access to books or supplies, the school was in disrepair with holes in the walls and ceiling. Kamga only got to spend two days at the school during her two week trip where she visited some of her family that lives in Cameroon. But she is planning another trip, hopefully this summer, to focus on getting the school to where it needs to be. 

“I know I am merely a vessel through which people like you can collaboratively alter the lives of the disadvantaged children I saw,” said Kamga. 

Kamga is asking for money to help build the structure of the school back to where it needs to be, as well as materials for the classroom. There are several ways to help. You can reach her by phone at (615)754-6724 or by email at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . There is also a Facebook page for the charity at

Gladeville Principal’s List, Honor Roll
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Principal’s List

2nd Grade: Madeline Andrews, Paige Barkstrom, Cage Beal, Laney Hitt, Jordan Hobbs, Addison Kahrs, Macie King, Danielle Lloyd, Toby Mattone, Tyler Moss, Bailey Oldham, Kayla Ollie, Jessica Reeves, Sebastian Roll, Josh Smith, Mason Snider, Brooklyn Sowell, Kate Stone, Cayson Walz, Brayden Williams.

3rd Grade:   Katerina Colwell, Karli Foster, Kate Grandstaff, Madyson Graves, Kaleo Grooms, Matthew Howard, Tyler Mattone, Mackenzie McDonald, Rubi Morris, Jamey Ricketts, Lili Rodriguez, Brody Towner, Abby Wade.

4th Grade:  Leah Grace Beazley, Amber Bollinger, Alexa Borski, Davis Brewer, Clayton Duke, Ethan Hunter, Alli Johnson, Adler Kerr, Madison Kibbe, Tyson King, Tammy Le, Ella McIsaac, Mason Melton, Addie Myatt, Tryston Roney, Katy Rowe, Erin Tucker, Brock Wamack, Whitney Yankura.

5th Grade:  Wyatt Baskin, Madison Blake, Amelia Gardner, Jacob Howard, Arianna Hutchinson, Rayne Ledbetter, Ally Lewis, Tristan Lewis, Josh Lu, Connor Maxwell, Katie McFarlin, Katey Meador, Ashton Morgan, Emily Ochoa, Jabril Payne, Keeleigh Pilcher, Sydnee Richetto, Blaine Seibel, Mackenzie Welch, Gracie Youngman.

Honor Roll

2nd Grade: Nolin Adams, Joshua Armistead, Cyrus Bennett, Adam Blankenship, Andrew Blythe, Ella Bollinger, Jacob Bruce, Branton Champion, Aaron Clapa, Dominick Davis, Hailey Dobson, Luci Donini, Abbie Dwyer, Lia Elisaia, Kelsey Ferguson, Michelle Friedman, Kaden Garcia, Cassidy Goddard, Carolina Gonzalez, Braylon Hill, Claire Hood, Brayden Hutchinson, Gabe Hildabrand, Natalie Iozia, Carly Jarosz, Julian Johnson, Ember Keeler, Brileigh Kenworthy, Tristan Lamb, Trenton Lewis, Allie Luna, Gabriel Mangum, Landon Mason, Lilly Matthews, Levi Muraira, Trent Myatt, Elliot Patterson, Jayden Poole, Alexis Prescott, Daniel Schuster, Anna Scott, Kelsey Stevens, Cameron Thomas, Mattison Trammell, Ayden Vaine, Zoe Williams, Myles Youngman.

3rd Grade: Ciara Brown, Ethan Brown, J.J. Cimato, Tucker Cook, Eric Curtis, Greer Davis, Michael Demonbruen, Gage Eastland, Jaell Harris, Peyton Jones, Ananda Irwin, Kortney Jackson, Rachel Malone, Bryson Miller, Matt Morris, Tyson O’Brien, Anthony Pilcher, Brantley Pilcher, Gracie Powers, Sophie Roberts, Isaac Schafer, Addison Shrum, Jordan Selby, Braiden Staten, Keller Stone, Ayden Stonestreet, Sydney Withrow.

4th Grade: Cailin Aguilera, Jacob Armistead, Austin Bacon, Bryce Booth, Jordan Bush, Madison Carey, Megan Cartee, Carissa Cook, Faith Cook, Chloe Crabtree, Anna Fergusson, Olivia Gessford, Treston Goddard, Wilson Greenwood, Will Hamilton, Madeline Knee, Kanan Kolesnikoff, Riley Kraus, Morgan Lannom, Selena Lugo, David Martinez, Lacie Mays, Kennedy McAfee, Luke Meadows, Gabriel Mencia, Griffin Mills, Zach Moon, Cruzsita Navarro, Kortni Owens, Nile Payne, Alexis Roberts, Jameson Scott, Kori Smith, Jazmyne Stilts, Adelle Sweeney, Jarrod Taylor, Sulley Vincion, Kolbe Walling, Chloe (CC) Westmoreland.

5th Grade: Kelley Adelsberger, Tara Baluch, Justin Bilbrey, Emma Brown, Cade Carson, Chance Carson, Makayla Cashion, Michael Cimato, Gabby Clapa, Gracie Clark, Aalyissa Cooley, Kira Cornick, Kiara Davis, Nolan Edwards, Alex Gammons, Gunner Gossett, Holly Hagar, Dillan Hicks, Josh Howell, Katie Hozey, Rachel Hozey, Zach Jacobs, Easton Jennings, Leila Marsh, Brooke Martin, Cameron McCaleb, Madison McDonald, Shane Mintel, Cage Reynolds, Erin Reynolds, John Ross, Grace Sanders, Colby Sparks, Asiya Thompson, Giovanni Youssef.

Smartt awarded Leadership Wilson 2014 Commitment to Leadership Award
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Phil Smartt has been selected by the Leadership Wilson Board of Directors as  the recipient of the 2014 Commitment to Leadership Award. The honor has been given for the past 16 years to an individual who: 

inspires leadership and the development of people, 

is committed to excellence, honesty , and making things happen 

obtains  significant results from people and  is an effective listener 

projects into the future and communicates an all-inclusive outlook 

communicates effectively with a diverse group of people 

has stayed  involved with Leadership Wilson as well as a continuing leadership role in the community on a volunteer status  

Leadership Wilson Executive Director Dorie Mitchell presented the award to Smartt at the Mt Juliet Breakfast Rotary weekly meeting on Tuesday.

Volunteers needed for Wilson County
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

Mid-Cumberland Human Resource Agency’s Long-Term Care Ombudsman program advocates for the rights of thousands of residents in nursing homes, assisted-living facilities, and homes for the aged in Wilson County and 12 additional counties in Middle Tennessee. 

The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is a partner agency with the United Way of Wilson County. 

Ombudsman staff consists of two District Ombudsmen and an Ombudsman Assistant, along with more than 30 trained volunteers. 

Trained, certified Ombudsman volunteers pay regular visits to these facilities where they spend time with residents, monitor conditions, investigate complaints, educate regarding abuse and neglect and protect residents’ rights. 

The program offers mediation, complaint resolution, and public education for residents and their families. 

The Long Term Care Ombudsman Program is actively recruiting for volunteers in the Wilson County area. 

Volunteer applicants must pass a background check and attend a 16 hour in-house training. 

The next training session will be held August 12 and 13 in Nashville.  

Those interested in assisting have until July 14 to contact the program by calling (615)452-1687 or sending an email to   This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

SCE teacher rewarded for creative classroom ideas
Tuesday, June 17, 2014

School Outfitters is proud to announce that Lisa Redditt from the Stoner Creek Elementary is one of 24 winners of the Primary Colors Creative Classroom Sweepstakes. 

Recently, teachers, students and parents from all over the country submitted pictures of creative classroom projects to the School Outfitters Facebook page to share ideas, showcase creativity and enter the contest. 

Redditt submitted her creative project, “Dr. Seuss’ Oobleck!.”  Her “Dr. Seuss’ Oobleck!” project was drawn from a pool of more than 250 qualified entries. Please view the attached photo for a visual of the project.

“The class was celebrating Dr. Seuss and we had just read the story, “Bartholomew and the Oobleck”. The kids made “Oobleck”, which is essentially, green slime,” said Redditt. “It was the perfect activity to go with the story and the kids loved it!”

As a Primary Colors Creative Classroom Sweepstakes winner, Redditt has won a $500 gift certificate for Primary Colors materials. Primary Colors is a value-priced line of quality art and craft supplies, available exclusively at School Outfitters.

Since 1998, School Outfitters has been a leading source for school furnishings and classroom supplies. School Outfitters strives to be an invaluable resource for teachers in fostering productive and creative learning environments for students. 

About Primary Colors

Available exclusively at School Outfitters, Primary Colors Art and Craft Supplies includes inspiring art necessities like crayons, construction paper, paint, glue and glitter. Primary Colors provides students with the tools they need to create fun-filled, memorable projects, all while fitting your budget. Learn more at 

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