5th Annual Coal Creek Scholars Day
at Briceville School in Coal Creek
3 January 2007

"If you want to be a millionaire, forget about winning the lottery, get a college education." --- Barry Thacker, PE, President and Volunteer with Coal Creek Watershed Foundation

Coal Creek Scholars served as role models for Briceville Elementary School students today, explaining how going to college can make your dreams come true.  But first, you must work hard in middle school and high school and become involved in community service efforts.

Seven former Briceville students who are now attending college came back to their old school and spoke to the current 4th and 5th graders to tell them about the importance of attending college.  One of the scholars attends Lincoln Memorial University, two attend Carson Newman, one attends University of Tennessee at Chattanooga, two attend Middle Tennessee State University, and our first Coal Creek Scholar Amy Dugger is now in graduate school at the University of Tennessee Knoxville.

Read the article by
Johanne Jean-Jacques
in The Courier News!

Coal Creek Scholars with Briceville School
4th and 5th graders

Coal Creek Scholars
Back Row L to R:  Amy Dugger, Nick Harness, Andy Harness, Hannah Scarborough
Center L to R:  Frances-Lee Braden, Casey Prosise, Ashley Weaver

The college students told of their experiences not only in their school work, but also their extracurricular activities like joining in clubs and groups for dance, Frisbee, business clubs, bubble-tent clubs, and other fun ways to be social, make new friends, and experience new life adventures. 

Also in attendance was Mark Fly, Professor of Forestry, Wildlife and Fisheries Department at the University of Tennessee.  Professor Fly is a CCWF and Clinch River Trout Unlimited volunteer.  He told the students that he grew up in a a small rural area and has background that is not that different from theirs in many ways.  He urged the students to follow their hearts and try to go into a career that they will enjoy.

Click on images below to enlarge more photos:

Barry speaks to
the students

Graduate student
Amy Dugger

Senior Frances-Lee
Braden attends LMU

Casey Prosise is a
Senior at UT Chattanooga

Nick Harness is a
Freshman at MTSU

Junior Andy Harness
attends MTSU

Ashley Weaver is a
Junior at Carson
Newman College

Hannah Scarborough
is a Junior at
Carson Newman

Professor Mark Fly
from the
University of

Barry got Ashley to show us one of her
Dance Team moves!

Hannah plans to be a teacher, so she
practices with Homer at the wall map

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