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Saturday, May 30, 2015

Dobyns-Bennett Student Earns Perfect ACT Score

Photo Caption: Alexander Caviness

Dobyns-Bennett Student Earns Perfect ACT Score

KINGSPORT, Tenn.Dobyns-Bennett High School rising senior, Alexander Caviness, son of John Caviness and Sabrina Yu, earned a top composite score of 36 on a recent ACT test.

Nationally, while the actual number of students earning a composite score of 36 varies from year to year, less than one-tenth of one percent of students who take the ACT earn a top score. Among test takers in the high school graduating class of 2014, only 1,407 of nearly 1.85 million students earned a composite score of 36.

"We are honored to once again have a Dobyns-Bennett student score a perfect 36 on the ACT," said Dr. Chris Hampton, principal of Dobyns-Bennett. "We are very proud of Alex and this score is evidence of his hard work, dedication, and commitment to world class excellence.  I am excited to see the opportunities his efforts will yield over the course of his senior year and beyond."

The ACT consists of tests in English, mathematics, reading and science. Each test is scored on a scale of 1-36, and a student's composite score is the average of the four test scores. Some students also take ACT's optional Writing Test, but the score for that test is reported separately and is not included within the ACT composite score. 

In a letter recognizing this exceptional achievement, ACT CEO Jon Whitmore said, "While test scores are just one of the many criteria that most colleges consider when making admission decisions, your exceptional ACT composite score should prove helpful as you pursue your education and career goals."  

ACT test scores are accepted by all major U.S. colleges. Exceptional scores of 36 provide colleges with evidence of student readiness for the academic rigors that lie ahead. 

For more information about the ACT test, visit

Kingsport City Schools (KCS) is a public school district located in Kingsport, Tenn., serving students in Sullivan and Hawkins county. The district is comprised of 13 schools, including a Pre-K, eight elementary schools, two middle schools, one high school and a non-traditional school; with total enrollment over 7,100 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused … World Class.

KCS has been named the top school district in Tennessee as winner of the 2014 SCORE Prize District Award by the State Collaborative on Reforming Education (SCORE) and has earned the 2014 Achievement Award in the annual Excellence in Tennessee Recognition Program by the Tennessee Center for Performance Excellence (TNPCE).

For more information on KCS, visit, listen live on WCSK 90.3 FMThe Voice of KCS, read our blog, We Are KCS, or call (423) 378.2100. We're social too; follow us on Facebook (Kingsport City Schools), Twitter (@KCS_District) and check out our YouTube Channel (KPTSchools).

Marybeth McLain
Communications Editor
Kingsport City Schools
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Kingsport, TN 37660

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Painterly Printmakers

"The Painterly Printmakers" exhibition opens Sunday, July 26 with a Meet the Artists Reception from 2 – 4 p.m. in the Main Gallery of the Kingsport Renaissance Arts Center featuring monotypes from three artists and their various approaches to this fascinating art form begun in the 1600s and continued today.  The monotype printmakers include Kathy Hawk, April Jordan, and Jane Moein all natives of Kingsport and members of the Kingsport Art Guild, sponsors of the exhibition running through August 27.  They all began monotypes about ten years ago and continue to evolve.   Monotype is a cross between painting and printmaking in which the artist paints or brayers ink onto a plastic plate known as PETG, places paper over it and runs the two through the printing press to create a "one-of-a kind" image.

 A former calligrapher, Hawk takes her monotypes a step further by usually collaging them together, adding colored pencil or pastels thus frequently creating mixed media works.  She is a former art educator, current board member and past president of the Kingsport Art Guild.  Frequently exhibiting in area shows, she has work in private collections throughout the USA.  Jordan trained as an accountant, but has always been an artist having been inspired by her father who was an amateur artist.  As a former Art Guild board member she continues to study monotypes. Jordan creates monotypes on the plate often using her original stencils, plant life, or strictly with the brayer. The uniqueness, variety of techniques and the element of surprise make monotype printing her preferred art form.  Moein has lived in several states and is a former educator teaching science and art.  The creative surprise in every monotype has made it a favorite media where she often expresses her love of nature.  She uses plant life, collage and her unique methods into her prints.  All three artists are prize winners in area shows. 

Educational material will be displayed illustrating famous artists of the past who have used monotype such as Marc Chagall, Maurice Prendergast, Edgar Degas and William Merritt Chase.  Photographs of the equipment and printing process will further add to the education of the viewer. 

The gallery is located on the second floor of the Renaissance Arts Center, 1200 E. Center St., Kingsport, TN. Gallery hours are 8:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and 9:00 a.m. – noon on Saturdays. 

For more information, call 423-246-1227 or

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Dobyns-Bennett's Josie Rogers wins fourth straight District 1-AAA girls singles tennis crown

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Friday, May 22, 2015

Dobyns-Bennett named by USNews and Washington Post

Dobyns-Bennett High School Makes U.S. News & World Report 2015 Best High Schools List & 2015 America’s Most Challenging High Schools List by The Washington Post

KINGSPORT, Tenn. – Dobyns-Bennett High School has been named byU.S. News & World Report as one of the Best High Schools in theUnited States and has made the 2015 America’s Most Challenging High Schools list published by The Washington Post.

The new Best High Schools rankings, which are available online here, are produced in conjunction with RTI International, a global nonprofit social science research firm.

U.S. News has published detailed information on more than 21,150 public high schools, including school-specific data on enrollment, student ethnicity, location, school type and results of state assessments, as well as Advanced Placement and International Baccalaureate tests. Using some of these data and a comprehensive methodology, schools were given a College Readiness Index score, with the top-scoring 6,500-plus schools receiving a gold, silver or bronze medal - and in the case of gold and silver schools, a national numerical ranking.

Dobyns-Bennett High School is ranked in the top five (5) percent of all high schools nationally at #1,336. This year D-B has placed at thehighest state ranking in school history at #7 overall and #3 for non-magnet.

“We are extremely proud that Dobyns-Bennett has once again been recognized as one of America’s best high schools in the nation by U.S. News & World Report,” said Dr. Lyle AilshieKingsport City Schools Superintendent.

Approximately 650 Advanced Placement tests were administered to D-B students in 2014. The number of seniors graduating from D-B in 2014 was 431.

76 percent of Dobyns-Bennett High School students who completed an AP test scored at least a three (3) or above. An AP exam score ranging from a three (3) to a five (5) qualifies students for college credit in the subject area.

“This recognition is a celebration of a culture of high expectations, a belief that all students can learn and succeed and a commitment from everyone to always go the extra mile,” said Dr. Chris Hampton, Dobyns-Bennett High School Principal. “This is a collective recognition, as it takes every single one of our faculty and staff and dedication they put forth every day to provide our students with one of the best educational opportunities in the world.” 

The Most Challenging High Schools list can be found here and is based upon the index score of the number of college-level tests given at a school in the previous calendar year divided by the number of graduates that year. Also noted are the percentage of students who come from families that qualify for lunch subsidies and the percentage of graduates who passed at least one college-level test during their high school career, called equity and excellence.

D-B was ranked #1,873 among 2,349 high schools Challenge Index scores listed.Wa

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Tuesday, May 05, 2015

Dobyns-Bennett Band Receives Prestigious Sudler Shield Award

Monday, May 4, 2015

Contact: Lafe Cook
Director of Bands, Dobyns-Bennett High School
Phone: 423-502-2279

Prestigious Sudler Shield Award Added to List of Accomplishments for DB Band

Kingsport, Tenn – The Dobyns-Bennett Band will be finishing up the school year with its final performance, the Spring Concert on Tuesday, May 5 at 7:00 pm at the Toy F. Reid Auditorium.  However, this year, the event holds special meaning.  The band will be receiving the prestigious Sudler Shield Award by the John Philip Sousa Foundation.  W. Dale Warren, Senior Wind Band Conductor, University of Arkansas, will be attending to present the award.  

The Sudler Shield is presented each year to outstanding high school marching bands that have demonstrated the highest standards of musical performance, marching technique and visual excellence over a period of years. The John Philip Sousa Foundation is the proud sponsor of this international award. The Shield committee meets each December in Chicago at the Midwest Band & Orchestra Clinic.

The 17-member committee consists of mostly university band directors and also some outstanding high school band directors, all of whom are former winners of the Sudler Shield. The membership hails from all parts of the United States and Canada.

The Sudler Shield committee reviewed and adjudicated video performances and other supporting materials of high school marching bands this past December from throughout the United States and Internationally. Only four bands were judged as worthy recipients in the competition for 2014:

Claudia Taylor Johnson HS Band from San Antonio, Texas
Round Rock HS Band from Austin, Texas
Franklin HS Band from Franklin, Tennessee
and the Dobyns-Bennett High School Marching Band

The awarding of the Sudler Shield combined with the awarding of the Sudler Flag of Honor in 2005 (equivalent award for international excellence in concert band) makes the Dobyns-Bennett Band one of only 15 high schools in the country to have received both of the these honors since the inception of the awards.

This award falls on the heels of the band's best-ever finish in marching band, coming in second in the country in Class AAA at the Bands of America Grand National Championships, as well as their recent featured performance at Carnegie Hall in NYC as part of the New York Wind Band Festival.

Quote from DB Band Director Lafe Cook:

“The members of the DB Band represent the best of our community, state and country. Being involved in an organization like the DB Band is not easy, and many times it is a tremendous and difficult inconvenience. Yet, the students continually strive for excellence, make many personal sacrifices, and value “the work.” These fine students understand the legacy of our program and work to uphold it. The DB Band is so much more than music and marching – it is about character, how to realize the power of a group, understanding that you are part of something larger than yourself, and embracing and respecting the traditions and legacy of our program. I am proud of their many accomplishments, but more importantly, I’m proud of them as people! We are beyond honored to receive this prestigious award, and I congratulate the students for their achievement.”
Kingsport is located on the Tennessee-Virginia border at the crossroads of I-81 and I-26 near the geographic center of the Eastern U.S. This city of 50,000 in a metro of 308,000, was planned by renowned American planner John Nolen in his office at Harvard Square. Located in the lush green foothills of the Tennessee Valley, it is surrounded by the Southern Highlands and mountain lakes. Kingsport is home to Marriott’s and thousands of acres of unique, natural amenities at Bays Mountain and Warriors Path Parks. The natural geography provides a temperate, well-balanced climate with four seasons and a natural shelter from extreme weather. Population growth has also been well-balanced, ensuring you will not outgrow your decision to relocate. With no personal property taxes, special assessments, or state income taxes on salaries/wages, you’ll find that Kingsport has a very low cost of living coupled with an exceptionally high quality of life (see for yourself at The regional airport (TRI) has direct flights to Atlanta, Charlotte, Orlando and St. Pete/Clearwater with easy access, parking, and virtually no security lines. The public education system was planned by Columbia University and Newsweek has repeatedly recognized the local high school as one of the best in America. Year in and year out our graduates go on to the top colleges and universities (and without costly private school tuition fees). Harvard also recognized Kingsport in 2009 with the Innovations in American Government Award for its higher education initiative. What are you waiting for? It’s time to leave the high costs, traffic jams, and stress behind and discover this hidden gem.