KINGSPORTTwo Dobyns-Bennett students have been selected as 2013 49th Annual United States Presidential Scholar candidates. Those selected for the Presidential Scholars program are William D. Glasscock, son of Chris and Danelle Glasscock and Jeffrey F. Murphy, son of Jeffrey and Joni Murphy. These two students will compete with the top 3,000 high school students nominated across the country.

“Ninety-four Tennessee high school students have been named as Presidential Scholars in the history of the program. Of the ninety-four, only nine students east of Knoxville have garnered this honor. We are fortunate to have had three of those honored students at Dobyns-Bennett, said Dr. Chris Hampton, principal, Dobyns-Bennett High School. D-B had Presidential Scholars in 1986, 1999, and 2009. It is an honor to have two students identified as candidates for this distinction.”

Established in 1964 by executive order of the President, the program is to recognize and honor the nation’s most distinguished graduating seniors for their accomplishments in academic success, leadership and service to school and community. In 1979, the program was extended to recognize students who demonstrated exceptional talent in the visual, creative and performing arts. Annually, up to 141 students are named as Presidential Scholars, one of the nation’s highest honors for high school students.

Application is by invitation only. Students are invited to apply based on their scores on the SAT or ACT exam or their nomination by a Chief State School Officer, the year of their graduation from high school, and whether they are U.S. Citizens or Legal Permanent U.S. Residents. Students who qualify will automatically receive applications. Applicants are then narrowed to 560 semifinalists, ultimately then determined as a recipient or not.

Students chosen as U.S. Presidential Scholars receive an expense-paid trip to Washington, D. C. in June for National Recognition Weekend featuring various events, enrichment activities and culminating in the presentation of the Presidential Scholars Medallion during a White House-sponsored ceremony. During their visit, Scholars have access to important national and international figures, including government officials, educators, authors, musicians, scientists and other accomplished people.

For more information about the Presidential Scholars program, please contact the Dobyns-Bennett High School Counseling Office at (423) 378-8409 or visit

Kingsport City Schools is a public school system 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 an alternative school; with total enrollment reaching 6,500 students. The vision of Kingsport City Schools is to be, Student Focused World Class.

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