Norwood Middle School wins “Dream it. Do it.” competition

CNS provides donations to winners for classroom resources

Oak Ridge, Tenn.— Anderson County Chamber’s 2020-2021 “Dream It. Do It.” competition exceeded expectations, said Chamber officials, as four Anderson County middle school teams, working with local businesses, created videos that received more than 14,000 online votes. Norwood Middle School secured the People’s Choice Award as the team receiving the most online votes (5,445).

Kristin Waldschlager (left), CNS educational outreach specialist, presents a check to Norwood Middle School for winning first place in Anderson County Chamber of Commerce’s annual Dream it. Do it. competition. Also, in the photograph (from left) are Norwood Middle School teacher Robert Stephan, NMS Principal Shawna Woodruff, and Anderson County Chamber of Commerce President Rick Meredith.

Norwood Middle School was also the judges’ choice, earning first place and a $1,000 donation for classroom resources provided to teacher Robert Stephan by Consolidated Nuclear Security (CNS), the managing operator of the Y-12 National Security Complex in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, and the Pantex Plant in Amarillo, Texas.  Norris Middle School took second place, and teacher Ben Weaver received a $750 donation for leading the eighth grade students. Clinton Middle School earned third place and teacher Candus Claiborne received $500.

In 2021, “Dream it. Do it.” students created brochures highlighting job opportunities in local manufacturing. The student teams were paired with local businesses. Norwood Middle partnered with Clayton Homes Appalachia Division. Aisin Automotive, Eagle Bend Manufacturing, Protomet, SL Tennessee, and Techmer PM partnered with Clinton, Lake City, and Norris Middle Schools.

Norris Middle School finished second in the annual Dream it. Do it. competition and received a $750 check from CNS. Pictured are Anderson County Chamber of Commerce President Rick Meredith, teacher Ben Weaver, principal Dr. Rob Cummings, and Kristin Waldschlager, CNS educational outreach specialist.

“We are absolutely thrilled with the results of our program,” said Anderson County Chamber President, Rick Meredith.  “Our goal was to get kids excited about manufacturing and expose them to the idea that there are lots of job opportunities and even a career in manufacturing.”

Clinton Middle School received a $500 scholarship from CNS for their third place finish in the Dream it. Do it. competition. Pictured from left are Anderson County Chamber of Commerce President Rick Meredith, principal Rheann Owens, teacher Candus Claiborne, and CNS Educational Outreach Specialist Kristin Waldschlager.

The Chamber, Anderson County Schools, and CNS have sponsored “Dream it. Do it.” since it began in in 2016. Area industries quickly lined up to take part as well.

“For CNS, it’s about the enduring global security mission that dates back to the Manhattan Project,” said Kristin Waldschlager, CNS education outreach specialist and a member of the Anderson Chamber’s Workforce Development Committee. “We will continue to need highly skilled workers for our mission, and getting kids at the middle school age to begin thinking about those kinds of careers helps us all in the future.”

About Brad Jones

Brad is the Owner/Operator of BBB TV 12, and has been with the company since August of 1996. Brad is a 1987 graduate of Coalfield High School and a 1995 graduate of the University of Tennessee College of Communications. He won the 1995 broadcast production student of the year award. Brad worked at Shop at Home, Inc. a home shopping network that was located in Knoxville, TN from 1993 - 1995 and then at Via TV (RSTV, Inc.) from 1995 - 1996. After some freelance work in Nashville, Brad joined the BBB Communications staff in August of 1996. A short stint at WVLT TV as a news photographer was in 2001, but he continued to work at BBB TV as well. Brad is married to Nicole Jenkins Jones, a 1990 graduate of Oak Ridge High School, who works at Oak Ridge Gastroenterology and Associates in Oak Ridge. They have 3 kids, Trevor Bogard, 27, Chandler 22, and Naomi 13. On December 12, 2013 they welcomed their first grandchild, Carter Ryan Bogard. Brad is also the assistant boys basketball coach at Coalfield High School for the past 11 years. In 2013-14 the Yellow Jackets won their first district title since 1991 and just the 4th in school history.

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