Dear Editor:

In your article, “Alcoa school board members question if AHS is emphasizing athletic performance" (1A, June 19), it was stated that students entering from another school, “must be in good standing in behavior, attendance, and academics from previous system.” As a person with considerable knowledge concerning the student in question, Alcoa High School is getting a young man with excellent behavior and attendance. They also are getting a young man with very good academic performance. However, more importantly, they are receiving a student who has exceptionally great morals, character, and leadership skills.

He is a “super athlete," but he is an all-around good student and person. Phillip Burden and his wife have a very good family and have raised their three children to be exceptional in all areas. I am sure they will be supportive and demand high performance of their son, not only on the athletic field and court, but in the classroom and behavioral arenas as well.

This student, unless I am greatly mistaken, will contribute in all areas to your school. I am extremely sad to have him leave Sevier County Schools; however, I look forward to seeing and hearing what the future holds for him at his new location.

Alana (Owens) Howard

Old Covered Bridge Road


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