what we're reading - July 13th, 2015

Knoxville High School Student Heads to Washington to Talk Diabetes with Congress - WATE.com (7/11/15)

A Knoxville Catholic High School student Owen Flomberg, 17, is heading to Washington D.C to meet members of Congress and talk about diabetes research and funding. He’s an east Tennessee delegate who is one of about 160 kids going to tell his story, which is not slowing down with this disease. “It hasn’t stopped me from doing anything. I do everything a normal 17 year old would be doing,” said Flomberg. “It’s a real honor because I got chosen out of a lot of people.” Watch the video


High School Students Put Classroom Skills to Work - KXLY.com (7/11/15) 

During the summer, high school kids are usually busy with friends, hobbies, and jobs. But one group of dedicated Central Valley High School Students are keeping a school year extra-curricular going throughout the summer. They are called the Central Valley School District Green Team. The club was started to implement a district-wide recycling program. They've now taken to the outdoors with a community garden aimed at helping students take what they've learned in the classroom and put it to work. Watch the video.


GradNation Summit to be Held to Increase High-School Graduation Rate - Times Free Press (7/12/15)

A little more than 82 percent of students in Hamilton County graduate from high school. This number is a tick above the national average, but the United Way of Greater Chattanooga and the Hamilton County Department of Education want it to increase. The groups are forming a partnership to work to raise the graduation rate, and are hosting a GradNation Summit on July 20 in Chattanooga. Read the full article


The 8 most important Goldman Sachs alumni who left to lead fintech startups - Business Insider (7/10/15)

Falling technology costs and layoffs during the financial crisis created a boom in financial startups after 2008, and increasingly investment bank workers are leaving top firms to join the world of financial technology, or fintech. Goldman Sachs is often seen as top of the tree when it comes to finance, but even their employees are jumping ship to join startups that are trying to kill traditional banking. Read the full article