Dobyns-Bennett High School Graduation Announcement

Dobyns-Bennett High School is moving forward with plans to hold a traditional in-person graduation the weekend of July 17-18, 2020 (Friday/Saturday).  As the status of health considerations and guidance from the Sullivan County Regional Health Department become known as that weekend approaches, final details regarding time and logistics, including a mandatory graduation practice, will be announced.  Students who will not be able to attend a graduation ceremony in July due to previous commitments such as military deployments and post-secondary education are encouraged to contact the D-B counseling office by June 1st.  School administration will individually work with those students to plan a graduation celebration that honors their accomplishments.

Attention Current Juniors: The ACT will be administered at school on September 22, 2020. You may also receive a voucher to register for the July 18 or December 12 national ACT test, given on a Saturday at D-B. To take the July or December test, you must use the voucher to complete an online registration at You may only receive one voucher (July or December, but not both). July vouchers are available by e-mailing now through May 29. You must provide your PowerSchool ID number to confirm your identity. December vouchers will be available at a later date. Vouchers are limited, and available on a first come basis.
Getting ready for college can be stressful, especially during this challenging time. For assistance from a NiswongerCARE Advisor during the summer, sign up for Big Bright Future!  This allows you to receive text messages about important reminders and information for your specific college and an easy way to reach out when you have questions. And the best part? If you sign up by May 30th, you will be entered to win one of three $50 Gift Cards (you choose from where). To sign up, Click Here.

Tennessee students who receive the Tennessee HOPE (Lottery) Scholarship and the Tennessee Student Assistance Award (TSAA) will receive free tuition for the 2020-21 academic year!!   We hope you will encourage students who you believe meet these criteria to submit their application for admission! 






The THEC/TSAC Outreach Team is excited to offer new Lunch-and-Learn webinars for the month of May. We’ll be launching our 8-for-8 series available to students and parents beginning Monday, May 11. The topics below will be relevant to students in early high school grades through graduating seniors. Each topic will be covered 4 times over the 2-week period and are scheduled so a family may attend all 8, if desired. The webinars will be offered Monday-Thursday at 11:30(central)/12:30(eastern) and will typically last around 30 minutes. Click the following link for the specific dates for each topic and to register:


Focusing on '21 Seniors: Making the most of your Sr Year

State Aid Q&A with Jason Seay and James Snider

FAFSA Verification: What is it and how to fix It?

Eighth Grade to High School Transition: The critical first year

Level Up: College Exploration and Getting to the Next Level

Don't Lose Hope: How to keep the Hope Scholarship

Show me the money: Reviewing Financial Aid offers and the TSAC Student Portal

Navigating Financial Aid and Scholarships as a Home School Student







ACTION ITEM: Earn community service hours by participating in virtual community service opportunities! See below for details.

Are you looking for a way to earn community service hours? If so, check out the virtual community service opportunities offered by tnAchieves!

In light of the increasing challenge of finding community service opportunities at this time, tnAchieves has partnered with stakeholders across the state to provide one-hour service webinars to allow students to earn TN Promise community service hours virtually for the upcoming July 1 deadline. The webinars focus on subjects relating to careers, professional development and college success. This is a great opportunity to not only earn service hours, but to also gain exposure and insight to a variety of topics.

Click here to view the virtual service webinar offerings. Webinars can be viewed at any time. Students (not parents) will be required to individually log in to the tnAchieves website to view the webinars in order for attendance to be recorded. You will earn one hour of community service for each webinar that you watch entirely. The fall 2020 community service deadline is July 1, 2020. 

If you have completed your July 1, 2020 community service requirement, tnAchieves still believes these webinars would be beneficial to your success. Please note that if your mandatory meeting was cancelled, none of these webinars will replace the team meeting webinar requirement. Click here to view the TN Promise mandatory meeting webinar!

Upcoming TN Promise Deadlines:

Fall 2020 semester community service hours are due to by July 1, 2020. Submit them HERE.  You are responsible for submitting your service hours to by the deadline. Do not ask your supervisor,  parent or another volunteer to submit your hours for you.

Help for Northeast State classes:

For any student who is having an issue with internet access, D2L instruction, food, transportation, or childcare, please go here: From that page, students should select “Request Assistance” and complete and submit the online form.   If you have any questions or concerns. Please contact Shelby McKenzie at or 423-765-7272.


Paying for College 101 - Presented by Tennessee Student Assistance Corporation
Students and parents, if you have missed the live webinar for Paying for College 101, you can view a recorded version here.  If you have any questions, please contact Erika Adams at

Sign up now for a free webinar series

Interested in pharmacy school? Make the most of your summer with a free webinar series called "Gatton Rx Elements" from East Tennessee State University Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy, tailored for graduating high school and undergraduate students.

 The 5-week series explores current career options in pharmacy, how to apply to pharmacy school, financial aid options, student life on campus, virtual tour of Gatton College of Pharmacy and a chance to chat to have virtual coffee with the college’s dean, Dr. Debbie Byrd. Full schedule here.

Each session lasts 12-1 p.m., Thursdays, June 18-July 30 on Zoom. The deadline is the day before each session.

Tentative schedule below, subject to change with advanced notice.

June 18, 2020




Meet the Faculty and Current Pharmacists

Dr. Brooklyn Nelson

Joy Hurley


June 25, 2020



Financial Planning and Managing Educational Debt


Dr. Brooklyn Nelson

Angel Kincer

July 9, 2020



CV/resume writing and College of Pharmacy Applications


Dr. Brooklyn Nelson

Joy Hurley

July 16, 2020



Interviewing Techniques



Dr. Brooklyn Nelson

Current P4 students


July 23, 2020



Student Life on Campus


Dr. Brooklyn Nelson

Current P4 Students

July 30, 2020




Coffee with the Dean/Virtual Tour of Bill Gatton College of Pharmacy Building

Dr. Brooklyn Nelson

Dean Byrd


D-B Counseling 
(office)  423.378.8409
(fax)  423.378.8489