Shelby County Schools





Congrats to former Bellevue Bobcat Teacher & Head Baseball Coach, Mr. Michael "Andy" Demster for being named Principal at Maxine Smith (STEM Academy).   Mr. Demster is the 9th Bellevue staff member to be named Principal in the past 12 years!  Best of luck to Coach Demster and Congrats again!


Congrats to the BMS Student Council for winning first place in the state-wide competition for Portfolio Scrapbooking in Arlington which highlighted all of the service projects that the BMS Student Council participated in for the school year.   Special shout out to Mrs. Abbeyea and Mrs. Woodard (sponsors) and to 6th grader, Caleb Sturkey for winning the individuall first place speech for all middle school students state wide!



Se'Quoia Allmond

Hot 100 Eighth Grade Recruitment 2017 MVP


Congrats to Se'Quoia Allmond as she was invited to North Carolina for the Hot 100 Recruitment Camp for the best 8th grade basketball players from around the United States!  There were 132 of the best girls from different states and the competition was very stiff!     

Bellevue is proud to announce that Se'Quoia was named 2017 Top 100 Recruit MVP & she also officially visited   

Duke University!  




Johnathan Lawson makes own name in basketball family

John Varlas , USA TODAY NETWORK – Tennessee1:00 p.m. CT Feb. 14, 2017

Johnathan Lawson, Bellevue Middle School 


(Photo: Nikki Boertman, The Commercial Appeal)

It's never easy being the little brother.

Now just think if you're the youngest of four brothers. And let's suppose that two of those brothers were standouts on the local college basketball team and the other was a star on the best high school team in town.

And let's just say for the sake of argument that not everyone in town was a fan despite the high level of success your family has had.

Welcome to Johnathan Lawson's world. But don't worry too much about K.J., Dedric and Chandler's little bro.

He's doing just fine.  "What's that saying, 'to whom much is given, much is expected,?'" said Byron Harris, Lawson's coach at Bellevue Middle School. "He has a lot of expectations on him. And there's a lot of pressure."

Much of the pressure comes from the accomplishments of his brothers. Dedric is the leading scorer and rebounder on Tubby Smith's Memphis Tigers and a strong candidate for AAC player of the year. K.J. — the oldest of the family — ranks second in rebounding and third in scoring and his had several big games after being injured for much of last season.

Then there's Chandler, who helped East win a AAA state championship in 2016. The Mustangs are a strong favorite to repeat thanks in no small part to the 6-7 sophomore, who is ranked 20th nationally in the class of 2019 according to ESPN.

But there are those that think the best is yet to come., a recruiting web site, has the 6-5 Johnathan ranked sixth nationally in the class of 2021 and second among small forwards. Scout Eric Hampford wrote last summer, "he already has most perimeter spots nailed down and can play any position on the floor if necessary. Now, it's just a matter of seeing how high he is ranked in our next ranking update."

Johnathan's heard the talk. "There is a lot of pressure on me when I play," the 14-year-old said. "People expect me to be great, do everything perfect. But being the youngest of all ... I feel like it's a privilege. There are young kids my age that wish they had brothers like me to help them."  It's a close-knit family to be sure. The brothers are frequently seen at each other's games, whether it's at FedExForum or at the neighborhood middle school. Not everyone, though, is as supportive.  "People say things to try and get in your head," said Johnathan. "'Your brothers aren't this, they aren't that. ... I just try to block it out because I know a lot of families would like to be in our shoes."

Said Dedra Lawson, the players' mother, "I had a friend one time tell me, 'Girl, you should hear some of the things they say.' And I said, 'I know. I know. I know.' It's hard for a child to be scrutinized like that. "Even though he's bigger than everybody else on the court, he's still just a kid."

Dedra's husband, of course, is Keelon Lawson, who coached Hamilton to a state title in 2006 while becoming the last team from Shelby County to finish the season undefeated. He also coached K.J. and Dedric at Hamilton before joining the staff at Memphis.

Johnathan's high school destination is unclear. He could join Chandler at East or go elsewhere, including out of town. The players' father told recently that "we're looking into other possible schools for both Chandler and Johnathan for next year." The website reported that those options include out-of-town prep schools IMG, Montverde and Oak Hill academies.

Johnathan is truly a coach's kid," said Dedra. "He'll tell you how he feels and what he thinks (the team) needs on the court. But he's also very loving. And he'll give you his last (effort) on the court."  Harris — who last week coached Bellevue to the Class A West Tennessee Sectional title for the third straight season — said Johnathan doesn't play the star card.

"One thing about him that I love is whenever someone comes into the game, he'll pass the ball to them to make sure they get a shot," he said. "He loves the assist more (than scoring). There were a lot of games this year where he had seven points, nine points ... he doesn't demand that his teammates get him the ball."  Johnathan says he gets his passing and court vision from Dedric. From Chandler, it's rebounding. And from K.J.? It's the killer instinct along with a relentless will to win.

"He's really the extreme side of K.J.," said Dedra. "K.J. is rough and tough. And Chandler is kind of the extreme side of Dedric; they're both really laid back.

"But K.J. is truly a big brother. He talks to him about his mistakes, what he feels like he should be working on. And Johnathan listens."  Like many 14-year-olds though, he doesn't always listen to his parents.  "Now that K.J. and Dedric are out of the house, the chores come around a lot quicker," said Dedra. "You have to stay on him."

Not when it comes to the books; Harris proudly points out that his star has a 4.0 grade point average and is an active participant in many school activities. And definitely not only on the court.

"I'm working on my speed, my shooting," Johnathan said. "Scoring from mid-range, getting my teammates even more involved. I'm keeping focused on the mental and focusing on my craft. I just smile and keep working."

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Congrats to the Bellevue Bobcat Debate Team and sponsors (Mrs. Abbeyea and Mrs. Woodard) for winning their 3rd SCS debate tournament for the 2016-17 year.  For the year, Bellevue finished as the number one debate team in the county.  Special recognition to Elaine Nguyen for finishing as the top 2 speakers in the entire county out of 205 participants


Bellevue dominated Ridgeway, White Station, Mt. Pisgah, Snowden, J.P. Freeman, Colonial and all the rest of the competetion!




Congrats to Jaidyn Fowler for winning the 2016-17 Bellevue spellng bee!!!  He will represent our school in the county competition in February.




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First Team All MAM Tournament Players Sirena Lee & S'Quoia Allmond (also named MVP). Also pictured presenting the awards is former Bellevue Bobcat star athlete and current Howard University student Cody Haistock.




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Tennessee Titans reveal 2016 Mr. Football

The Tennessee Titans Mr. Football Award was presented to former Bellevue Bobcat, Trevis Hopper at Nissan Stadium in Nashville.

Two finalists for each category were announced by Mike Keith in a live video stream. The two finalists for each award were invited to attend the awards luncheon at Nissan Stadium, where the winner of each award were announced.

A committee of statewide sports writers selected winners based on performance in the 2016 regular season. Academics and character were also taken into consideration. High school head coaches and members of the media nominated the finalists.

More than 400 people, including the 34 finalists, their families, coaches, school administrators and members of the media from all parts of the state, attended the 2016 luncheon.

Mike Keith, play-by-play voice of the Tennessee Titans, will emcee the awards presentation. A live videostream of the awards will be provided at

2016 Tennessee Titans Mr. Football

Trevis Hopper, Memphis Central







Missouri’s Johnathon Johnson named SEC freshman of the week


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The redshirt freshman from Memphis ran circles around Eastern Michigan.

In his home debut, Johnathon Johnson caught five of seven passes for 115 yards and returned a punt for a touchdown. This dynamic performance was enough to earn Johnson the SEC’s freshman of the week award.The redshirt freshman from Memphis first drew attention in August 2015, when he dominated an early-camp scrimmage. But at the end of that scrimmage, he suffered an injury that would keep him out of action all year. He turned heads again by earning the starting role at slot receiver, ahead of Alabama transfer Chris Black.Johnson has quickly made a mark both in special teams and in the receiving corps.

Johnathon Johnson





Congratulations to Mr. Archie Moss for being named the Principal at Bruce Elementary for the 2016-17 school year.  Mr. Moss previously was the New Leader for New Schools Resident Principal at Bellevue.   He also was an administrator & teacher in Charlotte, North Carolina.






Mike Conley




Congratulations to former Bellevue Bobcat, Angelica Lightfoot for earning an athletic scholarship to Cincinnati University!   Way to represent Angelica!




Congratulations to former Bellevue Bobcat, Kerrick Jones for earning an athletic scholarship to the Naval Academy!  Way to represent Kerrick!


Whitehaven star enjoys Vanderbilt camp


Whitehaven wide receiver Kerrick Jones will head to the Naval Academy next season as he committed to the Midshipmen recently.

Jones (6-0, 175) chose Navy over offers from Cornell and had garnered interest from Illinois, Purdue, Rice and Wake Forest.

“Navy is getting a steal. Top flight talent at wide receiver, great route runner, a big time playmaker but an even better young man of character,” Whitehaven head football Rodney Saulsberry said.

“Excellent student of the game and especially in the classroom. Epitome of a student-athlete that other programs are sleeping on right now. Will give Navy a dynamic in their offense that they don't have at wide receiver.”



Congratulations to former Bellevue Bobcat, Donte Vaughn for earning an athletic scholarship to Notre Dame!  Way to represent Donte!

Whitehaven defensive back Donte Vaughn commits to Notre Dame

Credit: Brandon Dill

August, 19 2015 â Incoming senior Donte Vaughn, 17, cornerback for the Whitehaven High School football team, runs agility drills in heavy rain on the football field at WHS. (Brandon Dill/Special to The Commercial Appeal)



Whitehaven DB’s commitment to Notre Dame is birthday gift to himself

By John Varlas of The Commercial AppealPosted: Oct. 13, 2015


On his 18th birthday, Donte Vaughn gave himself the biggest and best present.

Vaughn — Whitehaven's highly regarded senior defensive back — announced on Monday that he has verbally committed to play at Notre Dame. Verbal commitments are non-binding, but Vaughn is expected to make it official on National Signing Day in February.

"I planned it that way," said Vaughn of his birthday announcement. "It was a big-time decision and was something that I could give myself."

The 6-3, 195-pounder is ranked in seventh in the state according to and is ranked as the 18th-best safety nationally in the Class of 2016.

Vaughn had several offers and said he chose Notre Dame over Texas A&M and Tennessee. He made his official visit to South Bend on Sept. 5.

"They're big on academics, plus they're a big-time football program, so really it's the best of both worlds," said Vaughn, who plans to major in business management. "It was hard to turn them down; you can really sense the tradition there."

Vaughn is the third player in Whitehaven's class of 2016 to verbally commit, joining wide receiver Kerrick Jones (Navy) and defensive tackle Michael Perry (Jacksonville State). He'll be the first local player to play for Notre Dame since Collierville's Matt Shelton, who played wide receiver there from 2001-2005.







Congratulations to Coach Byron Harris and the Boys Basketball Team for winning the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP in Dyersburg on February 9th!


Congratulations to the following Bobcats for making the All-tournament team at the State Tournament:  Shamar Nash, Jessie Payne, Omari Thomas (Big O) & Tysen Banks.  Tysen was also named the MVP!




Congratulations to former Bobcat, Johnathon Johnson on signing a full athletic scholarship (football) with the University of Missouri!

Congratulations to former Bobcat, Deddrick Thomas on signing a full athletic scholarship (football) with Mississippi State University!


Congratulations to former Bobcat, Lonnie Ballentine on being drafted by the Houston Texans.  Lonnie recently signed a 4 year contract as well!


Congratulations to Ms. Angela Patterson as she recently became a Nationally Board Certified Teacher!  We are so proud of Ms. Patterson and your enormous accomplishment!



Congratulations to Nancy Yuan, the 2013-14 Bellevue Middle School Spelling Bee Champ!  Nancy will now compete for the Shelby County Championship in February!  You go NANCY!




Congratulations to OUR Principal, Mr. F. Kevin Malone on being named the West Tennessee Principal of the Year!  Mr. Malone was declared the winner by the Tennessee State Department of Education on October 9th in Nashville!  Mr. Malone also finished in the top 3 for the Overall Principal of the Year Award for the entire State!   Earlier in the summer he was selected as the local winner for Principal of the Year for Memphis City Schools and Shelby County Schools!


Tennessee Names 2012-13 Principal of the Year, Supervisor of the Year

Wednesday, October 10 | 10:13 am

NASHVILLE –  Both Principal of the Year and Supervisor of the Year awards were announced Tuesday during a statewide conference for education leaders.

“In Tennessee, we are doing more to highlight successes in our education system and that includes recognizing strong leaders,” said Education Commissioner Kevin Huffman. “We are grateful for what they have done to prioritize the needs of students and improve outcomes for them.”

The annual Principal of the Year and Supervisor of the Year awards recognize administrators who have helped build a better education for Tennessee students through their leadership, programs and visions. There were nine principals and nine supervisors selected as regional finalists after being nominated by their peers for the title.

The winners for each grand division were also recognized Tuesday.

Frederick Kevin Malone, principal of Bellevue Middle School in Memphis City, won for the West Grand Division.  Jeff Moorhouse, principal of Morristown West High School in Hamblen County, won for the East Grand Division.

Margaret Gilmore, instructional and fine arts/physical education supervisor in Shelby County, won for the West Grand Division. Alisa Teffeteller, federal programs and Career and Technical Education supervisor in Blount County, won for the East Grand Division.

The Niswonger Foundation, based in Greeneville, has sponsored this year’s awards, providing cash prizes to the winners and finalists.

Photos from the event can be found on the department Facebook page.

For more information, contact Kelli Gauthier at (615) 532-7817 or






Ms. Jessica Barwell

Congratulations to Ms. Jessica Barwell, our outstanding Spanish Teacher as she has been nominated for the Sue Lehman Teaching Excellence Award




Mid-South Food Bank - Feeding the Need

Bobcats are the CHAMPS AGAIN!

Bellevue finished number ONE in the tri-state area for the 21st year in a row!  Thank you students & parents for making this happen!





Congrats to our current and former Bobcats for continuing to shine and represent!:


CONGRATULATIONS to the BMS Cheerleaders as they won the STATE CHAMPIONSHIP in Murfreesboro, TN on November 17!  Our team will now compete in the NATIONALS IN Orlando, Florida in February! 

Addtionally, congrats to three of our cheerleaders (Paige H., Nyla S., and Alyssa M.) for being selected as All-Americans!  They will be participating in the Thanksgiving Parade in Orlando!



Congratulations to our wonderful science teacher, Ms. Angela Patterson as she was recently selected by Office Max as one of the best teachers in education.  She won the Office Max, "A Day Made Better" Teacher Award!

"A Day Made Better"


Angela Patterson

Bellevue Junior High School / Memphis, TN

Ms. Patterson is a dynamic teacher who is diligent in her efforts to increase student achievement. She makes learning fun by incorporating hands-on activities, integrating technology, and using educational games to engage the students in the learning. Over the course of the years, her students have continued to obtain excellent scores on the TCAP assessment. In addition, Ms. Patterson spearheads our annual Margie Dowell 5k Walk/Run. This is a yearly event that is held in honor of our former Spanish teacher, Mrs. Dowell. All proceeds are used to create a scholarship in the memory of Mrs. Dowell.


Congratulations to our Awesome Choir Director, Mr. Jeff Chipman as six of his students made the MCS Honor Choir.  Those students were Reginald O., Briana H., Ambrose G., Reginald P., Timothy F., and Jared J.  Briana was named the 6th Chair and Reginald O. was named the 4th Chair.  Both students were defeated by high school students!  Mr. Chipman's Advanced Choir also recently performed for at Unified School District Meeting!



Malachi D. Boyd

2012 Purdue University Endowed Scholarship Winner

Malachi D. Boyd, a sophomore in the College of Engineering from Memphis, TN, is majoring in Mechanical Engineering and looking to minor in Computer Graphics Technology. While maintaining a 3.73 GPA, Malachi has been actively involved in many activities around campus that includes being the Regional Co-Chair for the National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) Chapter at Purdue University and a musician for the Black Voices of Inspiration (BVOI), an ensemble that is a part of the Black Cultural Center. Malachi has also been a participant of EPICS, Engineering Projects in the Community. He was a part of the Lipid Bi-layer Team. Their goal was to build an interactive learning model of a lipid bi-layer to teach kids between the ages of 6-13 about the structure and functionality of a lipid bi-layer. This model will be featured in the Indianapolis Children’s Museum. Malachi plans to focus in vehicle design where he will transfer these skills to the automotive industry as body-exterior


Congrats to former Bellevue Bobcat, Irvin Mull on winning a Bill & Melinda Gates Millenium Scholarship!  Irvin was also the class valedictorian at Memphis Northside High School.

Northside High senior Irvin Mull, 17, works in the production studio at the Memphis City Schools telecommunications center. A Gates Millennium Scholarship will allow him to attend  Howard University.

Photo by Brandon Dill, Brandon Dill/Special to The Commercial Appeal

Northside High senior Irvin Mull, 17, works in the production studio at the Memphis City Schools telecommunications center. A Gates Millennium Scholarship will allow him to attend Howard University.



Congratulations to our BMS Cheerleaders for placing 1st in the cheer competition at the University of Tennessee-Martin on July 13, 2012!  Additionally our cheerleaders also won the leadership award, the most improved award and took 1st place in the dance off!  Lastly 3 of our cheerleaders (Nyla S., Alyssa M., Paige H. ) were selected to the National Cheerleaders All-American Team and will perform in the Thanksgiving Parade in Orlando, FL!


Congratulations to former Bobcat Standout, Latevius "Mouthpice" Rayford on receiving a full athletic/academic scholarship to Vanderbilt University.  Latevius will be a senior this year at Central before going to Vandy! We are proud of you Mouthpiece!

6'1'', 175 lbs. | Class of 2013



Congratulations to Cameron Golden for being signed to an athletic scholarship at Arkansas State University.  Cameron was an outstanding student-athlete on one of our many City Championship basketball teams and is currently an All-State player at Ridgeway High School.    Way to represent Cam!



Congratulations to our 2011-12 New Leaders for New Schools Intern-Principal, Mr. Antonio Harvey for being named Principal at Hawkins Mill Elementary School!


Congratulations to Mr. Michael "Andy" Demster for being named Assistant Principal at Middle College High School!  Mr. Demster was an outstanding teacher and coach at Bellevue from 2006 until 2012!  Mr. Demster was also accepted into the prestigious New Leaders for New School Program and will also assist at Manassas High School in 2012-13!






Dr. Nicklaus Manning, Lanier Middle Principal

Bellevue New Leader for New Schools Mentee, 2008-09


Dr. Robert Gordon, Wooddale Middle Principal

Bellevue New Leader for New Schools Mentee, 2007-08


Ms. Kiersten Schnacke, Shady Grove Elementary Principal

Bellevue New Leader for New Schools Mentee, 2006-07

Mr. Roderick Payne, Millington Central High School Assist. Principal

Outstanding BMS Teacher & Coach (2005-2008)


Congratulations to Coach Byron Harris for being named the Memphis City School Basketball Coach of the Year after his team posted a record of 15 wins and only 2 losses.  In just his fourth season after coming to BMS from J.P. Freeman, he has established himself as one the best coaches in Memphis & Tennessee in football, basketball and track!  This is the very first year for Bellevue to compete in the large school division in our city and state, yet Coach Harris was tops!


Congrats to former Bellevue Bobcat, Kenneth Pendleton for being selected for Disney's Dreamer's Academy!

Central High Student to Attend Disney Academy
Posted on 2/10/2012        

Memphis, Tenn. - Kenneth Pendleton Jr., a ninth-grader at Central High School, has been selected to attend the Disney's Dreamers Academy in Orlando, FL. The Dreamers Academy provides participants a unique opportunity where they can be inspired, motivated and empowered as they begin their journey to a future full of promise and endless possibilities. Thousands of high school students from around the country submitted essays to the Disney-based program describing their inspirations, career dreams and life stories, but only one hundred winners were selected to attend.  Kenneth, an aspiring artist and animator, has always had a passion for the arts. His inspiration to draw comes from a love of animation, comic books and other works of art. Already an accomplished artist, he has submitted works in various art and design competitions and has been awarded scholarships to the summer art programs at the Memphis College of Arts.

Kenneth plans to use this opportunity to expand his talents and move closer to his dream career of being an animator or comic book designer.  The Disney Dreamers Academy, hosted by comedian Steve Harvey and Essence magazine, will be held March 8-11, 2012.







Congratulations to Former Bellevue Bobcat, Ed Stanton as he was sworn in as U.S. Attorney for Western District of Tennessee

Photo by Nikki Boertman // Buy this photo

United States Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., left, and Edward L. Stanton III, center, greet Harold Ford Jr. after Stanton was sworn in as United States Attorney for the Western District of Tennessee at City Hall Friday afternoon.


Congratulations to Mrs. Melissa Ruder for being selected

the winner of the “One Class at a Time” grant" by MATCU


Dan Williams

Congratulations to former Bobcat Dan "Big Dan" Williams for being drafted in the first round of the NFL draft by the Arizona Cardinals!



Thanks to all the students, parents and staff members who made the Second Annual Mrs. Margie Dowell 5K Walk-Run an overwhelming success!  We raised thousands of dollars that will go to a scholarship in Mrs. Dowell's name.  Way to go BOBCATS!!!!!!!!!!!!!






*Congratulations to the 2011 girls & boys track teams!  Both teams were *League Champions! The girls were Runner-Ups for the City *Championship, while the Boys were CITY CHAMPS!  *

Our boys track team also finished as




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