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Experience Your Smokies Tennessee celebrates graduates
February 15, 2024, 12:16 p.m.

Accepting Applications for the 2024 EYS Class — Deadline February 20

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Members of the 2023 graduating class of Experience Your Smokies Tennessee Photo courtesy of GSMNP

TOWNSEND, TN - The Experience Your Smokies Class of 2023 graduated Saturday, January 20 at The Townsend Abbey. This event wrapped up a year-long slate of activities held in partnership with the Great Smoky Mountains National Park. The Experience Your Smokies class, board members, and alumni enjoyed the event with special remarks from Jeanine Ferrence, Supervisory Park Ranger, Katie Liming, Management Assistant- Superintendents Office, and Simon deVente, Experience Your Smokies Tennessee Chair.

This graduating class is the twenty-third of Experience Your Smokies leadership classes. The nonprofit organi- zation reaches across the State of Tennessee and the program gives diverse leaders a unique perspective of the Great Smoky Mountains with behind-the-scenes, hands-on educational experiences related to activities and issues within the park. Class topics include air quality, historic preservation, park wildlife, aquatic life, park management, exotic species and more.

Applications for the Class of 2024 are currently being accepted, the deadline to apply is February 20. For more information about Experience Your Smokies, and how to apply visit

Congratulations to the graduating class of 2023!

Ken and Patty Bell, Maryville Resident Mike Bishop, Maryville
Brenda Blizzard, Louisville
Betsy Bohannon, Knoxville
Jill Cable, Maryville
Trish Fogarty, Maryville Debbie Henry, Maryville
Brett & Kelly Humphrys, Alcoa Alexa Johns, Knoxville
Leah LaRocco, Townsend
Lynn Learch, Louisville
Jane Maurer, Clyde, NC
Layla Mosadegh, Nashville
Mitra Mosadegh, Knoxville
Mike Parish, Knoxville
Meg Pelley, Rockwood
Julie Ratledge, Maryville
Ron Rimer, Knoxville
Shelly Stirling, Knoxville
Christy McDonald-Slavick, Maryville Jeff Tambornini, Knoxville
Mary Touchton, Knoxville

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