Lee University Student To Appear On Wheel Of Fortune

Friday, April 4, 2014
Lee University senior Courtney Breaden will appear on Wheel of Fortune during its College Week.
Lee University senior Courtney Breaden will appear on Wheel of Fortune during its College Week.

Lee senior Courtney Breaden will appear on “Wheel of Fortune” as part of its annual “College Week” this Thursday at 7 p.m. Ms. Breaden, an English education major from Marietta, Ga., grew up watching the show with her mother and finally got the opportunity this spring to be on the other side of the screen. 

“We always talked about how cool it would be to be on the show,” said Ms. Breaden. “I applied online and got an email about a year and a half later.”n“Wheel of Fortune” asked Breaden to send in a video interview and from that she was invited to audition in Atlanta. 

Mr. Breaden asked Lee University President Dr. Paul Conn to pay for her plane ticket to California during a Lee “Ask the President” chapel, where students are encouraged to ask the president anything they want. Dr. Conn agreed to fund her ticket if she had the opportunity to go. One week before filming, Breaden received a phone call from “Wheel of Fortune” staff affording her that opportunity. 

On Feb. 13, Ms. Breaden, along with her fiancé and fellow Lee student Jordan Ramos, her brother, and a friend, flew to Los Angeles for filming. 

“I was a little intimidated when I arrived because all of the other contestants were from Ivy Leagues and big state schools,” said Ms. Breaden. “I was proud to represent Lee among them all.” 

Ms. Breaden spent all day filming on Feb. 14 and became good friends with the other contestants, but the highlight of her experience was meeting Pat Sajak and Vanna White. “It was a really fun experience,” said Ms. Breaden. “It went by fast and seems like a big blur now.” 

A viewing party for Breaden will be held on April 10 at 7 p.m. in the Paul Conn Student Union on Lee’s campus. 

Ms. Breaden will graduate from Lee in May with hopes to teach high school English and eventually become a guidance counselor. She is currently student teaching at Ooltewah High School. At Lee she is involved in Epsilon Lambda Phi, Pi Kappa Pi, Sigma Tau Delta, and Kairos Scholars, Lee’s honors program. 

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Courtney,” said Alan McClung, dean of students at Lee. “I know she will do great on the show, and I look forward to the results.” 

Ms. Breaden and Mr. Ramos are set to be married in August. If money is won from the show, they hope to put it towards a down payment on their first house. 

To tune into the show check your local listings. For details on the viewing party contact Brie McDaniel at 614-8405.


Cleveland State Hosts Welding Boot Camp

Cleveland State Community College hosted a Welding Boot Camp with Walker Valley and Bradley Central High Schools. The boot camp was held in CSCC's new welding lab that was established in response to industry demand for qualified, educated and skilled welders. Upon completion of the camp, students will have the opportunity to test for their AWS (American Welding Society) Certification. (click for more)

Chattanooga State Students Win Award For "Best 3-Minute Film"

"This is the best program for aspiring filmmakers, hands down,” said Chad Wilson, executive producer of film, ‘Hear Me.’ The ‘best program’ Chad refers to is the Professional Film and Television Training program (PFTT) at Chattanooga State Community College. The PFTT class won ‘Best 3-Minute Film’ at the Southeastern University Revolution Film Festival in Lakeland, Fla. " ... (click for more)

Strong Thunderstorm Causes Damage, Power Outages In Dalton

Shortly before  5 p.m. , a strong thunderstorm went through downtown Dalton, knocking down numerous trees, causing power outages and also causing damage. At this time, no injuries have been reported.  The Dalton Fire Department and Dalton Police Department responded to multiple reports of damage. The DPD closed several roads due to downed trees and power lines. ... (click for more)

Chattanooga Honors Military Veterans

A Memorial Day service was held at the National Cemetery on Monday. (click for more)

Calling Out Bad Behavior In St. Elmo

I have lived in the St. Elmo community of Chattanooga for practicially all 52 years of my life. My grandmother moved to St. Elmo in 1919. My Dad was literally born in a home in St. Elmo and lived his entire 72 years in this community and my Mom has lived here 60 years of her life. I am very disappointed in what my neighborhood has become. I like people. ... (click for more)

Don't Squander The 2016 Election Opportunity

This is what I don't understand. Christians refusing to vote for anyone who is not squeaky clean and who doesn't live up to our standards. I'm not bashing Christians. I proudly proclaim Jesus as Lord and Savior.  But If we made our voice known more we could have a lot greater influence than we have. And I don't mean just boycotting. I specifically mean the last two ... (click for more)