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TFS alum working out the bugs




One talented Tallulah Falls School alum is creating a buzz in Athens, Georgia.

Linden Pederson [TFS Class of 2015], a junior at the University of Georgia works as the Husbandry and Outreach Coordinator for the UGA Entomology Insect Zoo.

Pederson is majoring in both Scientific Illustration (BFA) and Entomology (BSES).

The UGA Insect Zoo provides free insect and arachnid educational outreach programs to Athens and surrounding areas. According to its website, the UGA BugDawgs, along with the student club, annually lead hundreds of events reaching more than 20,000 Georgians. Living insects, centipedes, millipedes, scorpions, and spiders, as well as museum specimens from Georgia and other parts of the world, are brought to schools, libraries, organizations, or community centers for interactive display.

To raise funds for the zoo and the UGA BugDawgs, Pederson is planning the Ta-ran-tula run, a 5K fundraiser set for 8:30 a.m. April 22 at the State Botanical Garden of Georgia.

Pederson developed the concept for the race and is the primary contact for sponsors, volunteers. She also designed the event poster, medal and T-shirt. TFS Upper School art teacher Tina Cheek is proud of her former student.

“Linden is amazingly creative, motivated and organized,” Cheek said. “It does not surprise me that she developed this entire project!”

President and Head of School Larry A. Peevy echoed that pride upon hearing of Pederson’s involvement in her academic community.

“Character development is equally important as academic excellence at TFS,” “We are proud of Linden for continuing to exemplify great character through community service.”

For more information on the event, visit