SCHOOL NOTEBOOK: Henry County Schools host ‘Advanced Learning Night’

Henry County Schools’ Learning & Leadership Services Department plans to host an Advanced Learning Night, tonight from 6 p.m., until 7:30 p.m.

“The event is open to parents and students and will give them the opportunity to gain information about our Advanced Placement courses and matters of higher education,” said Aaron Randall, Henry’s social studies, foreign language, and gifted coordinator. “There will be lots of information in one location for those attending.”

School officials said the event — taking place at the Henry County Performing Arts Center, 37 Lemon St., in McDonough — is an effort to bring greater awareness to opportunities for students in the area of advanced learning. It is scheduled to feature an Advanced Placement courses presentation, as well as representatives from two local colleges who will speak about opportunities in higher education and dual enrollment. After the presentations, faculty and staff will be on hand to answer any questions from parents and students.

The event is open to any high school student as well as rising eighth-graders who will enter their high school freshman year in 2012-13. To learn more, contact Dr. Aaron Randall at (770) 957-6547.

North Georgia College & State University announces local honors

McDonough resident, Phillip Joshua Berglund, has graduated with a degree from North Georgia College & State University. The university also announced several Henry County residents, who were honored for their academic achievement. Named to the university’s President’s List for Fall Semester 2011 were: McDonough residents, Melody Renah Boggs and Morgan Lyn Doolittle; Hampton resident, Victoria Marie St. Clair and Megan Lee Stowers. Students achieving a 4.0 grade point average and carrying 12 or more credit hours in one semester are placed on the President’s List.

Those making the Fall 2011 Dean’s List include: Stockbridge residents, Casey Lauren Smith and Loren Catherine Stowers; Hampton residents, Maranda Mercedes Mcgaha and Landon David Williams; and McDonough residents, Amelia Grace McCane, Alan Cameron Dennis, Devan Michelle Brown, and Katelyn Bailey McAlister.

Henry students honored at Southern Crescent Tech

Southern Crescent Technical College recently announced its Fall Semester President’s List. The following Henry County residents were included on the list: Tonia Alford, Bradley Allen, Surendra Bedessie, Tammi Bullman, Haylee Callaway, Jessica Callaway, Lance Cogan, Kimberly Conoly, Mark Covington, Kelly Craft, Lonnie Crane, Darius Davis, Kayla Dorsey, Marife Eckler, Marsha Fievre, Donald Fleming, Jr., Mary Fox, Renae Harris, Jacquel Henry-Rainford, Zenobia Hewlett, Jason Hickman, Leslie Hinton Howell, Teresa Holcomb, Kendrick Johnson, Ruth Kirby, Katherine Knowles, Kerry LeGrant, Stephanie Lewis, Marya Lindsay, Kayla Linginfelter, Wayne Martin, Anthony Medbery, Alma Mishaw, Mallory Mitchell, Rhonda Moore, Ronald Moore, Kierstin Morris, Jasmin Newby, NgocBich Nguyen, Mary Osborne, Jerry Pabon, Anil Persaud, Franklin Price, Christina Prosser, Julio Rodriguez, Sean Simmons, Jasmien Sims, Benjamin Slate, Justin Smith, Tammy Smith, Tiaira Starks, Ryan Sweat, Consuela Terry, Brenda Vega, Samuel Wasson, Michelle Weaver, Kristen Wescott, Laura West, Sarah White, Haley Willard, Stacy Williams, and Jennifer Wright. In order to obtain the President’s List distinction, a student must be enrolled full time and maintain a perfect grade point average of 4.0.

Gordon College announces local academic achievers

The following students from Henry County were named to the Fall Semester Dean’s List at Gordon College: Ashlee Hall, Charity McDaniel, Adaugo Ndukwe, Dominique Williams, Kaitlan Beaulieu, Andrea Brown, Terri Brown, Kathleen Chumbley, Katie Cole, Stephanie Cox, Sara Croft, Ahmed Foggie, Kristy Garrett, Natalie Hester, Kaitlin Johnson, Rachel Long, Leonard Moore, Meisha Morris, Anna Pressley, Kortnee Roe, Jocelyn Tobias, Patricia Wescott, Christa Bales, Shundreka Barkley, Ashley Chambers, Samantha Curns, Meagin Drummond, Christina Farron, April Gladish, Alyssa Hartfield, Amber Kelley, Holly Knight, Taylor Merrick, Angela Miller, Daniel Nutt, John Paz, Ashley Prater, Meghan Register, Rebecca Sherman, Curtis Szynkowski, Nicolai Watson, Nick Wilson, Ryan York, Ana Ordaz, Phoebe Archer, Mariah Babich, Danielle Baggett, Grant Bailey, Stacy Burge, Spencer Coggin, Tiffany Frazier, Lindsey Green, Alicia Hawkins, Leigh Kidd, Kelsey Lovell, Rachel Mathis, Aaron Otwell, Emmitt Pharr, Christian Purvis, Brittany Roper, Megan Shedd, Jennifer Shelby, Justin Smith, Elizabeth Smith, Amy Stabile, Margaret Vangorder, Arnaldo Vazquez, Samantha Watt, Pamela White, Kaitlyn White, Michael Wright, DeAnna Acree, Brittany Adams, Charlene Borne, Brandace Brown, Prem Chabria, Noelle Crimmins, Marcia De Weever, Alexandra Everly, Phillip Haar, Jennifer Holcomb, Teresa Huckabee, Tiffany Hunter, Erin Kilfoyle, Joshua Lunn, Shelby Mazzocco, Hayley Mazzocco, Carmel Moscova, Ugo Oruada, Audrey Spurlin, Brittany Stone, Meagan Stover, Courtney Thompson, Rachael Wooley, Michelle Wynn, Taha Zaffer, Lauren Zottarelli, Amy Gable, Mallory Leonard, Annamarie Ceravolo, James Daniel, Dorothy Dinino, Tyler Edwards, Danisha Jordan, Kayla Mewborn, Ashley Monroe, Michelle Musselwhite, Mason Patten, Brae Salmond, Jason Slaven, Shannon Stanton, and Katie Thomas. In order to be named to the Dean’s List, a student must be in good standing with a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher for 12 or more semester hours of course work.

The following students from Henry County also were named to the Fall Semester Dean’s List at Gordon College: Anissa Daniel, Nina Green, Christina Blankenship, Bridget Chappell, Courtney Meeks, Joellen Mitchell, Maria Pesce, Angela Scott, Darshan Shroff, Amanda Shhley, Anna Broadus, Andre Brown, Anna Cogdill, Ashley Gay, Wendy Giere-Frye, Laure Hooper, Melissalynn Jenkerson, Holliann Perkins, Tarianne Powell, Morgan Whitcomb, and Tatum Seay. In order to be named to the Dean’s List, a student must be in good standing with a semester GPA of 3.50 or higher for 12 or more semester hours of course work.

Local attends Veterinary School at Auburn University

Andrew Kiser of McDonough has been admitted to the professional program at the Auburn University College of Veterinary Medicine as a member of the class of 2015. Kiser earned a biomedical sciences degree from the University of South Alabama in 2011.

Dutchtown Elementary to celebrate Chinese New Year

Dutchtown Elementary School is inviting its students and the community to join its Chinese New Year Festival on Jan. 20, at the school, located at 159 Mitchell Road in Hampton. The festivities begin at 1 p.m., with a parade. The festival is scheduled to be held from 5 p.m., until 7:30 p.m. For more, visit www.henry.k12.ga.us/de.

Clayton State hosts Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl

Clayton State University will be hosting more than 500 people for the Fourth Annual Metro Atlanta Helen Ruffin Reading Bowl Competition on Saturday, Feb. 4, from 9 a.m., to 1 p.m.

Helen Ruffin was a library media specialist, who wanted to excite kids about reading. In response to her posting on the selection committee for DeKalb County Georgia’s Children Book Award Nominee program, she decided to engage students throughout the county in a regional reading bowl.

To help with the Reading Bowl, Clayton State Dean of Libraries, Dr. Gordon Baker, has called for 60 volunteers from the Clayton State campus to serve as readers, score keepers, and other general volunteers. There will be training sessions for volunteers on Friday, Feb. 3, at 4 p.m., Saturday, Feb. 4, at 8 a.m.

For more information on Clayton State’s hosting the Reading Bowl, contact Baker at (678) 466-4334, or gordonbaker@clayton.edu.

Hampton Elementary hosts Black History Program

Hampton Elementary School is planning a “Wax Museum” and Black History Month Program for Feb. 28, at the school, located at 10 Central Ave., in Hampton. The programs are designed to demonstrate the Georgia Performance Standards curriculum. The “Wax Museum” begins at 9 a.m., and the Black History Month Program begins at 1 p.m. To learn more, visit www.henry.k12.ga.us/he.

Military notes

Navy Seaman Apprentice Derrious Austin, brother of Phillip Austin, of Stockbridge, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill, with honors and was promoted to his current rank.

Navy Seaman Deion McNelly, son of Kraynewski McNelly, of McDonough, recently completed U.S. Navy basic training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill. McNelly is a 2011 graduate of Henry County High School in McDonough.

Navy Hospitalman Apprentice Michael Tingling, a 2011 graduate of Luella High School, in Locust Grove, was recently promoted to his current rank upon graduation from recruit training at Recruit Training Command in Great Lakes, Ill.

Air Force Reserve Airman Tariq Burroughs recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Burroughs is the son of Rolesha Floyd-Burroughs, of Hampton, and Tyrone Burroughs, of Stockbridge.

Air Force Airman Maurice Graham graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Graham, the nephew of Sharice Graham, of Decatur, is a 2009 graduate of Union Grove High School.

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