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UGMS kids enter national competition

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Flippen Elementary School fifth-grader Brian Le dumped noodles on Principal Toni Obenauf at the Jump Rope for Heart Assembly. He got the opportunity after raising the most money to help sick children.

Special photo Flippen Elementary School fifth-grader Brian Le dumped noodles on Principal Toni Obenauf at the Jump Rope for Heart Assembly. He got the opportunity after raising the most money to help sick children.

McDONOUGH — Union Grove Middle School students Kristen Miller, Anna Hearn, Cara Wimberly and Florence Gaillard won first place in a statewide Students Taking Action for Recognition event March 14 and 15.

They will represent Georgia at a Family, Career and Community Leaders of America National Leadership meeting in July at the Opryland Hotel in Nashville, Tenn. Miller, Hearn, Wimberly, Gaillard, and fellow UGMS student Symphony Wilson won a recent regional competition to advance to the state-level event.

UGMS eighth-graders Amy Sethna, Brandi Dixon and Brittni Dixon will compete in a State Social Studies Fair at Clayton State University Saturday. They reached the state fair after winning at the school, county and regional levels.

Sethna will compete in political science with her project titled “What do naturalized citizens think about the D.R.E.A.M. Act?” The acronym stands for “Development, Relief and Education for Alien Minors.”

The Dixons’ history project is titled “How did the United States Army seize victory during the Battle of Omaha Beach?”

Four students will also represent Henry County at the 65th Georgia Science and Engineering Fair at the University of Georgia Saturday. Eighth-graders Amy Vanegas and Bryce Steele, and seventh-graders Alli Hunt and Bryce Martin, are among the 11 students in the region who will participate. Martin’s project is titled “Expensive or cheap Airsoft BB?,” and Hunt’s is “How much bacteria is on your toothbrush?” Steele’s project asks the question, “Does brand affect accuracy?,” and Vanegas’ project is titled “Algae into biofuel.”

Flippen Elementary celebrates Jump Rope for Heart success

Flippen Elementary School participated in the 10th annual Jump Rope for Heart assembly Friday. Students raised more than $3,000 this year for the American Heart Association by jumping rope. Fifth-grader Brian Le was the top fundraiser, generating $254. He received a medal and special recognition during the assembly.

Rita Davis, director of the Youth Market Division of the American Heart Association, gave stickers to top money raisers and presented the school with a banner to hang in the gymnasium.

Rock Spring Elementary students highlighted at Media Festival

Students at Rock Spring Elementary School were recognized for their work on 23 PowerPoint presentations and stop-motion animation projects at the school’s recent Media Festival.

Each of the projects earned ratings of 96 percent or higher from judges at the event.

Students in third through fifth grades who participated in the event are Ethan Galentine, Megan Turner, Logan Deabenderfer, Elliott Lewis, Benjamin Consolie, Hayden Richardson, Jared Brooks, Logan Slicker, Emily Freeman, Chandler Blanton, Savannah French, Ian Carpenter, Kaitlyn Schloss, Hayden Carpenter, Abby Dyc, Callie Akin, Chaeli Herzler, Jayda Roberts, Isaiah Jones, Ellington Loy, Mallie Carpenter, Alyssa Barfield and Casey Bixby. 

Their projects represented the school in the Henry County Media Festival Friday at Dutchtown Elementary School.

Three aforementioned Rock Spring Elementary School students will also participate in the Challenge 24 regional math competition in May— Lewis, Biggs and Deabenderfer.

High-schoolers attend conference in Los Angeles

Students in broadcast video classes at Locust Grove High School and Ola High School recently attended a six-day Student Television Network Conference in Los Angeles for an in-depth look at the media industry.

They met with leaders in the broadcasting field and competed in skill challenges involving the content they have learned.

“Being at STN was an awesome experience that allowed me to learn more about the career path I have chosen to follow and what educational steps I need to take to secure my place in the future,” said Locust Grove High School senior Arrie Gomez.

Students at the conference heard from speakers including producer and director Frank Marshall, CBS photojournalist Les Rose, and CNN anchor Carl Azuz.

“This is the kind of real-life stuff you just can’t learn in the classroom,” said Locust Grove High School senior Deven Mullins. “This event was more than I could have imagined. I learned so much about the industry.”

Stepping Stones enrolling students for 2013-14 school year

Stepping Stones Educational Therapy Center, a Griffin-based private, nonprofit school for children with special needs, is accepting applications for its 2013-14 school year.

Stepping Stones is geared toward children up to 14 years old, and covers Spalding, Henry, Butts, Fulton, Newton, Lamar, Upson, Pike, Fayette, Monroe and Clayton counties.

“We are proud to be the only private school of its kind serving our Southern Crescent families,” said Executive Director Sherry Nash. “Our 3-to-1 student-teacher ratio, typical-child inclusion model and on-site speech, occupational and physical therapy programs have proven to be the best offense in the long-term success of our students.”

To schedule a tour, call Program Director Mary Fields at 770-229-5511 or visit www.steppingstonesschool.org.

Enrollment open At McDonough Presbyterian Children’s Academy

McDonough Presbyterian Children’s Academy, at 427 McGarity Road, is accepting enrollments for the fall of 2013.

The academy offers classes for age 1 through kindergarten as of Sept. 1. Tuition rates vary by age and number of days per week the child is enrolled.

Preschool classes meet from 9 a.m. until noon, and kindergarten classes adjourn at 1 p.m. Registration is $75 for the first child and $50 per sibling, payable when registration forms are submitted. Parents can request a tour of the school facilities by calling 678-709-5116.

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