Congratulations to Jordan Vocational High School Culinary Arts Hot Foods team who took the Silver Medal at the State Family Career and Community Leaders of American (FCCLA) competitions recently held in Athens, Ga. They are, from left, Jeremy Jordan, Kayla Hasting, D.J. Williams and Chef Austin Scott.
Savannah Godowns of Double Churches Middle School, was the District 8 winner in the "If I were Mayor. . .I would. . ." Essay Contest held each year to celebrate Georgia Cities Week through the Georgia Municipal Association. The winners from the contest will be recognized at an awards luncheon in May. Each will receie a $250 check and other prizes. The overall winner, selected from among the 12 districts, will be revealed at the luncheon.
Madison Johnson from Columbus High School has been awarded the $2,500 National Achievement Scholarship. More than 160,000 students entered the 2014 National Achievement Scholarship Program by requesting consideration in the competition when they took the 2012 Preliminary SAT/National merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT) as high school juniors. In September 2013, approximately 1,600 of the higest scoreres were named Semifinalists on a regional representation basis. To continue in the competition, Semifinalists had to fulfill requirements for Finalist standing, which included having a record of consistently high academic performance; being endorsed and recommended by an official for their high school; earning SAT scores that confirmed their PSAT/NMSQT performance; and writing an essay. From the Semifinalist pool, some 1,300 advanced to the Finalist level, and the 800 National Achievement Scholarship winners were selected from this group of students. Achievement Scholar awardees are the Finalist candidates judged to have the strongest record of accomplishments and greatest potential for academic success in college.
Hardaway High School student Erin Bagley has been named a 2014 Carson McCullers Literary Award High School Honorable Mention winner. Her genre was Expository Essay and her work was "Tim O'Brien's The Things They Carried: War is Hell."
Kristan Macphail's third grade class at North Columbus Elementary School motivated their fellow students to do their best on the Criterion Referenced Competency Test. Twenty-one students pooled their talents and filmed a video based on a popular tune. Calling it "You're going to miss me when I'm testing", the enthusiastic children danced, played the cup game and otherwise generally encouraged the other third, fourth and fifth graders in their school. Their film is on You Tube.