Education Notes: 'I Have a Dream' essay contest open for students in grades 3-12

From Staff Reports
education@newnan.com
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.’s “I Have a Dream” speech, Newnan Chapter 483 of Order of the Eastern Star is sponsoring an essay contest for students in grades 3-12.
Students are asked to share, in 300 words or fewer, what King’s “I Have a Dream” speech means to them. Essays judged most outstanding in each of three age categories – grades 3-5, grades 6-8 and grades 9-12 – will be read by their authors during the OES annual MLK memorial program.
Deadline for submissions is Dec. 10. For more information, contact Margaret Thompson at 770-253-1559 or Cynthia Ross at 678-423-0469.
• CEC to hold VEX Robotics competition Dec. 8
More than 26 leading middle and high school VEX Robotics students and mentors from around Atlanta, Valdosta, Waycross, Marietta, Carrollton and Calhoun will unite at the Central Educational Center on Saturday, Dec. 8 for the Third Annual CEC VEX Robotics Competition.
The action-packed tournament will feature more 26 teams who will compete with and against other schools in a series of back-to-back robot challenges, made possible by the following sponsors Learning Labs, Inc. Participants will compete for the championship title by strategically executing the game Sack Attack, driving robots they designed, built and programmed from the ground up using the VEX Robotics Design System.

The Central Educational Center is one of a series of VEX Robotics Competitions taking place internationally throughout the year. VEX Robotics is the world’s fastest growing competitive robotics program for middle schools, high schools and colleges around the world, with more than 4,000 teams from 20 countries that participate in more than 250 VEX Robotics Competition events worldwide. The competition season culminates each spring, with the highly anticipated VEX Robotics World Championship event, uniting top qualifying teams from local, state and international VEX Robotics Competitions.

“The technological economy of the future depends on equipping today’s youth with the tools necessary to become tomorrow’s leading innovators,” said Scott Brown, Pre-Engineering, Robotics and Drafting instructor at the Central Educational Center. “This tournament provides kids with an engaging hands-on learning experience that promotes a passion for science and technology – instilling in them an appreciation for the field and an enthusiasm to pursue STEM-related education and careers.”

The VEX Robotics Competition helps students develop skills such as teamwork, leadership and project management, through building robots and competing with like-minded students from the community in a non-traditional environment. For more information, visit www.vexrobotics.com or www.robotevents.com .

PRESIDENT’S LIST

Georgia Military College, Fairburn Campus: Vanessa Caceres, Luis Colindres-Gonzalez, Cortney Head, Amanda Mahr, Mark Radin and Lauren Swanner, all of Newnan; David Materese of Palmetto; Jacob Mellard and Koty Smith, both of Sharpsburg.

DEAN’S LIST

Georgia Military College, Fairburn Campus: Justin Darche, Victoria Johnson, Marlen Rosales, Austin Schrepfer, Samuel Smith and Benjamin Wheeler, all of Newnan; Lauren Tirado of Palmetto; Robyn Roberson of Senoia; Michael Thomasula and Evan Williams, both of Sharpsburg.


More Education

Teacher in Focus: Dwight McDaniel

Dwight McDaniel has been teaching for 18 years. This year is his third in Coweta County, where he teaches fifth grade at Poplar Road Element ... Read More


Education Briefs

Kelley earns degree at Troy U Vivian Kelley of Newnan has graduated from Troy University in Alabama during the summer 2014 semester with a D ... Read More


Area students excel at Skills USA

Students from Coweta County and the local area competed in the SkillsUSA competition in Kansas City from June 23-27. Central Educational Cen ... Read More


Teacher in Focus: Monica Lovett

Monica Lovett is the second and third grade behavioral support teacher at Northside Elementary School in Newnan. This year is her 16th as a ... Read More


Coweta Special Olympics volunteers honored

Two Coweta County Special Olympics volunteers were recently named outstanding youth volunteers by the Special Olympics of Georgia. Tara and ... Read More

Education Briefs

Locals named to Oxford Merit List The following area students were named to the Merit List of Oxford College, the two-year liberal arts divi ... Read More