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

From Staff Reports
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 or .


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.


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.

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