Education Briefs

Cilli earns nursing award

Hannah Cilli of Newnan received recognition for outstanding performance at the University of North Georgia's Annual Research Conference held on UNG's Dahlonega, Gainesville and Oconee campuses. Cilli received Award of Top Honor in Nursing Group 2 (Dahlonega Campus).


Price earns leadership honors

Hampden-Sydney College senior Trey Price was recognized at the Wilson Center Awards Banquet on April 11, 2014 for leadership in the public interest. Each featured student must have demonstrated an interest in government and successfully taken part in the James Madison Program in Public Service. These recipients must have performed academically and participated in activities and organizations as "Good Men, Good Citizens".

A Venable Scholar, Price serves as a Student Senate Member, a Student Court Investigator, Head Resident Advisor, President of the Pre-Law Society, Senior Member and 1st Reviewer for the Union-Philanthropic Society, Vice President of the Rotaract Club, and Treasurer of the honor history society Phi Alpha Theta. He is also a member of the Appeals Committee and the Beyond the Hill Mission. Price has been recognized as a Presidential Fellow of the Center for the Study of Presidency and Congress; a Wilson Center Fellow; Deputy Secretary of the Fullbright Board in Prague, Czech Republic; and for the Omicron Delta Kappa Award for Service. He is also a member of the honor political science society Pi Sigma Alpha. A government major, Price graduated from Northgate High School, and is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donophan C. Price II.


Waite awarded international fellowship

Cynthia Waite of Newnan was awarded a 2014 Charles B. Rangel International Affairs Fellowship following a highly competitive nationwide contest. The Rangel Fellowship, funded by the U.S. Department of State and managed by the Ralph J. Bunche International Affairs Center at Howard University, supports extraordinary individuals who want to pursue a career in the U.S. Foreign Service.

Waite grew up in Newnan and is daughter to Donna Webb. She graduated from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 2008 with a degree in Film Studies and minors in Political Science and Women's Studies. While a student at UNL, she studied abroad in Stellenbosch, South Africa, during which time she grew passionate about a career in international relations, specifically in the fields of human rights and women's and LGBTQ rights.

After college, Waite went on to teach English overseas as a participant in the prestigious Japan Exchange and Teaching (JET) Programme. In August 2010, Waite moved to Washington, DC as a news producer with TV Asahi America, a Japanese station. In this role, she followed Secretary of State Hillary Clinton as a member of the State Department press corps. Waite currently works for former West Virginia Governor Bob Wise in the communications department of the Alliance for Excellent Education where she pens op-eds, press releases, and manages the organization’s online presence.

Waite plans to attend graduate school in the fall at Georgetown University’s Master of Science in Foreign Service program. She will study US foreign policy and security, with a focus on public diplomacy and East Asia.

The Rangel Fellowship will provide Waite with approximately $90,000 in benefits over a two year period to pursue a master’s degree in international affairs. As part of the Rangel Program, she will work for a Member of Congress on issues related to U.S. foreign policy this summer. In the summer of 2015, the U.S. Department of State will send Waite overseas to work in a U.S. Embassy to get hands-on experience with U.S. foreign policy and the work of the Foreign Service. Upon graduation, she will become a U.S. diplomat, embarking on one of the most challenging and rewarding careers of service to her country.

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