Education Briefs

Pugh participates in SOAR1 program

Derian A. Pugh, a senior at East Coweta High School, was selected to participate in Xavier University of New Orleans Louisiana’s SOAR1 (Stress On Analytical Reasoning) program. SOAR1, a challenging approach to verbal and quantitative reasoning, is for students who are interested in science and health-related careers. The program is designed to prepare rising seniors for standardized testing. Academic competitions, group seminars, career explorations, and science-related field trips are an integral part of the program.

From the collegiate lecture type classes to living in the residential halls on campus, students are given an opportunity to have a collegiate experience while they are still in high school. Students take various reasoning and reading classes, attend seminars, participate in group projects, and have college mentors during the program.

At the conclusion of the program, Miss Pugh was selected by her peers as the student most likely to succeed. She is the daughter of Derrick and Gwendolyn Pugh of Newnan.

Dixon named to Dean’s List at Troy

Henry L. Dixon Jr., son of Mr. and Mrs. Henry L Dixon Sr., was recently named to the Dean’s List at Troy University in Alabama where he is a senior. Dixon is a 2009 graduate of East Coweta High School and a three-time winner of the Iron Man. He ran track and played football at East Coweta High School.

Locals named to Dean’s List at VSU

Valdosta State University has announced its summer of 2013 Dean's List honorees. They are Kaitlyn Paige O'Rourke of Newnan and Tanner Tai Blue of Fayetteville.

Students who achieve a semester GPA of 3.5 or higher on nine or more semester hours with an institutional (VSU) GPA of 3.0 or higher are recognized by being placed on the Dean's List.

Area students graduate from VSU

Valdosta State University has announced the names of local students from the summer 2013 semester who have met all qualifications for graduation. They are Kaitlyn Paige O'Rourke of Newnan, bachelor of science, exercise physiology; Nathan J. Pendergrass of Fayetteville, bachelor of fine arts, speech communication; Sheila Marie Toppin of Fayetteville, doctor of public administration; and Kenya Charise Fulton of Fairburn, bachelor of business administration, management.

Newnan area student awarded for academic excellence at Lipscomb University

Newnan student Ashley Anderson has been honored at Lipscomb University for academic achievement during the Spring semester 2013, according to Dr. Craig Bledsoe, Provost.

Anderson, a Exercise Science major, has been placed on the Honor Roll.

At the end of each semester, students who make perfect grades for the semester while taking at least 12 credit hours are named to the Provost's List. Students who achieve a grade average of 3.5 to 3.99 are named to the Honor Roll.



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