Education Notes

Starks wins POSSE scholarship

Jalen Starks, a 2013 graduate of Whitewater High School, is the recipient of the POSSE Foundation’s four-year full tuition academic leadership scholarship to Texas A&M University in College Station. Starks is one of 61 students, out of a competitive pool of over 1100 metro Atlanta students, to win the Posse Scholarship.

Starks is the son of DeAndra Oliver-Starks of Fayetteville and Marc Starks of Fayetteville. He is the brother of LeAndreia Jackson and Zoe Starks, and grandson of Larry and Dorothy Carlton of Palmetto, and the Rev. Willie and Charlotte Starks Sr. of Fairburn.

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Stover named to President’s List at Georgia Southwestern

Kathryn Stover of Palmetto made the spring 2013 President’s List at Georgia Southwestern State University and was among 501 students recognized for scholastic achievement. To be eligible for the President’s List, a student must earn a semester GPA of 4.0 and take a minimum of 15 credit hours.

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Locals named to Dean’s List at Valdosta State

Valdosta State University recently announced the names of students on the Dean’s List for the spring 2013 term. Students who achieve a 3.5 GPA on nine or more semester hours with an institutional GPA of 3.0 or higher are placed on the Dean’s List. From Newnan, they are: Leanne Nichole Bishop, Lecresha Tremil Chaney, Sarah Rhea Hamman, Elizabeth Marie Kaminski, Sarah Elizabeth Moseley, Kaitlyn Paige O’Rourke, Jesse Lee Poore, Kori Madison Powers, Emily Hannah Robinson, Lindsay M. Schultze, Alexandra Cherrell Shular, Alison Marie Walker, Joni Lee Wiggins. The Sharpsburg honorees are: Savanah Gail Hart, Daniel Alexander Ledee, Hunter Lewis, Nicholas C. Pautler. From Fayetteville, they are: Tanner Tai Blue, Renee Allison Milner, Crystal Lashawn Paden, Lethia Elizabeth Washington. Additionally, Jessica Lynn Sewell of Senoia, Ashley Brooke Dailey and Donald Mayo Heilig of Palmetto, and Brejae Charmayne Wylie of Fairburn were also named to the Dean’s List.

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Giddens makes the Dean’s List at Auburn University

Alexandra Giddens of Sharpsburg has been named to the Dean’s List in the school of sciences at Auburn University at Montgomery for maintaining a 3.5 GPA or above while attending full-time. Giddens is pursuing a biology degree.

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 Area residents graduate from GCSU

Georgia College and State University in Milledgeville has awarded degrees to the following area students: Thomas Cornay, Newnan, bachelor of science in economics; Sharon Couillou, Fayetteville, master of management information in management information systems; Nicholas Creighton, Senoia, bachelor of science in middle grades education; Kathleen Dunphy, Fayetteville, bachelor of science in health education; Jennifer Harper, Fayetteville, bachelor of science in psychology; Daniel Hearn, Brooks, bachelor of business administration in marketing; Matthew Jackson, Fayetteville, bachelor of business administration in management; Keri Johnson, Newnan, bachelor of science in early childhood education; John Martin, Senoia, bachelor of business administration in general business administration; Katherine McGuire, Newnan, bachelor of business administration in management; Justin Sheffield, Sharpsburg, bachelor of business administration in accounting; and Leah Wooddall, Fairburn, master of arts in teaching in secondary teacher education.

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Bridier receives ROTC honors

Newnan resident Jonathan Bridier was honored during Armstrong Atlantic State University’s 2013 Army Reserve Officer Training Corps Award Recognition ceremony in Savannah. Bridier received the Superior Cadet Award, the Iron Eagle Award, the Cadet Scholar Award, and the Platinum Physical Fitness Award.

Each year, Armstrong celebrates the most elite cadets who have achieved distinguished military and academic success. More than 20 cadets were recognized at this year’s ceremony for displaying Army ROTC values of courage, gallantry, knowledge and self-sacrifice.

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Newnan students recognized at LaGrange

The following Newnan area students were  recently named to the LaGrange College spring semester dean’s list: Lauren Elizabeth Brandner, Nicole Chantel Cato, Jordin Elizabeth Dombrosky, Marlana Renee Hurst, Angela Marie Hutchins, Brittany Sewell Leatherwood, Steven Arthur Porrello, James Williams Scruggs, Tracy Michelle Seiler, and Daryn Lee Thompson. To be eligible for this honor, a student must maintain a cumulative grade point average of at least 3.6 while taking a minimum course load of 12 hours.

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Threlkeld earns master’s in writing

Pauline Threlkeld of Sharpsburg was awarded a master of arts degree in creative writing at Wilkes University’s 66th annual spring commencement. The ceremony was held on May 18 at the Arnaud C. Marts Sports & Conference Center in Wilkes-Barre, PA.

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Honor Society welcomes new members

The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective collegiate honor society for all academic disciplines, initiated the following local residents. From Fayetteville, Sharon Willis and LaChanze Roberts, both students at Clark Atlanta University; from Newnan, Leann Pape, a student at Georgia Health Sciences University; and from Sharpsburg, Rachael Zuccala, a student at Mercer University.

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Thomas U honors Hampton

Kirk R. Hampton, Sharpsburg, was named to the President’s List at Thomas University in Thomasville. To achieve the honor, students must attend the university full-time and earn a 4.0 GPA.

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Reinhardt U recognizes local students

Reinhardt University announced that 377 students have been named to the Dean’s List for spring semester 2013. The following local residents were among those named: James Nolin, Fayetteville; Leon Sapp, Newnan; and David Winkles, Sharpsburg. A Reinhardt Dean’s List student must maintain a 3.5 grade-point average based on successful completion of a minimum of 12 semester credits with no grade less than a B.

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Pullen receives graduate award

Mercer University recently honors Elizabeth Pullen of Senoia at its 2013 Honors Convocation. Pullen received the Most Outstanding Early Childhood/Special Education Graduate Award. 

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Georgia Southwestern honors three locals

Georgia Southwestern State University recently recognized three local students for earning a spot on the 2013 Academic Achievement List. They are Aslam Gangii, Fayetteville; Nicole Irwin, Newnan; and Kaitlin Wilkinson, Brooks. To be eligible for the list, a student must earn at least 15 credit hours, be enrolled in 3 to 14 hours of courses, and earn a 3.5 or higher GPA.

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Mercer honors Roberts

Mercer University recently honored Kathleen Roberts of Sharpsburg at its 2013 Honors Convocation. Roberts received the Most Outstanding Early Care and Education Graduate Award. 

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Wood named to Clemson’s Dean’s List

Ciara Elizabeth Wood of Newnan has been named to the Dean’s List at Clemson University for the spring 2013 semester. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must achieve between a 3.5 and a 3.99 GPA on a 4.0 scale. Wood is majoring in early childhood education.


Stewart receives high school diploma

 Anthony R. Stewart, Jr. recently graduated from Milton High School in Milton, MA, during the school’s 143rd commencement exercises. Stewart was also named the recipient of the Deborah A. Davis Memorial Scholarship and will attend Morehouse College in Atlanta this fall. Stewart is the son of Mr. Anthony R. Stewart, Sr., and the grandson of Ms. Henri Jean Stewart, both of Newnan.

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