Education Notes

Gray named to Dean’s List

Amelia Gray, daughter of John T. Gray of Grantville and Tonya D. Gray of Newnan, was recently named to the Dean’s List at the University of the South in Sewanee, TN. To earn a spot on the Dean’s List, a student must earn a minimum grade point average of 3.625. 


Mercer announces President’s List 

The following local students were named to the President’s and Dean’s lists of their college or school at Mercer University for the spring 2013 semester. Inclusion on these lists requires students to meet rigorous grade-point-average standards specific to their school within the University. From Newnan, they honorees are: Nicole Rainey, Audrey Krielow, Devin Buss, Emily Traylor, Francetta Anderson, Brian Smith, Kriston England, Cory White, Irma Howard, Dana Selementi and Margaret McMichael. Also making the President’s and Dean’s lists were McKenzie Woody, Fayetteville; Tracey Hunt, Hogansville; Melissa Shanks, Moreland; Liza Dye, Sharpsburg; Caleb Brown, Palmetto; and Benjamin Drabel, Palmetto.


Zhorela, Melton win Columbus State scholarships

Courtney Zhorela, a graduate of East Coweta High School, and Amy Melton, a graduate of Whitewater High School, will receive Columbus State’s Honors Program scholarships for the 2013-2014 school year. Zhorela plans to major in nursing while Melton plans to pursue a degree in music education.

 CSU’s honors scholarships, worth up to $5,000 a year, are awarded to select students recruited for the university’s highly regarded Honors Program. In addition, honors scholars are provided $3,200 to study abroad. 


Locals graduate from Valdosta State

Valdosta State University has announced the names of students from spring 2013 who have met all qualifications for graduation. More than 1,200 have been recognized for receiving their associate’s, bachelor’s or master’s degrees. 

Area students from Newnan include: James Asher Brantley, bachelor of fine arts in art; Alexandra Cherrell Shular, bachelor of science in education, communication disorders; Emily Hannah Robinson, bachelor of science in education, communication disorders; Melanie Ivey Tomlinson, education specialist, curriculum & instruction; Nigel Ray Richardson, master of education, educational leadership; Elizabeth Marie Kaminski, bachelor of arts, political science; Kori Madison Powers, bachelor of science, psychology; Amanda Lynn Maxwell, master of arts for teachers, special education; Shannon Lucius Bragg, master of arts for teachers, special education; Hueijung Chen, master of library & information science; and Kristina Harris, master of social work. From Fayetteville, the graduates are: Maggie Mary Murphy, bachelor of arts, criminal justice; Jasmine Lashanna Johnson, bachelor of business administration, finance. Graduates from Sharpsburg are: Nicholas George Bass, bachelor of fine arts, mass media; Kelsey Allene Dyer, bachelor of fine arts, speech communication. Kimbyatta Vandelisa Farley, Fairburn, graduated with a bachelor of science in education, special education. Lastly, Valencia Sierra Gunn, Hogansville, received both a bachelor of business administration, marketing, and a master of business administration.


Leslie earns Hinds CC degree

Quantavius Leslie, Hogansville, graduated from Hinds Community College in Raymond, MS, during a recent commencement ceremony. HCC offers more than 170 academic, career, and technical programs.


Columbus State announces President’s and Dean’s lists

Area students who were named to the spring 2013 President’s and Dean’s lists at Columbus State University include Mary Beaucham and Telea Davis of Newnan; Jason Boatman, Kara Williams, and Timothy Williams of Hogansville; Leah Pendleton, Brooks; and Jonathan Smith, Grantville, by achieving a 3.8 or above GPA. Named to the Dean’s List were Kelsey Armstrong, Chastity Dodelin, Amy Gamino, and Jacob Hand of Newnan; Aliyah Anglin, Tevin Manigault, and Amanda Panter of Fairburn; Heather Richardson, Hogansville; and Laurie Dishman, Sharpsburg. To be named to the Dean’s List, a student must earn a 3.6 or above GPA.


Burston receives Chowan U scholarships

Sierra Burston, daughter of Rosalyn and Ronnie Burston, Grantville, received the Dean’s Scholarship, Presidential Scholarship, Women’s LaCrosse, and Lettie Pate Whitehead Scholarship to attend Chowan University in Murfreesboro, NC, in the amount of $13,800 per year, renewable for four years for a total of $55,200.


Booth earns medical degree

Ashley Booth, Newnan, graduated from Mercer University’s School of Medicine with a specialty in pediatrics during the school’s commencement ceremonies in May. 


Strother named to Dean’s List at Beloit

 Janae Strother, Newnan, earned a place on the Dean’s List at Beloit College in Beloit, WI. Strother was a freshman at the school located 90 miles northwest of Chicago.


Boyd, Murphey earn ABAC degrees

Hayleigh Boyd, Fayetteville, and Joseph Murphey, Newnan, have earned associate degrees from Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College in Tifton. Boyd received her degree in animal sciences while Murphey earned his in landscape design and grounds management.


Cowetans achieve academic honors at GMC

Georgia Military College in Fairburn recently announced that Lacey Moore, Newnan, and Cassandra Denny, Sharpsburg, were named to the President’s List for the spring 2013 quarter.

Additionally, Britnie Blair, Sabrina Grier, Monica Mendoza, Marlen Rosales, Austin Schrepfer, Samuel Smith and Carles Stinson of Newnan; and Synthia Berry, Charlotte Duffy, Koty Smith, and Caitlyn Traver of Sharpsburg, made the Dean’s List by earning between a 3.20 and 3.69 GPA.


Gasparino earns degree at Worcester Polytechnic

 Joseph Gasparino Jr., Sharpsburg, was awarded a master of business administration degree from Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Massachusetts during the university’s commencement ceremony on May 11. 


Fleming, Sexton make President’s List at Armstrong

Newnan residents Hali Fleming, a junior pre-nursing major, and Sarah Sexton, a senior visual arts major, were named to the President’s List at Armstrong Atlantic State University in Savannah for the 2012-2013 academic year. In order to make the President’s List, a student must be enrolled in at least nine semester hours of course work and earn a 4.0 GPA over two consecutive fall and spring semesters.


Locals graduate with honors from Columbus State

Newnan resident Caitlin Armstrong graduated Cum Laude with a bachelor of science degree in early childhood education. Mary Beaucham, also a Newnan resident, graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of arts degree in theater arts. Lastly, Meagen Reason of Hogansville graduated Magna Cum Laude with a bachelor of science degree in nursing.


Columbus State awards degrees to area students

Columbus State recently held its graduation ceremony and awarded degrees to the following students. From Newnan, Laura Allen, BS in sociology; Elizabeth Messick, MPA in justice administration; and Brittney Weaver, BS in health science. From Fayetteville, Paul Donohue, BA in music; Johnny Hall, MPA in justice administration; and Jean Snow, BSN in nursing. Additionally, Deontae Bell, Hogansville, graduated with a BS in criminal justice; Amber Seguin, Sharpsburg, earned a BA in English language/literature English and secondary education; and Anissa Wimbush, Senoia, was awarded a BS in health science.


Armstrong announces Dean’s List, honor graduates

Ten local students earned a spot on Armstrong Atlantic State University’s Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester. They are Travis Andrews, Senoia; Kyle Black, Newnan; Andrea Dawson, Senoia; Hali Fleming, Newnan; Courtney Howett, Brooks; Alexandra Murillo, Newnan; Jill Roden, Sharpsburg; Sarah Sexton, Newnan; Heather Walker, Newnan; and Alia Watkins, Fayetteville. In addition to being named to the Dean’s List, Travis Andrews graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in criminal justice; Courtney Howett graduated Magna Cum Laude with a degree in radiologic sciences; Heather Walker graduated Cum Laude with a degree in early childhood education; and Anna Whitley graduated Cum Laude with a degree in radiologic sciences.


Cowetans earn honors at Piedmont College

Piedmont College in Demorest recently bestowed academic honors on five Coweta residents. Spencer Sheheane, Newnan, and Erika Petry, Senoia, were named as Dean’s Scholars. Students named as Dean’s Scholars have earned a 4.0 GPA. Kayla Freund, Newnan, Maggie McDaniel, Newnan, and Jesse Copeland, Palmetto, were named to the Dean’s List. To achieve this honor, students must earn a GPA between 3.5 and 3.99. 


Locals named to Berry’s Dean’s List

Berry College in Rome has announced its Dean’s List honorees for the spring 2013 semester. From Newnan, they are Stephanie Tomys, Preston Woods, Katie Weisbecker, and Joe Crain. From Fayetteville, Ann Christian Juren, Neil Kirkland, and Emily Barton. From Senoia, Lauren Buck and Brittany Alfieri. From Sharpsburg, Grace Dunklin and Casey Stillwell. And from Palmetto, Taylor Downs. 


Price, Savarese make Dean’s List

Donophan Charles Price, III, a graduate of Northgate High School, was named to the Dean’s List at Hampden-Sydney College in Virginia. He is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Donophan C. Price, Jr., of Newnan. John Anthony Savarese, a graduate of Pace Academy, was also named to the college’s Dean’s List. He is the son of Ron and Mary Savarese of Chattahoochee Hills. To earn this distinction, students must achieve at least a 3.3 GPA.


Palmer named to Juniata’s Dean’s List

 Hillary Linda Palmer was named to Juniata College’s Dean’s List for the spring 2013 semester. She is the daughter of Rodney Palmer and Gail Noren of Fayetteville. The Dean’s List recognizes students with a GPA of at least 3.6. Juniata is located in Huntingdon, PA.


Menefee earns master’s degree at KSU

 Kansas State University recently announced that Newnan resident, Daja Menefee, has earned a master of science degree in agricultural economics.


Newnan students graduate from LaGrange

The following Newnan students graduated at LaGrange College’s 182nd commencement: Jillian Lane Andrew, M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction; Scott William Barnett, Education Specialist; Teresa Shuman Clements, Education Specialist; Terish Renae Owens Copeland, B.A., Business Administration; Angela N. Davis, M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction; Kelsey Lee Ellison, B.A., Art and Design; Laura R. Farmer, Master of Arts in Teaching; Danielle Deloris Flournoy, M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction; Julie Presley Gillespie, B.S., Nursing; Carolyn A. Graham, M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction, Cum Laude; Catherine Maribeth Hanson, B.A., Human Development, Magna Cum Laude; Leslie Ruth Hynson, Education Specialist; Sara Skinner Kight, Education Specialist, Cum Laude; Whitney Carole Lamb, B.S., Nursing; Rebecca Elizabeth Lettelleir, B.S., Nursing; Tammy Alecia Martinez, M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction; Brenda NeSmith Morris, M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction; Kathryn Anne O’Dell, B.S., Nursing; Angela Leigh Pitts, Education Specialist; Jill Nicole Powers, B.S., Nursing, Summa Cum Laude; Cherylann Schroer Richardson, M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction; Susan Sulcer Roach, Education Specialist; Marilyn Adams Stamps, Education Specialist; Elizabeth Frances Thompson, B.S., Nursing; Ashley Christine Vasconcelles, M.Ed., Curriculum and Instruction and Alkina Jameka Warner, Master of Arts in Teaching.


Heinberg earns master’s at LaGrange

Luthersville resident Heather Yvonne Heinberg graduated at LaGrange College’s 182nd commencement ceremony with a master of education degree in curriculum and instruction.


Cowetans make Dean’s List at Brewton-Parker

Ten students from Coweta County qualified for the Dean’s List at Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon by earning a 3.6 or better GPA and being enrolled for 12 or more credit hours. They are Melinda Diane Carlyle, Jackie Lucinda Helm, Matthew Alec Hopkins, Willie Anthony Melson, Joseph Herbert Thrower, Jennifer Quinn Vatave, Laura Elizabeth Whitley, and Lakeitha Consuelo Williams, all of Newnan; Daniel John Kaufman of Senioa, and Amy Leigh Kerlin of Sharpsburg.


Courtney graduates from Wake Forest

Kiana Courtney of Fayetteville recently graduated from Wake Forest University in Winstom-Salem, NC with a degree in communications.


Gould wins Shorter U scholarship

Erin Serena Gould of Newnan was recently awarded Shorter University’s Alfred Shorter Scholarship which provides three-quarters of tuition for eight semesters for incoming freshmen. To qualify, students must hold at least a 3.75 GPA and score at least 1100 on the SAT (critical reading and math) or 24 on the ACT. Gould, the daughter of Tom and Tammy Gould, graduated from East Coweta High School where she maintained a 4.0 GPA. She participated in and was the vice president of Followers of Christ her senior year. She was awarded the Mike Fitzpatrick Student Athlete of the Month award as well as the Scholar Athlete Award.  Gould is also involved in numerous church activities that include teaching, singing, and acting.


McElwaney earns master’s from UIC

Michelle McElwaney of Sharpsburg received a master of science in health informatics at the May 2013 commencement ceremony of the University of Illinois at Chicago.


Hebron graduates from Lafayette

Vaughn Hebron of Senoia recently graduated from Lafayette College in Easton, PA with a bachelor of arts in economics and business.


Dayton awarded scholarships to Dordt

Michael Dayton of Senoia has been awarded honors and football scholarships as an incoming freshman from Dordt College in Sioux Center, IA. 


Mongerson travels to Ecuador

Peachtree City resident Briana Mongerson, a senior at Oglethorpe University in Atlanta, will study abroad in Ecuador during the summer of 2013 as part of Oglethorpe’s partnership program with the nonprofit Global LEAD. A graduate of Whitewater High School, Mongerson is majoring in communications and rhetoric studies and minoring in sociology. 


Ulles, Bender graduate from College of Charleston

Anne Ulles of Newnan and Connor Bender of Peachtree City recently graduated from the College of Charleston in South Carolina during a ceremony in the historic Cistern Yard.


Gordy, Stephens win ABAC scholarships

Allison Gordy of Sharpsburg and Lisa Stephens of Turin have been awarded scholarships from the ABAC Foundation to attend Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College during the 2013-2014 academic year. Gordy, a natural resources management major, received the J.E. (Pat) & Annie Lou Connor Forestry scholarship and the Garland S. McIntyre Forestry scholarship. Stephens, a rural studies major, received the Herbert and Meade Bynum Endowment for Student Enrichment in Rural Studies scholarship. Both students are graduates of East Coweta High School.


Dickinson on Dean’s List at VMI

Hannah P. Dickinson, a sophomore from Peachtree City, was recently named to the Dean’s List at the Virginia Military Institute in Lexington. Dickinson, the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Gary W. Dickinson, is majoring in biology.


Samford graduates three locals

During Samford University’s recent commencement exercises in Birmingham, three local students earned their degrees. Dominic Vittorio Aliffi, Newnan, earned a bachelor of music education from Samford’s School of the Arts. Courtney Leigh Lawson, Newnan, received a bachelor of arts from Samford’s Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies. Catherine Nicole Stevens, Fayetteville, was awarded a bachelor of science in education from Samford’s Orlean Bullard Beeson School of Education and Professional Studies.


McCants graduates from Morehouse

Mr. and Mrs. Jimmy McCants of Senoia would like to announce the graduation of their son, Jeremy J. McCants, on May 19 from Morehouse College in Atlanta. McCants is the grandson of Cleveland Hill Jr. He will be entering Duke Divinity in North Carolina in the fall. McCants is a 2009 graduate of East Coweta High School. 

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