News from the Tennessee Valley State, Local and National news
SUNDAY, APRIL 15, 2007

Second-grade student Aubrianna Morrow catches a prize after correctly answering a review question of a summer safety lesson from Austin High School students in the Healthcare Careers 3 class presented Friday at Frances Nungester Elementary School.
Daily photo by Emily Saunders
Second-grade student Aubrianna Morrow catches a prize after correctly answering a review question of a summer safety lesson from Austin High School students in the Healthcare Careers 3 class presented Friday at Frances Nungester Elementary School.

Education In Brief

Good sportsmanship

Tortillas Blanco of Athens honored two Limestone County football players for good sportsmanship.

Vincent Azzarello of Athens High School and Luke Tunstill of Ardmore High School received the Tortillas Blanco Good Sportsmanship Award.

Mark White, owner of Tortillas Blanco, asked coaches to submit recipients based on good character, positive attitude and good sportsmanship.

Jaggers gets scholarship

Christopher Jaggers of Hatton has been awarded a leadership scholarship from The University of North Alabama.

He is a senior at Hatton High School, where he is president of the Beta Club, vice president of his senior class and a member of the golf and basketball teams. He was also chosen as a Boys State Representative. He is the son of Jerome and Ginny Jaggers.

Curry honored at UNA

Branon Alyse Curry of Athens was initiated into the freshman honor societies of Alpha Lambda Delta and Phi Eta Sigma on March 22 at The University of North Alabama.

Alpha Lambda Delta membership is open only to freshmen maintaining a 3.5 grade point average, and in the top 20 percent of their class. She is the daughter of David and Lisa Curry of Athens.

Hampton honored

Olivia Hampton of Bowling Green, Ky., has been named a United States National Honor Student award winner by the United States Achievement Academy.

She is a student at Warren East High School and is the daughter of Kelli and Carl Jarrett.

Her grandparents are Ronald Francis Sr. of Decatur and Martha Bremer of Harvest.

All-American Scholar

Janice Collins of Falkville has been named a Collegiate All-American Scholar by the United States Achievement Academy. She attends Wallace State Community College. To be eligible, a student must have at least a 3.3 grade point average and be nominated by a school official or other qualified sponsor. Collins is the daughter of Curtis and Effie Thompson of Addison. Her grandparents are Wiley and Donna Thompson and David and Sarah Hill, all of Arley.

Lamb honored

Zachary S. Lamb of Decatur has received the Fred H. Pumphrey Outstanding Pre-Engineering Student Award for the Samuel Ginn College of Engineering at Auburn University. This award is given to the student with the highest grade point average in his class and his major.

Lamb has also been inducted into Pi Gamma Tau, the Pre-Engineering Honor Society. To be eligible, a student must rank in the top 5 percent of the pre-engineering class.

Lamb is a 2005 graduate of Austin High School and is a sophomore majoring in mechanical engineering and materials engineering. He is the son of Steven and Lynn Lamb.

Regions poster contest

Regions Financial Corp. announces its Bag $10,000 Fore Your School junior poster contest.

The contest will continue through April 30. Eligible students must be enrolled in kindergarten through fifth grade.

The first-place poster from each grade level, as well as the school with the most entries, will receive a new computer and digital camera provided by Hewlett-Packard and a $100 savings bond from Regions Bank. First-place posters from each grade level will then be entered in the grand prize competition to win $10,000 for the winnerís school and the studentís poster will be named the official tournament poster.

Eligible students may visit any Regions/AmSouth branch for complete poster rules, regulations and drop-off information. Information is also available at All posters must be submitted by April 30. In addition to winning $10,000 for his/her school, the first-place winner will receive a one-night stay on May 19 at the Renaissance Ross Bridge Golf Resort and Spa for his family, tickets to the 16th Annual Regions Charity Classic and the opportunity to have his photo taken with the 2007 champion.

UA awards day

These area students were honored at The University of Alabamaís Tappings and Awards Ceremony, held April 6.

Mortar Board National Honor Society: Heather Griffin of Somerville, Lyndsey Prickett of Decatur.

Blue Key Honor Fraternity: Lauren Ford of Athens, Lyndsey Prickett of Decatur.

Omicron Delta Kappa: Samuel Adams, Chris Hawk, Lyndsey Prickett, all of Decatur; Lauren Ford of Athens.

MSU Phi Kappa Phi

These area students at Mississippi State University, Starkville, have been inducted into the Phi Kappa Phi higher education honor society.

Dennis Smith of Athens; William Dahlem, Karen Parks, Kyle Parks, all of Decatur; Timothy Womack of Falkville.

Culinary Arts winners

Area students in the Culinary Arts program at Wallace State Community College in Hanceville culminated their study of cakes, breads and pastries with a wedding cake decorating competition.

Darrell Echols of Decatur, Jo Jo Swearengin of Cullman, and Carleton Waldrep of Haleyville placed first.

Second-place team members were Charles Adams and John Hickerson, both of Cullman. Third-place team members were Ashley Bouldin of Laceyís Spring, Jonathan Grantlun of Decatur, and Rico Nishimura of Brazil.

AHS announcements

The guidance department at Austin High School offers the following announcements. For more information on any notice, contact the high school.

Martin Methodist College: Scholarships are available in several areas. Contact Kim Bracey at kbarcey@martinmethodist .edu or at (800) 467-1273 ext. 3370.

Troy University: Alpha Tau Omega Fraternity at Troy University offers the True Merit Freshman Scholarship to five qualifying male students who will be attending Troy in the fall of 2007. Deadline is June 17.

Aveda Institutes: Contact the admissions director at (888) 283-3242 or see www.avedainstitutes .com.

Calhoun Community College: Co-operation Program beginning this summer for all high school graduates and Calhoun undeclared majors. The program offers cooperative student work experiences in Aerospace, Machine Tool and Process Technology. Information/application session, Aerospace Training Center Exhibition Hall, for Aerospace and Machine Tool Technology, April 26, 6 p.m.; Process Technology, April 24, 6 p.m.

Calhoun Career Technology College Day: May 1. For high school students considering technical careers and high school seniors who are undecided about their careers. Event is limited to 48 students.

University of Mobile: Junior Preview Day, April 28th. Students who attend will receive a $2,000 scholarship once they enroll at the university. See the guidance office for more information.

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