Daily photo by Emily Saunders|
Jacob Mishalanie, a third-grader at Julian Harris Elementary School, gives his teacher, Patty Maze, a pie in the face Friday as part of his reward for improving literacy skills. Maze promised her students of they reached a benchmark of reading 110 words per minute or improved their mid-year score by 20 points, that she’d allow each student to toss a pie in her face. Jacob was No. 6 out of 13.
Education In Brief
Skills USA winners
These Lawrence County Center of Technology students were winners in the Skills USA State Contest, held April 17-18 in Birmingham. First-place winners will compete at the nationals in Kansas City, Mo., in June.
Cosmetology: Sadie Davis won a third-place Bronze Medal in Job Skill Demonstration A for her demonstration of a full head highlights weaving procedure.
Leighann Terry and Tiona Reed won a first-place Gold Medal in Promotional Bulletin Board with their five-minute presentation on Skills USA “Champions at Work in Professional Development.”
DeAnna Burden won a second-place Silver Medal for her results on a multiple choice test on Skills USA and State Board of Cosmetology, receptionist skills, hairstyling, women’s and men’s cuts. She will attend the national competition as an alternate.
Drafting: Jeramie Ogles won second place in Architectural Drafting and Andy Pepper won first place in Mechanical Drafting.
Electronics: Ryne Agee won a second-place Silver Medal in Electronics Technology for his results on a written exam, breadboard project, soldering, test/measuring and troubleshooting.
Justin Stricklin won a first-place Gold Medal in Electronics Applications. David Terry won a third-place Bronze Medal in the same competition. Their instructor, Calvin Jones, has had electronics students win gold medals in the state Skills USA contest for 11 consecutive years. Both Stricklin and Terry also have college scholarships.
These area students have received scholarships from Northwest-Shoals Community College.
Elenta Coffey of Hillsboro, academic. She is a senior at East Lawrence High School, where she is a member of the Senior Beta Club, National Honor Society, Spanish Club, Science Honor Society and Mu Alpha Theta. She is the daughter of Richard and Willodean Coffey.
Katlyn Sutton of Mount Hope, academic. She is a senior at Mount Hope High School, where she is a member of the Leo Club and Beta Club. She won the National Beta Club Creative Writing Contest for Alabama. She is the daughter of Joel and Kristie Sutton.
Thomas Rutherford of Town Creek, applied technology. He is a senior at Hatton High School, where he is vice president of the Senior Beta Club and a reporter for Skills USA. He is the son of Greg and Martha Rutherford.
Crystal Oliver of Moulton, academic. She is a senior at Lawrence County High School, where she has been named to “Who’s Who Among American High School Students” and the “A” honor roll. She is the daughter of Wade and Tammy Oliver.
Cecil Terry of Moulton, applied technology. He is a senior at Lawrence County High School. He is the son of Tina Smallwood and Lavon Terry.
Rahm earns master’s
Wendi Blake Rahm of Decatur has received her Master of Architecture degree from the Georgia Institute of Technology. She was named Outstanding First Year Student in the program and placed third in the Architectural Thesis Competition. She is a cum laude graduate of Birmingham-Southern College and a 1997 honors graduate of Decatur High School.
She will begin her career with CNNA Architects in Atlanta. Her parents are David and Sherri Rahm. Her grandparents include Etha Mae Garner and Bob and Johnnie Rahm.
Zack Cochran of Danville has received the Sam Walton Community Scholarship. He is a senior at Danville High School, where he is ranked fifth in his class and is an honors student and member of the Beta Club. He is also percussion leader for the Danville High School marching band and an Eagle Scout.
Daily photo by John Godbey|
Stuart Bullington, a third-grader at Athens Bible School, demonstrates Bernoulli’s principle by keeping a ball suspended over a straw with a puff of air. Stuart was participating in the school’s fifth annual Kids Involved in Science Day. The event featured about 30 booths of hands-on science activities, such as a wartime catapult and making homemade slime.
He is the son of Bruce and Sandy Cochran.
Delta Epsilon Iota
These area students were inducted into The University of North Alabama chapter of Delta Epsilon Iota academic honor society.
Joshua Cole Abernathy, Angela N. Cox, Dru Lauren Lawler, Jennifer Nicole Noel, Jennifer Ann Rolf, Heather Stowe, Matt Taylor, Matthew G. Trousdale, Melonee Cleone Tubb, all of Athens; April Evon Belew of Danville; Timothy Jo Collins, Anna Faye Darby, Taylor Kenzie Lamb, Matthew Elwin Mallard, Sarah Elizabeth Minnelli, Cassie Alexander Nickens, all of Decatur; Laura Raye Evans of Falkville; Melanie Dawn Hughes, Jessica Petzold, Brittney L. Segars, all of Hartselle; Ashley Beth Crumpton, Bradley K. Latham, Heath White, all of Moulton; Rachel Adele Reed of Somerville; Dustin Glenn White of Tanner; Leslie Randolph Patterson of Town Creek; William Benjamin Hodges, Christopher Ryan Smith, Leah Danielle Spooner, all of Trinity; Leslie M. Chappell of Vinemont.
National Merit Scholarship
Luke Naylor of Decatur has received a National Merit Scholarship. He is a student at Randolph School in Huntsville.
Miller earns Master’s
Josh Miller of Decatur has received his Master of Education degree in counseling, with a concentration in marriage and family therapy from The University of Montevallo. He is a member of Chi Sigma Iota, the international honor society for counselors and also received the Outstanding Graduate Student award.
He is the son of David and Debbie Miller and is a 1999 graduate of Austin High School.
These area students have received degrees from Mississippi State University, Starkville, during the 2006-07 academic year.
William Dahlem, Barrett Kirsch, Rachel Croxdale, all of Decatur; Ashley LouAllen of Moulton; Tyler Sandlin of Athens; Timothy Womack of Falkville; Erin Cantrell of Anderson; David Glasscock, Ashley Holt, Ashley Witherspoon, all of Hartselle.
Brennen Smith of Decatur will have his graduation exhibit featuring photography in the gallery at Calhoun Community College, Monday through Friday. The gallery is on the second floor of the Fine Arts building.
Smith is the son of Harold and Joan Smith.
Local seniors honored
Tara Swearengin of Decatur received a Sam Walton Scholarship from Decatur Wal-Mart. She is a senior at Master’s Hand Christian School and is the daughter of Larry and Jane Swearengin of Decatur.
Michelle Maddox, also a senior at Master’s Hand Christian School, received a scholarship from Calhoun Community College. She was also named to “Who’s Who Among American High School Students.” She is the daughter of Oscar and Kerri Maddox of Trinity.
HJH students honored
Jessi Wallace, a seventh-grader at Hartselle Junior High School, won second place in the grades 7-9 essay category of the Law Day 2007 contest. The contest was sponsored by the Alabama State Bar Association. She will receive a $150 U.S. Savings Bond. She is the daughter of Tim and Stephanie Wallace.
Six seventh-graders at Hartselle Junior High School have been recognized by 2007 Duke University Seventh Grade Talent Search Program for their superior performance on the ACT.
Winners: Michael Brannon, Blaze Lawrimore, Jessica Lewis, Seth Nuss, Mary Roberts and Megan Smith. They have been invited to a state awards ceremony at The University of Alabama on May 19.
The Duke University Talent Search identifies academically talented seventh graders based on scores achieved on the ACT college entrance examination.
These area students were honored at The University of North Alabama’s Spring Honors Day and Academic Honors Night ceremonies.
Spring Honors Day
Undergraduate Service Award:
Holly Michelle Widick of Trinity.
Hall of Fame Awards:
Erin Michelle Youngblood of Danville.
Pauline E. Gravlee Leadership Scholarship:
Katherine Ann Rolf of Athens.
LaGrange Society Rookie of the Year:
William Benjamin Hodges of Trinity.
LaGrange Society Scholastic Achievement Award:
Adria Lynn Gant of Athens.
Academic Honors Night
Highest grade point average:
Justin Lee Bedingfield, Andrea Simpkins Lavender, Marcie Christina Schaffer, Melonee Cleone Tubb, all of Athens; Terry Hazard Bachuss of Decatur; Bethany Leigh Beavers of Falkville; Monica Lane Doherty, Courtney Beth White, both of Hartselle; Dustin Glenn White of Tanner; Teri Leighann Wakefield of Town Creek.
Senior Academic Awards:
Mallory Magen Chandler of Decatur.
Phi Kappa Phi:
Adria Lynn Gant of Athens; Emily Elizabeth Beavers of Falkville; Adam Garrett, Holly Michelle Widick, both of Trinity.
University Academic Honor Scholarships:
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Adria Lynn Gant of Athens; Julia Monet Eze of Decatur; Tiffany Green Wilhite of Vinemont.
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