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Kindergartner Hunter Greenwell shows a butterfly that landed on his finger after he and his Walter Jackson Elementary School classmates released six butterflies they raised for a class project. They spent four weeks of their science unit watching the butterflies grow and go through stages.
Daily photo by Gary Cosby Jr.
Kindergartner Hunter Greenwell shows a butterfly that landed on his finger after he and his Walter Jackson Elementary School classmates released six butterflies they raised for a class project. They spent four weeks of their science unit watching the butterflies grow and go through stages.

Education In Brief

Daily scholarship

Megan Courington of Decatur has received The Decatur Daily Endowed Scholarship for the 2007-08 academic year. The scholarship is awarded annually to one University of Alabama College of Communications student for academic achievement. Courington is a junior at Alabama, where she carries a 4.0 grade point average and is majoring in telecommunication and film, with a concentration in broadcast news.

Courington has also been named to the 2007-08 Blackburn Institute Student Fellows. Selection is based on faculty nomination, academic achievement, leadership and public service, followed by a rigorous interview process. The Blackburn Institute provides its Fellows the opportunity to explore issues and identify strategic actions that will improve the quality of life for our state and nation.

While at Alabama, Courington has also received the following honors: president, College of Communication and Information Sciences Student Executive Council; Alabama Student Society for Communication Arts Ambassador for College of Communication; member of the National Society of Collegiate Scholars, Golden Key, Alpha Lambda Delta, Gamma Beta Phi, Phi Eta Sigma, Sigma Alpha Lambda, Cardinal Key honor societies; National Honor Roll; Capstone mentor; member, Student Government Association special events committee; University Honors Program.

She is interning this summer with ABC 33/40 in Birmingham.

Austin Alumni Foundation

These Austin High School graduates received the Austin High School Alumni Foundation Awards.

Bobby Foster received the AHS Alumni Foundation Scholarship. He will attend Mississippi State University to major in biological engineering. He is the son of Phil and Ginger Foster.

Chelsea Rogers received the Becky Smith-Dishman Memorial Scholarship. She plans to major in nursing at Auburn University. Her parents are Ron and Karen Rogers.

NSCC scholarships

These area students have received scholarships from Northwest-Shoals Community College.

Heather Gardner of Trinity, academic. She is a senior at East Lawrence High School, where she is a member of the Beta Club, National Honor Society, Science National Honor Society, Leo Club and Mu Alpha Theta. She is the daughter of Ken and Lisa Shelton.

Sara Harris of Town Creek, academic. She is a senior at Hazlewood High School, where she is a member of the scholarís bowl, Science Club and Beta Club. She is an honor graduate in the top 10 of her class. She is the daughter of John and Tamara Harris.

Autumn Lane of Moulton, academic. She is a senior at Lawrence County High School, where she is a member of the Leo Club and National Honor Society. She is the daughter of Keith and Lynn Lane.

Garner honored

Chasitey Garner of Town Creek is an honor graduate at Hazlewood High School. She is in the top 5 percent of her class and is ranked third with a 3.67 grade point average. She is a member of the Beta Club, Science Club, scholarís bowl team, History Honors Society and the National Honor Society. She has received athletic and academic scholarships to Northwest-Shoals Community College.

Chasitey is the daughter of Tara Garner. Her grandparents are Richard Jones, Louise Jones and Vivian Garner.

Anderson in NSHSS

Zachary Anderson of Hillsboro has been named to the National Society of High School Scholars. Membership is based on academic excellence.

He is a rising senior at River City Christian Academy, where he is president of the Achievers 4-H Club and a member of the yearbook staff. His parents are Jim and Kathy Anderson.

All-American Scholar

James Cochran of Danville has been named an All-American Scholar At-Large by the United States Achievement Academy. He is a student at Danville High School and is the son of Bruce and Sandy Cochran.

His grandparents are Hal and Beth Cochran and Sandra McCaleb, all of Decatur.

Voss honored

Eric Voss of Decatur has been named a United States National Award winner in history and government by the United States Achievement Academy. He is a student at Cedar Ridge Middle School and is the son of Mike and Michelle Voss.

His grandparents are Roger and Noma Voss of Decatur and Charlie and Brenda Moorefield of Kentucky.

Baseball scholarships

Russ Stephenson of Trinity has been awarded the 2007 Alabama Baseball Coaches Association Scholarship, the 2007 Dixie Boys Majors Baseball Scholarship and a baseball scholarship to Calhoun Community College. He also was named Channel 19 Athlete of the Week, received the 2007 Lawrence County Scholar-Athlete Award and was named to the All-County Baseball team.

Russ is a senior at East Lawrence High School, where he is a member of the National Honor Society, Science Honor Society, Mu Alpha Theta, Beta Club, Leo Club and the National Society of High School Scholars. He carries a 3.5 grade point average, placing him in the top 14 percent of his class. He is the son of Cindy Brewington and Trent Stephenson. His grandparents are John and Martha Vandiver, Robert and Judy Stephenson and Tootsie and Roger Craig.

Redus honored

Gary E. Redus II of Decatur has been named a United States National Award winner in history and government by the United States Achievement Academy. He is a senior at Decatur High School and is the son of Gary and Minnie Redus. His grandparents are Eliga and Doris Diggs of Courtland and Percie Mae Redus of Tanner.

Simpson receives degree

Cassundra Nichole Simpson of Decatur has received her degree from Vanderbilt University. She graduated cum laude on May 11, with her Bachelor of Science degree in Human and Organizational Development. She will receive her Registered Nurse license in September. She is enrolled in Vanderbiltís masterís program, pursuing her degree in nursing. She is the daughter of Mike and Pam Williams of Decatur and Bryan and Clynise Simpson of Hampton, Va.

West Point seminar

Austin High School senior Abi Merrill has been selected to attend the Senior Leadership Seminar at the U.S. Military Academy in West Point, N.Y. Marquis Morris, also an Austin JROTC cadet, will go to West Point June 9-17. The students are in a group of 1,600 out of 16,000 applicants.

Participants will live as West Point cadets, including attending classes and participating in physical training. They will also take a candidate fitness assessment testing their readiness to attend the academy.

Merrill is the daughter of John Kenneth and Dawnell Merrill.

Davis on presidentís list

Melanie Davis of Decatur has been named to the presidentís list at The University of South Alabama for the 2007 spring term.

She is a graduate of Austin High School and is majoring in elementary education. She is the daughter of Stan and Sheila Davis.

Art contest winners

These students from Masterís Hand Christian School were honored at the North Alabama Birding Festival youth art contest. Allie Monin, fourth grade, received first place. Abbie Monin, first grade, received second place.

Parents are Carl and Shannon Monin of Decatur.

TSU honors

These area students have been named to the chancellorís and provostís lists at Troy State University for the 2007 spring term.

Chancellorís list: Amanda Barber of Decatur.

Provostís list: Gary Kolb of Decatur.

A student must maintain a 4.0 grade point average to be eligible for the Chancellorís list. The Provostís list requires at least a 3.65 grade point average.

UWA honors

These area students have been named to the presidentís and deanís lists at The University of West Alabama for the 2007 spring term.

To be eligible for the presidentís list, a student must maintain at least a 3.8 grade point average.

The deanís list requires at least a 3.25 grade point average.

Presidentís list: Jessica L. Pierce of Athens; Daniel T. Crowe and Robin Halbrooks, both of Hartselle; Jared E. Hembree of Vinemont.

Deanís list: Jared E. Meals of Athens; Jessica N. Thompson of Valhermoso Springs.

Samford scholarships

Amanda Elaine Boyd and Christopher Davis Fite, both of Decatur, have Presidential scholarships from Samford University.

Presidential scholarships are awarded on the basis of academic achievement, college entrance scores, leadership ability and personal interview. The scholarship is renewable for four years.

Boyd is a 2007 graduate of Austin High School and is the daughter of Denise and Bryan Boyd.

Fite is a 2007 graduate of Decatur High School and is the son of Sammie and Pete Fite.

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