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SUNDAY, JULY 8, 2007

Education In Brief

Payne earns doctorate

Jeanne Payne of Decatur defended her dissertation June 19 and earned her doctorate in educational leadership from The University of Alabama and The University of Alabama at Birmingham. Her degree will be conferred at UABís summer commencement August 11.

Payne, director of curriculum for Decatur City Schools, wrote her dissertation on the Mobile Math Initiativeís effectiveness in three of the cityís schools.

A Decatur High graduate, Payne earned an associateís
degree from Calhoun Community College, a bachelorís degree from Athens State University and masterís and educational specialist degrees from UAB.

She spent 15 years in the Morgan County school system and has been with Decatur City Schools for 14 years. Payne and her husband Gary have two sons, Adam and Blake.

Harding trustee

Dr. Robert Walker of Decatur has been added to the Harding University Board of Trustees. Walker works with Surgical Associates of North Alabama. He received a bachelorís degree from Harding and his M.D. from The University of Alabama School of Medicine.

He is certified by the American Board of Surgery and is a fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He also serves on the board of directors for the Alabama Policy Institute and Compass Bank of Decatur and belongs to the Presidentís Council at Harding.

Walker and his wife Beth have three children. Their son, Charlie, was recently elected Harding Student Association president for the 2007-08 school year.

Coloring Contest

Four students from Walter Jackson Elementary School in Decatur were the winners of the 2007 Coloring Contest for Fourth Graders, sponsored by Joe Wheeler 291, United Daughters of the Confederacy in Decatur.

The winners: Bradley Tate, first place; Kirsten Marthaler, second place; Jordan Caudle, third place; Anna Underwood, honorable mention.

The winning entries have been sent to compete in the UDC state contest.

Bullard honored

Mary Brook Bullard of Decatur received the Phyllis M. Nielson Senior Book Award at the honors day convocation. The award is given to outstanding seniors majoring in education.

BSC graduates

These area students received degrees from Birmingham-Southern College at the spring commencement ceremonies in May.

Meagan Hurst of Athens; Mary Bullard, Abha Soni, both of Decatur.

Phillips receives degree

Christopher Wade Phillips of Decatur received his degree from Huntingdon College in Montgomery.

His degree was conferred at the May 19 commencement exercises.

Holloway on deanís list

Tyler Holloway of Decatur has been named to the deanís list at Murray State University, Paducah, Ky., for the 2007 spring semester.

To be eligible for the list, a student must maintain at least a 3.5 grade point average.

UM honors

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

Presidentís list: Sara Lansford of Athens; Jessica McIntyre, Taylor Phillips, both of Decatur.

Deanís list: Kristin Oliver of Athens.

Mendoza receives degree

Rosa Mendoza of Decatur received her degree from Berea College, Berea Ky., at the May 27 commencement ceremonies. She is the daughter of Ventura and Justina Mendoza and earned a bachelorís degree in mathematics with a minor in sociology.

MSU co-op students

Brian Green and Cory Zywno, both of Decatur, are participating in the Cooperative Education program at Mississippi State University, Starkville. Co-op students affiliate with a business, industrial or governmental firm while enrolled at MSU.

Green is majoring in chemical engineering and is working alternate semesters at International Paper in Courtland. Zywno is majoring in electrical engineering and is employed with Adtran in Huntsville.

Atkins receives degree

Celeste Atkins of Hartselle has graduated summa cum laude with a Masterís of Education degree from Jones International University.

She completed her student teaching assignment at Falkville Elementary and plans to become a certified teacher. She is the daughter of J.W. and Hesta Atkins of Hartselle.

AASB Academy

These area school board members participated in the Alabama Association of School Boards Academy during the 2006-07 academic year.

Level I (25 training hours): Gary Bradford, Jackie Burch and Beth McCulloch Vinson, all of Lawrence County Schools; Dr. Andrew Dukes, Hartselle City Schools; Anthony Hilliard, Limestone County Schools; Russell Johnson, Athens City Schools.

Level III (75 training hours): Bobby Diggs, Lawrence County; Betty Hackett, Morgan County Schools; Sabrina Holt, Athens; Bryant Moss, Limestone County; Kathy White-Goodwin, Hartselle.

Level IV (100 training hours, all eight core curriculum courses): Jimmy Dobbs, Morgan County; Karen Duke, Decatur City Schools; Earl Glaze, Limestone County.

Master Level (15 training hours, one core curriculum course): John King, Limestone County, second year; Charles Shoulders, Limestone County, second year; Kenneth Henson, Morgan County, third year; Tom Earwood, Morgan County, fourth year; James Licas, Athens, fourth year; Dora Woodard, Morgan County, fourth year.

UA honors

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

Presidentís list: William Davis, Lauren Ford, Lauren Garrett, William McCartney, Colby Medlen, Mary Strain, Thomas Woodroof, all of Athens; Ashley Holladay of Danville; Luke Breland, Stefanie Chapman, Megan Courington, Amanda James, Austin Kirsch, Katherine Matthews, Lesley Morris, Laura Pearce, Wiley Rowe, Brandon Stevens, Caroline Weaver, all of Decatur; Charity Bogard of Falkville; Elizabeth Hendrix, Erin Thompson, both of Hartselle; Stephanie Casto of Laceyís Spring; Joshua Hood, Whitney Montgomery, Joshua Naylor, Lauren Peebles, Christopher Pugh, all of Moulton; Heather Griffin of Somerville; Holly Alman of Vinemont.

Deanís list: Shane Stafford, Gergory Stewart, Joe Whitt, all of Ardmore; Evan Chambers, Allison Chandler, Lara Dean, Lindsay Dunn, Erica Glidewell, Jessica Haney, James Harris, Elizabeth Hunt, Bethany Knowles, Meredith Mitchell, Andrea Passwater, Clayton Pence, David Pritchett, Angela Sonego, Joshua Stokes, Jere Trent II, Alicia Waggoner, Jordan Winn, all of Athens; Stewart Claborn, Amber Diggs, both of Courtland; Samuel Adams, Jeffrey Beasley, Trent Dean, Richard Dougherty, Katharine Evans, John Garrison, Rebecca Hodges, John Holaway, Rebecca Jackson, Tyler Jones, Kristene Jordan, Jonathan Key, David Langley, Katie Layton, Christie Ledbetter, Katherine Lincoln, Rachel Lothspeich, Nicole Meyer, Kathryn Middleton, Timothy Paysinger Jr., Carrie Pearce, Catherine Prickett, Benjamin Raines, Christopher Richardson, Adam Riley, Richard Sanders, Brittany Sneed, Rachel Sollie, Kimberly Taylor, Wesley Teague, Nicole Tidwell, Katharine Vickery, all of Decatur; John Morris, Collier Raley, Jeremy Whitt, all of Elkmont; Shelly Holmes, Erika Miller, Ross Summerford, Ryan Summerford, all of Falkville; Elisa Aldridge, Kalen Berry, Brittany Borden, Meghan Boudreaux, Jessica Brummett, Rachael Carden, Kevin Corum, Samantha Dilorenzo, Walter Fanning, Jacob Holmes, David Kilborn, Sarah Puckett, Megan Smith, Alex Thompson, all of Hartselle; Cory Kelly of Laceyís Spring; Stephanie Gaines, Whitney McCulloch, Randel Mullican Jr., Chancey Praytor, Catherine Qualls, John Stone, all of Moulton; Haley Fleming of Town Creek; Zane Parker, Marshall Turner, both of Trinity; Franziska Abbott, Heidi Abbot, Katie Brandon, all of Vinemont.

UNA deanís list

These area students have been named to the deanís list at The University of North Alabama for the 2007 spring term.

Katy Lynn Garner, Joanna Marie McGill, both of Anderson; Ashley Leigh Bennett, Jessica Lauren Clem, Adria Lynn Gant, Monique Latese Johnson, Zachary John Kiyak, Mark Ross Lynn, Sammi Jo McConnell, Christopher David Sonego, Heather Nicole Stowe, Matthew Gavin Trousdale, Carrie Lelayne Trousdale, Lisa Elizabeth Whitehurst, all of Athens; Satin Antionette Mayes, Jerrod Jerome Terry, both of Courtland; Alan Marshall Balch, April Evon Blelew, Carrilea Cammack Littleford, Meagan Brandell Sanford, all of Danville; Anna Renee Askew, William L. Ballew, Whitney Jo Blackwood, Timothy Jo Collins, Matthew Elwin Mallard, Lori Beth McAlpin, Amy Katherine Minnelli, Chelsey Wynn Morrow, Sarah Katherine Pigg, Kathryn Dianne Rains, Karlos L. Rogers, Timothy Alan Tapscott, Brittney Leigh Terry, Candice Leigh Tittle, Nicholas Alan Wuesthoff, all of Decatur; Kyle Haden Lewter of Elkmont; Brianna Lyn Thompson of Eva; Emily Elizabeth Beavers of Falkville; Jodi Gail Coffey, Jay David Glenn, Melanie Dawn Hughes, Jessica Rian Petzold, Courtney Beth White, all of Hartselle; Christopher Ryan Terry of Hillsboro; Erin Danielle Dean of Lester; McKenzie Nicole Armstrong, Luke Loyd Chenault, Ashley Beth Crumpton, Emily Mitchell Elkins, Justin R. Helms, Max Russ Sanders Jr., Ronnie Heath White, Samantha L. White, all of Moulton; Sara Elizabeth McCutcheon of Somerville; Dustin Glenn White of Tanner; Kristopher Alan Cochran, Tonya Lea King, Susan Ann Long, Stephanie Ellen Muston, Callie Beth Rutherford, Teri Leighann Wakefield, all of Tanner; William Benjamin Hodges, Holly Michelle Widick, both of Trinity; Brittany Lauren Knighten of Union Grove.

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