The midstates military and Air Force ties seemed to serve as inspiration for several of the 10 finalists chosen in the search for a mascot for the new Middle Georgia State College.
Among the finalists were the Aviators, Flying Tigers, Raptors and Thunderbirds. Other finalists are the Gladiators, Heat, Knights, Ravens, Thrashers and Titans.
The new college will form in January with the consolidation of Macon State College and Middle Georgia College.
The public was invited to be part of the mascot search, which generated 800 entries with 300 different suggestions, according to the colleges consolidation website.
Another public survey will be sent out to narrow the options. The results will be turned over to a group of college and community representatives who are expected to make a final decision by Sept. 1.
School colors will be chosen after the selection of a mascot.
FPD student awarded Perdue scholarship
Seth Van Huss, of Smarr, has been awarded a $5,000 scholarship from the Arthur W. Perdue Foundation.
A graduate of First Presbyterian Day School, Van Huss plans to attend the University of Georgia to pursue a medical degree, according to a news release.
The scholarship, based on academics and extracurricular activities, is one of 10 given each year to children of Perdue employees and contractors.
Van Huss, an Eagle Scout, graduated with a 3.93 grade point average. He was a member of the National Honor Society and captain of the Robotics Club, among other activities.
Bibb schools hosting academic services sessions
The Bibb County school system will host two information sessions Thursday about academic services for students at eligible schools.
The system will host 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. sessions about Bibb Countys Flexible Learning Program at the Welcome Center at 2003 Riverside Drive in Macon, according to a news release.
The program will offer additional opportunities for students to master academic standards.
As the state received a waiver from No Child Left Behind in February, local school systems are now responsible for providing interventions for students at low-achieving schools through the Flexible Learning Program. Previously, eligible students could receive free tutoring from a list of state-approved Supplemental Education Services providers.
Students from the following schools are eligible to receive the academic services based on academic and financial needs: Burghard, Hartley, Ingram-Pye and King-Danforth elementary schools; Howard, Miller and Weaver middle schools and Westside High School.
For more information, call Joanna Gittens-Summerow at (478) 765-8582.
Telegraph writers Jennifer Burk and Andrea Castillo contributed to this report.