Houston names Governors Honors nominees
Houston County high schools have selected 56 nominees for the 2012-13 Governors Honors Program. They will be honored at a 6 p.m. program Jan. 28 at Warner Robins High School.
There will be 690 finalists named statewide after interviews in January and February. Governors Honors is a free four-week summer enrichment program at Valdosta State University.
According to a news release, the nominees are:
Houston County High School: Skyler Alexander, Chen-hui Bergl, Colton Berry, Jacob Bodien, Davien Brown, Navin Buxani, Ian Clester, Callie Cook, Shivani Dhir, Brandon Hancock, Payton Horton, Hunter Hufnagel, Joseph Little, Kade Randall, Michael Stewart and Cole Stewart.
Northside High School: Natalie Boswell, Jamila Chambers, William Crouch, Robert Gilstrap, Austin Maddox, Alexander Oakley, Peyton Raley, Brianna Roberson and Shelly Vyas.
Perry High School: Bethany Brown, Madeline Dannenberg, Delaney Foster, Eli Guidry, Steven Le, Liston Mehserle, Emily Moody, Ryan Oxyer and Jacob Turner.
Veterans High School: Leigh Ann Copeland, Levi Davis, Emily Deyton, Divine Francis, Alexander Goldstien, Holder Kristen, Aja Miller, Kahlil Moss, Lindsay Richardson, Amy Rigsby, Clinton Rogers and Tyra Wilson.
Warner Robins High School: Camille Bagwell, Katherine Bakrania, Callie Bruce, Abby Butikofer, Carmen Foskey, Brendan Kennedy, Connor Martin, Christopher Millican, Lauren Rossman and Anna Slivka.
WRHS educator receives honor
A Warner Robins High School educator was named Gifted Teacher of Year for Houston County.
Lou Leskosky teaches honors ninth- grade English, humanities and AP U.S. government. Hes been teaching in the gifted program for three years. Before joining Warner Robins High, he practiced law, according to a news release.
One of my key reasons for getting into education, in making the shift from a lawyer to a teacher, was to work with gifted students and ensure their needs were met and that they were shepherded into the successful careers they have the potential to achieve, Leskosky wrote on his application for the award.
Leskosky received gifts valued at about $200 for the honor, in addition to tokens from the board of education, including a Teacher of the Year pin, the release states.
Schools see high pass rates on writing test
In Houston County, 95 percent of high school juniors who took the Georgia High School Writing Test for the first time passed it. Thats on par with the state average of 95 percent, according to a news release.
At Peach County High School, 90 percent of students who took the test for the first time passed, which is a 9 percent increase compared to test scores from 2011, according to a news release.
Students took this years test in October. The test is used to identify students who might need extra instruction in courses essential to a high school diploma. Students must pass the test to graduate.
Schools roll to regional academic bowl
Four Houston County middle schools will compete Jan. 12 in the regional academic bowl. Bonaire, Feagin Mill, Mossy Creek and Thomson were the four out of eight middle schools to score highest during the district competition and will now compete in the Professional Association of Georgia Educators Academic Bowl for Middle Grades.
The top winners from the regional bowl will compete Jan. 26 for the state championship at Georgia College & State University.
-- Staff reports