Education briefs

March 6, 2013 

Houston students advance to state social studies fair

Two Houston County students won first place awards at the Southwest Georgia Regional Social Studies Fair, according to a news release. The fair was held Feb. 23 at The Columbus Museum.

Both winners, who are advancing to the state competition March 23 at Clayton State University, attend Eagle Springs Elementary School. They are Sydney Dawsey, whose project was “Should Women Be Drafted?” and Kyle Bennett, who did his project on “The Effects of World War II on Great Britain.”

Students advance at regional science and engineering fair

The Houston Regional Science and Engineering Fair was held in February with more than 750 projects submitted by secondary students from Houston and Peach county schools, home schools and Sacred Heart Catholic School, according to a news release from Houston County schools.

Forty-four students won first place and qualified to compete at the state competition in March at the University of Georgia. In addition, four students won individual grand prizes and qualified for the international competition in Phoenix this May, according to the news release.

The grand champion winners are: Ben Gibbs, of Bonaire Middle School; Morgan Carr, of Feagin Mill Middle School; Navin Buxani, of Houston County High School and Namrata Buxani, of Houston County High School.

Free basic computer classes available

Free basic computer classes are available for adults through Houston County schools. One remaining session, which begins April 8, is available. Classes meet 5:30-8 p.m. Mondays at the Crossroads Center. To register, call Bruce Van Bibber at 988-6396, extension 0. For other questions, call Barbara Wall at 988-6222, extension 10226.

Cheerleading clinic planned

Veterans High School will hold a middle school cheerleading clinic 3:30-5:30 p.m. Monday-March 13. The cost is $50 per student, or $35 for children of Houston County school system employees. T-shirts are available for $15. For more information, e-mail

Houston schools recognized for AP achievements

Five Houston County high schools have been noted for students’ achievement in Advanced Placement classes for subjects related to science, technology, engineering and math.

Houston County, Northside, Perry, Veterans and Warner Robins high schools were named 2013 AP STEM schools, meaning the schools tested students in at least two AP math courses and two AP science courses.

“Congratulations to all of our high schools for earning this recognition,” Superintendent Robin Hines said in a news release. “We appreciate our students who willingly tackle the rigor and requirements of college-level courses. Many thanks, also, to our parents who embrace AP challenges. We applaud our AP teachers for training, preparing and making available these opportunities. I also commend our board members for their support of our system’s STEM initiatives and AP program.”

Additionally, Houston, Northside, Perry and Veterans high schools were named AP STEM Achievement Schools, meaning at least 40 percent of students taking the tests scored a 3, 4 or 5, with 5 being the highest.

Mossy Creek FBLA wins regional awards

Mossy Creek Middle School’s Future Business Leaders of America received 23 top five ribbons during the regional leadership conference in February. First through fifth place winners received ribbons during business and computer skills competitions, and 29 Mossy Creek students competed.

Peach County High hosts ‘Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day’

Peach County High School recently hosted “Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day.” Engineer Bisceglia Berry visited the engineering concepts and applications classes at the school to share her experiences as a female engineer at Blue Bird Corporation. The goal is to mentor young girls and introduce them to professions in engineering, according to a news release.

-- Staff reports

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