Education Notebook: Linwood principal appointed to Houston schools position

April 14, 2013 

Lazunia Frierson, principal of Linwood Elementary School, has been appointed the new executive director for elementary operations for Houston schools. She will take over the position in July, replacing Cindy Flesher, who will become superintendent of school operations.

A Houston County schools alumna, Frierson was an English teacher and cheerleading coach at Northside High before serving five years as assistant principal at Linwood. She has been principal of Linwood since 2007, according to a news release.

“I am very fortunate to be able to give back to the school system that has given so much more to me,” she said in the release.

Houston Sharks to host celebrity game fundraiser

The Houston County Sharks will host its third annual celebrity wheelchair game at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday at Veterans High School. The game serves as a fundraiser for the Sharks, a sports program for students with physical disabilities.

The Sharks will play the Houston County Guppies, which is made up of local education officials, elected leaders, television personalities and school athletic directors and coaches, according to a news release.

Tickets are $5 at the door.

Middle Georgia State to host International Festival

The annual International Festival will be held Saturday from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Macon campus of Middle Georgia State College. The event will be in the Student Life Center.

Events include an international dinner, a talent show and a fashion show. The dinner is $5, and the shows are free. The event is open to the public, according to a news release.

Author wins Mercer writing prize

Writer Lee Smith is the winner of Mercer University’s 2013 Sidney Lanier Prize for Southern Literature. The prize, which is awarded by the Southern studies program, honors contributions to Southern writing.

Smith, a Virginia native, has published 12 novels and four collections of short stories, which depict challenges faced by people of Appalachia. Her 2003 novel, “The Last Girls,” was a New York Times best-seller and a “Good Morning America” Book Club pick.

She has received numerous awards throughout her career, according to a news release.

Local organization offers scholarships

The Master Gardeners of Central Georgia are accepting applications for its 2013-2014 academic scholarship.

One $1,000 scholarship will go to a female, graduating high school senior who is interested in a career related to environmental science. Another $1,000 scholarship will go to a rising college junior or senior, who has declared a major in an environment-related field. A $500 scholarship will go to a graduating high school senior based on academic achievement.

Applicants must be from Bibb, Crawford, Houston, Jones, Monroe, Peach or Twiggs counties. Applications must be postmarked no later than May 31. For more information or to apply, go to

Law students raise $12,000 for charities

Mercer law students recently presented two checks worth a total of $12,000 to two local charities.

In March, the Association of Women Law Students hosted the 15th annual Charity Auction and Ball in Macon. The charity raised $6,000 for Jay’s Hope, a local charity that helps children with cancer, and $6,000 for The Methodist Children’s Home, which runs a residential and emergency placement program for children.

Over the past three years, the association has raised more than $50,000 for local charities, according to a news release.

Tattnall Square Academy earns math award

Tattnall Square Academy in Macon earned second place in the recent Berry College Mathematics Contest for seventh- and eighth-graders.

The college hosts the competition each year to promote mathematical excellence, according to a news release.

-- Compiled by writer Jenna Mink

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