Houston County student named ANNpower fellow

April 21, 2013 

Willa Wang, a junior at Houston County High School, is one of 50 selected to be an ANNpower Fellow for leadership potential and commitment to creating positive social change.

Wang participated April 1-4 in the ANNpower Vital Voices Leadership Forum, a three-day leadership training and mentorship program in Washington, D.C. During the forum, students met with female leaders, including former U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, actress Kate Hudson, ANN Inc. President and CEO Kay Krill, and Valerie Jarrett, senior adviser to President Barack Obama, according to a news release.

Students were asked to create solutions to social issues that affect their communities. The young women will be eligible to receive ANNpower Project Grants of up to $2,500 to put their ideas into action, according to the news release.

Stratford students perform community service

Stratford Academy students recently spent a day volunteering at nine local community agencies during the second annual Stratford Out Serving Day.

During the project, 88 students from the academy’s upper school completed services, which ranged from organizing activities at Carlyle Place and Morningside Assisted Living to walking dogs for Save-A-Pet, among many other projects, according to a news release.

Before the project, students collected nearly 1,000 items for community agencies, including school supplies, clothing, canned goods and hygiene products.

Students must perform a minimum of 75 hours of community service during their four years of high school to graduate. Since the program began in 1989, students have volunteered nearly 128,000 hours.

Bibb kindergarten registration begins

The Bibb County school system is launching its kindergarten registration roundup, running weekdays from Monday through May 17 at the Welcome Center, 2003 Riverside Drive in Macon.

Parents may register their children for kindergarten between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Extended hours will be offered 8 a.m.-8 p.m. April 30 from and 10 a.m.-3 p.m. May 4. Appointments are available upon request. Spanish-speaking parents who need an interpreter should schedule an appointment for April 24, May 1, May 8 or May 15.

Children must be 5 years old on or before Sept. 1 to be eligible for kindergarten. Parents should bring proof of residence, their child’s certified birth certificate, their child’s Social Security card, immunization records and certificates for ear, eye and dental screenings.

Parents can sign up for classes at the Welcome Center, and the first 100 parents to register their children will get a kindergarten handbook and a set of books. For more information, call 779-3700 or e-mail welcomecenter@bibb.k12.ga.us.

Bibb County to host summer career camps

The Bibb County school system is sponsoring three campus introducing students to nontraditional career opportunities. Camps are open to students rising to the ninth, 10th or 11th grades.

Mentoring A Girl In Construction will run 8 a.m.-3:30 p.m. weekdays for the week of June 3 at Southwest High School. Girls will learn basic carpentry and electrical skills and get a take-home project.

Men in Medicine will run 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 11 through June 13 at Hutchings Career Center. Boys will participate in hands-on learning experiences, including taking vital signs, performing CPR and making assessments.

Girls Auto Know will run 9 a.m.-1 p.m. June 18-20 at Hutchings Career Center. Girls will learn how to take care of their car, including oil and tire changes and safety in and around a car.

Applications are due by April 29 and are available at tinyurl.com/bibbcamp2013 online. For more information, call Vonnie Angelo at 779-2526.

Mossy Creek Middle student to donate Boy Scout project

Mossy Creek Middle School student Harrison Booth will donate his Boy Scout Eagle project to the school Monday. Harrison is an eighth-grade agriculture student and Future Farmers of America member.

He built four planting tables, which will be used in an outdoor growing area for hands-on educational use. Harrison raised $600 for the materials by hosting a bake sale at school and through donations from friends and family. He coordinated with Larry Warren, welding instructor at the Houston County Career Academy, to supply the metal tabletops, which were welded by HCCA students. The materials for the tops were donated by Jones Welding of Warner Robins.

Mercer student accepted to Washington training

Melina Hettiaratchi, a junior at Mercer University, recently was accepted to the 2013 Student Advocacy Training in Washington, D.C. The training is held by the U.S. chapter of the Global Campaign for Education.

Hettiaratchi will spend three days in the nation’s capital learning about education as a right around the world.

Midstate teen on team that won birding competition

A team of teenagers from Middle Georgia and Atlanta recently won the annual Youth Birding Competition.

The team, called the Chaotic Kestrels, comprised Ethan Hatchett of Griffin, Rosemary Kramer of The Rock, Patrick Maurice of Atlanta and Evan Schneider of Macon. The team counted 136 species to win the competition and the high school division. A total of 28 teams participated and raised more than $1,100 for wildlife conservation, according to a news release.

Compiled by writers Jenna Mink and Mike Stucka.

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