Education Notebook: Mercer’s dean of education to retire

May 12, 2013 

Mercer University’s dean of the Tift College of Education will retire at the end of the academic year.

Carl R. Martray has been dean of the college for the past decade, during which the college expanded both in enrollment and programs. He led the creation of Tift’s first Ph.D. programs, as well as accreditation by the National Council for Accreditation of Teacher Education. Martray was also named dean emeritus by the University’s Board of Trustees, according to a news release.

Previously, Martray served as dean of the College of Education and Psychology at the University of Southern Mississippi, a position he held since 1998. Before joining USM, he spent 27 years at Western Kentucky University, where he began as assistant professor in 1972. He spent his last eight years at WKU as dean of the College of Education and Behavioral Sciences.

MGSC instructor performs with Houston Philharmonic

Miguel Castro, instructor of percussion and jazz at Middle Georgia State College, performed Sunday with The Houston Latin American Philharmonic in its “Mother’s Day Serenade” concert in Texas. Castro was featured as a soloist on a piece entitled “Bachata Sinfónica,” according to a news release.

The Houston Latin American Philharmonic is a professional symphony orchestra comprised of 50 musicians. Its mission is to primarily perform orchestral Latin American music works and compositions.

First Presbyterian Day School student named Georgia Scholar

A First Presbyterian Day School senior has been named a Georgia Scholar by the Georgia Department of Education.

Scott McCormick, a football and baseball player at First Presbyterian Day School, will attend the United States Military Academy at West Point, according to a news release.

The Georgia Scholar Program is an effort by the Georgia Department of Education to identify and recognize high school seniors who have achieved excellence in school and community life. To be selected as a Georgia Scholar, a student must be a graduating high school senior who exhibits excellence in all phases of school life, in community activities and in the home.

Statewide, 115 seniors have qualified, according to a news release.

Perry High student participates in national poetry contest

A Perry High School student recently traveled to Washington, D.C., to represent the state in the National Poetry Out Loud contest.

Janea Feenery won first place in the state competition held in March at the Atlanta History Center, beating 11 other contestants from across the state. She won $200 and a trip to Washington to compete for the national championship. Additionally, Perry High School received a $500 stipend to purchase poetry books, according to a news release.

More than 350,000 students from across the nation participated in this year’s competition. Janea placed as a semi-finalist in the national competition, which was higher than any contestant from Georgia has ever placed, the news release said.

Northside High exhibit wins Air Force award

A Museum of Aviation exhibit, which three Northside High School seniors worked on last year, has won the 2013 Air Force Heritage Award, according to a news release.

Wesley Paskett, Jaikel “Jay” Robinson and Keynan Callum helped museum officials put together an exhibit on explosive ordnance disposal.

The students spent more than 40 hours at the museum over several weeks last year researching the subject, gathering photos, writing information and interviewing EOD specialists at Robins Air Force Base. They also took part in a live EOD exercise, which was videotaped and is shown in the exhibit.

Additionally, three other Northside High School students worked this year on a museum exhibit, which opened May 10. Pamela Hamilton, Katie Ecklund and Kyle Baker helped build an exhibit to explain the mission of the 413th Flight Test Group at Robins Air Force Base.

Hilltop Elementary participates in Quilts of Valor program

Hilltop Elementary School students recently participated in the Quilts of Valor program, which crafts quilts to present to military veterans and combat service members.

Each of Hilltop’s 80 third-graders completed a fabric block, which were used to make 25 quilts. The creations were presented to honorees on May 9 during a third-grade assembly. Recipients include an active duty member and retired veterans who now work for the school system. Some of the quilts will be sent to wounded warriors in Germany and Afghanistan.

Warner Robins Middle wins Web challenge

Warner Robins Middle School recently won second place in the statewide Web Challenge competition by the TAG Education Collaborative, according to a news release.

The collaborative, which gives middle and high school students hands-on, STEM-related activities, challenged middle- and high-school students to develop websites and web-based applications centered on a theme. The theme for the middle school competition was “Stand up to bullying.”

Winners received partial post-secondary scholarships. Over the past 11 years, the program has awarded more than $195,000 in college scholarships.

Compiled by staff writer Jenna Mink.

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